The South African aviation industry currently employs 767 pilots, which 67 are black.
The number of pilots from previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa, in comparison to white pilots, is still very low.
According to Captain John Harty, Chairperson of South African pilots Association (SAPA), due to their financial position SAA has stopped its cadet scheme. He says at the moment there is no pipeline to train young, black and aspiring aviators to get them into airlines.
This is an indictment on SAA and South Africa that after so many years of transformation our numbers are so low— Captain John Harty, Chairperson of South African pilots Association (SAPA)
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