CEO LET­TER

EL­MAR CON­RADIE

In Flight Magazine - - LETTER - All the best El­mar Con­radie

Wel­come aboard this Fly Safair flight and thanks for choos­ing to fly with us to­day. We’re so grate­ful to have you aboard our air­craft and to be able to share our love of fly­ing with you.

Au­gust is Women’s Month and it is an im­por­tant time for us to re­flect on the strug­gles that women in our coun­try, and the world, have en­dured in or­der to have the same hu­man rights as their male coun­ter­parts.

The roles and rights of women is a topic that is very close to my heart, and some­thing that is very im­por­tant to all of Safair as well.

Aviation has his­tor­i­cally been a largely male-dom­i­nated in­dus­try, with women sel­dom be­ing found in the cock­pit, hangars, or be­hind ex­ec­u­tive desks. Thanks to the ef­forts of a num­ber of spec­tac­u­lar women, this is chang­ing.

Women have been gain­ing ground in our in­dus­try, with many en­ter­ing into po­si­tions that were tra­di­tion­ally seen as “male roles”. I’m proud to re­port that at Safair we have women who work as pi­lots, air­craft tech­ni­cians, in our flight op­er­a­tions, as well as in ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions in our head of­fice.

It’s with great pride that we re­cently had the op­por­tu­nity to put some fi­nan­cial sup­port be­hind an or­gan­i­sa­tion that is ac­tively work­ing to at­tract more women to our in­dus­try, and to em­power them within this in­dus­try. This ini­tia­tive is called the Girl Fly Pro­gramme in Africa (GFPA) Foun­da­tion, and we had the op­por­tu­nity to spon­sor their 2018 Aviation and Space Camp.

This camp in­tro­duced more than 120 high-school girls from the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) re­gion to the aviation and space in­dus­try. By all ac­counts the camp was a great suc­cess and I cer­tainly hope that we get to see some of these young women in our halls and cock­pits once they’ve com­pleted their ed­u­ca­tion.

The dis­tinct pas­sion that Safair peo­ple have for the aviation in­dus­try is widely recog­nised and we’re al­ways keen to share this pas­sion. But I do strongly be­lieve that it is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant that we work to at­tract young women into aviation, not only to of­fer more op­por­tu­ni­ties to women in South Africa, but also for the bet­ter­ment of our in­dus­try.

Speak­ing of bet­ter­ment, you know that we are al­ways work­ing hard to im­prove our ser­vice, and a cru­cial part of that is re­ceiv­ing use­ful feed­back from our cus­tomers. When you have a mo­ment, please share your thoughts with us by pop­ping an email to feed­back@flysafair.co.za.

For now, though, please sit back, re­lax, and let our teams take ex­cel­lent care of you.

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