Not many people are as caring, constructive, and efficient as a decisive South African woman on a mission. The TastyMoments team are in awe of these three. So, let’s all pitch in to lay the table together and share these stories over a few Ital Pizza Slices for a quick and easy dinner tonight.
Warning: Inspiration to follow!
Major Mandisa Mfeka
Let’s break the sound barrier and get up to speed with Major Mfeka. This gorgeous young woman is the first black female fighter jet pilot in Africa. Despite her unwavering dream of flying combat aircraft to defend her country, she never thought her childhood fantasy would come true. But her dedication and hard work eventually paid off, and she was able to compete head-on with the men with which she trained. Among other things, she was selected to be one of the pilots who performed the fly-over at the inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Today, Major Mfeka works closely with the United Nations as they act upon border breaches to protect our nation’s citizens.
Talk about a Top Gun. Time to step aside, for now, Tom Cruise.
Dr Elmi Muller
In Groote Schuur, (the same hospital as Dr Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant in 1967), Dr Muller was the first to perform a kidney transplant. The impressive part? It was a kidney from an HIV positive donor to an HIV positive recipient. That was in 2008. WOW!
Today she is a highly awarded and globally recognised professor and specialist in her field. But, above all, she is the person who was brave enough to risk her reputation to make organ transplants available to vulnerable people. How’s that for courage? Her ongoing research has inspired many doctors and benefited many people on our continent. Although now retired, she continues to symbolise hope and determination.
Affectionately known as Ma Ngoyi, this brave woman is widely considered one of our nation’s mothers. Born in 1911, Ms Ngoyi was a staunch believer in women’s power to change the world and make it a better place. Having worked as a machinist in a clothing factory for 10 years, her gift as a public speaker soon became evident. She was courageous and passionate about women’s rights and equality for all.
Ma worked selflessly and tirelessly – often in the face of personal danger. Among other things, she became the President of The Federation of South African Women. Her fearless attitude and belief in the good of humankind serve to remind us of our roots. She certainly walked ahead in the Long Road to Freedom, which we sometimes take for granted.
This quote by Anne Frank resonates with us when we think of these women:
“I believe people are really good at heart. How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. No one has ever become poor by giving.”
Now, hand round another one of those plates of crispy, piping hot pizza. And give thanks to these people who have paved the way for us. Time to follow in their footsteps?
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