The first black female jet fighter pilot in the South Airforce, Major Mandisa Mfeka, says anyone can be a pilot regardless of gender, race and social standing.

She was encouraging young people to venture into aviation at the International Civil Aviation Day and Airshow at the Gateway International Airport in Polokwane.

“My message to the youth and young girls is that you don’t have to be limited by your gender, you don’t have to feel limited about where you come from. What actually open doors is your willingness to learn, your willingness to apply yourself and just to have an excitement and passion for what is it you want to peruse whatever career it maybe.”