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Thembakazi Qokolo
  • Thembakazi Qokolo

Team Focus

The AMS’ commitment to training and development of individuals within the organisation and the broader community, has seen the organisation establish and implement work experience programmes for unemployed Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) learners with the aid of the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA). This formal programme is also entered into with the False Bay College. Thembakazi Qokolo is currently a candidate in this programme under going her practical training within our organisation. The objective of the work experience programme is to provide practical training for Thembakazi within her field of study (ND: Management Assistant). Thembakazi has been with the organisation for just over three and a half months, here’s a look into her world …

 

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and raised in Cape Town, I matriculated in 2013. I took a bridging year in 2014 at South African Education Environment Project (SAEP). I am still busy with my Management Assistant Course which I started 2016 at False Bay College. After completion of my internship I hope to graduate in June 2019.”

Were you in any trade before? “I was a financial aid intern at False Bay College.”

If you can master one skill you don’t have right now what would it be? “Communication skills.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Bond with my younger sister.”

What do you enjoy about your job? “Right now I can say working in different departments. I am currently in the PR Department.”

What is on your bedside table? “A Bible and some books.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “We travelled a lot during my bridging year at SAEP, so that will be the time.”

If you could do one other job for just one day what would it be? “Work in the Information Technology (IT) field.”

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

Best piece of advice you can ever give someone? “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

 

 

Team Focus
  • Thembakazi Qokolo

Team Focus

The AMS’ commitment to training and development of individuals within the organisation and the broader community, has seen the organisation establish and implement work experience programmes for unemployed Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) learners with the aid of the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA). This formal programme is also entered into with the False Bay College. Thembakazi Qokolo is currently a candidate in this programme under going her practical training within our organisation. The objective of the work experience programme is to provide practical training for Thembakazi within her field of study (ND: Management Assistant). Thembakazi has been with the organisation for just over three and a half months, here’s a look into her world …

 

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and raised in Cape Town, I matriculated in 2013. I took a bridging year in 2014 at South African Education Environment Project (SAEP). I am still busy with my Management Assistant Course which I started 2016 at False Bay College. After completion of my internship I hope to graduate in June 2019.”

Were you in any trade before? “I was a financial aid intern at False Bay College.”

If you can master one skill you don’t have right now what would it be? “Communication skills.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Bond with my younger sister.”

What do you enjoy about your job? “Right now I can say working in different departments. I am currently in the PR Department.”

What is on your bedside table? “A Bible and some books.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “We travelled a lot during my bridging year at SAEP, so that will be the time.”

If you could do one other job for just one day what would it be? “Work in the Information Technology (IT) field.”

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

Best piece of advice you can ever give someone? “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

 

 

AMS Cadet Pilot Programme
  • AMS Cadet Pilot Programme

1 000 flying hours celebrated above clouds while saving lives

Nothing beats the feeling of being in the air for any pilot, this rings especially true for three AMS cadet pilots who all reached the amazing milestone of 1 000 flying hours at The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS).

Jeffrey Persens, Lee Jacobs & Yusuf Vahed joined the organisation three years ago as cadet pilots in the AMS Cadet Pilot Development Programme. The Programme was established to develop young pilots, address the shortage of skills within the aero-medical field and in so doing boost the African Aviation industry. The objective of the programme is to train them on the high performance PC 12 and develop their skills and experience in a structured and controlled programme.

“At AMS we believe in investing in the future by developing skilled specialists and making a significant contribution to the aviation sector. We are especially proud of these three gentlemen who have shown commitment and dedication not only to their careers but to our organisation. The AMS Cadet Pilot Development Programme provides young cadets with the unique opportunity to build their knowledge and experience with access to industry leading training and dedicated staff.” said Dr Philip Erasmus, CEO of the AMS. 

Jeffrey Persens based at the Cape Town operation says “my only goal has always been to be a career pilot. I am that now at AMS. It has been a learning and growing experience, but more so, it was a journey of self-discovery.”

Lee Jacobs, cadet pilot currently based at the AMS Cape Town operation says “the programme improved my flying ability. I am grateful for the opportunity and will always remember the lessons I learnt through AMS.”

Yusuf Vahed, based at the AMS Durban operation recalls the day he reached his 1 000 hours: “My Captain on that day, Captain Chris Szechenyi jumped seats and told me, it’s your leg to fly. I always wondered where the moment of passing 1 000 hours would be. To be precise, it was on the base turn of Runway 35 into Mkuze. I asked for Full Flap and Final/landing checks, and Chris completed the checklist with and 1000 hours achieved – well done buddy!”

To date this programme has seen 18 cadets qualify and become fully fledged captains either within the organisation or taking up positions at the Airlines. Lethabo Vacu and Tony Tsonope are currently the two cadets in the programme. Cadets who join the programme needs to have a commercial licence, Instrument rating and 40hours multi-crew cooperation training. The programme exposes the cadets to high altitude flying routes and short-field landing and operating in and out of rural airfields.

 

 

1 000 flying hours celebrated above clouds while saving lives
  • AMS Cadet Pilot Programme

1 000 flying hours celebrated above clouds while saving lives

Nothing beats the feeling of being in the air for any pilot, this rings especially true for three AMS cadet pilots who all reached the amazing milestone of 1 000 flying hours at The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS).

Jeffrey Persens, Lee Jacobs & Yusuf Vahed joined the organisation three years ago as cadet pilots in the AMS Cadet Pilot Development Programme. The Programme was established to develop young pilots, address the shortage of skills within the aero-medical field and in so doing boost the African Aviation industry. The objective of the programme is to train them on the high performance PC 12 and develop their skills and experience in a structured and controlled programme.

“At AMS we believe in investing in the future by developing skilled specialists and making a significant contribution to the aviation sector. We are especially proud of these three gentlemen who have shown commitment and dedication not only to their careers but to our organisation. The AMS Cadet Pilot Development Programme provides young cadets with the unique opportunity to build their knowledge and experience with access to industry leading training and dedicated staff.” said Dr Philip Erasmus, CEO of the AMS. 

Jeffrey Persens based at the Cape Town operation says “my only goal has always been to be a career pilot. I am that now at AMS. It has been a learning and growing experience, but more so, it was a journey of self-discovery.”

Lee Jacobs, cadet pilot currently based at the AMS Cape Town operation says “the programme improved my flying ability. I am grateful for the opportunity and will always remember the lessons I learnt through AMS.”

Yusuf Vahed, based at the AMS Durban operation recalls the day he reached his 1 000 hours: “My Captain on that day, Captain Chris Szechenyi jumped seats and told me, it’s your leg to fly. I always wondered where the moment of passing 1 000 hours would be. To be precise, it was on the base turn of Runway 35 into Mkuze. I asked for Full Flap and Final/landing checks, and Chris completed the checklist with and 1000 hours achieved – well done buddy!”

To date this programme has seen 18 cadets qualify and become fully fledged captains either within the organisation or taking up positions at the Airlines. Lethabo Vacu and Tony Tsonope are currently the two cadets in the programme. Cadets who join the programme needs to have a commercial licence, Instrument rating and 40hours multi-crew cooperation training. The programme exposes the cadets to high altitude flying routes and short-field landing and operating in and out of rural airfields.

 

 

Leanne Adair
  • Leanne Adair

Meet our Team

Today we introduce Leanne Adair, Cape Town base Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) who has been with the organisation for seven months.  Here’s a look into her world…

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Johannesburg, when I was two years old my family moved to a small town in the Eastern Cape called Kenton-on-sea. We spent a good few years there before moving to Port Elizabeth where I attended Erica Girls Primary school and then Collegiate Girls High school. I moved to Cape Town in 2011 to study. I spent the next six years in Cape Town where I completed the Emergency Care Technician (ECT) programme and then the Bachelor of Emergency Medical Care Degree (B-Tech). I moved back to the Eastern Cape and worked for a private emergency service in Port Alfred before moving back to Cape Town in September 2017 to join AMS.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I was a waitress for a couple of years to earn the big bucks, Lol!”

Why did you choose to join the AMS? “After working my first shift at AMS as a 4th year BEMC student I was hooked. Who wouldn’t want to fly every chance they got? So, when the opportunity to work as a flight paramedic at AMS presented itself I grabbed it with both hands.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I would love to learn to play the guitar and the piano. I would really love to learn how to actually fly the aircraft we travel in on a daily basis.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I really enjoy spending time outdoors, I play hockey for Old Mutual hockey club, I try to run (I could try harder) and I’m partial to a good braai.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “That I am the definition of an arachnophobic!”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “With the fear of sounding cheesy there is very little that I don’t enjoy about working at AMS. I enjoy being able to help the communities we serve, the people I work with are great and we get to fly!”  

What is on your bedside table? “A bedside lamp, my phone charger, usually a good book and my Bible.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Although not world renowned or famous I would love to have another dinner with my grandfather. I’m sure he would have had the perfect answer to this question! And then obviously I would love to dine with Nelson Mandela.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “So, do you actually get to fly the aircraft? Also, do you still get to drive an ambulance?”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “I try to make every day a happy day!”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I would love to be a musician and be able to sing.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “It’s a close competition between coffee and chocolate!! Shopping is a very close third.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Honestly, my family and friends (I know, that’s a lot more than one thing LOL).”

What is the one quality you feel best describes you? “Approachable.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “I have been given a lot of really great advice throughout my life including “in a world where we can be anything, be kind”. Also, “sometimes we get in such a hurry that it becomes a part of us that we forget we don’t have to live that way”.

Do you have a life philosophy? “The cost of not following your heart is spending the rest of your life wishing you had so the trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead”- Majorie Pay Hinckley.

 

 

Meet our Team
  • Leanne Adair

Meet our Team

Today we introduce Leanne Adair, Cape Town base Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) who has been with the organisation for seven months.  Here’s a look into her world…

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Johannesburg, when I was two years old my family moved to a small town in the Eastern Cape called Kenton-on-sea. We spent a good few years there before moving to Port Elizabeth where I attended Erica Girls Primary school and then Collegiate Girls High school. I moved to Cape Town in 2011 to study. I spent the next six years in Cape Town where I completed the Emergency Care Technician (ECT) programme and then the Bachelor of Emergency Medical Care Degree (B-Tech). I moved back to the Eastern Cape and worked for a private emergency service in Port Alfred before moving back to Cape Town in September 2017 to join AMS.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I was a waitress for a couple of years to earn the big bucks, Lol!”

Why did you choose to join the AMS? “After working my first shift at AMS as a 4th year BEMC student I was hooked. Who wouldn’t want to fly every chance they got? So, when the opportunity to work as a flight paramedic at AMS presented itself I grabbed it with both hands.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I would love to learn to play the guitar and the piano. I would really love to learn how to actually fly the aircraft we travel in on a daily basis.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I really enjoy spending time outdoors, I play hockey for Old Mutual hockey club, I try to run (I could try harder) and I’m partial to a good braai.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “That I am the definition of an arachnophobic!”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “With the fear of sounding cheesy there is very little that I don’t enjoy about working at AMS. I enjoy being able to help the communities we serve, the people I work with are great and we get to fly!”  

What is on your bedside table? “A bedside lamp, my phone charger, usually a good book and my Bible.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Although not world renowned or famous I would love to have another dinner with my grandfather. I’m sure he would have had the perfect answer to this question! And then obviously I would love to dine with Nelson Mandela.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “So, do you actually get to fly the aircraft? Also, do you still get to drive an ambulance?”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “I try to make every day a happy day!”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I would love to be a musician and be able to sing.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “It’s a close competition between coffee and chocolate!! Shopping is a very close third.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Honestly, my family and friends (I know, that’s a lot more than one thing LOL).”

What is the one quality you feel best describes you? “Approachable.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “I have been given a lot of really great advice throughout my life including “in a world where we can be anything, be kind”. Also, “sometimes we get in such a hurry that it becomes a part of us that we forget we don’t have to live that way”.

Do you have a life philosophy? “The cost of not following your heart is spending the rest of your life wishing you had so the trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead”- Majorie Pay Hinckley.

 

 

Mervyn October, AME
  • Mervyn October, AME

Congratulations

We would like to congratulate Mervyn October for gaining his first Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) License with a B rating for aircraft structures. We are proud of you!

Congratulations
  • Mervyn October, AME

Congratulations

We would like to congratulate Mervyn October for gaining his first Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) License with a B rating for aircraft structures. We are proud of you!

Mark Sutton
  • Mark Sutton

Meet our team ...

Today we introduce our National Operations Centre (NOC) Supervisor, Mark Sutton.  The NOC monitor operations countrywide which allow the organisation to streamline the usage of all resources. The small team of dedicated coordinators ensure delivery of the appropriate resource to any person in need of specialised air ambulance and/or rescue assistance. Here’s a look into Mark’s world when he close his office door behind him…

How long have you been with AMS? “I started with AMS in January 2008 on three months’ probation and became a permanent staff member in March 2008. I just completed 10 great years.”

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Stoke on Trent in England & have an older and younger brother. My Father was a mining engineer and we moved to Uganda when I was 2 ½ years old. After 2 ½ years in Uganda we had to leave because of unrest and returned to the U.K. Shortly after that my younger brother was born and my parents decided to leave once again, this time for Botswana. After a year my Dad took a contract in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and a year later we moved to South West Africa (now Namibia). Five years later my Dad decided he had had enough of crawling around under the ground and we moved to Cape Town. Although I was born in England I consider myself to be an African. I matriculated from Norman Henshilwood High School in 1985 and as was the trend in those days was conscripted into the SADF (now SANDF) for two years. I was always interested in things medical so was quite pleased to be called up to The South African Medical Services Corps. I also decided to make the most of the opportunity and completed the Operational Medical Orderly training course. A couple of days before I completed my National Service I was involved in a motor accident and in the back of the ambulance en route to 2 Military Hospital asked for the contact details of the Cape Ambulance Rescue Service HR Department. I joined the City of Cape Town Ambulance Service in January 1988 and completed the BAA (Basic Ambulance Assistant), AEA (Ambulance Emergency Assistant), RMA (Advanced Rescue) and AEA 1A (Ambumedic) training whilst employed by the City of Cape Town and became the youngest Paramedic at METRO at that time. In order to be called a Paramedic you had to complete the AEA 1A and RMA courses. I then worked for a couple of the private ambulance services in Cape Town before a year offshore on a gas rig and 2 ½ years in Saudi Arabia.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I was a salesman in a ladies shoe shop whilst still at school and after retiring in 2006 after a nasty motorcycle accident worked as a barman for six months.”

Why did you choose to join the AMS?  “Garth knew about my bike accident and when AMS was looking to expand and establish the NOC he asked me if I would be interested. I jumped at the opportunity to get back into EMS, came for an interview and the rest is as they say is history.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To climb stairs one foot over the other.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Ride bikes, play with my snakes and prop up the bar at Pirates.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “I was a distant relative of the Queen of England, through marriage.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The people I work with and the chance to occasionally be a flight Paramedic and practice my profession. When I behave.”

What is on your bedside table? “Lamp, photo of my son, torch and a Richard Bach novel.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Douglas Bader, Sir John Surtees, Neil Armstrong and Jim Morrison.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “They have learned that I don’t talk about my job. I usually tell people who I’m meeting for the first time that I sell life insurance. That way they don’t ask the usual stupid questions.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day my son was born.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Professional motorcycle road racer.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “My motorcycles, I have three.”

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

What is the one quality you feel best describes you? “Patient.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Plan for the best but expect the worst. That way you won’t be disappointed.”

Do you have a life philosophy? “Live each day as if it is your last. Have no regrets.”

Meet our team ...
  • Mark Sutton

Meet our team ...

Today we introduce our National Operations Centre (NOC) Supervisor, Mark Sutton.  The NOC monitor operations countrywide which allow the organisation to streamline the usage of all resources. The small team of dedicated coordinators ensure delivery of the appropriate resource to any person in need of specialised air ambulance and/or rescue assistance. Here’s a look into Mark’s world when he close his office door behind him…

How long have you been with AMS? “I started with AMS in January 2008 on three months’ probation and became a permanent staff member in March 2008. I just completed 10 great years.”

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Stoke on Trent in England & have an older and younger brother. My Father was a mining engineer and we moved to Uganda when I was 2 ½ years old. After 2 ½ years in Uganda we had to leave because of unrest and returned to the U.K. Shortly after that my younger brother was born and my parents decided to leave once again, this time for Botswana. After a year my Dad took a contract in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and a year later we moved to South West Africa (now Namibia). Five years later my Dad decided he had had enough of crawling around under the ground and we moved to Cape Town. Although I was born in England I consider myself to be an African. I matriculated from Norman Henshilwood High School in 1985 and as was the trend in those days was conscripted into the SADF (now SANDF) for two years. I was always interested in things medical so was quite pleased to be called up to The South African Medical Services Corps. I also decided to make the most of the opportunity and completed the Operational Medical Orderly training course. A couple of days before I completed my National Service I was involved in a motor accident and in the back of the ambulance en route to 2 Military Hospital asked for the contact details of the Cape Ambulance Rescue Service HR Department. I joined the City of Cape Town Ambulance Service in January 1988 and completed the BAA (Basic Ambulance Assistant), AEA (Ambulance Emergency Assistant), RMA (Advanced Rescue) and AEA 1A (Ambumedic) training whilst employed by the City of Cape Town and became the youngest Paramedic at METRO at that time. In order to be called a Paramedic you had to complete the AEA 1A and RMA courses. I then worked for a couple of the private ambulance services in Cape Town before a year offshore on a gas rig and 2 ½ years in Saudi Arabia.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I was a salesman in a ladies shoe shop whilst still at school and after retiring in 2006 after a nasty motorcycle accident worked as a barman for six months.”

Why did you choose to join the AMS?  “Garth knew about my bike accident and when AMS was looking to expand and establish the NOC he asked me if I would be interested. I jumped at the opportunity to get back into EMS, came for an interview and the rest is as they say is history.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To climb stairs one foot over the other.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Ride bikes, play with my snakes and prop up the bar at Pirates.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “I was a distant relative of the Queen of England, through marriage.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The people I work with and the chance to occasionally be a flight Paramedic and practice my profession. When I behave.”

What is on your bedside table? “Lamp, photo of my son, torch and a Richard Bach novel.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Douglas Bader, Sir John Surtees, Neil Armstrong and Jim Morrison.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “They have learned that I don’t talk about my job. I usually tell people who I’m meeting for the first time that I sell life insurance. That way they don’t ask the usual stupid questions.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day my son was born.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Professional motorcycle road racer.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “My motorcycles, I have three.”

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

What is the one quality you feel best describes you? “Patient.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Plan for the best but expect the worst. That way you won’t be disappointed.”

Do you have a life philosophy? “Live each day as if it is your last. Have no regrets.”

Heather Collage
  • Heather Collage

Team Focus

We are thrilled to welcome our newest member to the AMS family! Heather Arnold, fixed wing pilot joined the team in February this year. Here’s a look into her world…

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Johannesburg, and moved to the Western Cape at the age of 5. All of my schooling was in Somerset West, and I completed my flight training at the Stellenbosch Flying Club. From 2014 to early 2018 I lived in Maun, Botswana.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Nope – aviation is all I know!”

Why did you choose to join the AMS? “I enjoy helping people and I wanted to be able to give back in some way. A few friends volunteer for AMS and I was able to get a taste of what it was like to fly for AMS. When I got my Commercial Pilots Licence I told myself that I would fly for AMS one day.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “I enjoying being outdoors, walking, hiking and cycling. And I try to spend as much time with my family as possible.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “Oooh, that’s a tough one.

Hmmm… I’m scared of heights.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The view from the office, knowing I’m helping people, and being able to work with such a great team!”

What is on your bedside table? “A lamp, alarm clock, horseshoe and a heap of receipts I need to file.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Depends on how far back in history we’re talking… do Alan Rickman and Johnny Depp count? Elvis Presley. The inventor of cheesecake… and coffee… That’s a really difficult question!”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “Oh wow! That’s so cool! Don’t you get scared? “Can you fly me to XYZ? “What do you mean you’re scared of heights?!”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “Seeing my niece for the first time.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Fly rescue helicopter pilot mission.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Chocolate. And cheesecake. Chocolate cheesecake!”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Oxygen…I can’t function until I’ve had a cup of coffee!”

What is the one quality you feel best describes you? “Dependability.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Dream the flight, and fly the dream”.

Do you have a life philosophy? “Always appreciate the little things in life. Smile often and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best, but don’t let yourself become pessimistic. Treat others the way you want to be treated.  Make your bed every morning, at least then at the end of a tough day when you ask yourself what have I achieved? You can tick something off (Yes Mom, I really did just say that – I used to hate making my bed!).”

Team Focus
  • Heather Collage

Team Focus

We are thrilled to welcome our newest member to the AMS family! Heather Arnold, fixed wing pilot joined the team in February this year. Here’s a look into her world…

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Johannesburg, and moved to the Western Cape at the age of 5. All of my schooling was in Somerset West, and I completed my flight training at the Stellenbosch Flying Club. From 2014 to early 2018 I lived in Maun, Botswana.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Nope – aviation is all I know!”

Why did you choose to join the AMS? “I enjoy helping people and I wanted to be able to give back in some way. A few friends volunteer for AMS and I was able to get a taste of what it was like to fly for AMS. When I got my Commercial Pilots Licence I told myself that I would fly for AMS one day.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “I enjoying being outdoors, walking, hiking and cycling. And I try to spend as much time with my family as possible.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “Oooh, that’s a tough one.

Hmmm… I’m scared of heights.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The view from the office, knowing I’m helping people, and being able to work with such a great team!”

What is on your bedside table? “A lamp, alarm clock, horseshoe and a heap of receipts I need to file.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Depends on how far back in history we’re talking… do Alan Rickman and Johnny Depp count? Elvis Presley. The inventor of cheesecake… and coffee… That’s a really difficult question!”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “Oh wow! That’s so cool! Don’t you get scared? “Can you fly me to XYZ? “What do you mean you’re scared of heights?!”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “Seeing my niece for the first time.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Fly rescue helicopter pilot mission.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Chocolate. And cheesecake. Chocolate cheesecake!”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Oxygen…I can’t function until I’ve had a cup of coffee!”

What is the one quality you feel best describes you? “Dependability.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Dream the flight, and fly the dream”.

Do you have a life philosophy? “Always appreciate the little things in life. Smile often and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best, but don’t let yourself become pessimistic. Treat others the way you want to be treated.  Make your bed every morning, at least then at the end of a tough day when you ask yourself what have I achieved? You can tick something off (Yes Mom, I really did just say that – I used to hate making my bed!).”

Siyabonga Nqumba
  • Siyabonga Nqumba

Meet our Team

We pay a visit to our Aircraft Maintenance Organisation to get to know Siyabonga Nqumba better. Siya as he is affectionately known is the AMO assistant who assist the AMS engineers to look after our fleet. Here’s a look from the AMS Cape Town hangar into Siya’s world …

How long have you been with AMS? “I have been here seven years and within this seven years I’ve come across many challenges that has made me a better person.”

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Johannesburg. I currently reside in Cape Town since the age of 15.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I worked for Magnum as a security guard and at Mr Video.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best thing that happened to me was the experience of working on aircraft. I can also be involved with a company that saves lives and help where they can. And being afforded the opportunity to work at AMS full time.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To become an engineer and do what I love most, also to fix stuff that requires my skills.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I enjoy spending time with my daughter who means the world to me. I must not forget my mom and other members of my family and my animals.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “That I am a great dancer with some unbelievable skills.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I love helping out where I can; if anybody asks me to help I cannot say no, it is just wrong for me if I cannot follow my own rules.”

What is on your bedside table? “My mobile phone and a picture of my daughter.”

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

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Thank God for this wonderful and amazing blessing of today, for Your Word of hope which gives me strength, for love that makes our life meaningful, for Your peace that give us comfort, for Your grace that renews and restores.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day my daughter was born.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To work as a chef.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “My pets. I love spending time with my dogs.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Live your truth .Express your dreams.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “You can achieve anything you want in life”

What animal best represents you and why? “An owl - for strength and laid back in nature.”

Any motto you live by? “Move. Win. Never Stop.”

Meet our Team
  • Siyabonga Nqumba

Meet our Team

We pay a visit to our Aircraft Maintenance Organisation to get to know Siyabonga Nqumba better. Siya as he is affectionately known is the AMO assistant who assist the AMS engineers to look after our fleet. Here’s a look from the AMS Cape Town hangar into Siya’s world …

How long have you been with AMS? “I have been here seven years and within this seven years I’ve come across many challenges that has made me a better person.”

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Johannesburg. I currently reside in Cape Town since the age of 15.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I worked for Magnum as a security guard and at Mr Video.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best thing that happened to me was the experience of working on aircraft. I can also be involved with a company that saves lives and help where they can. And being afforded the opportunity to work at AMS full time.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To become an engineer and do what I love most, also to fix stuff that requires my skills.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I enjoy spending time with my daughter who means the world to me. I must not forget my mom and other members of my family and my animals.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “That I am a great dancer with some unbelievable skills.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I love helping out where I can; if anybody asks me to help I cannot say no, it is just wrong for me if I cannot follow my own rules.”

What is on your bedside table? “My mobile phone and a picture of my daughter.”

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

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Thank God for this wonderful and amazing blessing of today, for Your Word of hope which gives me strength, for love that makes our life meaningful, for Your peace that give us comfort, for Your grace that renews and restores.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day my daughter was born.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To work as a chef.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “My pets. I love spending time with my dogs.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Live your truth .Express your dreams.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “You can achieve anything you want in life”

What animal best represents you and why? “An owl - for strength and laid back in nature.”

Any motto you live by? “Move. Win. Never Stop.”

Lethabo Vacu
  • Lethabo Vacu

Meet our Team

The AMS’ Pilot Development Programme has seen a number of cadets qualify through this programme and fulfil their dream of moving into the airline industry and others staying at AMS.  This programme aims to develop young pilots and in so doing boost the Aviation industry.  Today we get to know one of the cadets currently in the programme, Lethabo Vacu. Lethabo has been with the organisation since September 2017, here’s a look into her world.

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and bred in Soweto. I attended both Primary and Secondary school at Florida Primary and Florida Park high respectively. After I matriculated in 2012, I attended a Flight School 40km outside Johannesburg called SAFTA. This is where I obtained my CPL and ATPL subjects. In 2016 I moved to 43 Air School to obtain my GRlll Instructors Rating. AMS gave me my first flying job which I'm really grateful for.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Before AMS I flew drones for a company called ProWings.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To walk into a shopping mall and come out with the exact items on my shopping list without any additions.”

What do you do in your spare time? “When I'm not sleeping, I enjoy reading books and going for runs.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I'm actually quite sensitive.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The satisfaction you get from helping people.”

What is on your bedside table? “My cell phone ALWAYS!”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “When I woke up this morning I couldn't help but be grateful for another day to live and do amazing things.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “It has to be when I went solo.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “The best advice someone has ever given me was to be myself and the world will adjust.”

Any motto you live by? “To live a fearless life because half the things we fear hardly ever happen.”


 

 

 

Meet our Team
  • Lethabo Vacu

Meet our Team

The AMS’ Pilot Development Programme has seen a number of cadets qualify through this programme and fulfil their dream of moving into the airline industry and others staying at AMS.  This programme aims to develop young pilots and in so doing boost the Aviation industry.  Today we get to know one of the cadets currently in the programme, Lethabo Vacu. Lethabo has been with the organisation since September 2017, here’s a look into her world.

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and bred in Soweto. I attended both Primary and Secondary school at Florida Primary and Florida Park high respectively. After I matriculated in 2012, I attended a Flight School 40km outside Johannesburg called SAFTA. This is where I obtained my CPL and ATPL subjects. In 2016 I moved to 43 Air School to obtain my GRlll Instructors Rating. AMS gave me my first flying job which I'm really grateful for.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Before AMS I flew drones for a company called ProWings.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To walk into a shopping mall and come out with the exact items on my shopping list without any additions.”

What do you do in your spare time? “When I'm not sleeping, I enjoy reading books and going for runs.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I'm actually quite sensitive.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The satisfaction you get from helping people.”

What is on your bedside table? “My cell phone ALWAYS!”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “When I woke up this morning I couldn't help but be grateful for another day to live and do amazing things.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “It has to be when I went solo.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “The best advice someone has ever given me was to be myself and the world will adjust.”

Any motto you live by? “To live a fearless life because half the things we fear hardly ever happen.”


 

 

 

Book tickets for Aviation Healthcare Provider Workshop ...

The Aviation Healthcare Provider Course (AHCP) aims to equip the qualified healthcare provider with the knowledge and skills to treat patients within the aero-medical environment.  The focus is on the safe treatment of patients in the pre-hospital and inter-hospital phase of aero-medical transportation. The course will run over a period of five days including the evaluation process. 

Dates: 23 - 27 July 2018 

Venue: SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service Cape Town Base

Cost: R3500

For more information and to book your place on the course: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/40768-aviation-healthcare-provider-workshop/

Book tickets for Aviation Healthcare Provider Workshop ...

Book tickets for Aviation Healthcare Provider Workshop ...

The Aviation Healthcare Provider Course (AHCP) aims to equip the qualified healthcare provider with the knowledge and skills to treat patients within the aero-medical environment.  The focus is on the safe treatment of patients in the pre-hospital and inter-hospital phase of aero-medical transportation. The course will run over a period of five days including the evaluation process. 

Dates: 23 - 27 July 2018 

Venue: SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service Cape Town Base

Cost: R3500

For more information and to book your place on the course: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/40768-aviation-healthcare-provider-workshop/

Lunga Sityebi
  • Lunga Sityebi

Meet our Team

Today we visit our Aircraft Maintenance Department and introduce Lunga Sityebi who is responsible for the Procurement and Store of this Department. Lunga has been with the organisation for eight years with “one’s year leave’ as he puts it. Here’s a look into Lunga’s world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in the Eastern Cape, moved to Cape Town when I was 12 and attended Primary and Secondary School in Cape Town. I continued to study Export & Import, Freight Forwarding and Customs at the School of Shipping as well as Procurement and Supply Chain Management.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I was a Storeman and Technical Controller at CHC Helicopters, which was later sold to THG Helicopters.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “Coming back to AMS and leaving AMS.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “Reading and teaching the Bible.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “That I am a Reverend.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I enjoy the team of people I work with.”

What is on your bedside table? “Two Bibles one Xhosa and one English.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Mpinga my granddad and Mangxongo my grandmother who raised me.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “God you are amazing, thank you for another day.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When my late father said I am proud of you my son.”

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Having my boys around me feeds my soul - I am so proud of the wonderful boys they are.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Advice given by my late father, never look down on other people.”

What animal best represents you and why? “An Arabian horse -they are especially noted for their endurance.”

Any motto you live by? “Often when you lose hope and think this is the end, someone smiles from above and says, relax, it’s just a bend, not the end."

Meet our Team
  • Lunga Sityebi

Meet our Team

Today we visit our Aircraft Maintenance Department and introduce Lunga Sityebi who is responsible for the Procurement and Store of this Department. Lunga has been with the organisation for eight years with “one’s year leave’ as he puts it. Here’s a look into Lunga’s world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in the Eastern Cape, moved to Cape Town when I was 12 and attended Primary and Secondary School in Cape Town. I continued to study Export & Import, Freight Forwarding and Customs at the School of Shipping as well as Procurement and Supply Chain Management.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I was a Storeman and Technical Controller at CHC Helicopters, which was later sold to THG Helicopters.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “Coming back to AMS and leaving AMS.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “Reading and teaching the Bible.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “That I am a Reverend.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I enjoy the team of people I work with.”

What is on your bedside table? “Two Bibles one Xhosa and one English.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Mpinga my granddad and Mangxongo my grandmother who raised me.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “God you are amazing, thank you for another day.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When my late father said I am proud of you my son.”

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Having my boys around me feeds my soul - I am so proud of the wonderful boys they are.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Advice given by my late father, never look down on other people.”

What animal best represents you and why? “An Arabian horse -they are especially noted for their endurance.”

Any motto you live by? “Often when you lose hope and think this is the end, someone smiles from above and says, relax, it’s just a bend, not the end."

Juhan Jordaan
  • Juhan Jordaan

Team Focus

We continue to embark on our journey to get to know and celebrate our staff. Today we visit our Cape Town base situated in the General Aviation area at Cape Town International Airport. We work in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health to provide a rescue and air ambulance service via our fleet of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Here’s a look into the life of one of our new flight crew members, Juhan Jordaan …

Who is Juhan Jordaan? “I was born in Bellville, attended DF Malan High School and studied Medicine at the University of Stellenbosch. I completed my two year internship in Rustenburg and a year of community service in Ceres.”

How long have you been with AMS and what role do you currently fulfil? “I was involved with AMS since March 2017 on an adhoc basis and was permanently employed since September 2017. I am a flight doctor. “

Were you in any other trade before? “As a scholar I used to be a caddy at the local golf club and  worked in a video shop…does that count...?”

Why did you choose to join the AMS? “When I saw the AgustaWestland 119 helicopter land at Ceres Hospital I just knew that I had to work for AMS.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I am a member of Volunteer Wildfire Services. Check out and support http://vws.org.za/  in addition to that I have a wide variety of interests mostly sport, music and aviation related matters.   I try to run as often as possible but frequently a braai will get priority.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “The pronunciation of my name... It rhymes with Ruan or Luan. Even Johan is close enough. Not John, Jean or Djaan. But I have accepted the role of Juan the Mexican seeing that it really amuses my colleagues.”

What is on your bedside table? “Two Bibles (one German, one Afrikaans), a few other books, a headlamp and a can of pepper spray.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “It seems like you are really enjoying it, but in what are you going to specialise?”

If you weren't a doctor, what would you be doing instead, or what would your life be like? “Fireman, pilot, musician, pyro-technician, tree feller, astronaut, cricket scorekeeper, arborist, writer... the list goes on and on! Life is full of choices, but I am very happy with my choice of career.”  What is the one quality you feel best describes you? “Sincerity.”

What is your greatest indulgence?Ein Mass Dunkel (a big glass of dark German beer) preferably at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Niemand het gesê dit gaan maklik wees nie.”

Do you have a life philosophy? “I don’t particularly care about the usual. If you want to get an idea of a friend's temperament, ethics, and personal elegance, you need to look at him under the tests of severe circumstances, not under the regular rosy glow of daily life. Can you assess the danger a criminal possess by examining only what he does on an ordinary day? Indeed the normal is often irrelevant.” – NN Taleb

Team Focus
  • Juhan Jordaan

Team Focus

We continue to embark on our journey to get to know and celebrate our staff. Today we visit our Cape Town base situated in the General Aviation area at Cape Town International Airport. We work in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health to provide a rescue and air ambulance service via our fleet of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Here’s a look into the life of one of our new flight crew members, Juhan Jordaan …

Who is Juhan Jordaan? “I was born in Bellville, attended DF Malan High School and studied Medicine at the University of Stellenbosch. I completed my two year internship in Rustenburg and a year of community service in Ceres.”

How long have you been with AMS and what role do you currently fulfil? “I was involved with AMS since March 2017 on an adhoc basis and was permanently employed since September 2017. I am a flight doctor. “

Were you in any other trade before? “As a scholar I used to be a caddy at the local golf club and  worked in a video shop…does that count...?”

Why did you choose to join the AMS? “When I saw the AgustaWestland 119 helicopter land at Ceres Hospital I just knew that I had to work for AMS.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I am a member of Volunteer Wildfire Services. Check out and support http://vws.org.za/  in addition to that I have a wide variety of interests mostly sport, music and aviation related matters.   I try to run as often as possible but frequently a braai will get priority.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “The pronunciation of my name... It rhymes with Ruan or Luan. Even Johan is close enough. Not John, Jean or Djaan. But I have accepted the role of Juan the Mexican seeing that it really amuses my colleagues.”

What is on your bedside table? “Two Bibles (one German, one Afrikaans), a few other books, a headlamp and a can of pepper spray.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “It seems like you are really enjoying it, but in what are you going to specialise?”

If you weren't a doctor, what would you be doing instead, or what would your life be like? “Fireman, pilot, musician, pyro-technician, tree feller, astronaut, cricket scorekeeper, arborist, writer... the list goes on and on! Life is full of choices, but I am very happy with my choice of career.”  What is the one quality you feel best describes you? “Sincerity.”

What is your greatest indulgence?Ein Mass Dunkel (a big glass of dark German beer) preferably at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Niemand het gesê dit gaan maklik wees nie.”

Do you have a life philosophy? “I don’t particularly care about the usual. If you want to get an idea of a friend's temperament, ethics, and personal elegance, you need to look at him under the tests of severe circumstances, not under the regular rosy glow of daily life. Can you assess the danger a criminal possess by examining only what he does on an ordinary day? Indeed the normal is often irrelevant.” – NN Taleb

Services Manager - Cape Town Base

 Preference will be given strictly in terms of the AMS’s Employment Equity Policy.

 

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service has a vacancy for a Services Manager based in Cape Town and reporting to the Regional Manager. The individual we require will be accountable for quality service delivery, and performance of the Cape Town Base Operations and National Operations Centre. They will align performance standards, procedures, clinical care and internal resources, to ensure that the operations functions according to budget and strategy.

 

Primary functions:

  • Oversee the base aviation, medical and administrative management.
  • Ensure excellent customer relations
  • Active management and development of staff to ensure that staff deliver optimal results.
  • Track and manage performance ensuring that people remain focused and productive.
  • Operate services within budget
  • Monitor service levels and operations.

 

Requirements:

  • Previous aeromedical experience
  • A paramedic qualification, preferable at Degree level.
  • 5 – 10 years clinical paramedic experience in ambulance operations.
  • Strong people and performance management skills.
  • Strong clinical skills within prehospital emergency medical care.
  • Good planning, organisational, analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Good administration with attention to detail.
  • Operational management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Sound knowledge of quality and safety systems and management within the aeromedical environment.
  • Ability to manage internal and external audits and processes.
  • Working knowledge of South African Labour, Safety, Heath and Aviation legislation.
  • Working knowledge of applicable labour relations issues.
  • Be able to work independently, with a high degree of responsibility.
  • Work well under pressure and to deadlines.
  • High computer literacy in MS Office.
  • Code C1 and PDP license highly recommended.
  • Operational flight paramedic (Helicopter and Fixed Wing) duties will form part of the position.

Competencies:

  • Cooperative team players capable of dealing with changing deadlines and priorities.
  • Flexibility with changing requirements regarding working hours and days.
  • Active participation in continual clinical, safety and quality improvement.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in culturally diverse environments.

 

Reliable transport and fitness assessment mandatory

E-mail your CV to recruitment@ams.org.za no later than Friday 16 February 2018                                              

Please note that should you not hear from us within 2 weeks of your application, it would mean that your application has been unsuccessful.

 

Services Manager - Cape Town Base

Services Manager - Cape Town Base

 Preference will be given strictly in terms of the AMS’s Employment Equity Policy.

 

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service has a vacancy for a Services Manager based in Cape Town and reporting to the Regional Manager. The individual we require will be accountable for quality service delivery, and performance of the Cape Town Base Operations and National Operations Centre. They will align performance standards, procedures, clinical care and internal resources, to ensure that the operations functions according to budget and strategy.

 

Primary functions:

  • Oversee the base aviation, medical and administrative management.
  • Ensure excellent customer relations
  • Active management and development of staff to ensure that staff deliver optimal results.
  • Track and manage performance ensuring that people remain focused and productive.
  • Operate services within budget
  • Monitor service levels and operations.

 

Requirements:

  • Previous aeromedical experience
  • A paramedic qualification, preferable at Degree level.
  • 5 – 10 years clinical paramedic experience in ambulance operations.
  • Strong people and performance management skills.
  • Strong clinical skills within prehospital emergency medical care.
  • Good planning, organisational, analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Good administration with attention to detail.
  • Operational management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Sound knowledge of quality and safety systems and management within the aeromedical environment.
  • Ability to manage internal and external audits and processes.
  • Working knowledge of South African Labour, Safety, Heath and Aviation legislation.
  • Working knowledge of applicable labour relations issues.
  • Be able to work independently, with a high degree of responsibility.
  • Work well under pressure and to deadlines.
  • High computer literacy in MS Office.
  • Code C1 and PDP license highly recommended.
  • Operational flight paramedic (Helicopter and Fixed Wing) duties will form part of the position.

Competencies:

  • Cooperative team players capable of dealing with changing deadlines and priorities.
  • Flexibility with changing requirements regarding working hours and days.
  • Active participation in continual clinical, safety and quality improvement.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in culturally diverse environments.

 

Reliable transport and fitness assessment mandatory

E-mail your CV to recruitment@ams.org.za no later than Friday 16 February 2018                                              

Please note that should you not hear from us within 2 weeks of your application, it would mean that your application has been unsuccessful.