“So I had to sit and ask myself what was it that I wanted. I began researching careers in maths and science.
“A classmate was talking about wanting to be an aeronautical engineer and I thought that was so cool,” she said.
Mfeka said her uncle brought home a book about careers in maths and science and she was fascinated by it.
“I was reading the book and as I turned a page, I saw a recruitment article by the South African Air Force. My grades were really good at school and I met the entry requirements. I was thrilled,” she said.
“From the moment I discovered the air force, I knew that is what I wanted to do. I have not looked back since.”
In 2008, she joined the SAAF. In 2010, she started at Central Flying School in Langebaan, just outside Cape Town.
In 2011, she earned her wings.
Mfeka is a combat pilot within the SAAF but believes this is only the beginning for her.
Mfeka, who matriculated from Queensburgh Girls’ High School, said her job has its fair share of challenges.
“It is a male-dominated industry and you do miss having other women around. It is nice to have a woman to speak to and to talk about our jobs. “
Mfeka said despite her industry being male-dominated, she is treated like an equal.
For young girls wanting to follow in her footsteps, Mfeka said maths, science and geography were important subjects.
“They must also attend air shows and interact with pilots. There are a few flight schools in Durban and I highly recommend a visit to those schools. Girls must try to do as much research as they can and ask lots of questions,” she said.
Mfeka has high hopes for her future and is not planning on settling down any time soon. She remains focused on her career which includes one day commandeering the world- renowned fighter jet, the Gripen.