Eastern Cape Provincial Government initiative attracted over 1000 learners and scores of community members who could not afford to miss this year’s second annual airshow at the Mthatha airport on 30th June 2018. The Mthatha airshow and career expo is an attempt by Provincial Government in partnership with the National Department of Defence, to inspire young people to pursue a career in aviation; this is subsequent to the first Airshow held in 2017.
The event, officiated by Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle and his delegation became a hive of activity and lights up the skies as the Department of Transport together with the South Airforce brought the 2018 Mthatha Air display and Career Expo as part of commemorating Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu as well as celebrate youth month. Among other dignitaries attended the event was, Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Fikile Xasa, King Sabata Dalindyebo Mayor Dumani Zozo and KSD Councillor Tshepo Machaea.
Learners from 30 schools of the Mthatha surroundings came out in their numbers and had an opportunity to fly from the Mthatha Airport towards Qunu while getting insight on aviation industry. Pupils were also privileged to engage with pilots and aviation experts during this exciting airshow.
Premier Masualle encouraged young people to consider Mathematics and Physical Science in school, so that they may form part of the 4th industrial revolution and find careers in this area that requires scarce skills.
Masualle further told pupils that the aviation industry in the Eastern Cape remained largely untapped, “For those planes to fly the SANDF also needs competent and highly skilled technical support teams including scientists, strategists, doctors, technicians and engineers. However, you need to study maths and science for those” he said.
The initiative also benefited the Mthatha community an opportunity for local economic activity and this will happen yearly as Premier Masualle declared that the province will host the event annually.