Fatima Jakoet is currently a Senior First Officer at South African Airways.
She first joined South African Airways (SAA) in June 2005 where she started her career at SAA on the Boeing 747-400 and a year later the Airbus 340 series operating the international routes. Jakoet currently operates the Airbus 320 and is based in Cape Town.
Fatima's flying career started as a cadet pilot at the BAE Flight training college in Adelaide, Australia where she graduated with her frozen Airline Transport Pilot License. She joined the South African regional carrier Airlink in November 2002 where she operated the Jetstream 41.
She graduated with her MBA the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2009 and achieved a distinction for her thesis entitled: A safety culture survey amongst Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. She has since been actively involved in activities of Stellenbosch University and was appointed as brand ambassador for SU in 2013.
She holds a degree in Chemistry and was part of both the National Health and the SAPS Forensic laboratory teams where filled the roles of forensic toxicology and narcotics expert respectively.
In 2010, Fatima established a foundation to create aviation awareness and develop skills amongst learners from grade 1-12. To date the Sakhikamva (Xhosa: building a future) Foundation has interacted with more than 70 000 learners and has run more than 12 programs and projects on a rotational basis.
The foundation has also established a scholarship in partnership with Morningstar Flight Academy. The Sakhikamva Foundation formed strategic partnerships with Universities to ensure that meaningful sustainable development platform is built for the youth in the aerospace industry.
She developed and launched the world's first Science Technology Robotics Engineering Aerospace and Mathematics (STREAM) laboratory in June 2015. The STREAM laboratory is an interactive space for the development of essential skills for youth in the aerospace sector.
Fatima has received the Harvard African Scholarship in 2016 successfully completed the Program for Leadership development. Fatima recently joined Cape Aerospace Technologies as director of Business Development in June 2017.
Listen to Fatima Jakoet's inspirational story in the clip below:
This article first appeared on 702 : Fatima Jakoet's dream is to groom South Africa's aspiring pilots