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Melvin October
  • Melvin October

Meet our team

Today we introduce you to someone who has one of the most important responsibilities within our organisation, the responsibility to ensure that our aircraft and hangar is kept in pristine condition. Melvin October has been with the organisation for more than a year and with his quiet demeanour he ensures that the aircraft at Cape Town base are looked after on a daily basis. Here’s a look into his world...

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town, grew up in Eersteriver and for the past six years I have been living in Ravensmead.”

What do you do at AMS? “I am a hangar assistant. I ensure that the aircraft is kept in a sterling condition and ensure that the hangar is kept tidy.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started working for AMS? “The best thing is that my job entitles me to ensure that the aircraft and hangar receives the necessary Tender Love and Care (TLC).”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To be a person that others could rely on when needed.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Spend time with my family and I enjoy watching sports e.g. soccer & rugby.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “My parents taught me to be humble and respect others at all times.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Being able to do a thorough job with pride in my heart.”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible & cell phone.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “The WWE wrestlers.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “To say thank you to the Lord for His grace that was given unto us.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day the Lord gave me the pleasure of being there when my daughter was born.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I would like to do anything where I can travel and see the world.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Anything sweet.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Praying to God.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Always be willing to help others.”

What animal best represents you and why? “A beaver – it is a hard working animal.”

Any motto you live by? “Being loyal and having pride in what you do.”

Meet our team
  • Melvin October

Meet our team

Today we introduce you to someone who has one of the most important responsibilities within our organisation, the responsibility to ensure that our aircraft and hangar is kept in pristine condition. Melvin October has been with the organisation for more than a year and with his quiet demeanour he ensures that the aircraft at Cape Town base are looked after on a daily basis. Here’s a look into his world...

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town, grew up in Eersteriver and for the past six years I have been living in Ravensmead.”

What do you do at AMS? “I am a hangar assistant. I ensure that the aircraft is kept in a sterling condition and ensure that the hangar is kept tidy.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started working for AMS? “The best thing is that my job entitles me to ensure that the aircraft and hangar receives the necessary Tender Love and Care (TLC).”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To be a person that others could rely on when needed.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Spend time with my family and I enjoy watching sports e.g. soccer & rugby.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “My parents taught me to be humble and respect others at all times.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Being able to do a thorough job with pride in my heart.”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible & cell phone.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “The WWE wrestlers.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “To say thank you to the Lord for His grace that was given unto us.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day the Lord gave me the pleasure of being there when my daughter was born.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I would like to do anything where I can travel and see the world.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Anything sweet.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Praying to God.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Always be willing to help others.”

What animal best represents you and why? “A beaver – it is a hard working animal.”

Any motto you live by? “Being loyal and having pride in what you do.”

Kyle Jackson
  • Kyle Jackson

Team focus ...

Our team member we introducing to you today was born in the largest city of South Africa, he participates in full contact combat sport, loves the outdoors and can definitely be classified as a fitness fanatic. Kyle Jackson has been with the organisation for a year and a half and is based at our Cape Town Base. Here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself … “Well, I’m 30 years old, married, with one step son.  I was born in Boksburg, on the East Rand of Gauteng, where I spent my first few years of life; my family moved down to the Cape and I attended Gene Louw Primary School – before moving to Worcester to complete my schooling at Worcester Primary school we then moved back to Boksburg where I attended Boksburg High School.  Post High School I studied at the University of Pretoria (I studied IT) – however the studies bored me and my passion for travel and adventure had me drop out to go to the UK on a working holiday visa.   When I returned from the UK I attended a Basic Ambulance Assistance course (BAA) where I discovered one could do a degree to become a paramedic so I enrolled and completed my BTech in Emergency Medicine Care at the University of Johannesburg in 2013.  My undergraduate research study: South African paramedics’ experience of financial medicine practices was published in 2016.”

What do you do at AMS? “I’m a flight paramedic and registered as an Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP). I provide an Advanced Life Support function on the Fixed Wing and Rotor Wing Platforms. I’ve also recently been approached by management to add a quality role to my portfolio so I’m looking forward to assisting AMS in that capacity. I am also currently undergoing External Load Operator (ELO)/ Hoist Operator training which I’m very excited about.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started working at AMS? “I think every red patient (Critical/P1) you treat has its own unique challenges. I think the best thing is getting an opportunity to use the knowledge and skills I have obtained in my career to benefit my patients some of whom are very sick; and to hopefully impart some of that knowledge to my colleagues and students (I enjoy taking on the mentorship role and guiding and assisting the newer ECP’s, students and even the ECT’s).  There’s not much better than when you receive a thank you from a patient you treated, or a compliment from a colleague or Doctor or someone whom you assisted.  I think the worst thing is when you have to deal with ungrateful or disrespectful people, but you have to maintain your professionalism and treat all people equally.” 

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I’d like to complete my ELO training, and master all the aspects of being a hoist operator.  I would also like to complete a Master’s Degree and eventually a PHD.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I enjoy training and working out. I am currently undergoing Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training. I train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Kick-Boxing (K1), and also try to get to the gym 5-6 times a week.  I also enjoy hiking, being in nature and trail running.  Attending live sports events is also something I enjoy.”

What is the one thing about you few people know?  “I don’t think many people know that I have a second degree black sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Having the privilege of flying, I honestly believe that in my profession there isn’t currently a better job I could have.   I can truly say I have my dream job, and when I was a student it used to be my dream to become a flight paramedic one day.”

What is on your bedside table? “My AMS calendar and a lamp.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Bruce Lee, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Richard Branson and then maybe someone like Hansie Cronje oh and my Grandfather.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I’m late for gym.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I received the phone call from Catherine Brown who offered me the job at AMS.  And the day I got married…”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I’d have to say an Astronaut (if that day was the day they were going to outer space) or a Mount Everest Mountain Guide.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Hmmm… probably even though I shouldn’t be eating it, cake… and bacon. Bacon for the win.”What is the one thing, you can’t live without?  “Did I mention bacon… definitely my wife.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “All the advice my grandfather gave me whilst I was growing up and you always need to maintain your sense of humour.”

What animal best represents you and why? “I’ve always had an affinity to wolves.”

Any motto you live by? “The Jacksonian Way.”

Team focus ...
  • Kyle Jackson

Team focus ...

Our team member we introducing to you today was born in the largest city of South Africa, he participates in full contact combat sport, loves the outdoors and can definitely be classified as a fitness fanatic. Kyle Jackson has been with the organisation for a year and a half and is based at our Cape Town Base. Here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself … “Well, I’m 30 years old, married, with one step son.  I was born in Boksburg, on the East Rand of Gauteng, where I spent my first few years of life; my family moved down to the Cape and I attended Gene Louw Primary School – before moving to Worcester to complete my schooling at Worcester Primary school we then moved back to Boksburg where I attended Boksburg High School.  Post High School I studied at the University of Pretoria (I studied IT) – however the studies bored me and my passion for travel and adventure had me drop out to go to the UK on a working holiday visa.   When I returned from the UK I attended a Basic Ambulance Assistance course (BAA) where I discovered one could do a degree to become a paramedic so I enrolled and completed my BTech in Emergency Medicine Care at the University of Johannesburg in 2013.  My undergraduate research study: South African paramedics’ experience of financial medicine practices was published in 2016.”

What do you do at AMS? “I’m a flight paramedic and registered as an Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP). I provide an Advanced Life Support function on the Fixed Wing and Rotor Wing Platforms. I’ve also recently been approached by management to add a quality role to my portfolio so I’m looking forward to assisting AMS in that capacity. I am also currently undergoing External Load Operator (ELO)/ Hoist Operator training which I’m very excited about.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started working at AMS? “I think every red patient (Critical/P1) you treat has its own unique challenges. I think the best thing is getting an opportunity to use the knowledge and skills I have obtained in my career to benefit my patients some of whom are very sick; and to hopefully impart some of that knowledge to my colleagues and students (I enjoy taking on the mentorship role and guiding and assisting the newer ECP’s, students and even the ECT’s).  There’s not much better than when you receive a thank you from a patient you treated, or a compliment from a colleague or Doctor or someone whom you assisted.  I think the worst thing is when you have to deal with ungrateful or disrespectful people, but you have to maintain your professionalism and treat all people equally.” 

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I’d like to complete my ELO training, and master all the aspects of being a hoist operator.  I would also like to complete a Master’s Degree and eventually a PHD.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I enjoy training and working out. I am currently undergoing Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training. I train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Kick-Boxing (K1), and also try to get to the gym 5-6 times a week.  I also enjoy hiking, being in nature and trail running.  Attending live sports events is also something I enjoy.”

What is the one thing about you few people know?  “I don’t think many people know that I have a second degree black sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Having the privilege of flying, I honestly believe that in my profession there isn’t currently a better job I could have.   I can truly say I have my dream job, and when I was a student it used to be my dream to become a flight paramedic one day.”

What is on your bedside table? “My AMS calendar and a lamp.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Bruce Lee, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Richard Branson and then maybe someone like Hansie Cronje oh and my Grandfather.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I’m late for gym.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I received the phone call from Catherine Brown who offered me the job at AMS.  And the day I got married…”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I’d have to say an Astronaut (if that day was the day they were going to outer space) or a Mount Everest Mountain Guide.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Hmmm… probably even though I shouldn’t be eating it, cake… and bacon. Bacon for the win.”What is the one thing, you can’t live without?  “Did I mention bacon… definitely my wife.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “All the advice my grandfather gave me whilst I was growing up and you always need to maintain your sense of humour.”

What animal best represents you and why? “I’ve always had an affinity to wolves.”

Any motto you live by? “The Jacksonian Way.”

Peter Turner
  • Peter Turner

Meet our team

The AMS apprenticeship programme is a skills development programme, aimed at increasing the talent pool for the skills shortage of aircraft technicians within the aviation industry. Today we introduce one of the participants in this programme, Peter Turner. Peter born and bred in Durban, has been with the organisation for four years. He is currently based at our King Shaka base, here’s what he had to say when we chatted with him…

Did you always want to be in the aircraft engineering field? “Yes I always wanted to be in the aircraft engineering field.”

How did your career start in the aviation field? “I have a friend that I had known for many years who is a licensed Aircraft Engineer. He was employed at AMS and asked if I would like to come and help on a voluntary basis - that’s where my passion and love started.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started at AMS? “The best thing that’s happened is that I get to work with a great bunch of people who make you feel like family.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I would like to master being a professional licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Spending time with family and friends and regularly attending church - these values I hold dearly to me.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I love keeping aircraft serviceable and being part of a team that service the aircraft and indirectly saving lives and going the extra mile.”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible and cell phone and my aircraft maintenance theory booklet.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “To have dinner with Jesus.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What can I do to make a difference today & add value and to thank God for everything he has done for me.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When I got my first car.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Spending time with family and friends around a braai and watching sport.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “I can’t live without God.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Achieve your goal no matter what it takes.”

Any motto you live by? “Invincible determination can accomplish anything.’’

Meet our team
  • Peter Turner

Meet our team

The AMS apprenticeship programme is a skills development programme, aimed at increasing the talent pool for the skills shortage of aircraft technicians within the aviation industry. Today we introduce one of the participants in this programme, Peter Turner. Peter born and bred in Durban, has been with the organisation for four years. He is currently based at our King Shaka base, here’s what he had to say when we chatted with him…

Did you always want to be in the aircraft engineering field? “Yes I always wanted to be in the aircraft engineering field.”

How did your career start in the aviation field? “I have a friend that I had known for many years who is a licensed Aircraft Engineer. He was employed at AMS and asked if I would like to come and help on a voluntary basis - that’s where my passion and love started.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started at AMS? “The best thing that’s happened is that I get to work with a great bunch of people who make you feel like family.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I would like to master being a professional licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Spending time with family and friends and regularly attending church - these values I hold dearly to me.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I love keeping aircraft serviceable and being part of a team that service the aircraft and indirectly saving lives and going the extra mile.”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible and cell phone and my aircraft maintenance theory booklet.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “To have dinner with Jesus.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What can I do to make a difference today & add value and to thank God for everything he has done for me.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When I got my first car.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Spending time with family and friends around a braai and watching sport.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “I can’t live without God.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Achieve your goal no matter what it takes.”

Any motto you live by? “Invincible determination can accomplish anything.’’

Heinrich Williams
  • Heinrich Williams

Meet our team

We are delighted to welcome Heinrich Williams, (Technical & Quality Controller of the AMS’ Aircraft Maintenance Organisation - AMO) to the AMS family. Heinrich has been with us just short of two months. Heinrich was born in Cape Town but grew up in Klerksdorp in the North West Province. Here’s a glimpse into Heinrich’s world …

How did your career start in the aviation field? “It began when I started my career in the South African Air Force.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started with AMS? The best thing is that I found myself with a new extended family, from whom I can learn.  There are no worst things there are only challenges in life, so this will make me grow in the near future.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? To be humble.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Spend time with the family, watch sports and reading my Bible.”

What's the one thing about you few people know? “That I learn every day from people young or mature.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Being able to help where I can no matter what it may be.”

What is on your bedside table? My Bible, watch, cell phone and one toy of my child.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? From the Bible Jesus, Daniel, Samuel, David and Moses.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? To say thank you to the Lord for His Grace that was given unto us.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day the Lord gave me the privilege of witnessing my daughter being born.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Guidance counsellor.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Eating a nice piece of chocolate cake with caramel topping.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Praying to God for guidance.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Always have a smile on your face and stay humble.”

Which animal best represents you and why? “A dove, because it symbolises peace.”

Any motto you live by? “First impressions last a life time.”

Meet our team
  • Heinrich Williams

Meet our team

We are delighted to welcome Heinrich Williams, (Technical & Quality Controller of the AMS’ Aircraft Maintenance Organisation - AMO) to the AMS family. Heinrich has been with us just short of two months. Heinrich was born in Cape Town but grew up in Klerksdorp in the North West Province. Here’s a glimpse into Heinrich’s world …

How did your career start in the aviation field? “It began when I started my career in the South African Air Force.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started with AMS? The best thing is that I found myself with a new extended family, from whom I can learn.  There are no worst things there are only challenges in life, so this will make me grow in the near future.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? To be humble.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Spend time with the family, watch sports and reading my Bible.”

What's the one thing about you few people know? “That I learn every day from people young or mature.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Being able to help where I can no matter what it may be.”

What is on your bedside table? My Bible, watch, cell phone and one toy of my child.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? From the Bible Jesus, Daniel, Samuel, David and Moses.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? To say thank you to the Lord for His Grace that was given unto us.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day the Lord gave me the privilege of witnessing my daughter being born.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Guidance counsellor.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Eating a nice piece of chocolate cake with caramel topping.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Praying to God for guidance.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Always have a smile on your face and stay humble.”

Which animal best represents you and why? “A dove, because it symbolises peace.”

Any motto you live by? “First impressions last a life time.”

Zeenat Samodien-Petersen
  • Zeenat Samodien-Petersen

Team member focus ...

Today we introduce you to the first friendly face you see when you visit the Occupational Health Clinic situated at Cape Town International Airport. Zeenat Samodien-Petersen has been with the organisation for more than two years and offers administrative support and receptionist’s duties at the Clinic. The AMS manages and oversee the critical ground ambulance and occupational health service of ACSA (Airports Company of South Africa). This service is provided to the airport users, ACSA employees, operators and sub-contractors in the airport precinct and surrounds. Here’s a look into Zeenat’s world…

Tell us a little bit about yourself:  “I am a born and bred Capetonion ... A true daddy’s girl (she laughs). A hopeless romantic and a lover of books, the great outdoors, the sun, the rain and wind with its fresh breeze. I love nature, plants and animals and children (they are my soft spot).I am married to my best friend, my everything, my joker and ace of spades. I am a mother to a little boy who has shaped my world in many ways I never could have possibly imagined. He amazes me every day. I am generally a very quiet person but when I care about someone or something, I care with all my heart. I never give up.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Meeting new people from all walks of life from all over the world and learning new things every day. Working with people that save and change lives…what can be greater than that!”

What do you do in your spare time? “Baking, cooking, reading, running, going for walks and visiting new places and the outdoors. I love swimming as well, and lazing on the couch with a blanket, a good movie or series, couch-potatoe style (she giggles).”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I bake, cook and like trying new recipes and methods of cooking with my husband and son.  I do beading, painting and embroidery.”

What is on your bedside table? “My prayer book, two novels I am currently reading, one of my son’s toys and a necklace.  My calcium tablets and Vicks - only a mom knows why.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? Maya Angelou (The Poet), George Carlin ( The comedian), Mother Theresa (Missionary ) , Aung San Suu Kyi (The Diplomat) and Malala Yousafzai (The youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate - female activist).”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “A Foundation Phase Teacher.”

What would you want if you were stranded on a deserted island? “My husband and his medical rescue equipment - as he is a handy man who always has a plan.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “I love chips, coffee and rainbow cookies.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “My family...I wouldn’t be me without them.”

If money was no object, what would you do all day? “Travel the world and help those less fortunate than myself.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “It doesn’t matter how many people you meet in your life, you just need the real ones who accept you for who you are and help you become who you are meant to be.”

 

Team member focus ...
  • Zeenat Samodien-Petersen

Team member focus ...

Today we introduce you to the first friendly face you see when you visit the Occupational Health Clinic situated at Cape Town International Airport. Zeenat Samodien-Petersen has been with the organisation for more than two years and offers administrative support and receptionist’s duties at the Clinic. The AMS manages and oversee the critical ground ambulance and occupational health service of ACSA (Airports Company of South Africa). This service is provided to the airport users, ACSA employees, operators and sub-contractors in the airport precinct and surrounds. Here’s a look into Zeenat’s world…

Tell us a little bit about yourself:  “I am a born and bred Capetonion ... A true daddy’s girl (she laughs). A hopeless romantic and a lover of books, the great outdoors, the sun, the rain and wind with its fresh breeze. I love nature, plants and animals and children (they are my soft spot).I am married to my best friend, my everything, my joker and ace of spades. I am a mother to a little boy who has shaped my world in many ways I never could have possibly imagined. He amazes me every day. I am generally a very quiet person but when I care about someone or something, I care with all my heart. I never give up.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Meeting new people from all walks of life from all over the world and learning new things every day. Working with people that save and change lives…what can be greater than that!”

What do you do in your spare time? “Baking, cooking, reading, running, going for walks and visiting new places and the outdoors. I love swimming as well, and lazing on the couch with a blanket, a good movie or series, couch-potatoe style (she giggles).”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I bake, cook and like trying new recipes and methods of cooking with my husband and son.  I do beading, painting and embroidery.”

What is on your bedside table? “My prayer book, two novels I am currently reading, one of my son’s toys and a necklace.  My calcium tablets and Vicks - only a mom knows why.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? Maya Angelou (The Poet), George Carlin ( The comedian), Mother Theresa (Missionary ) , Aung San Suu Kyi (The Diplomat) and Malala Yousafzai (The youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate - female activist).”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “A Foundation Phase Teacher.”

What would you want if you were stranded on a deserted island? “My husband and his medical rescue equipment - as he is a handy man who always has a plan.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “I love chips, coffee and rainbow cookies.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “My family...I wouldn’t be me without them.”

If money was no object, what would you do all day? “Travel the world and help those less fortunate than myself.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “It doesn’t matter how many people you meet in your life, you just need the real ones who accept you for who you are and help you become who you are meant to be.”

 

David Bruiners
  • David Bruiners

Team focus ...

Today we introduce you to one of our Emergency Care Technicians (ECT) and External Load Operators (ELO) who is part of our Cape Town team for the past four years - David Bruiners. Originally from a small town in the Eastern Cape, David is an adventurer who has travelled many countries and has a zest for life.  Here’s what he had to say when we got chatting to him …

Tell us a little bit about yourself: “I was born in the little town of Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape, I am the third child of four. I went to school in Humansdorp and finished Matric at Humansdorp Secondary School in 2001. I am an adventure freak who loves the outdoors. I love traveling and have travelled to about 20 countries and still counting. I’m married to the most amazing woman in the entire world who still think I’m made of granite. I love action and because of that I had the opportunity to work as a line medic on demining contracts in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and Mozambique. I am a very funny person and always love a good laugh.”

How did your career start in the EMS field? “I always loved the lights and sirens, the excitement, adrenaline and then the massive impact my dad and uncle had on me who was also in EMS for as long as I can remember. So after returning from abroad and not really sure if I still wanted to continue working in the tourism sectorI completed my Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) course and the rest is history.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I just enjoy helping people and really see what I can do as a calling rather than a job.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? Best: Qualified as an ELO. Worst: My first body recovery.”

What do you do in your spare time? I love swimming, running, hiking, adventure racing, rock and surf angling (BIG TIME), kayak fishing, pistol and rifle shooting, air soft and Mil sims.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I love cooking.”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Neil Armstrong, Jesus, Princess Diana.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Commander of an Air Craft Carrier.”

What would you want if you were stranded on a deserted island? “Definitely my Leatherman.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Hershey’s” 

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “My watch.”

If money was no object, what would you do all day? Fishing. Kayaking, spending time with my wife and just enjoying the outdoors.”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? Smoking.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? Follow your dreams, never ever give up, pain is just weakness leaving the body.”

 

 

Team focus ...
  • David Bruiners

Team focus ...

Today we introduce you to one of our Emergency Care Technicians (ECT) and External Load Operators (ELO) who is part of our Cape Town team for the past four years - David Bruiners. Originally from a small town in the Eastern Cape, David is an adventurer who has travelled many countries and has a zest for life.  Here’s what he had to say when we got chatting to him …

Tell us a little bit about yourself: “I was born in the little town of Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape, I am the third child of four. I went to school in Humansdorp and finished Matric at Humansdorp Secondary School in 2001. I am an adventure freak who loves the outdoors. I love traveling and have travelled to about 20 countries and still counting. I’m married to the most amazing woman in the entire world who still think I’m made of granite. I love action and because of that I had the opportunity to work as a line medic on demining contracts in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and Mozambique. I am a very funny person and always love a good laugh.”

How did your career start in the EMS field? “I always loved the lights and sirens, the excitement, adrenaline and then the massive impact my dad and uncle had on me who was also in EMS for as long as I can remember. So after returning from abroad and not really sure if I still wanted to continue working in the tourism sectorI completed my Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) course and the rest is history.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I just enjoy helping people and really see what I can do as a calling rather than a job.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? Best: Qualified as an ELO. Worst: My first body recovery.”

What do you do in your spare time? I love swimming, running, hiking, adventure racing, rock and surf angling (BIG TIME), kayak fishing, pistol and rifle shooting, air soft and Mil sims.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I love cooking.”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Neil Armstrong, Jesus, Princess Diana.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Commander of an Air Craft Carrier.”

What would you want if you were stranded on a deserted island? “Definitely my Leatherman.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Hershey’s” 

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “My watch.”

If money was no object, what would you do all day? Fishing. Kayaking, spending time with my wife and just enjoying the outdoors.”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? Smoking.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? Follow your dreams, never ever give up, pain is just weakness leaving the body.”

 

 

Dave Solomon
  • Dave Solomon

Meet our team ... soaring the AMS skies for 16 years

Our staff member who is featured today is from the second largest city and capital of the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. Dave Solomon, Fixed Wing Pilot at the AMS King Shaka base has been soaring the skies with AMS for 16 years.  A man of many talents which includes motor-racing and a professional cook now flies to the far flung areas of KwaZulu-Natal to bring specialists to rural hospitals to provide appropriate and effective healthcare to the community. Here’s a look into Dave’s world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg which was a unique and an exceptional place to grow up. I attended Merchiston and Alexandra High School which was followed by a brief stint at Varsity (which was not for me). This lead to working for Honda as a junior mechanic before I enrolled as an apprentice tool and die maker at the Railways. These were good days as I was also very involved in motor cross racing, a smashed up knee stopped that and lead to me commencing flying lessons. This started as a hobby and kind of took over”.

Did you always wanted to be a pilot? “Not really. My original intention was to become a mechanical engineer, but I guess the love of flying soon changed that.”

Were you in any other trade other than aviation before?  “Yes, I was a motorcycle mechanic, a toolmaker in the last days of steam locos and ended up making stove switches at Oak Industries.  This definitely had an influence on my decision to become a pilot.”

How did your career start in the aero-medical field? “I was impressed by seeing the AMS aircraft operation in and out of Pietermaritzburg and when a position became available I applied.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Flying a PC12 and the warm fuzzy feeling of doing something good.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started for AMS? “The best was the skulduggery by Kogie and Yolanda which lead to my marriage to Rene. The worst was the uncertainty surrounding our contractual situation in KZN.”

What do you do in your spare time? “At present we love camping and exploring our country.  We look for beaches, wild animals, historic motor races and museums and collections of old stuff.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am qualified as a chef.”

What is on your bedside table? “A picture of my wife, a magnifying lamp and a bowl of odds and ends. And hopefully coffee as I wake up.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Very interesting.  No politicians, no vegetarians. Since it would be a dinner party it would have to be entertaining so I would choose Barry Sheen, James Hunt, Prof Syd Watkins, Valentino Rossi and Murry Walker - all from the motor racing world.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Supreme dictator.”

What would you want if you were stranded on a deserted island? “My wife and a jet ski with petrol.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coke”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Coke”

If money was no object, what would you do all day? “Build and race historic sports cars.”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “Sleeping until all danger of frost is passed.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “If you ever have an opportunity to meet your idol….. don’t, you will be disappointed” (Jeremy Clarkson).

Meet our team ... soaring the AMS skies for 16 years
  • Dave Solomon

Meet our team ... soaring the AMS skies for 16 years

Our staff member who is featured today is from the second largest city and capital of the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. Dave Solomon, Fixed Wing Pilot at the AMS King Shaka base has been soaring the skies with AMS for 16 years.  A man of many talents which includes motor-racing and a professional cook now flies to the far flung areas of KwaZulu-Natal to bring specialists to rural hospitals to provide appropriate and effective healthcare to the community. Here’s a look into Dave’s world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg which was a unique and an exceptional place to grow up. I attended Merchiston and Alexandra High School which was followed by a brief stint at Varsity (which was not for me). This lead to working for Honda as a junior mechanic before I enrolled as an apprentice tool and die maker at the Railways. These were good days as I was also very involved in motor cross racing, a smashed up knee stopped that and lead to me commencing flying lessons. This started as a hobby and kind of took over”.

Did you always wanted to be a pilot? “Not really. My original intention was to become a mechanical engineer, but I guess the love of flying soon changed that.”

Were you in any other trade other than aviation before?  “Yes, I was a motorcycle mechanic, a toolmaker in the last days of steam locos and ended up making stove switches at Oak Industries.  This definitely had an influence on my decision to become a pilot.”

How did your career start in the aero-medical field? “I was impressed by seeing the AMS aircraft operation in and out of Pietermaritzburg and when a position became available I applied.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Flying a PC12 and the warm fuzzy feeling of doing something good.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started for AMS? “The best was the skulduggery by Kogie and Yolanda which lead to my marriage to Rene. The worst was the uncertainty surrounding our contractual situation in KZN.”

What do you do in your spare time? “At present we love camping and exploring our country.  We look for beaches, wild animals, historic motor races and museums and collections of old stuff.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am qualified as a chef.”

What is on your bedside table? “A picture of my wife, a magnifying lamp and a bowl of odds and ends. And hopefully coffee as I wake up.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Very interesting.  No politicians, no vegetarians. Since it would be a dinner party it would have to be entertaining so I would choose Barry Sheen, James Hunt, Prof Syd Watkins, Valentino Rossi and Murry Walker - all from the motor racing world.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Supreme dictator.”

What would you want if you were stranded on a deserted island? “My wife and a jet ski with petrol.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coke”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Coke”

If money was no object, what would you do all day? “Build and race historic sports cars.”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “Sleeping until all danger of frost is passed.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “If you ever have an opportunity to meet your idol….. don’t, you will be disappointed” (Jeremy Clarkson).

Personal hearing protection donated to AMS KZN Pilots & Engineers

The AMS is grateful for the personal hearing protection that was custom made by the H.A.S.S Group (a total hearing healthcare solutions provider) and fitted by audiologists Gillian Te Brugge and Nishana Saman for the pilots and engineers at the AMS King Shaka Base.

The custom made hearing protection is in the form of an ear mould that is inserted into the ear canal. The device protects your hearing in a noisy environment in which the pilots and engineers are exposed to on a daily basis. The different filters in the device filters out the noise but still allows for communication if your hearing is within the normal limits. Further benefits of custom-made hearing protection are as follows: hygiene, it is made from durable acrylic material which is better than foam plugs, comfortable and easy to clean and also more cost effective than disposable ear plugs.

When asked what the importance of ear protection is, Nishana & Gillian explains… “Pilots and engineers are exposed to prolonged noise which can affect their hearing. If you think about a jet taking off, the sound levels of that noise is between 100-150 dB. That level of sound is enough to rupture an eardrum - compare that to a conversation in a restaurant at 60 dB. It is not just about the level of noise but also the period of exposure. The more you are exposed to noise without ear protection, the more likely you are to develop a hearing loss.  A study by the US Bureau of Labour Statistics in 2013 listed the airline industry secondary only to metal manufacturing for having the highest hearing loss rate of all professions.”

The pilots and engineers first had a baseline hearing test then ear mould impressions were taken to ensure that the hearing protection was custom made to fit the individual’s ear canal. 

Personal hearing protection donated to AMS KZN Pilots & Engineers

Personal hearing protection donated to AMS KZN Pilots & Engineers

The AMS is grateful for the personal hearing protection that was custom made by the H.A.S.S Group (a total hearing healthcare solutions provider) and fitted by audiologists Gillian Te Brugge and Nishana Saman for the pilots and engineers at the AMS King Shaka Base.

The custom made hearing protection is in the form of an ear mould that is inserted into the ear canal. The device protects your hearing in a noisy environment in which the pilots and engineers are exposed to on a daily basis. The different filters in the device filters out the noise but still allows for communication if your hearing is within the normal limits. Further benefits of custom-made hearing protection are as follows: hygiene, it is made from durable acrylic material which is better than foam plugs, comfortable and easy to clean and also more cost effective than disposable ear plugs.

When asked what the importance of ear protection is, Nishana & Gillian explains… “Pilots and engineers are exposed to prolonged noise which can affect their hearing. If you think about a jet taking off, the sound levels of that noise is between 100-150 dB. That level of sound is enough to rupture an eardrum - compare that to a conversation in a restaurant at 60 dB. It is not just about the level of noise but also the period of exposure. The more you are exposed to noise without ear protection, the more likely you are to develop a hearing loss.  A study by the US Bureau of Labour Statistics in 2013 listed the airline industry secondary only to metal manufacturing for having the highest hearing loss rate of all professions.”

The pilots and engineers first had a baseline hearing test then ear mould impressions were taken to ensure that the hearing protection was custom made to fit the individual’s ear canal. 

Eugene Mazimpaka
  • Eugene Mazimpaka

Team member focus ...

“To most people the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.” Anonymous. Today we introduce you to another team member of the AMS Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO), Eugene Mazimpaka. Eugene hails from a country located a few degrees south of the equator and its geography is dominated by mountains in the west and south, a country with green, mountainous landscape … Rwanda. Here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and raised in Kigali capital city of Rwanda where I also completed all my schooling. My interest in aviation was sparked at a young age. Every day not far from my house helicopters were taking off and landing day and night. I would be watching them through the window of my room some days I would go and stand behind the Airforce Base fence to observe them more closely.”

How long have you been with AMS? “I joined AMS early February 2009. It’s exactly eight years.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you joined AMS? “Always focusing on the best. They are numerous, it will take me forever to talk about them, briefly it’s a privilege to work for AMS.”

What are the three words your colleagues would use to describe you? “Knowledgeable, hardworking and friendly.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I don’t have much spare time outside of parental duties as I have twins Kelilah and Caleb who always wants me to spend time with them. I attend church regularly other than that we spend weekends on the farm far from town noises and other disturbances.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “It’s difficult to say. You will be surprised what people know or say about you.”

What is on your bedside table? “Lamp shade, Bible and cell phone.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Thomas Jefferson; Barack Obama; Fidel Castro; King Rudahigwa and Clotilde.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “To thank God for divine protection upon us as family and to travel to work safely and arrive on time.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When my twins were born.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To be President or the Minister of Justice.”

The best thing since sliced bread is … “My Family.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Church, Indian cuisine and business.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Air/water/food - as one.”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “I am trying hard to be a bit more patient and a better listener.”

Any wise words you will never forget? “That real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.” Zig Ziglar.

 

Team member focus ...
  • Eugene Mazimpaka

Team member focus ...

“To most people the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.” Anonymous. Today we introduce you to another team member of the AMS Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO), Eugene Mazimpaka. Eugene hails from a country located a few degrees south of the equator and its geography is dominated by mountains in the west and south, a country with green, mountainous landscape … Rwanda. Here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and raised in Kigali capital city of Rwanda where I also completed all my schooling. My interest in aviation was sparked at a young age. Every day not far from my house helicopters were taking off and landing day and night. I would be watching them through the window of my room some days I would go and stand behind the Airforce Base fence to observe them more closely.”

How long have you been with AMS? “I joined AMS early February 2009. It’s exactly eight years.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you joined AMS? “Always focusing on the best. They are numerous, it will take me forever to talk about them, briefly it’s a privilege to work for AMS.”

What are the three words your colleagues would use to describe you? “Knowledgeable, hardworking and friendly.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I don’t have much spare time outside of parental duties as I have twins Kelilah and Caleb who always wants me to spend time with them. I attend church regularly other than that we spend weekends on the farm far from town noises and other disturbances.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “It’s difficult to say. You will be surprised what people know or say about you.”

What is on your bedside table? “Lamp shade, Bible and cell phone.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Thomas Jefferson; Barack Obama; Fidel Castro; King Rudahigwa and Clotilde.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “To thank God for divine protection upon us as family and to travel to work safely and arrive on time.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When my twins were born.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To be President or the Minister of Justice.”

The best thing since sliced bread is … “My Family.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Church, Indian cuisine and business.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Air/water/food - as one.”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “I am trying hard to be a bit more patient and a better listener.”

Any wise words you will never forget? “That real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.” Zig Ziglar.

 

Jonathan Groenewald
  • Jonathan Groenewald

Meet our team

Today we travel to South Africa’s oldest City - the Mother City, a beautiful City with a long rich history and undoubtedly South Africa’s main tourist attraction. The AMS in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health Emergency Medical Services provides and emergency air ambulance and rescue service to the community. We checked in with our team at Cape Town Base situated in the General Aviation Area of Cape Town International Airport. Here’s a look into the life of Jonathan Groenewald one of our Flight Paramedics and External Load Operators (ELO).

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and raised in Cape Town. I attended Rondebosch Boys High where I completed my matric. I then went on to study Marketing at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Once I completed my Marketing Diploma, I started with my degree in Emergency Care and here I am today. I also have a great appreciation for music and can recite just about any song you give me (pity I wasn’t blessed with a good voice though).”

How long have you been with AMS? “I started with AMS whilst I was still working for the Western Cape Department of Health Emergency Medical Services. We were seconded here for two months. Two months became four months, which became six months, and is now going on four years.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you joined AMS? “The best…meeting fantastic people, learning loads about aviation and now knowing what the difference between a South Easter and North Wester is (one blows the rain away, one brings the rain in, who knew…) The worst thing to happen since I joined… probably the roster.”

What are the three words your colleagues would use to describe you? “Honest/funny/driven (or I hope it’s that at least).”

What do you do in your spare time? “I enjoy playing bowls (old man’s marbles), listening to and playing music (I’ve played the drums for the last 16 years and currently learning how to play the guitar and enjoy camping in Ceres. I also enjoy watching sport on the weekend and spending time with my Girlfriend (although she will argue I watch way too much sport, but how much is too much really?)”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I was offered a job at a strip club…… as the DJ. Needless to say I turned it down - much to the dismay of my friends. I also hosted the breakfast show on KFM for a day.”

What is on your bedside table? “A desk lamp, Rosary, minions, phone, an alarm clock radio and other random stuff (I’m a bit of a hoarder).”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be?

“Depends who’s paying. Jimi Hendrix to supply the music. Nelson Mandela to supply the conversation. Gordon Ramsey to supply the food. Oprah because maybe I leave with a car and Trevor Noah to supply the venue have you seen the pics of his latest house purchase? Amazing (oh and for the comic relief of course) but it’s really for his house.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I have so many when I wake up. If I’m working on the helicopter…. What time is it? Please let it be raining. The wind is 30 knots again. I forgot to charge my phone. Do I have to work today? What’s for lunch? Where did I leave my shoes? What time is it again? If I’m working on the fixed wing…I wonder what time I’m going to George today.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “I don’t think I can pinpoint a specific day. My off-days make me pretty happy.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Play soccer for Manchester United, DJ in Ibiza.”

The best thing since sliced bread is … “Apparently Albany’s best of both, but I’m not a fan.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Biltong and tea, not necessarily at the same time. Oh, I also love crumbed chicken for some reason.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “My girlfriend (heavy brownie points right there).”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “Biting my nails. My mom used to put that stuff on my nails to stop me biting them. It was so bitter and used to get on my sandwiches at Primary School. Needless to say I became very good at trading lunches.”

Any wise words you will never forget? “I’m only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand.”

Meet our team
  • Jonathan Groenewald

Meet our team

Today we travel to South Africa’s oldest City - the Mother City, a beautiful City with a long rich history and undoubtedly South Africa’s main tourist attraction. The AMS in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health Emergency Medical Services provides and emergency air ambulance and rescue service to the community. We checked in with our team at Cape Town Base situated in the General Aviation Area of Cape Town International Airport. Here’s a look into the life of Jonathan Groenewald one of our Flight Paramedics and External Load Operators (ELO).

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and raised in Cape Town. I attended Rondebosch Boys High where I completed my matric. I then went on to study Marketing at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Once I completed my Marketing Diploma, I started with my degree in Emergency Care and here I am today. I also have a great appreciation for music and can recite just about any song you give me (pity I wasn’t blessed with a good voice though).”

How long have you been with AMS? “I started with AMS whilst I was still working for the Western Cape Department of Health Emergency Medical Services. We were seconded here for two months. Two months became four months, which became six months, and is now going on four years.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you joined AMS? “The best…meeting fantastic people, learning loads about aviation and now knowing what the difference between a South Easter and North Wester is (one blows the rain away, one brings the rain in, who knew…) The worst thing to happen since I joined… probably the roster.”

What are the three words your colleagues would use to describe you? “Honest/funny/driven (or I hope it’s that at least).”

What do you do in your spare time? “I enjoy playing bowls (old man’s marbles), listening to and playing music (I’ve played the drums for the last 16 years and currently learning how to play the guitar and enjoy camping in Ceres. I also enjoy watching sport on the weekend and spending time with my Girlfriend (although she will argue I watch way too much sport, but how much is too much really?)”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I was offered a job at a strip club…… as the DJ. Needless to say I turned it down - much to the dismay of my friends. I also hosted the breakfast show on KFM for a day.”

What is on your bedside table? “A desk lamp, Rosary, minions, phone, an alarm clock radio and other random stuff (I’m a bit of a hoarder).”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be?

“Depends who’s paying. Jimi Hendrix to supply the music. Nelson Mandela to supply the conversation. Gordon Ramsey to supply the food. Oprah because maybe I leave with a car and Trevor Noah to supply the venue have you seen the pics of his latest house purchase? Amazing (oh and for the comic relief of course) but it’s really for his house.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I have so many when I wake up. If I’m working on the helicopter…. What time is it? Please let it be raining. The wind is 30 knots again. I forgot to charge my phone. Do I have to work today? What’s for lunch? Where did I leave my shoes? What time is it again? If I’m working on the fixed wing…I wonder what time I’m going to George today.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “I don’t think I can pinpoint a specific day. My off-days make me pretty happy.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Play soccer for Manchester United, DJ in Ibiza.”

The best thing since sliced bread is … “Apparently Albany’s best of both, but I’m not a fan.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Biltong and tea, not necessarily at the same time. Oh, I also love crumbed chicken for some reason.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “My girlfriend (heavy brownie points right there).”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “Biting my nails. My mom used to put that stuff on my nails to stop me biting them. It was so bitter and used to get on my sandwiches at Primary School. Needless to say I became very good at trading lunches.”

Any wise words you will never forget? “I’m only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand.”

Nokubonga Krwentela
  • Nokubonga Krwentela

Meet our team

Today our platform of getting to know our team allows us to welcome one of our newest team members, Nokubonga Krwentela. Nokubonga joined the AMS family in the beginning of this year and is based at our King Shaka base. Here’s a look into her world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and brought up in King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape. My higher education studies I completed at Durban University of Technology.”

What role do you fulfil within the organisation? “I oversee the air ambulance side of operations in the KwaZulu-Natal region.”

What are you looking forward to, in working at AMS? “Growth and lasting relationships.”

What has been the best/worst thing to happen to you since you joined AMS? “That is a relative question, what one may perceive as the worst, someone else might view it as just an obstacle, challenging their character and may turn out to be the best thing for them, aiding in shaping them in who they are meant to be. To answer your question, the best thing to ever happen to me since I joined AMS is the opportunity to continue to love beyond the hurdles.”

What are the three words your colleagues would use to describe you? “HA! I had step out of the office for a second and actually ‘ask’ that question to my colleagues. Here’s what they had to say: friendly came up a lot, approachable (could easily fit in the friendly bracket?!?), ambitious, confident, and joyful. I know that was more than three words, but I did not want to leave out some opinions.”

What do you do in your spare time? “My English fails me at times, what does that mean again?”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “My parents disowned me in my early twenties for about five years.”

What is on your bedside table? My Bible, a book by Beni Johnson, a speaker and an e-reader.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Nelson Mandela, Michelle Obama, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Maya Angelou and Michael Jackson. Biblical people? Jesus Christ and Esther.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What’s the time? Another 5 minutes? In quick succession, so I cannot make up my mind which thought jumped up first!”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “I don’t actually have one I can pinpoint. I am however happiest when I am home and spending the day with my mother. There is indescribable peace that comes with her presence.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I had to really think hard on this one…between flying a helicopter (you can blame Kim Watchhurst for that one) and being a racing car driver (legally)….looking after special needs children from rural areas would probably be the first choice.”

The best thing since sliced bread is …Being in His presence.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coffee, red wine, chocolate, cheese. Did I mention red wine?”

 What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “My Bible and music.” 

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? Being judgmental. Let me explain, I have this tendency of deciding / justifying why someone does or say the things they do. Instead of sticking with the facts and allowing myself to love beyond the stuff they do. I am yet to overcome that battle.”

Any wise words you will never forget? “The person you want nothing to do with because they have hurt you or you think you are better than them because their sin is bigger than yours, did you know that Jesus loves them the exact same way He loves you? Not an inch more and not an inch less…The same. We are not the mistakes we make.”

 

Meet our team
  • Nokubonga Krwentela

Meet our team

Today our platform of getting to know our team allows us to welcome one of our newest team members, Nokubonga Krwentela. Nokubonga joined the AMS family in the beginning of this year and is based at our King Shaka base. Here’s a look into her world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and brought up in King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape. My higher education studies I completed at Durban University of Technology.”

What role do you fulfil within the organisation? “I oversee the air ambulance side of operations in the KwaZulu-Natal region.”

What are you looking forward to, in working at AMS? “Growth and lasting relationships.”

What has been the best/worst thing to happen to you since you joined AMS? “That is a relative question, what one may perceive as the worst, someone else might view it as just an obstacle, challenging their character and may turn out to be the best thing for them, aiding in shaping them in who they are meant to be. To answer your question, the best thing to ever happen to me since I joined AMS is the opportunity to continue to love beyond the hurdles.”

What are the three words your colleagues would use to describe you? “HA! I had step out of the office for a second and actually ‘ask’ that question to my colleagues. Here’s what they had to say: friendly came up a lot, approachable (could easily fit in the friendly bracket?!?), ambitious, confident, and joyful. I know that was more than three words, but I did not want to leave out some opinions.”

What do you do in your spare time? “My English fails me at times, what does that mean again?”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “My parents disowned me in my early twenties for about five years.”

What is on your bedside table? My Bible, a book by Beni Johnson, a speaker and an e-reader.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Nelson Mandela, Michelle Obama, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Maya Angelou and Michael Jackson. Biblical people? Jesus Christ and Esther.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What’s the time? Another 5 minutes? In quick succession, so I cannot make up my mind which thought jumped up first!”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “I don’t actually have one I can pinpoint. I am however happiest when I am home and spending the day with my mother. There is indescribable peace that comes with her presence.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I had to really think hard on this one…between flying a helicopter (you can blame Kim Watchhurst for that one) and being a racing car driver (legally)….looking after special needs children from rural areas would probably be the first choice.”

The best thing since sliced bread is …Being in His presence.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coffee, red wine, chocolate, cheese. Did I mention red wine?”

 What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “My Bible and music.” 

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? Being judgmental. Let me explain, I have this tendency of deciding / justifying why someone does or say the things they do. Instead of sticking with the facts and allowing myself to love beyond the stuff they do. I am yet to overcome that battle.”

Any wise words you will never forget? “The person you want nothing to do with because they have hurt you or you think you are better than them because their sin is bigger than yours, did you know that Jesus loves them the exact same way He loves you? Not an inch more and not an inch less…The same. We are not the mistakes we make.”

 

AMS cadet programme
  • AMS cadet programme

Meet our team ... Focus on our Cadet Programme

At AMS we believe in investing in the future by developing skilled specialists and making a significant contribution to our industry. The organisation actively pursues programmes that addresses the shortage of skills within the aero-medical field and thus offers programmes such as trade apprenticeships in the engineering field and the Fixed Wing Pilatus PC12 Cadet Development Programme. The programme was established to develop young pilots and in so doing boost the African Aviation industry. Today we met up with Ikageng Ramphomane, also known as Ike to his colleagues. Ike has been with the organisation for two years.

Tell us about yourself? “I was born and bred in Johannesburg and also completed my pilot training in Johannesburg.”

What motivated you to become a pilot? “The love of aeroplanes.”

How has your journey been thus far? “I started my pilot training in Heidelberg, Gauteng in 2009. I did my training part-time while I did the occasional odd job. After some hard work and patience I finally obtained my Commercial Pilot Licence in 2012. I then got accepted into the SAA Cadet Pilot Development Programme. I was sent to Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape to do further training. I graduated from this programme in 2014. In 2015 I began my first flying job with AMS. I was based in Durban for a year and then was transferred to Cape Town, where I am currently based.” 

Which part of the programme do you enjoy the most? “Helping the community. Saving lives, changing lives.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working for AMS? “Working with an amazing group of people every day.”

What are the three words your colleagues would use to describe you? “Relaxed. Calm. Focused”.

What do you do in your spare time? “Sleep.”

What is on your bedside table? “A study lamp.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison, Malcolm X, Bob Hoover and Richard Pryor.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What is the time?”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “My first solo flight.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “A professional sportsman.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Music.”

What is the one thing you can’t live without? “Music.”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking? “Not praying every day.’ 

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Never give up.”

Any motto you live by? “Try…”

Meet our team ... Focus on our Cadet Programme
  • AMS cadet programme

Meet our team ... Focus on our Cadet Programme

At AMS we believe in investing in the future by developing skilled specialists and making a significant contribution to our industry. The organisation actively pursues programmes that addresses the shortage of skills within the aero-medical field and thus offers programmes such as trade apprenticeships in the engineering field and the Fixed Wing Pilatus PC12 Cadet Development Programme. The programme was established to develop young pilots and in so doing boost the African Aviation industry. Today we met up with Ikageng Ramphomane, also known as Ike to his colleagues. Ike has been with the organisation for two years.

Tell us about yourself? “I was born and bred in Johannesburg and also completed my pilot training in Johannesburg.”

What motivated you to become a pilot? “The love of aeroplanes.”

How has your journey been thus far? “I started my pilot training in Heidelberg, Gauteng in 2009. I did my training part-time while I did the occasional odd job. After some hard work and patience I finally obtained my Commercial Pilot Licence in 2012. I then got accepted into the SAA Cadet Pilot Development Programme. I was sent to Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape to do further training. I graduated from this programme in 2014. In 2015 I began my first flying job with AMS. I was based in Durban for a year and then was transferred to Cape Town, where I am currently based.” 

Which part of the programme do you enjoy the most? “Helping the community. Saving lives, changing lives.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working for AMS? “Working with an amazing group of people every day.”

What are the three words your colleagues would use to describe you? “Relaxed. Calm. Focused”.

What do you do in your spare time? “Sleep.”

What is on your bedside table? “A study lamp.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison, Malcolm X, Bob Hoover and Richard Pryor.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What is the time?”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “My first solo flight.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “A professional sportsman.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Music.”

What is the one thing you can’t live without? “Music.”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking? “Not praying every day.’ 

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Never give up.”

Any motto you live by? “Try…”