National Women’s Day is a South African public holiday celebrated annually on the 9th of August. Southern Mapping interviewed one of our female employees to celebrate this occasion and highlight strong women in aviation!

Our article features Hlengiwe Hlatsahwayo (22), an Aircraft Engineer Apprentice with our Aircraft Maintenance Organisation – which is a field traditionally dominated by males. Hlengiwe studied aircraft mechanics at the MATA Institute before knocking on our door seeking an employment opportunity.

Being very close to her late father, who often reminded his daughters that their place is not only in the kitchen, Hlengiwe overhauled old car engines, changing the filters, pistons and gear boxes. This sparked her first interest in the field of mechanics.

Living by her life motto “Pray and do your best – Appreciate every given situation”, she enjoys getting her hands dirty and lives for the exciting challenge of learning and being exposed to new aircraft. Hlengiwe deems it an honour to be part of the team that works hard to maintain, service and ensure it produces a safe and healthy aircraft.

Looking ahead, obtaining B1 and B2 licenses and obtaining a degree in aeronautical engineering are her next goals. Hlengiwe is grateful to her parents for being her anchor, and to her senior supervisors who support and encourage growth in her career.

Southern Mapping is proud to have such a bright young lady on our team!

Operating  out of Hangar H at Grand Central Airport in Johannesburg, Southern Mapping has the resources to hangar and maintain a number of different aircraft. Andy Watson, responsible for maintenance, has over 40 years of experience maintaining aircraft.

The AMO offers maintenance services on Pratt and Whitney PT6 (small and large) engines and the full range of Lycoming and Continental engines. The AMO also covers the following airframes:

Cessna 100, 200 and 400 series (incl. Reims 406)
Piper 28, 31,32, 34, 36
N46 Partenavia P68 series

Make contact with our Maintenance Division here: