We catch up with Zamambo Mkhize, our general aviation manager for Southern Africa, including South Africa and Mozambique. Zamambo is based at our South African headquarters in Johannesburg and has been working with us for 20 months.
What does a typical day for you look like?
I provide leadership and coaching to our sales and marketing teams in South Africa and Mozambique. I also work with various stakeholders to develop initiatives to help grow the business and deliver Air BP’s general aviation strategy. Finally, I ensure that the locations we operate in are upheld to the highest possible standards of safety, which is of course something that we at Air BP place great emphasis upon.
What are the biggest challenges faced by the aviation industry in Africa?
The ailing and inadequate infrastructure, as well as various political and economic factors, all of which need improving to secure growth for the aviation industry.
What are Air BP’s strengths in Africa?
Our strength lies in having a strong and reputable brand which is recognised globally. Air BP’s technical services offer is highly innovative, and we have received industry recognition in this area.
Is there anything new or exciting coming to Africa in 2018?
2018 represents some exciting opportunities as we plan to grow and expand to some of the general aviation sites where Air BP has never had presence before. We are also looking forward to the bi-annual Africa and Aerospace Defence event at Waterkloof Air Force Base in September. We are planning to participate and showcase our products and services there.
It was International Women’s Day on 8 March. What’s your experience been like as a ‘woman in aviation’?
The aviation industry is a niche market in Southern Africa and is highly male dominated. I have found the aviation community very supportive of my personal growth, but it is my wish to see more women, especially from disadvantaged groups, coming into the field. I also look forward to seeing an equal number of men and women represented at top management levels.
What are your hobbies or interests outside of work?
I love to travel and read. I also mentor young people, which I find extremely rewarding.