These women marched into the history books
Fifty years on, pioneer Josie Swiegers tells how the defence force was the foundation of her many successful careers
A teacher, an award winning horse trainer, a pilot, an airline safety officer, CEO at an airports development company and now an aerodrome accident investigator — and a woman.
For Jossie Swiegers, 68, her illustrious and diverse career path was only possible because of the time she spent in the army.
She and 127 other young women, mainly school-leavers, were the first women to receive army training in SA. Her 1971 class was a test to see if it was possible to bring women into the then SA Defence Force...