As the country approaches the end of Women’s Month, the South African Police Service in Limpopo celebrates yet another phenomenal woman. Warrant Officer Tebogo Francis Mamogale of the SAPS Polokwane Air Wing, affectionately known as “Francis”. The former SAPS Wonderboom Air-hostess, is the only female qualified commercial helicopter pilot in the Limpopo Province.
Mamogale hails all the way from the North West Province and was born 32 years ago in the small village of Jericho. She is a mother to two boys aged 9-years and 1 and half years, and joined the SAPS in December 2008, as an Air-hostess in Pretoria. She catered to SAPS delegates including ministers flying in Police jets and ensured that her passengers are safe and well taken care of during their official trips.
She later enrolled for a diploma in Safety Management as she reckons, safety comes first in Aviation.
Her passion for Aviation grew ever bigger and later in the journey, she started pursuing a career in becoming a pilot. The determined and vibrant Mamogale, never gave up and kept aiming high even when for a period of two years she could not get a bursary but kept on applying.
In 2015, her bursary was finally approved and without looking back, she studied hard until she completed her studies and was appointed a qualified Commercial Helicopter Pilot the following year.
She was then transferred to the SAPS Air Wing in Limpopo Province in 2017, where is currently based.
he now has full responsibility of ensuring the safe operation of the Police Helicopter and it’s air crew during airborne operations. Her daily duties include giving her fellow ground police members air-support and a clear indication of what they want assistance with, especially during search operations for missing persons, hidden goods and of wanted suspects, without compromising the safety of the aircrew.
Mamogale, a proud product of the South African Police Service sayd it gives her great pleasure each time when a mission is accomplished and if they fail today, tomorrow is definitely another day to push even harder. She encourages other women to push hard even in situations that seem impossible because no matter how tough it may look, it is still possible. She also obtained a Diploma in Travel and Tourism in 2009, after she completed a course in Air hostess.
“The greatest rewards come when you give yourself. It is about bettering the lives of others, being part of something bigger than yourself, and making a positive difference,” concluded Mamogale.