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Theo Schilder
  • Theo Schilder

Meet our team ...

 

Today we visit our base situated in a town known for its Ostrich farms, located south of the Outeniqua Mountains – Oudtshoorn. We introduce our Base Supervisor/Emergency Care Technician (ECT) & External Load Operator (ELO) Theo Schilder. Here’s a look into his world …

 

How long have you been with AMS? “Three years, two months, 22 days, two hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds.”

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in District 6 and grew up in and around the Athlone area in Cape Town. I completed by tertiary education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).”

Were you in any other trade before? “I have dabbled in a few areas. I was a gopher in the construction industry during high school, solving paper jams in the IT sector, sold athletic gear for nearly a decade, did market research and sold pet products at a farmers’ market during varsity. Several experiences short of my goal to be a modern renaissance man.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “Best…working in the aero-medical sector and discovering Oudtshoorn and the Klein Karoo…. Worst…balancing the medicine and aviation challenges when they cross each other.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Plumbing…oh and the feminine mystique.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Gaming, infinite admin, reading, tinkering, outdoor things. When home (in Cape Town) add teasing my sister and rolling in the grass with my dog.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am fascinated by the humility and work ethic of donkeys. I would like to own a donkey - like girls want a horse.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The teamwork and interaction between the different cadres of our industry (medical & aviation). Knowing that we are making a difference no matter how small a contribution we make (to each other and our patients).”

What is on your bedside table? “On my bedside sans table…. My phone and a book with a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be?  “Nikola Tesla, Craig Ferguson, Rick and Morty, Marcus Aurelius and Minka Kelly.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Do I have to exercise?”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I’d be Batman. It’s the only other job right now that could top this one.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Saturday supper T-bones with smarties mini eggs for dessert.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Peanut butter and the internet.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Treat others the way you would want to be treated.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Anything in the badger family. I’m stocky, resilient, unrelenting, unassuming and always scavenging.”

Any motto you live by? “There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted.”

Also….

“Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.”  Sun Tzu.

Meet our team ...
  • Theo Schilder

Meet our team ...

 

Today we visit our base situated in a town known for its Ostrich farms, located south of the Outeniqua Mountains – Oudtshoorn. We introduce our Base Supervisor/Emergency Care Technician (ECT) & External Load Operator (ELO) Theo Schilder. Here’s a look into his world …

 

How long have you been with AMS? “Three years, two months, 22 days, two hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds.”

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in District 6 and grew up in and around the Athlone area in Cape Town. I completed by tertiary education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).”

Were you in any other trade before? “I have dabbled in a few areas. I was a gopher in the construction industry during high school, solving paper jams in the IT sector, sold athletic gear for nearly a decade, did market research and sold pet products at a farmers’ market during varsity. Several experiences short of my goal to be a modern renaissance man.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “Best…working in the aero-medical sector and discovering Oudtshoorn and the Klein Karoo…. Worst…balancing the medicine and aviation challenges when they cross each other.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Plumbing…oh and the feminine mystique.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Gaming, infinite admin, reading, tinkering, outdoor things. When home (in Cape Town) add teasing my sister and rolling in the grass with my dog.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am fascinated by the humility and work ethic of donkeys. I would like to own a donkey - like girls want a horse.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The teamwork and interaction between the different cadres of our industry (medical & aviation). Knowing that we are making a difference no matter how small a contribution we make (to each other and our patients).”

What is on your bedside table? “On my bedside sans table…. My phone and a book with a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be?  “Nikola Tesla, Craig Ferguson, Rick and Morty, Marcus Aurelius and Minka Kelly.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Do I have to exercise?”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I’d be Batman. It’s the only other job right now that could top this one.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Saturday supper T-bones with smarties mini eggs for dessert.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Peanut butter and the internet.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Treat others the way you would want to be treated.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Anything in the badger family. I’m stocky, resilient, unrelenting, unassuming and always scavenging.”

Any motto you live by? “There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted.”

Also….

“Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.”  Sun Tzu.

Gideon Sam
  • Gideon Sam

AMS welcomes new Chair

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service Trust (AMS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gideon Sam, the new Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Sam is currently the President of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and also the Vice-President of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

“Taking over the chair of an organisation with such a great history and legacy is indeed an honour. My role is to take the organisation a couple of steps forward and asking those around me to do the same” Mr. Sam added.

Mr. Sam brings with him a wealth of knowledge spanning over three decades of not only sport involvement but also experience in the academic profession where he also played an integral role in leading delegations to improve the quality of education in South Africa. Mr. Sam takes over from Mr. Lwazi Mboyi who was appointed interim Chairman after Prof. Kovin Naidoo.

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service is a non-profit aero-medical rescue organization with bases in KwaZulu-Natal (Durban & Richards Bay) and the Western Cape (Cape Town & Oudtshoorn) that provides an air ambulance network, rural health outreach and emergency rescue service to metropolitan areas and remote rural communities. It is the mission of the AMS to contribute to the improvement in the quality of life of all communities, facilitate access to equitable and effective healthcare and the provision of aero-medical and other associated humanitarian services.

“Therefore, we look forward to the leadership role that Mr. Gideon Sam will play to lead us in providing an integrated national aero-medical service for the benefit of the people of our country”, said AMS CEO Dr. Philip Erasmus. 

 

AMS welcomes new Chair
  • Gideon Sam

AMS welcomes new Chair

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service Trust (AMS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gideon Sam, the new Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Sam is currently the President of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and also the Vice-President of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

“Taking over the chair of an organisation with such a great history and legacy is indeed an honour. My role is to take the organisation a couple of steps forward and asking those around me to do the same” Mr. Sam added.

Mr. Sam brings with him a wealth of knowledge spanning over three decades of not only sport involvement but also experience in the academic profession where he also played an integral role in leading delegations to improve the quality of education in South Africa. Mr. Sam takes over from Mr. Lwazi Mboyi who was appointed interim Chairman after Prof. Kovin Naidoo.

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service is a non-profit aero-medical rescue organization with bases in KwaZulu-Natal (Durban & Richards Bay) and the Western Cape (Cape Town & Oudtshoorn) that provides an air ambulance network, rural health outreach and emergency rescue service to metropolitan areas and remote rural communities. It is the mission of the AMS to contribute to the improvement in the quality of life of all communities, facilitate access to equitable and effective healthcare and the provision of aero-medical and other associated humanitarian services.

“Therefore, we look forward to the leadership role that Mr. Gideon Sam will play to lead us in providing an integrated national aero-medical service for the benefit of the people of our country”, said AMS CEO Dr. Philip Erasmus. 

 

Martell Killian
  • Martell Killian

Meet our team ...

Today we introduce an individual who is well travelled in the Western Cape. Martell Killian has been with the organisation for almost seven years and works in the Aviation Maintenance Organisation (AMO) Department. She is responsible for controlling the spares that is critical to keeping our aircraft serviceable. Here’s a look into her life …

Tell us about yourself: I was born in the 1980 in Mowbray. My primary school years was spent in Goodwood, Klawer, Paarl, Wellington (best place EVER. Then a little bit in Bredasdorp the last few years of high school I lived in Paarl and matriculated at Labori high school in 1999. In 2000 & 2001 I was part of Service Year for Christ. I completed my certificate in Secretarial Study at College in Cape Town and got married in 2003. I started in aviation during 2004 and I’m still here and never looked back.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I started at Starlite Aviation, where I did my training to become a PA. I moved away from the PA functions and started to do more of the training school and interacting with the students. After that I went to Base 4 where I was the receptionist for three years and moved to HELVIP that become Precision Aviation Helicopters (PAH). Here I learned more about maintenance and found great interest in it and loved every moment and the challenge that came with it. I completed a Stock Control course – I love the attention to detail.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “Worst - When my AMO Manager had his motor bike accident and when Johan Gill and his son passed away about few months after.  Best is we keeping AMS Vision & Mission high – Changing lives & Saving Lives.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Hehe, working moms, we use our spare time to play and cuddle with little ones; feeding the dog & cat. Making a mean fire to braai for the family and just live life.”

What is the one thing about you few people know?  “I would like to learn to play a guitar.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Making sure my Aviation Maintenance Engineers receives the spares to carry out work on the aircraft. My goal is to be as efficient as possible.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “ Mother Teresa most definitely – humbly ministering;  Darlene Zschech – Gospel Singer;  Zola Budd – Athletics, Michael W Smith and Retief Burger.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Coffee please.”

What has been the happiest day of your life?  “When my husband asked me to marry him. I asked are you sure lol? Mostly to be the mother of his two girls and his wife.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coffee, chocolates, wine & cheese. Coffee gives you a good start to the morning and through the day; chocolate because why not, wine is to smooth out the ending of life and cheese is just so good.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Your name and surname walks in front of you.  Jou naam en van loop jou altyd voor-uit.”
What animal best represents you and why? “Staffie – if you look up the character you get
bold, Intelligent, loyal, affectionate, courageous, fearless & reliable.”

Any motto you live by? “Yesterday is GONE. Tomorrow has NOT YET COME. We only have TODAY”,
Mother Teresa.

 

 

Meet our team ...
  • Martell Killian

Meet our team ...

Today we introduce an individual who is well travelled in the Western Cape. Martell Killian has been with the organisation for almost seven years and works in the Aviation Maintenance Organisation (AMO) Department. She is responsible for controlling the spares that is critical to keeping our aircraft serviceable. Here’s a look into her life …

Tell us about yourself: I was born in the 1980 in Mowbray. My primary school years was spent in Goodwood, Klawer, Paarl, Wellington (best place EVER. Then a little bit in Bredasdorp the last few years of high school I lived in Paarl and matriculated at Labori high school in 1999. In 2000 & 2001 I was part of Service Year for Christ. I completed my certificate in Secretarial Study at College in Cape Town and got married in 2003. I started in aviation during 2004 and I’m still here and never looked back.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I started at Starlite Aviation, where I did my training to become a PA. I moved away from the PA functions and started to do more of the training school and interacting with the students. After that I went to Base 4 where I was the receptionist for three years and moved to HELVIP that become Precision Aviation Helicopters (PAH). Here I learned more about maintenance and found great interest in it and loved every moment and the challenge that came with it. I completed a Stock Control course – I love the attention to detail.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “Worst - When my AMO Manager had his motor bike accident and when Johan Gill and his son passed away about few months after.  Best is we keeping AMS Vision & Mission high – Changing lives & Saving Lives.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Hehe, working moms, we use our spare time to play and cuddle with little ones; feeding the dog & cat. Making a mean fire to braai for the family and just live life.”

What is the one thing about you few people know?  “I would like to learn to play a guitar.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Making sure my Aviation Maintenance Engineers receives the spares to carry out work on the aircraft. My goal is to be as efficient as possible.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “ Mother Teresa most definitely – humbly ministering;  Darlene Zschech – Gospel Singer;  Zola Budd – Athletics, Michael W Smith and Retief Burger.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Coffee please.”

What has been the happiest day of your life?  “When my husband asked me to marry him. I asked are you sure lol? Mostly to be the mother of his two girls and his wife.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coffee, chocolates, wine & cheese. Coffee gives you a good start to the morning and through the day; chocolate because why not, wine is to smooth out the ending of life and cheese is just so good.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Your name and surname walks in front of you.  Jou naam en van loop jou altyd voor-uit.”
What animal best represents you and why? “Staffie – if you look up the character you get
bold, Intelligent, loyal, affectionate, courageous, fearless & reliable.”

Any motto you live by? “Yesterday is GONE. Tomorrow has NOT YET COME. We only have TODAY”,
Mother Teresa.

 

 

Donovan Kohl
  • Donovan Kohl

Meet our team ...

Our staff member whom we feature today, does not only know how to fly; he also knows how to keep aircraft in working order. Donovan Kohl, Rotor Wing pilot based at our Cape Town operation has been with the organisation for almost ten years. With a wealth of knowledge and travelling experience here’s a look into his life …

Who is Donovan Kohl? “I was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia (or to be PC-Harare, Zimbabwe). I grew up in Tzaneen where I finished schooling at Merensky High School. The South African Air Force (SAAF) had me for the next ten years where I qualified as an Aircraft Mechanic. I left the SAAF as a Flight Engineer. Two short years after were spent in the employment of Eurocopter Southern Africa where I made acquaintance with AMS for the first time. Thereafter I managed to secure a position with Abu Dhabi Aviation and spent the next three years on contract all the while studying and funding a commercial pilot licence. I spent the following two years with CHC Helicopters in the Antarctic and Islands contract to service Antarctica – SANAP/SANAE, Marion Island, Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha. My final year with CHC was spent in Oranjemund on the NAMDEB off-shore diamond mining contract. In Jan 2008 I joined the AMS team and here we are almost ten years later.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I converted my SAAF qualification to civilian licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best: The invaluable experience gained in the HEMS aero-medical and rescue environment. The worst: PTSD (tongue in cheek).”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “Home DIY, gardening and bonsai.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I did the Bloukrans Bungee many years ago and now I’m terrified of falling…..or perhaps it’s a fear of heights, I can’t decide.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Rescue flights.”

What is on your bedside table? “A half read book: DREAMS FROM MY FATHER by Barack Obama and a torch.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Leonardo da Vinci, The Wright Brothers, Hanna Reich, Amelia Earhart and Karl Benz.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Better feed the cat and open the pet door otherwise he’s never going to shut up.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “Achieving my life goal and dream of becoming a chopper pilot!”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To captain super yachts, of course with a helicopter on board but the life of the super wealthy still eludes me.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “A great red wine.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Coffee in the morning…..and then for the rest of the day too.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “One should never lose one’s humility.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Wondering Albatross – Life can be a long hard journey but the results are almost always gratifying.”

Any motto you live by? “Life is too short for regrets.”

 

 

Meet our team ...
  • Donovan Kohl

Meet our team ...

Our staff member whom we feature today, does not only know how to fly; he also knows how to keep aircraft in working order. Donovan Kohl, Rotor Wing pilot based at our Cape Town operation has been with the organisation for almost ten years. With a wealth of knowledge and travelling experience here’s a look into his life …

Who is Donovan Kohl? “I was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia (or to be PC-Harare, Zimbabwe). I grew up in Tzaneen where I finished schooling at Merensky High School. The South African Air Force (SAAF) had me for the next ten years where I qualified as an Aircraft Mechanic. I left the SAAF as a Flight Engineer. Two short years after were spent in the employment of Eurocopter Southern Africa where I made acquaintance with AMS for the first time. Thereafter I managed to secure a position with Abu Dhabi Aviation and spent the next three years on contract all the while studying and funding a commercial pilot licence. I spent the following two years with CHC Helicopters in the Antarctic and Islands contract to service Antarctica – SANAP/SANAE, Marion Island, Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha. My final year with CHC was spent in Oranjemund on the NAMDEB off-shore diamond mining contract. In Jan 2008 I joined the AMS team and here we are almost ten years later.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I converted my SAAF qualification to civilian licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best: The invaluable experience gained in the HEMS aero-medical and rescue environment. The worst: PTSD (tongue in cheek).”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “Home DIY, gardening and bonsai.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I did the Bloukrans Bungee many years ago and now I’m terrified of falling…..or perhaps it’s a fear of heights, I can’t decide.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Rescue flights.”

What is on your bedside table? “A half read book: DREAMS FROM MY FATHER by Barack Obama and a torch.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Leonardo da Vinci, The Wright Brothers, Hanna Reich, Amelia Earhart and Karl Benz.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Better feed the cat and open the pet door otherwise he’s never going to shut up.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “Achieving my life goal and dream of becoming a chopper pilot!”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To captain super yachts, of course with a helicopter on board but the life of the super wealthy still eludes me.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “A great red wine.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Coffee in the morning…..and then for the rest of the day too.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “One should never lose one’s humility.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Wondering Albatross – Life can be a long hard journey but the results are almost always gratifying.”

Any motto you live by? “Life is too short for regrets.”

 

 

DJ Pretorius
  • DJ Pretorius

Meet our team ...

Our team member who we focus on today, currently resides in a town which boasts the largest coal export facility in the world - Richards Bay. Helicopter pilot, DJ Pretorius is based at the AMS Richards Bay base.  Here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Prince Albert, grew up in George and stayed there until grade 9.  I completed my last school years in Calvinia. Straight after school I started studying at the University of Potchefstroom and completed my Bachelors in Engineering Science.” 

Were you in any other trade before? “Yes, my first job was delivering newspapers and during some school holidays I was a painter.  After university I worked as a software developer for Vodacom, and as an electronic engineer for SAMES and TFD.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started your aviation career? “Worst: In Afghanistan my helicopter was fired upon by the Taliban, and hit several times during final descent to drop a sling load into a military FOB. Best: I was employed by AMS.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “I enjoy jogging, squash and golf. “

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I can sort of speak Russian.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Flying helicopters is more like a hobby than a job, and to save lives while working with my best friends and great colleagues is amazing.”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible and aircon-remote.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Coffee.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “I can think of three….The day my baby girl was born, the day I got married and the day I was selected to become a helicopter pilot.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Pilot a hot air balloon.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Lamb chops / biltong.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Never buy anything on credit.”

What animal best represents you and why? “A hummingbird, I like to hover.”

Any motto you live by? “Be kind to all, kindness is contagious.” 

Meet our team ...
  • DJ Pretorius

Meet our team ...

Our team member who we focus on today, currently resides in a town which boasts the largest coal export facility in the world - Richards Bay. Helicopter pilot, DJ Pretorius is based at the AMS Richards Bay base.  Here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Prince Albert, grew up in George and stayed there until grade 9.  I completed my last school years in Calvinia. Straight after school I started studying at the University of Potchefstroom and completed my Bachelors in Engineering Science.” 

Were you in any other trade before? “Yes, my first job was delivering newspapers and during some school holidays I was a painter.  After university I worked as a software developer for Vodacom, and as an electronic engineer for SAMES and TFD.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started your aviation career? “Worst: In Afghanistan my helicopter was fired upon by the Taliban, and hit several times during final descent to drop a sling load into a military FOB. Best: I was employed by AMS.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “I enjoy jogging, squash and golf. “

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I can sort of speak Russian.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Flying helicopters is more like a hobby than a job, and to save lives while working with my best friends and great colleagues is amazing.”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible and aircon-remote.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Coffee.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “I can think of three….The day my baby girl was born, the day I got married and the day I was selected to become a helicopter pilot.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Pilot a hot air balloon.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Lamb chops / biltong.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Never buy anything on credit.”

What animal best represents you and why? “A hummingbird, I like to hover.”

Any motto you live by? “Be kind to all, kindness is contagious.” 

Shelli Ferreira
  • Shelli Ferreira

Meet our team ...

During the month of August we pay homage to women of our nation, it is just fitting that this week we feature one of our phenomenal women in our organisation. A woman with a heart of gold and the first female to be allowed to work in the JSE market hall - Shelli Ferreira, AMO Technical Administrator has been with the AMS for three and a half years, here’s a look into her life …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born at the Marymount hospital in Johannesburg.  I attended the Holy Family convent and then Green Oaks Finishing School. After school my parents would not allow me to further my education. They believed girls did not need tertiary education. I was very fortunate to secure employment at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and became the first female to be allowed to work in the JSE market hall. I was 18 and this was a huge privilege.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I married at 22 and had my son two years later and twin daughters 21 months after that (sadly one of my daughters died, but she will always be remembered). After the birth of my son I was very honoured to be able to be a stay at home Mom which I continued to do until they were almost finished with school. It was the best job in the world. I then opened my own small business, selling teenage clothing. I moved to Cape Town 10 years ago and became an Estate Agent before joining Civair.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best thing that has happened to me in my time at AMS, is witnessing daily all the amazing work the rescue crew does to save lives and the worst was the loss of a work colleague and his young son.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “As my dream was to go to Hotel school, I would very much like to run a small boutique hotel or a B & B.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Gardening, sewing/quilting and spending time with my family and friends. In the last year I have become the granny to two beautiful babies so they fill a large amount of my time.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I would love to write a book.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The great team I work with and seeing the amazing work that is done by our organisation.”

What is on your bedside table? “My bedside lamp, clock radio (it gets switched on the minute my eyes open so I can find out what has happened in the world while I was sleeping), candles and a picture of my family.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Famous people and wealth do not impress me, so if I were to have dinner with anyone it would be my late husband who was one of the most intelligent people I have ever known, my two children as they have very interesting and diverse lives, Nelson Mandela for his compassion and caring nature and his immense ability to forgive which is a rare thing and Steve Jobs, not for his knowledge and wealth but for the inspirational lessons he learned just before his death.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I hope the traffic is not heavy today and I get to work safely and on time. Takes me 1 hr 15 min to get to work.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “My wedding day and then the birth of my three children.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?  “A horticulturist. There is nothing more peaceful and rewarding than a beautiful garden.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Travel. Anytime, anywhere.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Besides my children and grandchildren then I would say my two furry children, 2 beautiful black cats.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Listen before you speak and always treat others how you wish to be treated yourself.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Lion – They protect their cubs no matter what comes their way, they are loving, loyal and affectionate, but don’t mess with the king.”

Any motto you live by? “TIME is the most precious gift you can give to anyone. Once a moment has passed you can never retrieve it, so spend quality time with your loved ones because life is very short.”

 

 

 

Meet our team ...
  • Shelli Ferreira

Meet our team ...

During the month of August we pay homage to women of our nation, it is just fitting that this week we feature one of our phenomenal women in our organisation. A woman with a heart of gold and the first female to be allowed to work in the JSE market hall - Shelli Ferreira, AMO Technical Administrator has been with the AMS for three and a half years, here’s a look into her life …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born at the Marymount hospital in Johannesburg.  I attended the Holy Family convent and then Green Oaks Finishing School. After school my parents would not allow me to further my education. They believed girls did not need tertiary education. I was very fortunate to secure employment at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and became the first female to be allowed to work in the JSE market hall. I was 18 and this was a huge privilege.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I married at 22 and had my son two years later and twin daughters 21 months after that (sadly one of my daughters died, but she will always be remembered). After the birth of my son I was very honoured to be able to be a stay at home Mom which I continued to do until they were almost finished with school. It was the best job in the world. I then opened my own small business, selling teenage clothing. I moved to Cape Town 10 years ago and became an Estate Agent before joining Civair.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best thing that has happened to me in my time at AMS, is witnessing daily all the amazing work the rescue crew does to save lives and the worst was the loss of a work colleague and his young son.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “As my dream was to go to Hotel school, I would very much like to run a small boutique hotel or a B & B.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Gardening, sewing/quilting and spending time with my family and friends. In the last year I have become the granny to two beautiful babies so they fill a large amount of my time.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I would love to write a book.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The great team I work with and seeing the amazing work that is done by our organisation.”

What is on your bedside table? “My bedside lamp, clock radio (it gets switched on the minute my eyes open so I can find out what has happened in the world while I was sleeping), candles and a picture of my family.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Famous people and wealth do not impress me, so if I were to have dinner with anyone it would be my late husband who was one of the most intelligent people I have ever known, my two children as they have very interesting and diverse lives, Nelson Mandela for his compassion and caring nature and his immense ability to forgive which is a rare thing and Steve Jobs, not for his knowledge and wealth but for the inspirational lessons he learned just before his death.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I hope the traffic is not heavy today and I get to work safely and on time. Takes me 1 hr 15 min to get to work.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “My wedding day and then the birth of my three children.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?  “A horticulturist. There is nothing more peaceful and rewarding than a beautiful garden.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Travel. Anytime, anywhere.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Besides my children and grandchildren then I would say my two furry children, 2 beautiful black cats.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Listen before you speak and always treat others how you wish to be treated yourself.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Lion – They protect their cubs no matter what comes their way, they are loving, loyal and affectionate, but don’t mess with the king.”

Any motto you live by? “TIME is the most precious gift you can give to anyone. Once a moment has passed you can never retrieve it, so spend quality time with your loved ones because life is very short.”

 

 

 

Monre van der Merwe
  • Monre van der Merwe

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If this guy received a rand every time someone called his name, he would be a rich man! Monré van der Merwe, IT Administrator has been with the organisation for almost three years and is definitely the most called upon person on a daily basis within our organisation. Here’s a look into his life…

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Vanderbijl Park, grew up in my favourite city - Cape Town, finished school in Centurion and then moved back to Cape Town to study and started working in the I.T. industry in 2006.”

Were you in any other trade before? “No, I’ve always been a computer geek.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best thing was being afforded the opportunity to work at AMS full time - I started working here as an outsourced I.T. engineer. The worst things are: hearing about Marc Lawson’s bike accident and finding out Johan Gill and his son passed away in a motor vehicle accident.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Being able to help those in need to make our country a better place.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Watching series and movies with my wife and our furry child (Nunu the most awesome cat in the world); online computer gaming; listening to music (from the heaviest metal, electro house, drum and bass, reggae, all the way to classical/orchestral); playing musical instruments (drumming, guitar and bass guitar); I’m also into cars and bikes (not so much these days, but I am passionate about them).”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am a bit of a misanthrope at times.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Working with nice, friendly and reasonable people every day. I have worked with some rather nasty people in the past and I’m truly thankful for being able to work for an organisation filled with so many nice folks.”

What is on your bedside table? “A bed lamp and small speakers for playing music on my phone before bedtime.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley, Steve Jobs, Valentino Rossi and Darrel Abbott.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Thank goodness it’s Friday! I’m thankful to have a roof over my head, a wonderful wife at my side and to be hopeful for a better future! Positive thoughts go a long way.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I got engaged to my wife at Sea Point Nature Reserve.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To be a professional drummer for a successful band.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Good food.”

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

What animal best represents you and why? “I’d probably have to go with a Lion (I am Leo by star sign too, not that I believe in that sort of thing) – They are majestic animals, compassionate and loving with their cubs, but don’t mess with them either.”

Any motto you live by? “Be an example in everything you do and good things will follow you.”

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  • Monre van der Merwe

Meet our team ...

If this guy received a rand every time someone called his name, he would be a rich man! Monré van der Merwe, IT Administrator has been with the organisation for almost three years and is definitely the most called upon person on a daily basis within our organisation. Here’s a look into his life…

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Vanderbijl Park, grew up in my favourite city - Cape Town, finished school in Centurion and then moved back to Cape Town to study and started working in the I.T. industry in 2006.”

Were you in any other trade before? “No, I’ve always been a computer geek.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best thing was being afforded the opportunity to work at AMS full time - I started working here as an outsourced I.T. engineer. The worst things are: hearing about Marc Lawson’s bike accident and finding out Johan Gill and his son passed away in a motor vehicle accident.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Being able to help those in need to make our country a better place.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Watching series and movies with my wife and our furry child (Nunu the most awesome cat in the world); online computer gaming; listening to music (from the heaviest metal, electro house, drum and bass, reggae, all the way to classical/orchestral); playing musical instruments (drumming, guitar and bass guitar); I’m also into cars and bikes (not so much these days, but I am passionate about them).”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am a bit of a misanthrope at times.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Working with nice, friendly and reasonable people every day. I have worked with some rather nasty people in the past and I’m truly thankful for being able to work for an organisation filled with so many nice folks.”

What is on your bedside table? “A bed lamp and small speakers for playing music on my phone before bedtime.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley, Steve Jobs, Valentino Rossi and Darrel Abbott.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Thank goodness it’s Friday! I’m thankful to have a roof over my head, a wonderful wife at my side and to be hopeful for a better future! Positive thoughts go a long way.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I got engaged to my wife at Sea Point Nature Reserve.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To be a professional drummer for a successful band.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Good food.”

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

What animal best represents you and why? “I’d probably have to go with a Lion (I am Leo by star sign too, not that I believe in that sort of thing) – They are majestic animals, compassionate and loving with their cubs, but don’t mess with them either.”

Any motto you live by? “Be an example in everything you do and good things will follow you.”

Yusuf Vahed
  • Yusuf Vahed

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Today we introduce you to one of our team members whose heart is truly in the right place to serve humanity. Yusuf Vahed, has been with the organization for two and a half years and resides in the garden province (KwaZulu-Natal) located in the southeast of the country. Here’s what he had to say when we chatted to him …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Pietermaritzburg, lived in Greytown for six years and then moved to Estcourt. I grew up in Estcourt, schooled at Siraatul Haq Islamic School and matriculated in 2009. I got married in 2012. I was initially accepted at the University of KwaZulu-Natal to study Pharmacy and a friend told me about the SAA Cadet programme which I was accepted into and completed my training at 43 Air School. Soon after I applied to AMS, and began working as a cadet pilot in January 2015.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Yes, I worked for and am currently still involved with the Humanitarian NGO, The Al Imdaad Foundation.”

What’s the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? The best would be the re-opening of Estcourt airfield and being able to once again fly doctors to my hometown after seven years of the airfield being closed.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To learn to fly a helicopter.”

What do you do in your spare time? “On my off days, I spend a lot of time with my grandparents.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I do oil painting and can cook.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Making a difference in the life of a rural patient and the amazing team that I get to work with.”

What is on your bedside table? “An alarm clock, bedside lamp and my beard oil.”

If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would they be? “My paternal Grandparents whom I’ve never met.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Thanking the Almighty for a new day.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I got married.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I’ve always wanted to plan structures and build bridges. Perhaps being an architect or a civil engineer.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Braai and fruits.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “My wife and my family.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Charity will not decrease your wealth.”

Any motto you live by? “In working together, there is no limit to what we could all achieve in striving to serve Humanity”.

 

 

 

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  • Yusuf Vahed

Meet our team ...

Today we introduce you to one of our team members whose heart is truly in the right place to serve humanity. Yusuf Vahed, has been with the organization for two and a half years and resides in the garden province (KwaZulu-Natal) located in the southeast of the country. Here’s what he had to say when we chatted to him …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Pietermaritzburg, lived in Greytown for six years and then moved to Estcourt. I grew up in Estcourt, schooled at Siraatul Haq Islamic School and matriculated in 2009. I got married in 2012. I was initially accepted at the University of KwaZulu-Natal to study Pharmacy and a friend told me about the SAA Cadet programme which I was accepted into and completed my training at 43 Air School. Soon after I applied to AMS, and began working as a cadet pilot in January 2015.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Yes, I worked for and am currently still involved with the Humanitarian NGO, The Al Imdaad Foundation.”

What’s the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? The best would be the re-opening of Estcourt airfield and being able to once again fly doctors to my hometown after seven years of the airfield being closed.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To learn to fly a helicopter.”

What do you do in your spare time? “On my off days, I spend a lot of time with my grandparents.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I do oil painting and can cook.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Making a difference in the life of a rural patient and the amazing team that I get to work with.”

What is on your bedside table? “An alarm clock, bedside lamp and my beard oil.”

If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would they be? “My paternal Grandparents whom I’ve never met.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Thanking the Almighty for a new day.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I got married.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I’ve always wanted to plan structures and build bridges. Perhaps being an architect or a civil engineer.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Braai and fruits.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “My wife and my family.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Charity will not decrease your wealth.”

Any motto you live by? “In working together, there is no limit to what we could all achieve in striving to serve Humanity”.

 

 

 

Marichen De Bruyn
  • Marichen De Bruyn

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Our team member we introduce to you today is the friendly face that greets you when you visit our Cape Town Base. Marichen De Bruyn is the Administrative Assistant to this operation and has been with the organisation for a year and seven months. Here’s a look into her life …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town and grew up in Belhar, where I’m currently residing.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I worked as a Data Administrator for one of the top Credit Bureaus in South Africa.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The feeling that you belong to a family and our common goal of serving humanity.”

What do you do in your spare time?Being a mom. A working mom does not have any spare time, but if we do get it, we either sleep or pamper ourselves - my personal opinion.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?Interacting with management and high profile stakeholders.”

What has been the happiest day of your life?Bringing three wonderful & blessed kids into the world and marrying a marvellous partner/soulmate.”

What is your greatest indulgence?Pampering myself whenever I get a chance.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without?God. Without Him, I would not have been as blessed as I am today.”

What animal best represents you and why?Eagle. I like to spread my wings and excel to the highest.”

Any motto you live by? “Live life to the fullest and don’t forget that it’s God that is giving you every opportunity in life”.

 

 

 

Meet our team ...
  • Marichen De Bruyn

Meet our team ...

Our team member we introduce to you today is the friendly face that greets you when you visit our Cape Town Base. Marichen De Bruyn is the Administrative Assistant to this operation and has been with the organisation for a year and seven months. Here’s a look into her life …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town and grew up in Belhar, where I’m currently residing.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I worked as a Data Administrator for one of the top Credit Bureaus in South Africa.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The feeling that you belong to a family and our common goal of serving humanity.”

What do you do in your spare time?Being a mom. A working mom does not have any spare time, but if we do get it, we either sleep or pamper ourselves - my personal opinion.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?Interacting with management and high profile stakeholders.”

What has been the happiest day of your life?Bringing three wonderful & blessed kids into the world and marrying a marvellous partner/soulmate.”

What is your greatest indulgence?Pampering myself whenever I get a chance.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without?God. Without Him, I would not have been as blessed as I am today.”

What animal best represents you and why?Eagle. I like to spread my wings and excel to the highest.”

Any motto you live by? “Live life to the fullest and don’t forget that it’s God that is giving you every opportunity in life”.

 

 

 

Marichen De Bruyn
  • Marichen De Bruyn

Meet our team ...

Our team member we introduce to you today is the friendly face that greets you when you visit our Cape Town Base. Marichen De Bruyn is the Administrative Assistant to this operation and has been with the organisation for a year and seven months. Here’s a look into her life …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town and grew up in Belhar, where I’m currently residing.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I worked as a Data Administrator for one of the top Credit Bureaus in South Africa.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The feeling that you belong to a family and our common goal of serving humanity.”

What do you do in your spare time?Being a mom. A working mom does not have any spare time, but if we do get it, we either sleep or pamper ourselves - my personal opinion.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?Interacting with management and high profile stakeholders.”

What has been the happiest day of your life?Bringing three wonderful & blessed kids into the world and marrying a marvellous partner/soulmate.”

What is your greatest indulgence?Pampering myself whenever I get a chance.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without?God. Without Him, I would not have been as blessed as I am today.”

What animal best represents you and why?Eagle. I like to spread my wings and excel to the highest.”

Any motto you live by? “Live life to the fullest and don’t forget that it’s God that is giving you every opportunity in life”.

 

 

 

Meet our team ...
  • Marichen De Bruyn

Meet our team ...

Our team member we introduce to you today is the friendly face that greets you when you visit our Cape Town Base. Marichen De Bruyn is the Administrative Assistant to this operation and has been with the organisation for a year and seven months. Here’s a look into her life …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town and grew up in Belhar, where I’m currently residing.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I worked as a Data Administrator for one of the top Credit Bureaus in South Africa.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The feeling that you belong to a family and our common goal of serving humanity.”

What do you do in your spare time?Being a mom. A working mom does not have any spare time, but if we do get it, we either sleep or pamper ourselves - my personal opinion.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?Interacting with management and high profile stakeholders.”

What has been the happiest day of your life?Bringing three wonderful & blessed kids into the world and marrying a marvellous partner/soulmate.”

What is your greatest indulgence?Pampering myself whenever I get a chance.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without?God. Without Him, I would not have been as blessed as I am today.”

What animal best represents you and why?Eagle. I like to spread my wings and excel to the highest.”

Any motto you live by? “Live life to the fullest and don’t forget that it’s God that is giving you every opportunity in life”.

 

 

 

Rashied Norris
  • Rashied Norris

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Today we get to know one of our National Operations Centre (NOC) Co-ordinators a little better. Rashied Norris has been with the organisation for eight years and is one of the members of the small team of dedicated individuals who ensures delivery of appropriate resources to those in need of specialised air ambulance and rescue assistance. Here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born, grew up and schooled in Bonteheuwel, a delightful Western Cape township, about six minutes’ drive from Cape Town International Airport.”

Were you in any other trade before? “After matriculating I joined the South African Police Service, where I worked for three and a half years, then joined the Ambulance service.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best – I got exposed to the aviation side of the medical world. Worst – I had to say farewell to so many dear colleagues.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I’m always busy- I’m a kind of jack of all trades guy (carpentry, cooking, watching movies/series, fiddling in my garage, just always busy.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I had junior and a senior WP Provincial colours in hockey and played 1st team cricket at school. In general I’m a sports fanatic.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Meeting new people and delivering an exceptional service and unlike many years of working on the road, at AMS we receive the occasional ‘Thank you’ from the patients/clients.”

What is on your bedside table? “My cell phone and an empty Coca-Cola glass.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “My mother (I was five when she passed away).”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Damn its freezing, lol.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “There’s actually three; when I married my best friend and school mate, Shanaaz and being present witnessing the birth of my two babies (Fayaaz and Rasheeda).”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I always wanted to be a traffic officer.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Braaivleis – I don’t need an excuse to light up the coals and Coca-Cola.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “My wife and kids (now 22 & 26 years old) - I spent a year working overseas and being away from them was awful.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Do not be afraid to try new things/ideas.”

Which animal best represents you and why? “Wolf – Alpha male, I’m a leader and unlike lions, tigers, elephants, apes, you don’t see wolves performing in the circus.”

Any motto you live by? “Treat people like you would like to be treated. Never look down on someone unless you’re helping them up.”

Team focus ...
  • Rashied Norris

Team focus ...

Today we get to know one of our National Operations Centre (NOC) Co-ordinators a little better. Rashied Norris has been with the organisation for eight years and is one of the members of the small team of dedicated individuals who ensures delivery of appropriate resources to those in need of specialised air ambulance and rescue assistance. Here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born, grew up and schooled in Bonteheuwel, a delightful Western Cape township, about six minutes’ drive from Cape Town International Airport.”

Were you in any other trade before? “After matriculating I joined the South African Police Service, where I worked for three and a half years, then joined the Ambulance service.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best – I got exposed to the aviation side of the medical world. Worst – I had to say farewell to so many dear colleagues.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I’m always busy- I’m a kind of jack of all trades guy (carpentry, cooking, watching movies/series, fiddling in my garage, just always busy.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I had junior and a senior WP Provincial colours in hockey and played 1st team cricket at school. In general I’m a sports fanatic.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Meeting new people and delivering an exceptional service and unlike many years of working on the road, at AMS we receive the occasional ‘Thank you’ from the patients/clients.”

What is on your bedside table? “My cell phone and an empty Coca-Cola glass.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “My mother (I was five when she passed away).”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Damn its freezing, lol.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “There’s actually three; when I married my best friend and school mate, Shanaaz and being present witnessing the birth of my two babies (Fayaaz and Rasheeda).”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I always wanted to be a traffic officer.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Braaivleis – I don’t need an excuse to light up the coals and Coca-Cola.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “My wife and kids (now 22 & 26 years old) - I spent a year working overseas and being away from them was awful.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Do not be afraid to try new things/ideas.”

Which animal best represents you and why? “Wolf – Alpha male, I’m a leader and unlike lions, tigers, elephants, apes, you don’t see wolves performing in the circus.”

Any motto you live by? “Treat people like you would like to be treated. Never look down on someone unless you’re helping them up.”

Ayesha Allies
  • Ayesha Allies

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Today we introduce Emergency Care Technician, Ayesha Allies to you.  Ayesha is truly a breath of fresh air wherever she goes. Here’s a look into her life…

How long have you been with AMS? “I have been with AMS for a fruitful two years and ten months, during this time I have grown a lot thanks to the amazing people I have worked and work with.”

Tell us about yourself: “I was born at Mowbray Maternity Hospital. I lived most of my childhood in Mitchells Plain where I attended West End Primary then moved to Hanover Park for the last two years of primary school where I attended Kenwyn Primary. I completed high school at Alexander Sinton and matriculated in 2007. In 2008 I got involved at the South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) completing first aid and home based care, by 2009 I did the Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) course at Ambutek and volunteered on the ambulance with SARCS then got involved in first aid training. In 2012 I started with the Emergency Care Technician (ECT) course at Cape Peninsula University of Technology CPUT) and once I graduated I started at AMS.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started at AMS? “Best is the awesome people I get to work alongside. Worst is seeing some of those people leave the organisation.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Probably my baking skills, I’m sure Ruth can teach me a few tricks. Thus far her apple pie, oreo cheesecake and vanilla sponge cake has been outstanding.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I spend as much time as possible with my soul mate and best friend, Faghrie Adams. I also try my best to visit family.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “The picture I have at the PC 12 was my first day of orientation at AMS and the picture was taken by none other than the beautiful Venessa Horn (Jafta? You decide lol), it was also the first time I ever flew in an aircraft.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The fantastic paramedics I work with, most of my mentorship is accredited to Jonathan Groenewald and Ruth Lackay, who I have worked most consistently with… what a privilege.”

What is on your bedside table? “My bedside lamp and my cell phone.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Wade Van Niekerk, Jason Statham, Adam Sandler, Sandra Bullock, Mary Magdalene (I sure hope I won’t be having dinner with all of them at once).”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I’m still at work.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I gave up religion, for relationship with God through Jesus. From then on the days have been happier.”  

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “A professional formula 1 race car driver.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Strawberries, Sour figs, Sushi mmm I cannot only choose one.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “All those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Butterfly, it best describes my transition from where I started to what I have become.”

Any motto you live by? “I am highly favoured, deeply loved and irreversibly blessed.” 

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  • Ayesha Allies

Meet our team...

Today we introduce Emergency Care Technician, Ayesha Allies to you.  Ayesha is truly a breath of fresh air wherever she goes. Here’s a look into her life…

How long have you been with AMS? “I have been with AMS for a fruitful two years and ten months, during this time I have grown a lot thanks to the amazing people I have worked and work with.”

Tell us about yourself: “I was born at Mowbray Maternity Hospital. I lived most of my childhood in Mitchells Plain where I attended West End Primary then moved to Hanover Park for the last two years of primary school where I attended Kenwyn Primary. I completed high school at Alexander Sinton and matriculated in 2007. In 2008 I got involved at the South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) completing first aid and home based care, by 2009 I did the Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) course at Ambutek and volunteered on the ambulance with SARCS then got involved in first aid training. In 2012 I started with the Emergency Care Technician (ECT) course at Cape Peninsula University of Technology CPUT) and once I graduated I started at AMS.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started at AMS? “Best is the awesome people I get to work alongside. Worst is seeing some of those people leave the organisation.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Probably my baking skills, I’m sure Ruth can teach me a few tricks. Thus far her apple pie, oreo cheesecake and vanilla sponge cake has been outstanding.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I spend as much time as possible with my soul mate and best friend, Faghrie Adams. I also try my best to visit family.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “The picture I have at the PC 12 was my first day of orientation at AMS and the picture was taken by none other than the beautiful Venessa Horn (Jafta? You decide lol), it was also the first time I ever flew in an aircraft.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The fantastic paramedics I work with, most of my mentorship is accredited to Jonathan Groenewald and Ruth Lackay, who I have worked most consistently with… what a privilege.”

What is on your bedside table? “My bedside lamp and my cell phone.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Wade Van Niekerk, Jason Statham, Adam Sandler, Sandra Bullock, Mary Magdalene (I sure hope I won’t be having dinner with all of them at once).”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I’m still at work.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I gave up religion, for relationship with God through Jesus. From then on the days have been happier.”  

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “A professional formula 1 race car driver.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Strawberries, Sour figs, Sushi mmm I cannot only choose one.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “All those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Butterfly, it best describes my transition from where I started to what I have become.”

Any motto you live by? “I am highly favoured, deeply loved and irreversibly blessed.”