Women are subjected to a variety of barriers that determine
their organisational experiences, and therefore the
achievement of gender parity requires the removal of
patriarchal practices, stereotypes and attitudes that
spread their demotion. A
29 year old, Cpl Keamogetse Motaung from the Directorate
Supply and Support (DSS) proved that women are capable just
like their male counter parts.
Cpl Keamogetse Motaung
How she came to join the SAAF? Her late uncle, a soldier,
ignited her love for the military and eventually joined the
Protection arm of the SAAF in 2008. “I have always wanted to
serve my country and make a meaningful contribution” and
while serving as a Protection Personnel, “I have realized
that dream but also developed as a person”, she said with a
smile. In 2016, she re-mustered to DSS where she is charged
with all administrative needs of the Directorate.
Cpl Motaung plays for the South African Air Force
Headquarters (SAAF HQ) female soccer team and has won the
award for best female goal scorer during the SAAF Soccer
Championship recently held at Air Force Base (AFB)
Hoedspruit. Reflection on her achievement, she said soccer
women should be proud of themselves and remember that
negative thought can limit them to achieve great things in
sport. “When my name was called for the best goal scorer I
was excited because it was the first time I won such an
accolade. During the championship I worked hard and wanted
to lead by example to my team, on the sport days I teach
them how to play especially the new members who are
interested in soccer” she said.
She explained how active she was as a young person, “I
started playing soccer when I was at primary school. I
participated in various sport activities. At school, I would
always be among the top 10 players”.
She comes from Bloemada, Kimberly. She is blessed with a
4-year-old daughter, Refentse Motaung and three siblings.
She said “one thing I like about my daughter is that, she
knows that I’m her mother even though I left her at home”.
She is full of praises for her mother, Elizabeth Motaung, “I
was raised by a single parent. My mother was a domestic
worker and through her strives; I never went to bed on an
She expressed how she feels about working far from her loved
ones. “When I see people with their families, I remember my
happy family. I grew up in a disciplined family. My sister,
Kehilue Seliti who is now married played a role in my life.
Being with her, I didn’t experience any bad things, for
example being abused physically or emotionally at a young
age. I was raised in the supportive family”.
For me, she said, “all women are heroines like the women who
marched to Union Buildings to voice their problem against
the pass law no matter how difficult it was, risking with
their lives. Every woman deserves to be respected even if
she did not study further to qualify as a professional, for
we do not know what made her to end up where she is today”.