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My name is Sifiso Mdletshe and I am 20 years old young man who lives in Durban. I became interested in aero-planes at a very young age. Each time a plane flew above my home I would stop and stare at the sky until it vanished. The idea of becoming a pilot truly caught my attention in grade 6 when the class had a discussion on careers and I realized that no one wanted to become a pilot. I went on to do research and I made a shocking discovery that this career only catered for children from very wealthy families, not for disadvantaged children like myself and many others which made me realize that the democracy we attained in 1994 has not yet reached our communities in areas like this one.

This discovery did not kill my passion but it got me even more fired up. In grade 11 I received the opportunity to do my work experience at Durban International Airport where I got to interact with the pilots and learn more about the fascinating work they do. I believe that to be a pilot requires  a lot of hard work, passion, and  great deal of discipline. Piloting is more than just a lucrative  career and   to be a pilot means more than just a big paycheck at the end of the month.  I understand that piloting  is stress-full and draining at times, it has its advantages and disadvantages like any other career and it also requires you to strive for perfection because people’s lives are always at stake, therefore I need to be in it for the right reasons.

In 2009 I took part in a selection course that was organized by Durban Municipality in partnership with Virginia Flight School, not only to attain financial aid for my pilot training but to also gain insight on the type of work I will be expected to do and the standard of marks I will have to maintain. In the beginning I thought the selection course was just to determine whether or not we are worthy of a bursary but judging from the lectures and exams we’ve had over the past few months I realized that the course was also there to assess whether or not this is the right career for each of us and if we are doing it for the correct reasons. I expected that by the end of the course I would have had an idea of the kind of work I’ll be dealing with in the future and if I will be able to cope with it or not.

There were sixty of us when the selection process began and we were finally reduced to four. We did a final exam of which I passed but the Durban Municipality withdrew from the partnership due to lack of funds.
I deserve this opportunity because I understand what is required of me right now and I also know what will be required of me in the future. I don’t see myself doing anything else besides piloting and it’s been my dream for a long time now but I want it to be more than just a dream and that is why I am willing to do anything and everything I can to achieve this goal, and make my dream a reality. I have proven my dedication and commitment to my piloting career with the level of marks I attained during the selection course that we did through Virginia Flight School. I was at the top of my class and if given the opportunity, I will work even harder to maintain the level of marks needed for me to be successful in this career



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