Foundation introduces aviation to rural school

2018-05-10 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedThe team of experts from the Phumlani M Foundation with pupils from Makhanda High School in Bhomela last Thursday.

PHOTO: suppliedThe team of experts from the Phumlani M Foundation with pupils from Makhanda High School in Bhomela last Thursday.

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THE Phumlani M Foundation took its career outreach programme up a notch last Thursday when members visited Makhanda High School in Bhomela.

Organisers said the career day visit to this rural school was unique in that it introduced the aviation industry to the African pupils from the school.

Sbonelo Yeni from Oshabeni, who is currently training to become a pilot, gave an informative presentation to the matriculants about his industry.

He encouraged pupils to refrain from thinking that it was impossible to be a pilot due to their background or upbringing.

“All you need to become a pilot are good marks in maths and science, coupled with a good command of English, although qualifying marks are high they are still not too far-fetched,” said Yeni to the pupils.

Yeni also spoke about other related careers, including air traffic control, logistics management, transport economics, mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering, and information technology.

The team was led by Phumlani Mzobe, founder of PMF, who motivated both matriculants and teachers.

Mzobe told attendants that one’s attitude determined their altitude in their life’s pursuits.

“A positive attitude attracts support from resourceful individuals as most people are keen to assist anyone who is dedicated and focused.

He reminded learners that lack of career planning is the source of most problems for the education sector in the country,” said Mzobe.

The team also comprised Msawakhe Khowa (IT Technician and entrepreneur), Nosipho Jele (Ugu Municipality’s environmental health practitioner), Nozipho Dlamini (PMF leader in Port Shepstone), as well as Phaphaza Lubanyana and Mongezi Simkile (PMF outreach officers). The reigning Face of Port Shepstone, Khanyisile Nyanda, was also one of the speakers on the day.

The school, which faces a challenge of high absenteeism, requested the foundation to return in October for an examination preparation session with the pupils. PMF will also be launching a “School is Cool” campaign in commemoration of Youth Month in June.

The foundation’s management can be contacted on 083 871 3305 or through e-mail at


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