THE JOYS OF DEVOTION
*Caption: Nqobile Dimba on a flight, at one of her many travels.
Written by: Zama Ngcoya
Although the concept of “Beauty and Brains” is one which is often heard, it is seldom common to meet such individuals, who breathe life to this whole concept. At Journalismiziko however, we had the pleasure and honour of interviewing 23-year-old Nqobile Dimba, a young South African female representing her country on the other side of the world.
Even though her once-a-year visit to her home ground was meant to be one for a well-earned breather, this young, slim, dark brown-eyed “yellowbone” had a rather eventful visit to the motherland- from helping her sister put the final touches to her wedding, to traveling from one corner of the country to the other.
Dimba was born in 6 April1993 and grew up between the areas of Clermont and Wyebank. Growing up, and being the youngest born, she had quite the desired childhood, from attending one of the best schools, to being coddled by her parents and older sister, Khethiwe with whom she is as thick as thieves.
While in the seventh grade of her primary schooling years, the seeds of studying aviation had already been planted in her head and by the time she got to high school, at Pinetown Girls High School, and excelling in her academics, Dimba was already sure about what she wanted to do with her future, and that is when the long and dreaded steps to fulfilling her dreams were set in motion.
“I started applying from grade ten and it took me more than 20 applications for them to take me,” said Dimba.
She admits that although this was something she really wanted to do, the process was not the most easiest.
“The process is very long. You write a lot of tests and do medicals and depending on the posts and amount of people they want, they put you on a waiting list, if you passed everything, then you wait for them to call you,” she added.
Although the young dream chaser had already submitted over ten applications, she did not allow the wait to deter her or dampen her hopes of receiving a response for her many applications. After high school, she applied to study at various universities, to which she was accepted in three. Within the four years of waiting for a response, she did not sit back and whine, but instead used the time to uplift herself.
“Within the four years, I studied airport customer service air travel and cabin crew then got my licence at sky aviation, then I went to Durban University of Technology for engineering but in my second year I was called by the SAAF,” said Dimba.
She admits that her line of study is not one that is easy, but her love for her family, and her inspiration to succeed and prosper as a young black woman has kept her thoroughly motivated, to also change the mind-set of other young women in South Africa.
The young beauty and brains is quite the patriot as well.
“I have always wanted to fly, and what better way to do it than serving my country at the same time,” she said.
Although to one who is afar, it may appear that this is quite an easy job, Dimba concedes that it was difficult.
“They were looking for young leaders to be officers in the future. They always say we are pioneers of the SANDF. I guess they saw I was in that state to be an ambassador for the SAAF, SANDF and SA,” said Dimba.
She also emphasised that the treatment of the males is all the same as that of women.
Dimba acknowledges that although landing a position in her field of study was something she had always wanted more than anything, one of the biggest challenges she was faced with was having to leave her family.
“Being away from my family and sometimes not being able to communicate with them was very difficult at first, but the support they have given me has kept me moving forward towards my dream,” she said.
Her field of study has afforded her the opportunity of travelling to places such as Paris, Angola and Cuba, and she has also learnt how to speak Spanish fluently.
According to Dimba’s best friend and confidant, Charmaine Sibiya, Dimba is the epitome of hard work, beauty and brains.
“Nqobile is a very hard worker. She is also very smart and never allows anything to defeat her in life, especially when it comes to her cademics. She is very smart in maths and physics,” said Sibiya.
She added that her friend is also a very lovely person who is very caring, warm hearted and welcoming. She is also very happy and energetic, and is harldy ever in a foul mood. She is also very determined about a successful life as she knows what she wants for her future and will do whatever it takes to make sure that she gets it.
Dimba hopes to complete her studies, and graduate in June next year, and pursue her dream job.