“I wanted to teach South African teenagers from different backgrounds the necessary life skills needed to grow. Our aim is to show people that nothing is impossible. If we can build a plane to travel to Africa, then what is stopping them?”

The team chose a prototype of the Sling 4.

The plane took three weeks to assemble and uses ordinary motor fuel.

The 17-year-old, who obtained her student pilot’s licence when she was 16-years-old, will use the travel trip to create awareness on her foundation U Dream Global Foundation, a youth-based organisation that will uplift, empower and transform the lives of youth on the continent.

“The trip is an opportunity to see our beautiful continent, but also provides a chance to interact with disadvantaged communities and impart some motivational message to them,” she said.

For those who are worried about safety features, the plane has undergone safety checks by top engineers, and a support plane will fly with the team to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

For more information, visit www.backabuddy.co.za/cape-to-cairo 

Source: IOL