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Sanesh Singh
  • Sanesh Singh

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Today we introduce Sanesh Singh, NOC Co-ordinator to you who hails from the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Sanesh has been part of the AMS family since April 2016, here’s a look into his world…

Tell us about yourself? “I was born in Durban and grew up in Shallcross where I attended both primary and high schools. I started at AEMS in 1996 and have worked in emergency services ever since.”

Were you in any other trade before? “No, emergency services has been a huge part of my life.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “I am blessed to have a job that I enjoy and allows me to be part of an awesome team working on rescue operations and saving lives and at the same time I am able to be with my family. I am grateful for being employed in a country where the unemployment rate is high.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “A chef, I would like to learn to whip up delicious vegetarian/vegan meals as I am health conscious and would like to lead a healthier lifestyle.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I spend time on my cars (I service and fix whatever goes wrong with my cars), I am hands-on at home and enjoy my time with my three dogs.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I love my 80’s music and often drive with my music on really loud.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?  “Monitoring a mission and be part of a successful operation.”

What is on your bedside table? “My tablet, Car and Sound Magazine.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would it be? “Hitler – how did he feel after killing so many jews, Mother Theresa how did she live with so little, I read she was really very frugal, Desmond Tutu, to hear him speak about the struggle in South Africa ,  Michael Jackson and Renowned chef Yudhika Sunjanani. Imagine Hitler dancing to Michael Jackson.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I am thankful that my son and wife climbed Lions Head safely.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day my son was born and every time my son calls me “Pa”.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?  “A Formula One racing driver and hits those tracks.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “A Milky Bar choc.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Wi-Fi, I go into depression mode when it is depleted.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Nothing comes for free, you have to work for it.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Naturally a lion, I am a Leo.”

Any motto you live by? “Live your best life.”

 

 

Meet our team ...
  • Sanesh Singh

Meet our team ...

Today we introduce Sanesh Singh, NOC Co-ordinator to you who hails from the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Sanesh has been part of the AMS family since April 2016, here’s a look into his world…

Tell us about yourself? “I was born in Durban and grew up in Shallcross where I attended both primary and high schools. I started at AEMS in 1996 and have worked in emergency services ever since.”

Were you in any other trade before? “No, emergency services has been a huge part of my life.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “I am blessed to have a job that I enjoy and allows me to be part of an awesome team working on rescue operations and saving lives and at the same time I am able to be with my family. I am grateful for being employed in a country where the unemployment rate is high.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “A chef, I would like to learn to whip up delicious vegetarian/vegan meals as I am health conscious and would like to lead a healthier lifestyle.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I spend time on my cars (I service and fix whatever goes wrong with my cars), I am hands-on at home and enjoy my time with my three dogs.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I love my 80’s music and often drive with my music on really loud.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?  “Monitoring a mission and be part of a successful operation.”

What is on your bedside table? “My tablet, Car and Sound Magazine.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would it be? “Hitler – how did he feel after killing so many jews, Mother Theresa how did she live with so little, I read she was really very frugal, Desmond Tutu, to hear him speak about the struggle in South Africa ,  Michael Jackson and Renowned chef Yudhika Sunjanani. Imagine Hitler dancing to Michael Jackson.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I am thankful that my son and wife climbed Lions Head safely.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day my son was born and every time my son calls me “Pa”.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?  “A Formula One racing driver and hits those tracks.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “A Milky Bar choc.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Wi-Fi, I go into depression mode when it is depleted.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Nothing comes for free, you have to work for it.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Naturally a lion, I am a Leo.”

Any motto you live by? “Live your best life.”

 

 

Lee Jacobs
  • Lee Jacobs

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Today we introduce Lee Jacobs, co-pilot based at our Cape Town operation. Lee joined the organisation as a cadet pilot in our pilot development programme. He is now full time employed and has just recently reached his milestone of 1 000 flying hours! Here’s a look into his world …

How long have you been with AMS? “I started with AMS in January 2015 at the Durban base. Towards the end of 2015, myself Ikageng Ramphomane and Danie Laubscher were transferred to Cape Town - and I have been here ever since.”

Tell us about yourself: “I was born at Vincent Pallotti Hospital (not that I know much about that) and grew up in Bellville. I attended Holy Cross Primary School, thereafter the Settlers High School for two years and then moved onto Chesterhouse for my final three years of high school. I started flying at the end of 2011 and have never looked back.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Nothing at all.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best thing happened just this week - which was attaining 1 000 flying hours, a very close second is every time I get to aviate with Capt Danie Laubscher. The worst thing I can think of was on one of my night shifts. I was called out for a flight at 01.30 in the morning, got out of bed, into the shower and as I was getting dressed (into our wonderful red jumpsuits), my phone decided to ring again just for me to find out that the flight had been postponed to the day shift!”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Speaking fluent Xhosa, Zulu and Sesotho.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Well, besides doing admin work on my non-flying days, I spend a lot of time with friends, taking drives, and definitely time on my flight simulator at home which I am still in the long process of building up (money money money).”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I used to play cricket at club level, provincial invitational as well as first team. I also played a lot of football (not soccer!!!) at club level and I used to sing.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Helping people, especially young patients, working with wonderful colleagues in a really close community and getting to have the best office view under the sun (pun excused).”

What is on your bedside table? “My lamp, a scarf …I knitted when I was eight (don’t ask me why) and there will always be some kind of beverage (I get thirsty when I sleep).”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Martin Luther King, Tupac and the Wright Brothers (hope I can count them both).”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Am I still dreaming? (it was a very nice dream).”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “That is a difficult one, there have been quite a few, but probably to this point, it would be the day I phoned home after attaining my CPL licence, hearing my father’s response after he picked up the house phone and found out I passed my CPL test and then hearing my mother and sister screaming in the background as if they were watching a winning goal in a world cup final.” 

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I wouldn’t do any other job unless I was forced to.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Besides flying, probably watching the best football team in the world - Arsenal.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Rather be quiet and thought to be a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

What animal best represents you and why? “I would not know, but I do love killer whales.”

Any motto you live by? “Rather stand out, than fit in.”

 

 

Meet our team
  • Lee Jacobs

Meet our team

Today we introduce Lee Jacobs, co-pilot based at our Cape Town operation. Lee joined the organisation as a cadet pilot in our pilot development programme. He is now full time employed and has just recently reached his milestone of 1 000 flying hours! Here’s a look into his world …

How long have you been with AMS? “I started with AMS in January 2015 at the Durban base. Towards the end of 2015, myself Ikageng Ramphomane and Danie Laubscher were transferred to Cape Town - and I have been here ever since.”

Tell us about yourself: “I was born at Vincent Pallotti Hospital (not that I know much about that) and grew up in Bellville. I attended Holy Cross Primary School, thereafter the Settlers High School for two years and then moved onto Chesterhouse for my final three years of high school. I started flying at the end of 2011 and have never looked back.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Nothing at all.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best thing happened just this week - which was attaining 1 000 flying hours, a very close second is every time I get to aviate with Capt Danie Laubscher. The worst thing I can think of was on one of my night shifts. I was called out for a flight at 01.30 in the morning, got out of bed, into the shower and as I was getting dressed (into our wonderful red jumpsuits), my phone decided to ring again just for me to find out that the flight had been postponed to the day shift!”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Speaking fluent Xhosa, Zulu and Sesotho.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Well, besides doing admin work on my non-flying days, I spend a lot of time with friends, taking drives, and definitely time on my flight simulator at home which I am still in the long process of building up (money money money).”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I used to play cricket at club level, provincial invitational as well as first team. I also played a lot of football (not soccer!!!) at club level and I used to sing.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Helping people, especially young patients, working with wonderful colleagues in a really close community and getting to have the best office view under the sun (pun excused).”

What is on your bedside table? “My lamp, a scarf …I knitted when I was eight (don’t ask me why) and there will always be some kind of beverage (I get thirsty when I sleep).”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Martin Luther King, Tupac and the Wright Brothers (hope I can count them both).”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Am I still dreaming? (it was a very nice dream).”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “That is a difficult one, there have been quite a few, but probably to this point, it would be the day I phoned home after attaining my CPL licence, hearing my father’s response after he picked up the house phone and found out I passed my CPL test and then hearing my mother and sister screaming in the background as if they were watching a winning goal in a world cup final.” 

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I wouldn’t do any other job unless I was forced to.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Besides flying, probably watching the best football team in the world - Arsenal.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Rather be quiet and thought to be a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

What animal best represents you and why? “I would not know, but I do love killer whales.”

Any motto you live by? “Rather stand out, than fit in.”

 

 

Carol Korner
  • Carol Korner

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Today we introduce the latest addition to the AMS family. Carol Korner, our new Bookkeeper joined us in July this year. Here’s a look into her world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born & raised in Cape Town. Studied at Damelin and Intec College – I would probably never stop studying, I am addicted to gaining knowledge.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “I play guitar and sing (because I can).”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am actually shy, but try to hide it.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The accounting equation and being part of a team who understand it!”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible, hymn book, pen, notebook and cell phone.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I hope the traffic is not as bad as the day before.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day God helped me gain the courage to get back up again, after my family lost everything we had.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “A Gospel Artist, but I would only perform at Old Age Homes. Those are the people, the world sometimes forget and I think they would appreciate the gesture most.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?  “We all have good and bad within us, it’s our choice which one we want to prevail.”

Any motto you live by? “Do not do unto others that you don’t want done to yourself.”

 

 

Meet our team ...
  • Carol Korner

Meet our team ...

Today we introduce the latest addition to the AMS family. Carol Korner, our new Bookkeeper joined us in July this year. Here’s a look into her world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born & raised in Cape Town. Studied at Damelin and Intec College – I would probably never stop studying, I am addicted to gaining knowledge.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “I play guitar and sing (because I can).”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am actually shy, but try to hide it.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The accounting equation and being part of a team who understand it!”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible, hymn book, pen, notebook and cell phone.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I hope the traffic is not as bad as the day before.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day God helped me gain the courage to get back up again, after my family lost everything we had.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “A Gospel Artist, but I would only perform at Old Age Homes. Those are the people, the world sometimes forget and I think they would appreciate the gesture most.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?  “We all have good and bad within us, it’s our choice which one we want to prevail.”

Any motto you live by? “Do not do unto others that you don’t want done to yourself.”

 

 

Hans Laas
  • Hans Laas

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Today we introduce one of our Cape Town Rotor Wing Pilots to you. A man who has travelled the world, an absolute gentleman and a career of note, here’s a look into the life of Hans Laas …
How long have you been with AMS? “My life with AMS came as an unexpected blessing in December 2015.”
Tell us about yourself: “I was born a long time ago in Blue Bull country to a family of soldiers and aviators.  At the age of 17 I started travelling the continent after joining the SA Army. After a very fulfilling 23 year career I left the military to pursue a flying career. My adventurous travels of the continent continued however, this time with a passport. After flying for food as a contract aero- plane and helicopter pilot in Africa I came home. Home was however redefined and moved to Cape Town. I moved to Cape Town after landing a “ship service job” in the Mother City. My association with AMS started two years later. I have been blessed with two beautiful and bright daughters. I am very proud of them not only for what they have accomplished but also for their character & tenacity and I love them dearly. My greatest friend and love of my life is my Mientjie. My Spartan lifestyle will be tailored when we get married on Poppy Day this year.”
Were you in any other trade before? “I was a soldier before I started flying. I conduct forensic investigations as a sideline.”
What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “Best day was Friday 3 June 2016. I have to quote my dear AMS colleague/sister/friend Ayesha Allies: “The day I gave up religion, for a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. From then on the days have been happier.” Thank you Ayesha!  Worst thing happening was Friday 3 June 2016, seeing Ilne Markwat, a young 25 year old intern leaving her sorrowed mother behind, at the MVA scene on the N1 highway near the Klapmuts off-ramp.”
If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I don’t know how to stop camping. I need some form of domestication.”
What do you do in your spare time? “In my entire life I never had one boring moment.  I am in awe with God’s creation and extremely inquisitive.  I hope for the 25 hour day in which I could pursue my hobbies which are all outdoors and time consuming. My garage, bedroom, lounge and kitchen look like an Outdoor Warehouse or Trappers Trading dealership. When I am indoors I read about the outdoors.”
What is the one thing about you few people know?  “I am very shy.”
What do you enjoy most about your job? “Working alongside professionals in a band of brothers (and sisters). Pilots, Paramedics, External Load Operators and Technical Rescue Crew alike. Serious but funny and cheerful. Calculated but warm. Firm but compassionate. Procedural but spontaneous. The work itself is challenging and rewarding. To see Crew Resource Management and principles such as mutual trust, teamwork, flexibility and communication in action during high workload is fascinating.  It was the first experience of camaraderie I had since leaving the military. I am not a hero but I did have the honor of walking beside a few. The AMS team is no exception.”
What is on your bedside table? “A reading lamp, a cellphone, a photograph of Mientjie and a coffee cup.”
If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Erwin Rommel, Douglas Bader, Danie Theron, King Solomon and his father and my own father (he was most famous to me).”
What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I thanked God that He gave me a second chance and that I’m no longer a slave of fear.”
What has been the happiest day of your life? “Monday. Monday in October 1991 and Monday in November 1993 when my two daughters whom I love more than life were born.” 
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “My nickname was “Mashamba” which is a Portuguese word for “Farmer”. I would love to be a cattle farmer in the Kalahari on a day that would last a lifetime.”
What is your greatest indulgence? “Afternoon coffee with Mientjie, good biltong and a good campfire.”
What is the one thing you can’t live without?  “Red meat on the coals, humor and good music.”
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?  “Count to ten. Spend more time with your children (I will always wish I followed the advice more religiously).”
What animal best represents you and why? “An African fish eagle. The fish eagle is such an effective hunter it spends only 20 minutes per day working (which is fishing). The rest is spent flying, soaring and searching. It raises chicks in the safety of the highest of trees and keeps one mate in its life time. Its call is synonymous with the African bush and the true sound of freedom.”
Any motto you live by? “Wherever you go, there you are.”
 

Meet our team ...
  • Hans Laas

Meet our team ...

Today we introduce one of our Cape Town Rotor Wing Pilots to you. A man who has travelled the world, an absolute gentleman and a career of note, here’s a look into the life of Hans Laas …
How long have you been with AMS? “My life with AMS came as an unexpected blessing in December 2015.”
Tell us about yourself: “I was born a long time ago in Blue Bull country to a family of soldiers and aviators.  At the age of 17 I started travelling the continent after joining the SA Army. After a very fulfilling 23 year career I left the military to pursue a flying career. My adventurous travels of the continent continued however, this time with a passport. After flying for food as a contract aero- plane and helicopter pilot in Africa I came home. Home was however redefined and moved to Cape Town. I moved to Cape Town after landing a “ship service job” in the Mother City. My association with AMS started two years later. I have been blessed with two beautiful and bright daughters. I am very proud of them not only for what they have accomplished but also for their character & tenacity and I love them dearly. My greatest friend and love of my life is my Mientjie. My Spartan lifestyle will be tailored when we get married on Poppy Day this year.”
Were you in any other trade before? “I was a soldier before I started flying. I conduct forensic investigations as a sideline.”
What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “Best day was Friday 3 June 2016. I have to quote my dear AMS colleague/sister/friend Ayesha Allies: “The day I gave up religion, for a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. From then on the days have been happier.” Thank you Ayesha!  Worst thing happening was Friday 3 June 2016, seeing Ilne Markwat, a young 25 year old intern leaving her sorrowed mother behind, at the MVA scene on the N1 highway near the Klapmuts off-ramp.”
If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I don’t know how to stop camping. I need some form of domestication.”
What do you do in your spare time? “In my entire life I never had one boring moment.  I am in awe with God’s creation and extremely inquisitive.  I hope for the 25 hour day in which I could pursue my hobbies which are all outdoors and time consuming. My garage, bedroom, lounge and kitchen look like an Outdoor Warehouse or Trappers Trading dealership. When I am indoors I read about the outdoors.”
What is the one thing about you few people know?  “I am very shy.”
What do you enjoy most about your job? “Working alongside professionals in a band of brothers (and sisters). Pilots, Paramedics, External Load Operators and Technical Rescue Crew alike. Serious but funny and cheerful. Calculated but warm. Firm but compassionate. Procedural but spontaneous. The work itself is challenging and rewarding. To see Crew Resource Management and principles such as mutual trust, teamwork, flexibility and communication in action during high workload is fascinating.  It was the first experience of camaraderie I had since leaving the military. I am not a hero but I did have the honor of walking beside a few. The AMS team is no exception.”
What is on your bedside table? “A reading lamp, a cellphone, a photograph of Mientjie and a coffee cup.”
If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Erwin Rommel, Douglas Bader, Danie Theron, King Solomon and his father and my own father (he was most famous to me).”
What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I thanked God that He gave me a second chance and that I’m no longer a slave of fear.”
What has been the happiest day of your life? “Monday. Monday in October 1991 and Monday in November 1993 when my two daughters whom I love more than life were born.” 
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “My nickname was “Mashamba” which is a Portuguese word for “Farmer”. I would love to be a cattle farmer in the Kalahari on a day that would last a lifetime.”
What is your greatest indulgence? “Afternoon coffee with Mientjie, good biltong and a good campfire.”
What is the one thing you can’t live without?  “Red meat on the coals, humor and good music.”
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?  “Count to ten. Spend more time with your children (I will always wish I followed the advice more religiously).”
What animal best represents you and why? “An African fish eagle. The fish eagle is such an effective hunter it spends only 20 minutes per day working (which is fishing). The rest is spent flying, soaring and searching. It raises chicks in the safety of the highest of trees and keeps one mate in its life time. Its call is synonymous with the African bush and the true sound of freedom.”
Any motto you live by? “Wherever you go, there you are.”
 

Theo Schilder
  • Theo Schilder

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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

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.”

Meet our team ...
  • 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”.

 

 

 

Meet our team ...
  • 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”.