12/06/2018 17:37 SAST | Updated 13/06/2018 07:53 SAST

Phetogo Molawa Makes SA Air Force History... Again

She is the first black person – and the first woman – to take command of an SAAF installation.


Lieutenant-Colonel Phetogo Molawa is the first black person to take command of a South African Air Force (SAAF) installation — and the first woman. She is the new commanding officer of the SAAF base in Port Elizabeth.

A tweet announcing the news was sent on Saturday, when the handover ceremony took place, and it has already been shared more than 2,000 times, while 5,000 people have "liked" it.

Molawa is no stranger to firsts — she also made history by being the first black female helicopter pilot in the SAAF. In 2007, at the age of 21, Molawa showcased her skills to then-deputy minister of defence, Mluleki George, and senior SA National Defence Force generals and media.