He will become a qualified pilot in December this year
By Jonk wa Mashamba
Brilliant Nkuna (28) spent six weeks in hospital after he was involved in a horrific accident on 7 May 2016.
Nkuna, originally from the dusty streets of Joppie village in -Nwamitwa (Tzaneen) in Limpopo province) said the accident happened on the Bush Valley Farm.
He suffered a head injury as his car rolled several times after striking a pothole.
“I had numerous broken bones all over my body and had little hope of surviving.
“To this day, I am the miracle man who has escaped death,” Nkuna declared.
And there was also a high probability of him using a wheelchair for the rest of his life. But God replied to his prayers.
His flying journey began unexpectedly!
This after he saw an advertisement in a newspaper of a company that was searching for aircraft engineers and he applied.
In 2018, he was invited to take part in aircraft maintenance engineering training at 43 Air School in Port Alfred, outside Port Elizabeth, PE.
One day, when he was flying to PE, he met a woman, Fatima Jakoel, senior pilot for the South African Airways.
She provided him with a pilot sponsorship through her organization, the Sakhikamva Foundation, based in Cape Town.
“I jumped at both opportunities. Miraculously, I was found fully capable of becoming a pilot,”he said.
“God has transformed my life into something that still looks like a dream.
“I was so excited about finally stepping into the industry I love,” he said.
Nkuna is also a dedicated camera operator at the Power Life Church of Christ located in Kaalfontein, Gauteng.
He says the church and his family have been the source of his force ever since.
It is anticipated that he will finish his pilot training in December this year.
His advice to the young:
“Anything is possible if you have faith, if you remain in prayer and if you believe in God for your breakthrough.
“Education is essential, no matter your family background; you can still pursue a career.”