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Development of AMS Women
  • Development of AMS Women
  • Development of AMS Women
  • Development of AMS Women
  • Development of AMS Women

AMS Celebrates the Development of Women

To kickstart Women’s Month, where homage is paid to women of our nation who have helped shaped South Africa and to celebrate those who continue to lead the country, The AMS is celebrating the development of women in the highly skilled aero-medical environment. Minister, Nomafrench Mbombo guest of honour and keynote speaker recognised the role of women in this specialised technical environment that ensures the provision of healthcare services rendered to all communities.

The investment of the AMS training development programme has produced successful results.  The organisation successfully trained Ayesha Allies as the second female external load operator (ELO) in the civilian environment (the 1st woman, Lindsey Cyster was also trained by the AMS & is still active in this role). Heather Arnold was employed as the first AMS female Captain on the Pilatus PC 12. Sabrina Govender, a young, newly graduated Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) was empowered and developed to become a fully-fledged signed-out flight paramedic.

“At AMS we believe in investing in the future by developing skilled specialists and making a significant contribution to the industry. The organisation actively pursues programmes that addresses the shortage of skills within the aero-medical field. We are proud to celebrate the women in our industry who continue to make strides in our society to ensure that healthcare reaches all South Africans”, said Dr Philip Erasmus AMS CEO.

As part of the organisation’s added value service, the AMS established a training unit for the purpose of facilitation of learning and skills development. The establishment of a mobile medical training simulator unit funded by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) provides a cost effective learning platform for medical personnel to be trained in the field of Emergency Medical Services. “This road based unit will make training more accessible to staff working in the rural areas, creating opportunities for career growth, capacity building, and skills development, ensuring the efficient and equitable utilisation of the air ambulance service. Currently, the role-out of this project is also being led by a young woman, Jocelyn Park-Ross”, Erasmus added.

“We encourage the development of this scarce skill among our emergency medical and aero-medical workers. I am especially proud of the women who train and are successful. We are proud to form part of Women’s Empowerment programme in partnership with AMS that extends beyond 40 years. The long standing partnership with AMS is one of the key factors for success of the programme” said Minister Mbombo.

 

AMS Celebrates the Development of Women
  • Development of AMS Women
  • Development of AMS Women
  • Development of AMS Women
  • Development of AMS Women

AMS Celebrates the Development of Women

To kickstart Women’s Month, where homage is paid to women of our nation who have helped shaped South Africa and to celebrate those who continue to lead the country, The AMS is celebrating the development of women in the highly skilled aero-medical environment. Minister, Nomafrench Mbombo guest of honour and keynote speaker recognised the role of women in this specialised technical environment that ensures the provision of healthcare services rendered to all communities.

The investment of the AMS training development programme has produced successful results.  The organisation successfully trained Ayesha Allies as the second female external load operator (ELO) in the civilian environment (the 1st woman, Lindsey Cyster was also trained by the AMS & is still active in this role). Heather Arnold was employed as the first AMS female Captain on the Pilatus PC 12. Sabrina Govender, a young, newly graduated Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) was empowered and developed to become a fully-fledged signed-out flight paramedic.

“At AMS we believe in investing in the future by developing skilled specialists and making a significant contribution to the industry. The organisation actively pursues programmes that addresses the shortage of skills within the aero-medical field. We are proud to celebrate the women in our industry who continue to make strides in our society to ensure that healthcare reaches all South Africans”, said Dr Philip Erasmus AMS CEO.

As part of the organisation’s added value service, the AMS established a training unit for the purpose of facilitation of learning and skills development. The establishment of a mobile medical training simulator unit funded by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) provides a cost effective learning platform for medical personnel to be trained in the field of Emergency Medical Services. “This road based unit will make training more accessible to staff working in the rural areas, creating opportunities for career growth, capacity building, and skills development, ensuring the efficient and equitable utilisation of the air ambulance service. Currently, the role-out of this project is also being led by a young woman, Jocelyn Park-Ross”, Erasmus added.

“We encourage the development of this scarce skill among our emergency medical and aero-medical workers. I am especially proud of the women who train and are successful. We are proud to form part of Women’s Empowerment programme in partnership with AMS that extends beyond 40 years. The long standing partnership with AMS is one of the key factors for success of the programme” said Minister Mbombo.

 

Gary Whittaker
  • Gary Whittaker

Meet our team

Today our platform of getting to know our team allows us to introduce Gary Whittaker

Emergency Care Technician (ECT) at our Cape Town operation. Here’s a look into his world …

How long have you been with AMS? “I have been employed at Air Mercy Service (AMS) for the past four years, two years at the clinic and two years flight operations and loving it.”

 Tell us about yourself? “I was born and raised in Grassy Park, Cape Town. I attended St Anne’s Primary School, I matriculated at Grassy Park High School. I completed my Diploma in Electrical Engineering Heavy Current, completed my Basic Ambulance course at the Metro College and ECT at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). I have been active as a METRO volunteer for the past six years and I love giving time back to the community.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Yes, I have been active in the electrical and mechanical trade but the medical field was always my passion and still is.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I always find flying very interesting and it’s fascinating how the aircraft works, I would love to master the skill of flying the aircraft.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I spend time with my friends, family and my special lady. I enjoy fun times at family functions or being out around nature and having to spend time on the road being operational at METRO.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I can be shy at times and very active at church.”

 What do you enjoy most about your job? “The ability to interact with patients in terms of patient care, to make them feel comfortable. Good and happy is the ability to fly and make a difference in someone's life but not just that, also to save lives. Every day is different never the same and always learning.”

What is on your bedside table? “My bed lamp and books.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and Chris Barnard.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The happiest day of my life was helping a lady that was giving birth in her car at Kenilworth centre and delivered twins and one of the twins was named after me.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “That would be running this country so I can restore the madness that's going on.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “I love chocolate.”

 What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Lol having fun most important.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Best advice will definitely be - never listen to what people have to say about you, or what they think of you.  If you pay attention to what they say, you will get nowhere in life, which is so true.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Lol that will have to be a bear as it has two sides good and bad.”

 Any motto you live by? “Hard work always pays off at the end and never judge a book by its cover, open it and read it.”

 

 

Meet our team
  • Gary Whittaker

Meet our team

Today our platform of getting to know our team allows us to introduce Gary Whittaker

Emergency Care Technician (ECT) at our Cape Town operation. Here’s a look into his world …

How long have you been with AMS? “I have been employed at Air Mercy Service (AMS) for the past four years, two years at the clinic and two years flight operations and loving it.”

 Tell us about yourself? “I was born and raised in Grassy Park, Cape Town. I attended St Anne’s Primary School, I matriculated at Grassy Park High School. I completed my Diploma in Electrical Engineering Heavy Current, completed my Basic Ambulance course at the Metro College and ECT at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). I have been active as a METRO volunteer for the past six years and I love giving time back to the community.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Yes, I have been active in the electrical and mechanical trade but the medical field was always my passion and still is.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I always find flying very interesting and it’s fascinating how the aircraft works, I would love to master the skill of flying the aircraft.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I spend time with my friends, family and my special lady. I enjoy fun times at family functions or being out around nature and having to spend time on the road being operational at METRO.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I can be shy at times and very active at church.”

 What do you enjoy most about your job? “The ability to interact with patients in terms of patient care, to make them feel comfortable. Good and happy is the ability to fly and make a difference in someone's life but not just that, also to save lives. Every day is different never the same and always learning.”

What is on your bedside table? “My bed lamp and books.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and Chris Barnard.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The happiest day of my life was helping a lady that was giving birth in her car at Kenilworth centre and delivered twins and one of the twins was named after me.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “That would be running this country so I can restore the madness that's going on.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “I love chocolate.”

 What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Lol having fun most important.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Best advice will definitely be - never listen to what people have to say about you, or what they think of you.  If you pay attention to what they say, you will get nowhere in life, which is so true.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Lol that will have to be a bear as it has two sides good and bad.”

 Any motto you live by? “Hard work always pays off at the end and never judge a book by its cover, open it and read it.”

 

 

Jocelyn Park-Ross
  • Jocelyn Park-Ross

Meet our Team ...

Today we get to know Jocelyn Park-Ross affectionately known as Jo, Clinical Training and Development based at our Head office. Here’s a look into her world…

How long have you been with AMS? “I started flying with AMS in 2012 when I worked for the provincial ambulance service and have worked here since 2014 as a flight paramedic at Cape Town base. A year ago I moved from Cape Town base into Head Office to take up a clinical training post.”

Tell us about yourself?  “I was born in Cape Town but grew up in Blantyre in Malawi where my Dad worked as an engineer building ships, schools, and dry docks– we moved to Cape Town in 1999, where I completed my  High School studies at Westerford . I studied to be a paramedic at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). I have a little sister who is my favourite person in the world.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I worked as a horse riding instructor during university and briefly as a dancer during the soccer world cup.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I spend time with friends, ride my horse, and drink gin. I love travelling, especially around Africa. I love anything to do with the ocean. I also go scuba diving as much as I can, just In case my research supervisor is reading this – I also spend a lot of time working on my Master’s thesis!”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I love plants – possibly an obsessive amount.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I love that every day is different. My job includes clinical training, clinical governance, development of course materials, setting up new bases, flight paramedic shifts and everything in between. I love the people here at AMS and the passion they bring to their jobs.”

What is on your bedside table?

Flowers, always!

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “I would give them all up to have dinner with my grandmother who passed away last year. I miss her terribly and I need her sweet chilli jam recipe.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I would be a dive leader on a dive boat anywhere in the Caribbean (although after one day, I may just stay forever).”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “A mentor taught me to be solid about my goals but flexible about my methods of reaching them, and that being kind is more important than being right.”

 

Meet our Team ...
  • Jocelyn Park-Ross

Meet our Team ...

Today we get to know Jocelyn Park-Ross affectionately known as Jo, Clinical Training and Development based at our Head office. Here’s a look into her world…

How long have you been with AMS? “I started flying with AMS in 2012 when I worked for the provincial ambulance service and have worked here since 2014 as a flight paramedic at Cape Town base. A year ago I moved from Cape Town base into Head Office to take up a clinical training post.”

Tell us about yourself?  “I was born in Cape Town but grew up in Blantyre in Malawi where my Dad worked as an engineer building ships, schools, and dry docks– we moved to Cape Town in 1999, where I completed my  High School studies at Westerford . I studied to be a paramedic at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). I have a little sister who is my favourite person in the world.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I worked as a horse riding instructor during university and briefly as a dancer during the soccer world cup.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I spend time with friends, ride my horse, and drink gin. I love travelling, especially around Africa. I love anything to do with the ocean. I also go scuba diving as much as I can, just In case my research supervisor is reading this – I also spend a lot of time working on my Master’s thesis!”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I love plants – possibly an obsessive amount.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I love that every day is different. My job includes clinical training, clinical governance, development of course materials, setting up new bases, flight paramedic shifts and everything in between. I love the people here at AMS and the passion they bring to their jobs.”

What is on your bedside table?

Flowers, always!

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “I would give them all up to have dinner with my grandmother who passed away last year. I miss her terribly and I need her sweet chilli jam recipe.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I would be a dive leader on a dive boat anywhere in the Caribbean (although after one day, I may just stay forever).”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “A mentor taught me to be solid about my goals but flexible about my methods of reaching them, and that being kind is more important than being right.”

 

Nolan Walters
  • Nolan Walters

Meet our Team ...

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

Tell us about yourself? “I was born in Cape Town, grew up in Belhar and is still currently residing there, just a few houses away from where I used to reside with my parents.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I did a course in Computer Software after I matriculated, then left to start my career in the medical field while working in retail part time.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “Besides studying now or spending time with my family, I work on my unfinished project racing car.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I talk a lot once I get started – never knew that till the day my wife started pointing it out.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?  “Everything, I don’t have the most exciting job but seeing others do the exciting stuff gets me all excited.”

What is on your bedside table? “A lamp, my son’s two dolls, my son’s rattle toy and the TV remote - my things got chucked into the drawer when my son was born.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “My four grandparents and my father’s eldest brother I never got to meet.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I need to get up and get ready for work, but found myself waking up ­+-6 minutes later thinking the same thing but just with a more serious attitude.”

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

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Give underprivileged kids the time of their lives.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Adrenaline rush.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Spending time in the garage.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Forget about what others have to say about you, just focus on yourself and what you are doing.”

Any motto you live by? “Just live life and keep smiling.”

 

Meet our Team ...
  • Nolan Walters

Meet our Team ...

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

Tell us about yourself? “I was born in Cape Town, grew up in Belhar and is still currently residing there, just a few houses away from where I used to reside with my parents.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I did a course in Computer Software after I matriculated, then left to start my career in the medical field while working in retail part time.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “Besides studying now or spending time with my family, I work on my unfinished project racing car.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I talk a lot once I get started – never knew that till the day my wife started pointing it out.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?  “Everything, I don’t have the most exciting job but seeing others do the exciting stuff gets me all excited.”

What is on your bedside table? “A lamp, my son’s two dolls, my son’s rattle toy and the TV remote - my things got chucked into the drawer when my son was born.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “My four grandparents and my father’s eldest brother I never got to meet.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I need to get up and get ready for work, but found myself waking up ­+-6 minutes later thinking the same thing but just with a more serious attitude.”

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

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Give underprivileged kids the time of their lives.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Adrenaline rush.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Spending time in the garage.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Forget about what others have to say about you, just focus on yourself and what you are doing.”

Any motto you live by? “Just live life and keep smiling.”

 

Tryphina Kopies
  • Tryphina Kopies

Meet our Team ...

Today we introduce Tryphina Kopies, General Assistant based at Head office. Tryphina has been part of the team for nine months and ensures that our facilities are kept in pristine condition. Here’s a look into Tryphina’s world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and raised in the Eastern Cape in a place called Endwe.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I worked at Lapro in Johannesburg.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “I go out or bond with my family.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Interacting with different people.”

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

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “I have three in mind Bonang Matheba, Oprah Winfrey and Basetsana Kumalo.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “The first thing I think of everyday is traffic jam.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When my first child was born.”

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

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Trust but verify.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Bear – represent strength and power.”

Any motto you live by? “The most important time in the world is the time you make for yourself.”

 

 

Meet our Team ...
  • Tryphina Kopies

Meet our Team ...

Today we introduce Tryphina Kopies, General Assistant based at Head office. Tryphina has been part of the team for nine months and ensures that our facilities are kept in pristine condition. Here’s a look into Tryphina’s world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and raised in the Eastern Cape in a place called Endwe.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I worked at Lapro in Johannesburg.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “I go out or bond with my family.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Interacting with different people.”

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

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “I have three in mind Bonang Matheba, Oprah Winfrey and Basetsana Kumalo.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “The first thing I think of everyday is traffic jam.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When my first child was born.”

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

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Trust but verify.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Bear – represent strength and power.”

Any motto you live by? “The most important time in the world is the time you make for yourself.”

 

 

Rob Fenenga
  • Rob Fenenga

Meet our Team ...

Today we welcome Rob Fenenga to the AMS family. Rob joined the team on the 4th of June as a Rotor Wing Pilot at our King Shaka Base.  Here’s a look into his world …

 

Tell us about yourself: “I am 178cms, blonde, weigh plus minus 78kgs. I was born in Pretoria on the 9th of November 1973, I grew up in the Northern Suburbs of leafy Johannesburg. However I spent the last 10 years in KwaZulu-Natal – I followed a girl here. I am a keen mountain biker/cyclist I also enjoy computers and most outdoor sports.”

Were you in any other trade before? “No, it’s been aviation since the mid-1990s. I had a stint as an aerodrome flight information controller at Grand Central Airport and also helped out as a charter operator dispatching flights.”

What is the best /worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best things Agusta A119 conversion and the R62 drive to Oudtshoorn.” 

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

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I’m a coffee addict. Seattle coffee.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Cycling and practice programming.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Being out there in the cruise perfect weather conditions and seeing new places.”

What is on your bedside table? “iPhone and a book.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Albert Einstein, Ayrton Senna, Gordon Cooper – Mercury astronaut, Barack Obama and Pele the footballer.”

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

What has been the happiest day of your life? “I don’t have a happiest day of my life – there’s been lots of good ones.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Go into space! 1 x orbit.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coffee, Italian food, curry.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Cannot single out any – lots of good advice.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Dog – I’m a fan of them. Loyalty.”

Any motto you live by? “Take it easy.”

 

Meet our Team ...
  • Rob Fenenga

Meet our Team ...

Today we welcome Rob Fenenga to the AMS family. Rob joined the team on the 4th of June as a Rotor Wing Pilot at our King Shaka Base.  Here’s a look into his world …

 

Tell us about yourself: “I am 178cms, blonde, weigh plus minus 78kgs. I was born in Pretoria on the 9th of November 1973, I grew up in the Northern Suburbs of leafy Johannesburg. However I spent the last 10 years in KwaZulu-Natal – I followed a girl here. I am a keen mountain biker/cyclist I also enjoy computers and most outdoor sports.”

Were you in any other trade before? “No, it’s been aviation since the mid-1990s. I had a stint as an aerodrome flight information controller at Grand Central Airport and also helped out as a charter operator dispatching flights.”

What is the best /worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best things Agusta A119 conversion and the R62 drive to Oudtshoorn.” 

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

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I’m a coffee addict. Seattle coffee.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Cycling and practice programming.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Being out there in the cruise perfect weather conditions and seeing new places.”

What is on your bedside table? “iPhone and a book.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Albert Einstein, Ayrton Senna, Gordon Cooper – Mercury astronaut, Barack Obama and Pele the footballer.”

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

What has been the happiest day of your life? “I don’t have a happiest day of my life – there’s been lots of good ones.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Go into space! 1 x orbit.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coffee, Italian food, curry.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Cannot single out any – lots of good advice.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Dog – I’m a fan of them. Loyalty.”

Any motto you live by? “Take it easy.”

 

Mercy Marathon 2018
  • Mercy Marathon 2018
  • Mercy Marathon 2018
  • Mercy Marathon 2018
  • Mercy Marathon 2018
  • Mercy Marathon 2018
  • Mercy Marathon 2018

4 Walkers back on home soil

After a grueling 2 155 kilometers, Malcolm Johnson, Rudolph Williams, Mark Koopman and Franklin Pecur were welcomed by family and friends at Stellenbosch Municipality on Saturday 16 June. The four gentlemen started their 36 day journey on the 12th of May leaving their families behind to take the road for our cause. 
Our heartfelt thanks to these four gentlemen for making the 2018 Mercy Marathon possible. Sincere thanks and appreciation to the sponsors and supporters who contributed immensely to the success of the Mercy Marathon.

4 Walkers back on home soil
  • Mercy Marathon 2018
  • Mercy Marathon 2018
  • Mercy Marathon 2018
  • Mercy Marathon 2018
  • Mercy Marathon 2018
  • Mercy Marathon 2018

4 Walkers back on home soil

After a grueling 2 155 kilometers, Malcolm Johnson, Rudolph Williams, Mark Koopman and Franklin Pecur were welcomed by family and friends at Stellenbosch Municipality on Saturday 16 June. The four gentlemen started their 36 day journey on the 12th of May leaving their families behind to take the road for our cause. 
Our heartfelt thanks to these four gentlemen for making the 2018 Mercy Marathon possible. Sincere thanks and appreciation to the sponsors and supporters who contributed immensely to the success of the Mercy Marathon.

Themba Ngaleka
  • Themba Ngaleka

Meet our team

Today we introduce one of the newest additions to the AMS family. Themba Ngaleka joined the Head Office team in April as the Accounts Payable Clerk. Here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and raised in the Eastern Cape in a place called Matatiele. I completed my Grade 12 in 2006 in KwaZulu-Natal. During 2007 I moved to reside in Cape Town, completed my Accounting and B-Tech in taxation at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).”

Were you in any other trade before? “I have worked as an Admin and General Bookkeeping Clerk for a Construction Company.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I spend most of my time at the library or watching soccer.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am a very approachable person.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I have always wanted to work in a Financial Department, so I enjoy everything about my job.”

What is on your bedside table? “Books - a novel and Bible.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Xolani Gwala, Thabo Mbeki, Trevor Manuel, Tsepiso Makwetla and Anele Mdoda.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “My plan for the day.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When I was handed my car keys.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To be a Minister of Higher Education.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Don’t stop learning, education is the key to success.”

Any motto you live by? “Prayer is the key of the day, the lock of the night.”  George Herbert.

 

Meet our team
  • Themba Ngaleka

Meet our team

Today we introduce one of the newest additions to the AMS family. Themba Ngaleka joined the Head Office team in April as the Accounts Payable Clerk. Here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and raised in the Eastern Cape in a place called Matatiele. I completed my Grade 12 in 2006 in KwaZulu-Natal. During 2007 I moved to reside in Cape Town, completed my Accounting and B-Tech in taxation at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).”

Were you in any other trade before? “I have worked as an Admin and General Bookkeeping Clerk for a Construction Company.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I spend most of my time at the library or watching soccer.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am a very approachable person.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I have always wanted to work in a Financial Department, so I enjoy everything about my job.”

What is on your bedside table? “Books - a novel and Bible.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Xolani Gwala, Thabo Mbeki, Trevor Manuel, Tsepiso Makwetla and Anele Mdoda.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “My plan for the day.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When I was handed my car keys.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To be a Minister of Higher Education.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Don’t stop learning, education is the key to success.”

Any motto you live by? “Prayer is the key of the day, the lock of the night.”  George Herbert.

 

Sizeka Mvunge
  • Sizeka Mvunge

Meet our Team ...

Today we introduce the friendly face that greets you when you visit our Head Office. Sizeka Mvunge our Receptionist has been part of the AMS family for 11 years. Sizeka grew up in Qumbu in the beautiful Eastern Cape Province. She completed her 18 month Office Administration Course at the Skill Training for Employment Centre (STEC). Here’s a look into her world…

Were you in any other trade before? “I’ve worked for Sakhisizwe Personnel for two years as a messenger.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “Being a working wife there is no spare time. You work from Monday to Friday then Saturday you are busy doing your house duties and going to church on Sunday. After church you start preparing yourself and the children for Monday again.”

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

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Dealing with different personalities.”

What is on your bedside table? “A side lamp, Bible and my phone.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “My grandmother, Winnie Mandela, Nicholas Bhengu, TD Jakes & Myles Munroe.”

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

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To work in an animal hospital.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coffee.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Jesus, He’s everything to me.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Be kind to all, even your enemies.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Pigeon or Dove – they represent love and kindness.”

Any motto you live by? “Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

Meet our Team ...
  • Sizeka Mvunge

Meet our Team ...

Today we introduce the friendly face that greets you when you visit our Head Office. Sizeka Mvunge our Receptionist has been part of the AMS family for 11 years. Sizeka grew up in Qumbu in the beautiful Eastern Cape Province. She completed her 18 month Office Administration Course at the Skill Training for Employment Centre (STEC). Here’s a look into her world…

Were you in any other trade before? “I’ve worked for Sakhisizwe Personnel for two years as a messenger.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “Being a working wife there is no spare time. You work from Monday to Friday then Saturday you are busy doing your house duties and going to church on Sunday. After church you start preparing yourself and the children for Monday again.”

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

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Dealing with different personalities.”

What is on your bedside table? “A side lamp, Bible and my phone.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “My grandmother, Winnie Mandela, Nicholas Bhengu, TD Jakes & Myles Munroe.”

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

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To work in an animal hospital.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coffee.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Jesus, He’s everything to me.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Be kind to all, even your enemies.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Pigeon or Dove – they represent love and kindness.”

Any motto you live by? “Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

Kegan McGregor
  • Kegan McGregor

Meet our Team ...

Today we introduce Kegan McGregor, a candidate in our Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Programme. The organisation has established and implemented a work experience programme 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 entered into with the College of Cape Town. Kegan’s current field of study is ND: Fitting and Turning. He is currently undergoing his practical training within the organisations’s Aircraft Maintenance Department. Here’s a look into Kegan’s life …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town, when I was five my family moved to Malmesbury. I attended Schoonspruit High School in Malmesbury, thereafter I left to attend College for three years”.

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “A snowboarder but that’s a bit difficult as there is very little snow in South Africa.”

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

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am very much a family man.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The people and the environment. I enjoy the technical and problem solving aspects of the job at hand.”

What is on your bedside table? “A lamp, Spiritual guide and water.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people past or present who would they be? “Tom Cruise, Leonardo di Caprio, Halle Berry, Tyler Perry and Jacob Zuma.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What is the weather going to be like today?”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When I went to The United Arab Emirates (UAE).”

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Chocolates."

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Sink or swim.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Tiger because it is tenacious, brave, confident, competitive, unpredictable, and self-confident.”  

Any motto you live by? “Every day I am hustling.”

Meet our Team ...
  • Kegan McGregor

Meet our Team ...

Today we introduce Kegan McGregor, a candidate in our Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Programme. The organisation has established and implemented a work experience programme 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 entered into with the College of Cape Town. Kegan’s current field of study is ND: Fitting and Turning. He is currently undergoing his practical training within the organisations’s Aircraft Maintenance Department. Here’s a look into Kegan’s life …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town, when I was five my family moved to Malmesbury. I attended Schoonspruit High School in Malmesbury, thereafter I left to attend College for three years”.

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “A snowboarder but that’s a bit difficult as there is very little snow in South Africa.”

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

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am very much a family man.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The people and the environment. I enjoy the technical and problem solving aspects of the job at hand.”

What is on your bedside table? “A lamp, Spiritual guide and water.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people past or present who would they be? “Tom Cruise, Leonardo di Caprio, Halle Berry, Tyler Perry and Jacob Zuma.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What is the weather going to be like today?”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When I went to The United Arab Emirates (UAE).”

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Chocolates."

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Sink or swim.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Tiger because it is tenacious, brave, confident, competitive, unpredictable, and self-confident.”  

Any motto you live by? “Every day I am hustling.”

Mercy Marathon 2018
  • Mercy Marathon 2018

Walking for a cause ...

28 May 2018: We are excited to report back on the progress of the Mercy Marathon. Today marks the 17 day of the 36 day journey! The team is doing well, full of energy and enthusiasm. To date they have walked through 17 towns completing 1200 kilometres. The event is about camaraderie, commitment and the support from the communities. Early this morning the walkers left Middelburg, heading to Nieu-Bethesda. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who supported the event thus far.

Walking for a cause ...
  • Mercy Marathon 2018

Walking for a cause ...

28 May 2018: We are excited to report back on the progress of the Mercy Marathon. Today marks the 17 day of the 36 day journey! The team is doing well, full of energy and enthusiasm. To date they have walked through 17 towns completing 1200 kilometres. The event is about camaraderie, commitment and the support from the communities. Early this morning the walkers left Middelburg, heading to Nieu-Bethesda. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who supported the event thus far.

Yolandi Laing
  • Yolandi Laing

Meet our Team ...

“I love to be outdoors, so I like to hike, bike and go to the beach” Jillian Rose Reed. This definitely rings true for this’s week’s staff member that we are getting to know. Yolandi Laing, Flight Paramedic based in Oudtshoorn has been part of the AMS family for almost four years. Here’s what she had to say …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Nelspruit and stayed there till the end of my primary school years. We then relocated to Cape Town. I completed my diploma in Bloemfontein and my degree in Cape Town.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I went straight to Metro Emergency Medical Services (EMS) after high school.”

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

What do you do in your spare time?  “I don't know where to start, there are so many things. From building small scale models, rock climbing, horse riding, snowboarding, windsurfing and the list goes on. I am an outdoorsy person, so I love doing anything outside.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “All the interesting calls and challenges that comes with it, especially when patients start to bite you inflight. And the crew I work with...there's never a dull moment.”

What is on your bedside table? “My tablet and a novel – I enjoy reading novels.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “The thought of being home for a change with my dogs... the only thing missing is my boyfriend.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I met Matt.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Equine therapist to rehabilitate injured animals.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “I have a few that I struggle with, like hertzoggies, Macaroni and 1kg cheese added to that and sometimes more!”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Stay true to yourself and never give up or back down.”

What animal best represents you and why? “A buffalo – because I'm strong and very stubborn.”

Any motto you live by? “Live life to the fullest and give it your all.”

Meet our Team ...
  • Yolandi Laing

Meet our Team ...

“I love to be outdoors, so I like to hike, bike and go to the beach” Jillian Rose Reed. This definitely rings true for this’s week’s staff member that we are getting to know. Yolandi Laing, Flight Paramedic based in Oudtshoorn has been part of the AMS family for almost four years. Here’s what she had to say …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Nelspruit and stayed there till the end of my primary school years. We then relocated to Cape Town. I completed my diploma in Bloemfontein and my degree in Cape Town.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I went straight to Metro Emergency Medical Services (EMS) after high school.”

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

What do you do in your spare time?  “I don't know where to start, there are so many things. From building small scale models, rock climbing, horse riding, snowboarding, windsurfing and the list goes on. I am an outdoorsy person, so I love doing anything outside.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “All the interesting calls and challenges that comes with it, especially when patients start to bite you inflight. And the crew I work with...there's never a dull moment.”

What is on your bedside table? “My tablet and a novel – I enjoy reading novels.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “The thought of being home for a change with my dogs... the only thing missing is my boyfriend.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I met Matt.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Equine therapist to rehabilitate injured animals.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “I have a few that I struggle with, like hertzoggies, Macaroni and 1kg cheese added to that and sometimes more!”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Stay true to yourself and never give up or back down.”

What animal best represents you and why? “A buffalo – because I'm strong and very stubborn.”

Any motto you live by? “Live life to the fullest and give it your all.”