Kgomotso Phatsima was born and raised in a small village of Ledumadumane and grew up looking after cattle and going to school barefoot. Her village which was later destroyed to accommodate airport expansion.

After Kgomotso completed high school, she set her sights on 43 Air School in South Africa with her heart set on becoming a pilot. Her family disapproved of her aspirations, with her mother insisting that it was too dangerous and far too strange for a girl child from such humble beginnings.

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