Birds eye view of Soweto for Tourists

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WHEN IN­NO­VA­TION meets ex­cite­ment a lu­cra­tive avi­a­tion com­pany takes to the skies.

Wise­man Ntombela has a pas­sion for Soweto’s blue skies which has driven him to open his own tourism avi­a­tion com­pany called Fly SA Wise.

Ntombela was con­cerned that tourists fre­quent Soweto a town­ship in Gaut­eng, but never get to see the whole town­ship only spend­ing time on Vi­lakazi Street where the house of the late for­mer Pres­i­dent Man­dela is sit­u­ated.

He did re­search on how he could get vis­i­tors to see the whole town­ship within a short space of time, and the only so­lu­tion was a he­li­copter.

“I started hav­ing talks with he­li­copter and avi­a­tion com­pa­nies and they agreed that this is a good idea,” he said.

In 2016, Fly SA Wise be­came op­er­a­tional of­fer­ing vis­i­tors a bird’s view of the iconic town­ship with a cost of R250 for a 15 min­utes he­li­copter ride.

“We have dif­fer­ent prices de­pend­ing on the ex­pe­ri­ence that the client re­quires. Apart from fly­ing over Soweto, we also fly our clients to Kruger Na­tional Park and the Man­dela Mu­seum in the East­ern Cape,” he added.

Over the years the com­pany has ex­panded on ser­vices that it ren­ders and it now flies clients to dif­fer­ent places for break­fast and lunch.

The com­pany has also col­lab­o­rated with other com­pa­nies that of­fer ex­pe­ri­ences such as air bal­loon, sky div­ing, and pri­vate game re­serves.

In or­der to pro­mote South Africa to the world, the com­pany also uses tech­nol­ogy to livestream ex­pe­ri­ences of its clients, shar­ing this on dif­fer­ent so­cial me­dia plat­forms. “This en­ables peo­ple in dif­fer­ent coun­tries to see what the tourists are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in South Africa and in a way we are tak­ing South Africa to the world,” said Ntombela.

This com­pany which has also cre­ated four per­ma­nent jobs and ten ca­sual also won R200 000 dur­ing the 2018 Gaut­eng Town­ship En­tre­pre­neur Awards for tourism in­no­va­tion.

Fly SA Wise Manag­ing Direc­tor Wise­man Ntombela is ex­cited about fly­ing tourists all over Soweto.

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