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After countless Rejections To Work As Flight Attendant, 48-year-old South African Woman Launched Her Airline

After a series of neglect and disappointment of being denied work as a flight attendant, 48-Year-Old Sibongile Sambo launched her airline. The company is the first female-owned company in Africa.

Sibongile Sambo was born in 1974 in the town of Bushbuckridge, South Africa. She completed her tertiary education earning a Bachelor in Administration at the University of Zululand and proceeded to opt for a Flight Attendant job at the South African Airways airline. To Sambo’s disappointment, the company informed her that she did not match their minimum height requirement for a flight attendant position.


Sibongile Sambo is the holder of multiple laurels. In 2006, she was a winner at the Black Woman in Business Awards (BIBA) in London. She was named a “Leader of Tomorrow” by Fortune Magazine and is a member of the Think Tank of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, which was founded by former French President Nicholas Sarkozy. In 2009, Sambo was nominated for the Queen Victoria Memorial Award by the European Business Assembly.

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