Few Women Take to the Skies in Male-Dominated Drone Industry

Although there have been more women entering SA’s male-dominated drone industry over the past few years, this is still a “drop in the ocean”, with an estimated 10% of drone pilots being female.

According to industry pundits, with commercial drones being increasingly used across various sectors − such as agriculture, filmmaking, healthcare, mining, and aviation − to help local organisations improve efficiency, safety, and cost-saving, the number of women entering this emerging industry in SA is on the increase.

More private and government organisations, such as South Africa Flying Labs, Girls Fly Programme in Africa (GFPA), and the Drone Council South Africa, are introducing programmes and initiatives to encourage women in the aviation sector.

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