Training to be first pilot from his township
A 22-year-old Type 2 Crew Leader from the look back on and say ‘I achieved that’.”
Maropeng Team, who almost gave up on his dream of being a pilot due to financial constraints, has been given a chance to live his dream. Donald Malekuto is training to attain a professional pilot’s licence with the Kishugu Aviation Training Organisation in Nelspruit.
“I wish to become the first qualified pilot from my township. I will not squander this golden opportunity,” says a determined Malekuto.
Malekuto is no newcomer to aviation. He trained as a glider pilot in Magaliesberg but this time around, the comprehensive pilot training was offered to him for free. “I am privileged,” he says. “I applied after the ATO advertised the training programme and I was one of the lucky participants from Working on Fire to be chosen.”
Malekuto says this opportunity rekindled his passion for aviation. “I struggled to complete the glider pilot licence due to money issues.
I am grateful that the Kishugu Aviation Training Organisation is offering training to me. It is an opportunity of a lifetime and it will open many doors for me in future. Not everyone gets such a chance,” says Malekutu, who hails from Mohale township in Magaliesberg on the West Rand.