Ambitious Xhosa girl who lost dad at young age becomes a pilot

Ambitious Xhosa girl who lost dad at young age becomes a pilot

- Sive Mfenyana lost her dad at a young age and was raised by a single parent

- This didn't stop her from achieving her dream of becoming a pilot

- She is keen to see more people from disadvantaged backgrounds joining the aviation industry

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A young woman from the Eastern Cape is living her dream as a pilot despite growing up in a single parent household.

Sive Mfenyana shared her inspiring story on South African Civil Aviation Authority's Facebook page recently, gathered.

Describing herself as an "ambitious Xhosa girl," Sive said she lost her dad at a young age. Her mom therefore raised her as a single parent.

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Her interest in flying was sparked by a simple question she had as a child, "Who gets to keep these big machines in the sky and why can’t I?"

This curiosity grew into a steely determination to achieve her dream. Now that she's living it, Sive is keen to use her career to open up more opportunities for future generations.


The young pilot is especially keen to see more youths from disadvantaged backgrounds joining the aviation industry.

She said being a pilot is both challenging and fulfilling, but the journey is definitely worth it. Sive explained what inspires and drives her:

The tiny possibility of me being able to change the landslide of aviation in this country, and the thought of the trickle on effect that my success in this industry, could have on other generations, other families and ultimately resulting in a dignified and economically free black society.

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