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701 days ago
Bringing the Sky to the Youth of South Africa

In an endeavour to answer South Africa’s need for corporate organisations to play a significant role in job creation and skills distribution, Qhumisa Research Consulting and ICT Solutions in partnership with QAS Aviation Academy together developed the SA SKY100 Bursary project.

SA SKY100 is aimed at affording the “untouched” Youth of South Africa the opportunity to join the exciting world of aviation and be trained as Cabin Crew.

It is the vision of QAS and Qhumisa to empower the Youth of South Africa with knowledge of the Aviation Industry, thereby increasing their chances of not only local but also international employment.

The training provided to successful candidates will be after their relevant talent has been established and those who are in possession of Grade 12. The candidates must be physically and medically fit in order to participate in a range of training requirements, which are Safety Emergency Procedures, Aircraft Evacuation Drills, Fire Fighting, Wet Ditching, Aviation Medicine, Dangerous Goods and various soft skills training.

The total bursary package is worth R25, 000.00 including accommodation for the 8 week duration of the training and successful candidates will go onto obtaining SA CAA Cabin Crew licences.

On successful completion of the training, the candidates will have further options in choosing a career path and specialising in Aviation Medicine, Safety and Security, Dangerous Goods and Tourism.

The project success will be measured by the support of the South African media’s distribution of information which will ensure that the youth in the designation areas are reached and able to obtain information and participate in the project bursary applications.

An Information Line on 083 913 1727(Calls charged at VAS rates and free minutes do not apply) has been activated in order to open the doors to bursary applicants. The information provided not only will guide the applicants on requirements and application process to be followed but simultaneously will register them on our database.

We proudly announce the first 4 of 20 Bursary Awardees:

Anelisiwe Vetman (19); Lindelani Squatter Camp

Anelisiwe’s father is employed as an Operator and supports 9 family members with his income. Anelisiwe, from early age used to look at pictures of cabin crew in books and be totally inspired. Anelisiwe comes from a community where people believe that there is no such thing as success. The award of this bursary shall encourage the youth in her community to not give up in reaching for the stars. She believes that education is the best and greatest weapon and is determined to give everything of her best. Anelisiwe considers this bursary to be an honour and privilege not only to follow her dream but to encourage other youth towards their dreams.

“I’m originally from the Eastern Cape, but now stay in an area called Lindelani it’s a squatter camp. I was so happy when informed that I won the bursary. Opportunities like this not only affect us but the community we come from. In the community I come from about 30% of youth attend school, 5% is forced to attend school whilst the rest loiter around after finishing their matric. By being part of this project, I hope to inspire the youth from my community to go to school and achieve their dreams.”

Lisbeth Hlangwane (21); Samborogo, Kwa-Ndebele

Lisbeth’s family of 6 is being supported by her Grandmother, a pensioner who is the only provider for all the children’s school fees, clothes and food. Lisbeth sometimes tries to get weekend work to make extra money to help feed the family. She dreams to escape poverty by following her lifelong dream and passion for aircrafts and to work as a cabin crew and to be a major contributor towards the family’s needs.

“The place that I come from doesn’t have facilities, when you have to use things like internet you have to for about thirty minutes. There is no place that offers information that enlightens you whenever you need something you have to travel to Pretoria. Youth from the area that I come from normally have nothing to do after matric, our parents cannot afford college fees. If get an opportunity like this you see it as a blessing from God, I will like to thank Qhumisa for bringing us here and giving us this opportunity and I promise I will do all I can to be the best. I thank you all.”

Refilwe Sedumedi (19); Mantsho, Rustenburg

Refilwe lives with her mother, a single parent who has 5 children in the family to support. Due to this there is a shortage of funds in the family which has not allowed Refilwe to realise her dreams in becoming cabin crew. Refilwe is to be admired as she has tried on numerous occasions to get into the aviation industry, with no success to date. The award of this bursary will enable Refilwe to realise her dreams to become cabin crew.

“I always dreamt of becoming a flight attendant but the problem was money as most of us come from rural poor communities. After reading an article in the papers, I took it upon myself to call and participate, as I saw it as a chance to make my family and community proud.I want to prove that when you come from a rural place you can do things to improve your life to something incredible, motivate other youth”

Vincent Baloyi (21); Ga-Rankuwa 

Vincent lives with his mother who is unemployed. She tries her best to earn a living as a vendor, and dependant on support by her older son and daughter.  Vincent has a passion for people, he has a positive attitude and is always respectful and service orientated. Since matriculating he has received training as a petrol attendant and has managed to obtain a certificate in IT. However, his true dream is to become a pilot and deems this bursary award as his start to a long and successful career in aviation.

“The role that Qhumisa, QAS and the media played in our lives is gigantic. A disadvantaged background teaches you responsibility and opportunity, it’s not always that people do not get opportunities but their will to benefit from the opportunity. When you have a disadvantaged background every opportunity is seen as a blessing and you take it with both hands.”

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