You Can Build A Helicopter If You’re Jobless In South Africa


The only good thing about being jobless in South Africa is that you’ll get to build a helicopter from scrap to finish,  all by yourself. Yes, you can build a helicopter if you’re jobless in South Africa but to succeed, you’ve got to be zealous like Vusimuzi Mbatha. Indeed, in every demerit, there’s a merit!

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Mbatha, a 35-year-old man originally from Libode in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, came to Rustenburg ten years ago searching for jobs in the mines. As he remained so long unemployed, he decided to follow-up his fantasies of flying a helicopter which he first experienced when he saw a helicopter during a strike on the platinum belt in North West. To actualize this dreams of flying a chopper, Mbatha’s best option was to simply build his own air-ride.
Mbatha's chopper

Responding to a question, Mbatha narrated that he dreamt he was controlling a helicopter. That was January last year, during the strike in the platinum mines. “The dream continued and I decided to follow it. It was easy to build this helicopter because I have a vision of what I wanted to do” he added. So, he began buying little by little some of the materials he needed and ultimately used scrap metal to build the helicopter which has attracted major attentions to his shack in Siza informal settlement where his creation is situated.

Obviously wowed, the locals agreed that they thought he was fooling around when he started assembling materials for the chopper. HowAfrica reported one of them; Kgositsile Lumko saying “we thought he was playing when he started to assemble it…we are surprised. we never expected something like this to come from our area. This guy is talented. Government needs to help him to take his dream further.”


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Describing the helicopter Mbatha built, HowAfrica further reported that “the helicopter sports a television set, a clock situated on the back of a seat, and a two-way radio. It has a green and a red light to its tail that flashes at night. Its engine is powered by petrol and a motorbike battery is used to propel the rotor.”
Though the helicopter is incomplete for Mbatha stated that “there are some parts that I have to put in.” He however called on experienced aviation experts to inspect his helicopter before he take his first flight with the chopper. To him, “flying is dangerous. I want the helicopter to be inspected for safety before I can fly” he said.
In all, Mbatha believed he can fly, and he did fly. Check out his reaction after he received his first flight in the video footage below.