In search of wings


TO FLY HIGH: Ayanda Matyunu, left, wishes nothing more than to become a pilot. He hopes that he can start a training course this year at 43 Air School. Supporting Matyunu is Ndlambe mayor Phindile Faxi, centre, and his dad, Mbuleli Matyunu Picture: LOUISE CARTER

EVER since Ayanda Matyunu was a young boy, he dreamed of becoming a pilot, spreading his wings and seeing the world.

Having grown up in Marselle, Matyunu hasn’t had many opportunities after school, and he took his time at Nompucuko very seriously.

He finished school with good grades, but wasn’t satisfied so went on to do a post matric at Kingswood College to better his academic status.

When Matyunu dreams – he dreams big! His biggest dream is to attend 43 Air School so that he can soar among the birds one day.

Matyunu has managed to secure a place at 43 Air School, but cannot afford the tuition of R869 000. His father, Mbulele, who wishes nothing more than to be able to help his son, does not come close to the income bracket needed to do so.

Currently, Matyunu is exploring all avenues possible to help obtain his dream. Today he met with Ndlambe municipality mayor, Phindile Faxi, who said will help lobby for Matyunu.

The mayor cannot on behalf of Ndlambe municipality, pay the tuition. “As a municipality, we are helping, but we are working on a shoe-string budget. We would like to reach out to the public. It is our wish for Ayanda to be absorbed,” said Faxi.

Faxi said he is going to explore several avenues from the department of roads and transport, to available bursaries, to sourcing private sponsorship.

“I grew up wanting to be a pilot. There is someone at the Air Force who inspires me, saying I mustn’t give up. It’s about flying- seeing different places and the thrill of being in the sky,” said Matyunu.

A deposit of R25 000 and the first installment needs to be paid before February 13 when applications close.

“Children of today have their own passions. We want to change our children’s course. I wish nothing more for him than to fulfill his wish. To me as a parent it hurts that I cannot help fulfill my child’s dream,” said Mbuleli.

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