Rustenburg pilot raises over R100K to help hundreds affected by #Unrest

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More than 200 pilots have registered to help fly goods to KwaZulu-Natal
More than 200 pilots have registered to help fly goods to KwaZulu-Natal

His day job is to pilot planes. 

But after seeing his country in unrest, he decided it was his civic duty to lend a helping hand. 

Multiple shopping centres were recently looted in KwaZulu-Natal,

After seeing this, Rustenburg native, Goitse Diale (22) wanted to make a tangible difference. 

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More than 200 pilots have registered to help fly goods to KwaZulu-Natal

"I realized that the people in these areas will have a shortage of various basic goods,” he tells us. 

“So, I called people I know in the industry and asked if they would help fly food to KZN. That's how Ubuntu Flight was born.”

The first call Goitse made was to his friend, Felix Gosher. Felix is also a pilot and now, co-founder of Ubuntu Flights.

It wasn’t long before Goitse was able to get more pilots on board. 

"More than 200 pilots have registered and were prepared to fly off the goods. Just over 20 aircraft have been made available,” Goitse says.

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He revealed that within 24 hours of appealing to people to make donations, they raised R100 000.

"I cannot help but see God's hand in it," Goitse shares.

They have since had 12 flights to KZN and more than 4.5 tons of goods have been unloaded and distributed to residents in need. 

"We have approached respected organizations to help with the distribution of goods on that side. They know where the need is, and they have tons of experience with the sharing of food parcels. 

“Diapers, formula milk and canned food are items that were needed the most. We focused on things children would need the most,” he says.

Ubuntu Flights is planning at least 10 more flights to KwaZulu-Natal.

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Felix Gosher, co-founder of Ubuntu Flight

"Many people have donated, and it is truly incredible to see people open their hearts, but we have a slight financial challenge. Petrol is expensive. We would like to do more flights”, he explains. 

Despite the challenges, Goitse says they hope to make donations to some of the more remote villages.

"Places like Howick have received assistance and most of the other campaigns focus on big cities such as Durban. We hope to help those people in smaller places as well,” he says.

Goitse says he and Felix do not deserve credit for their selfless work.

"I consider it my civic duty to help people. In any case, it would not have been possible if there were not so many people who are willing to donate time, money and goods,” he says.

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