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Woman who was rejected as an air hostess opens own airline

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT: Sibongile Sambo, owner of SRS Aviation

A WOMAN from South Africa who was told she was too short to become a flight attendant, didn't let the airline’s arbitrary rejection get in the way of letting her dreams take off.

Sibongile Sambo has had a lifelong passion for aviation, but her dreams were almost dented when she was rejected for a air hostess role for South African Airways because she did not meet the minimum height requirement.

But instead of considering a new career path, Sambo launched her all-women-owned aviation company in Johannesburg in 2004.

Today, she is the founder of SRS Aviation, Africa's first female aviation company.

Watch Sibongile Sambo discuss SRS Aviation below:

The company offers tourist, luxury and helicopter flights to and from various destinations around the world, including the US and Germany.

To get it off the ground, she sold her car and cashed out her mother’s pension, all to give her the funds to obtain the Air Operating Certificate by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for SRS Aviation. SRS also partnered with MCC Aviation, a well-known company in the industry. Now, according to Sambo, SRS is the only 100 percent female-owned aviation company in all of Africa. Having fulfilled her own dreams in the aviation business, Sambo says she wants to enable the dreams of other South African women with similar aspirations.

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