Working in the air transport sector has been particularly trying during the pandemic, but Kabelo Kgodane remains optimistic. “I choose to use this crisis in our industry to build a tomorrow we can all be proud of,” she says. Kgodane, a business development manager at SITA, noted the recent rise of ordering and tracking parcels online, and predicts this will affect post-pandemic travel. “Self bag-drop and baggage tracking is the digital solution I am championing now,” she says, adding: “My vision for the African passenger is a purely digital one.” Kgodane is also a philanthropist and an active global citizen. She serves on the Rotary Club of Sandton and as the head of community development for the Black Management Forum Young Professionals. Her goal is for South Africa to be led by principled, active leaders: “I have decided to show up as this person!” —
University of Johannesburg graduate and University of Howard (Washington, DC) dual degree-holder Gcina Dlamini wants to educate people about South Africa and all that it has to offer through travel. She is the founding owner of Merchantry Worldwide, a high-end travel business using travel as a catalyst for business and investment. “Travel is the best school of life as it changes your narrative of the world,” she says. The Johannesburg resident’s dreams were realised when she was selected to assist the delegation that accompanied President Cyril Ramaphosa and then trade and industry minister Rob Davies in 2018, where she witnessed Ramaphosa tell an audience in New York about South Africa’s promising future. Driven by her desire to learn something new and her will to chase goals, Dlamini wants to contribute to skills development “by constantly exposing people to places and information that are not easily accessible to them”.
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