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Aviation Career Day: SAA celebrates Children, promises partnership, empowerment towards a Greater Africa


SAA Country Manager, Mrs. Kemi Leke-Bamtefa and some Secondary School Students at the SAA Aviation Career day event on Lagos.

The South African Airways Country Manager, Mrs. Kemi Leke-Bamtefa says, SA expansion strategy as an African carrier is currently focused on Africa. 

This is just as she said, the airline recently introduced additional routes such as Lilongwe, Blantyre, Victoria falls and Windhoek in Namibia. 

“We currently fly 3 flight a week on Sundays, Wednesdays and Friday out of the new terminal 2 at MMIA”.

Speaking at the South African Airways Aviation Career Day in Lagos to commemorate Children’s Day, she said, the airline’s goal is to encourage the children and young people to feel safe and understand their contribution towards a greater Africa. 

“Our approach is targeted at improving the children’s access to resources and transform their consciousness through their beliefs, values, and attitudes”. 

According to her,  one of such access is the day to showcase the career opportunities within the industry with airline industry experts ready to share experiences and mentor the young people.

“CHILDREN Today we celebrate you, we value your essence and contribution to our society at large. At SAA, we promise to carry you along in our journey to sustainability. Part of our effort in empowering our children is the SAA Secondary school Essay competition and now the maiden edition of the SAA Aviation Career day for our children in Nigeria. In recent past, we have also worked with some Orphanage homes in Nigeria to provide vide a safe haven for our young children”.

The SAA Country Manager expressed appreciation to Parents, teachers, Guardians and everyone who have contributed immensely to developing the children and young people. 

“However, let us also remember the great responsibility upon us towards a greater Nigeria and Africa as a whole”. 

Mrs. Leke-Bamtefa said, “As Africans, there is this motherly instinct inherent in us that sees other people children as our own. You always want to assist, correct and acknowledge the kids around you as though they are yours. Without these children, the world would be devoid of happiness, laughter, and love. That’s why I believe children are the most precious creation in the world”.

“I extend my warmest greetings and wishes to the Children home and abroad. Let’s celebrate this day with joy and fully appreciate the gift of childhood that has been given to us. Lastly to the adults: Our duty is to protect, guide and love them with all our might, for they are our greatest treasures”.


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