The Working on Fire’s pilot training initiative was launched in 2015. The training draws firefighters from the Working on Fire programme who have matric certificates and have passed English, Mathematics and Physical Science and have a passion for aviation.
When the initiative started it had an intake of two firefighters who went to the Kishugu Aviation Training Organisation in Nelspruit.
One of the pilot participants, 22-year-old Donald Malekuto from Mohale township in Magaliesberg, is training to attain a professional pilot license. ‘‘I wish to become the first qualified pilot from my township. I will not squander this golden opportunity afforded me to train as a pilot,’’ he said.
Donald is not new to aviation and has been trained as a glider pilot in Magaliesberg.
He said he is even more grateful that he is getting comprehensive pilot training free of charge.
‘‘I struggled to complete the glider pilot license due to money issues. I am grateful to the Aviation Training Organisation for the training,” he said.
General Manager for the Working on Fire programme in Gauteng Stephen Boyes said that the initiative is a good one for skills development.