SA Air Force celebrates first African female C-130 commander


The South African Air Force (SAAF) recently celebrated the qualification of its first African female C-130 Hercules commander.

Media were invited to witness Major Nandi Zama of 28 Squadron landing at Air Force Base Waterkloof on 25 March after flying a support flight to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It was her first flight as a commander.

Zama told The Citizen she was happy and proud to be commanding of such a powerful aircraft as the C-130. “The African part and the female part is not the main achievement. We are not celebrating the African female part, but rather the fact that I achieved this and I am working with an efficient team who welcomed me in their command,” the 31-year old told The Citizen.

Zama matriculated from Saint Gregory College in the Natal Midlands in 2003 and joined the Air force. She was transferred to 41 Squadron flying Cessna Caravans in 2007 and from 2008 flew Casa 212s at 44 Squadron.