Now 29, he is still determined to achieve his dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot, despite bumps along the path.
Growing up in Umzumbe and then moving to uMlazi, Sizwe said: “I remember watching planes and wanting to be a pilot from a very young age. When we saw a plane high in the sky, we would use the clock to point its position, saying there’s one at 3 o’clock.
“I remember coming here to Durban to live in uMlazi and I used to go and watch the planes at the Durban Airport.”
When he left school, Sizwe already knew exactly what he wanted to do, but his matric maths mark was not high enough for him to apply to become a pilot.