After having completed his matric in 2010, the young man enrolled with the Ekurhuleni East College, where he completed his national certificate in mechanical engineering last year.
“In this course my major subject was on fixing aircraft because as a child I had always been fascinated by how they move in the air.
“Soon after completing I started researching what I could study to further my education and then someone suggested I learn to become a pilot.
“I then started trying to find out what bursaries from various departments are out there, went to religious groups, businesses and individuals, but was unsuccessful,” he says.
Despite being told that this is a tough industry to break into, especially for someone from the township, and that he did not meet the criteria at a certain flight company, he did not stop dreaming.
“When I heard this, I was sad and shattered because in addition to this, other people would promise me something but not come through on it.
“So I had to find ways of pulling myself through it as life hasn’t been easy.
“This time reminded me of when my mum died in 2001 and how I had to pull through that ordeal, though I have been fortunate enough to have a supportive grandmother and uncle who have helped me get to where I am today,” he says.
With great courage, perseverance and not much to lose, the lad dusted himself off and tried his luck again, but this time at a private college.
“People at the Johannesburg School of Flying just looked at my matric results, assessed me and after applying I was accepted.
“This has been a great accomplishment for me as it means I’m just one step closer to living my dream,” he says.
Radebe is looking at studying towards getting a commercial pilot licence, which will cost him thousands he currently can’t afford.
He says, however, that he can start with his classes anytime he finds a bursary or cash.
And he is positive that something will come up and he will eventually find a way of funding his dream.
“At some point I didn’t think I would get this far with my dream as I only grew up seeing white pilots flying aircraft.
“I have had this dream since I was a child, so I won’t give up on it now, as I’m just praying I can at least find a sponsorship or bursary, so I can finally go to school and make this dream a reality.
“This experience has shown me that opportunities are still scarce for the some black young people, especially if you do not have the money,” he says.