First Black African Heading into Space Died: Mandla Maseko Bio, Wiki, Age, Married, Net Worth, Twitter, Instagram, Known Facts

Mandla Maseko Bio

Mandla Maseko who beat a million people to win a sub-orbital trip that could have seen him become the first black African in space has been killed in a motorcycle crash.

Mandla Maseko Age

He was 30 Years old.

Mandla Maseko Early Life

Maseko, 30, grew up in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, and was a candidate officer in the South African Air Force.

Mandla MasekoFamily

“It is with deep sadness that the Maseko family confirms that Mandla Maseko tragically passed away in a bike accident last night, July 6 2019,” family spokesperson Sthembile Shabangu said in a media release on Sunday.

Mandla Maseko Twitter

Mandla Maseko Instagram

 

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Whether I’m in Formal, Casual, Biker Clothing or even shorts… facts remains that I’m a Maseko inside out.

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Mandla Maseko First Black African Heading into Space

“Maseko – popularly known as Spaceboy and Afronaut – beat 1 million people to become one of 23 people who won a seat sponsored by the Axe Apollo Space Academy on an hour-long suborbital trip in 2014,” the family said in a statement on Sunday.


However, the trip had not yet happened at the time of his death, according to media reports.

“Maseko, 30, a Soshanguve native, went on to train as a private pilot and became a corporal in the South African National Defence Force [SANDF],” the family statement said.


“As a public speaker and community worker, Maseko worked to inspire many African children to pursue careers in science. His community work saw him join the Corsa Utility Club Mzansi. [He was] an avid biker with the Tshwane Legend Bikers.”

In 2016 he was honored by the Gauteng Education Department and had the science building at the Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation named after him.

Mandla Maseko Cause of Death

Maseko was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle on Saturday. His death was confirmed on Sunday afternoon. Maseko, aged 30, was an avid biker. Details for his memorial service are expected to be announced during the week.

Mandla Maseko Funeral

Details of his memorial service and funeral would be announced during the course of this week.

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