Flying through the turbulence

At only 25 years of age, Annah Steenbok is much smarter than most of her peers.

Even more impressive about her is that she has recently just obtained her Private Pilot’s License (PPL)

and she is now working towards achieving her Commercial Pilots License (CPL), which will enable her

to fly aeroplanes. Steenbok’s is a terrible story. By age 12, she had lost both her parents and moved

in with her aunt.

“Eight of us were staying in a 3 bedroom house. It was not easy but we survived. Besides, I am not

one to complain,” Steenbok said on Wednesday at the Dr. Petrus Rantlai Molemela Indoor centre

where ANC Provincial chairman Comrade Ace Magashule had an interactive session with both

students and their parents.


Steenbok, after completing her matric, received a bursary from Mangaung Metropolitan

Municipality, and is currently studying in Pretoria. She decried people who are always critical of the

ANC-led government. “I do not understand why people are always critical of our government. People

are always saying the ANC has not done anything for them, yet we have hundreds of students from

poor households studying at different universities in and outside of the country. I am living proof

that this government works for the people,” Steenbok said.


Comrade Ace said the ANC was alive and well. “People are always on about 2019 elections, but I

have absolutely no fear. We need our leaders to go to their communities and remind them of

everything we have done. Our people are reasonable and they will appreciate what we have done

for them and what we are still going to do for them. ANC is alive. Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu,

Oliver Tambo and Chris Hani may be gone in physical form, but in my heart, they are very much

alive,” he said.