These women marched into the history books


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...

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