text and photos Dianah Chiyangwa
Midrand , Johannesburg
We will celebrate this year's Women Month under the theme:“Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights for an Equal Future”. The concept of Generation Equality is a global campaign and links South Africa to global efforts to achieve gender equality by 2030.
Historically, men dominated almost every industry. Patriarchal societies expected women to look after homes and families. As the world evolves, women are now being acknowledged and envied for living their lives to the fullest while pursing their dreams.
Inobubele Dube (21) Zimbabwe born trainee female pilot, has gone against all odds to achieve her destiny in the skies.
Women’s Months is a global month and South Africa does not just celebrate the day on 9 August annually but has set the day as a public holiday.
The day is celebrated to commemorate how women made a political statement in August 1956 by marching to the Union Buildings to protest against apartheid laws.
Young and optimistic, she is a character who has a deep faith in her abilities and an indomitable spirit, that she believes nothing can stop her from succeeding in her pursuits and getting the just rewards.
Dube is of medium height, lean and radiates an abundance of vitality.
For her, passion is key in following one’s mission and attaining goals.
“In our societies we lack a sense of passion; we do not do things because we love to do them but we do things because we feel we have to do them,” she says.
Dube is a trainee female pilot at Flight Training Services, Grand Central Airport in Midrand Johannesburg and hails from Gwanda, a mining town in Matabeleland South, Zimbabwe.
Currently, she is doing a training circuit which involves practising landings and take-offs. She has already done most of the manoeuvres.
“So, I now know how to climb and descend, make steep turns and medium turns. I have also learnt how to react in the event of a stall, a spin and an engine failure. I have also excelled in all my written examinations; there is one left to write but I’m all set with the theoretical part of my training,” she said, giving a wry smile.
“I was surprised as to why there wasn’t much representation for black girls in the industry and I wanted to change that. Wanting to convince young women that their dreams are attainable was another push for me to dare the flying field,” she added.
Dube found her way to the flight academy through assistance of South African based Zimbabwean businessman, Justice Maphosa, CEO of Big Time Strategic Group who is funding her studies.
In her opinion, Dube sees a bright future as society is starting to accept that females can do whatever they want and can now penetrate some industries that were previously the preserve of men.
“Boeing 747-400 and the entire Roll Royce Tent Range is my favourite engine” Dube shared.
A placard on the walls at the academy that reads, “The engine is the heart of the airplane but the pilot is the soul,” has been Dube’s motivation since day one.