Siphiwe had surpassed her wildest dreams, travelling the world – in her combat uniform – as an ambassador for the Black Mambas to spread the word about the plight of Africa’s wildlife.
When she was selected to fly to the UK, Siphewi said she cried: “I thought how is this happening to me, my brothers are far more educated than me but they are not able to fly… but someone has seen potential and capability in me.
“It might sound like a joke, but I still have the airplane ticket to the UK and JHB. The reason I still keep it is that the tickets are a reminder of who I am and who I could become. This was a once in a lifetime experience and no one can take it from me. I am so grateful to be part of the Black Mambas.”
Tributes poured in from around the world, and a new operations room has been sponsored by Hi-Tec in her honour, to pay a lasting tribute to the amazing warrior, woman and mother.
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— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) November 25, 2016