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David Bruiners
  • David Bruiners

Team focus ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Hershey’s” 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Team focus ...
  • David Bruiners

Team focus ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Hershey’s” 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Dave Solomon
  • Dave Solomon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coke”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coke”

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

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

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

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

Personal hearing protection donated to AMS KZN Pilots & Engineers

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

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

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

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

Personal hearing protection donated to AMS KZN Pilots & Engineers

Personal hearing protection donated to AMS KZN Pilots & Engineers

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

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

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

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

Eugene Mazimpaka
  • Eugene Mazimpaka

Team member focus ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Team member focus ...
  • Eugene Mazimpaka

Team member focus ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jonathan Groenewald
  • Jonathan Groenewald

Meet our team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet our team
  • Jonathan Groenewald

Meet our team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nokubonga Krwentela
  • Nokubonga Krwentela

Meet our team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Meet our team
  • Nokubonga Krwentela

Meet our team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

AMS cadet programme
  • AMS cadet programme

Meet our team ... Focus on our Cadet Programme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Music.”

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

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

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

Any motto you live by? “Try…”

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

Meet our team ... Focus on our Cadet Programme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Music.”

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

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

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

Any motto you live by? “Try…”

AMS engineers
  • AMS engineers

Meet our team ... a visit into our hangars

Aviation is the branch of engineering that is least forgiving of mistakes” Freeman Dyson. The AMS Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) maintains the AMS aircraft in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations. This team of dedicated individuals ensures that our aircraft are safe, serviceable and flying. Today we take a look inside the AMS hangars… we chatted to Ismail Kabley, one our Aviation Maintenance Engineers who has been with the organisation for nine years. Here’s a look into the life of an engineer with a sense of humour …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town, grew up and completed my formal schooling in Salt River. In 2006 I left Cape Town to join the South African Airways (SAA) apprenticeship programme as an aircraft radiotrician in Gauteng.”

Did you always wanted to be an engineer? Yes I have always been interested in electronics and how things work.”

Were you in any other trade other than aviation before? I was in the retail industry for a while.”

How did your career start in aviation? In1996 when I was selected to become an apprentice with SAA as an aircraft radiotrician.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started at AMS? Best thing is working with an awesome team (most times lol).”

What do you do in your spare time? “I spend time with my family and indulge in motor racing.”

What’s the one thing about you few people know? I have a knack for cooking, hairdressing and I love music.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Getting challenged with problems on the aircraft that baffle other people.”

What is on your bedside table? “My phone and pictures of my family.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Ghandi; Hitler, Heath Ledger, Prince and George Michael.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Oh dear here we go again.”

What has been the happiest day of your life?The days my sons were born.”

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Chocolate and women.”

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

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “I want to stop driving so fast (but that will never happen).”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?  Be careful on whose toes you step on as you climb the ladder of success as they may be the a.. you have to kiss on your way back down.”

Any motto you live by? Trust your instincts.”

Meet our team ... a visit into our hangars
  • AMS engineers

Meet our team ... a visit into our hangars

Aviation is the branch of engineering that is least forgiving of mistakes” Freeman Dyson. The AMS Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) maintains the AMS aircraft in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations. This team of dedicated individuals ensures that our aircraft are safe, serviceable and flying. Today we take a look inside the AMS hangars… we chatted to Ismail Kabley, one our Aviation Maintenance Engineers who has been with the organisation for nine years. Here’s a look into the life of an engineer with a sense of humour …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town, grew up and completed my formal schooling in Salt River. In 2006 I left Cape Town to join the South African Airways (SAA) apprenticeship programme as an aircraft radiotrician in Gauteng.”

Did you always wanted to be an engineer? Yes I have always been interested in electronics and how things work.”

Were you in any other trade other than aviation before? I was in the retail industry for a while.”

How did your career start in aviation? In1996 when I was selected to become an apprentice with SAA as an aircraft radiotrician.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started at AMS? Best thing is working with an awesome team (most times lol).”

What do you do in your spare time? “I spend time with my family and indulge in motor racing.”

What’s the one thing about you few people know? I have a knack for cooking, hairdressing and I love music.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Getting challenged with problems on the aircraft that baffle other people.”

What is on your bedside table? “My phone and pictures of my family.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Ghandi; Hitler, Heath Ledger, Prince and George Michael.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Oh dear here we go again.”

What has been the happiest day of your life?The days my sons were born.”

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Chocolate and women.”

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

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “I want to stop driving so fast (but that will never happen).”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?  Be careful on whose toes you step on as you climb the ladder of success as they may be the a.. you have to kiss on your way back down.”

Any motto you live by? Trust your instincts.”

stephan rossouw
  • stephan rossouw

Team focus ...

Today our journey of getting to know and introducing our team members takes us to the Ostrich capital of the world – Oudtshoorn, the largest town in the Little Karoo.  The AMS base in Oudtshoorn provides an emergency rescue and air ambulance service to the community. We take a glimpse into the life of one of our rotor wing pilots, Stephan Rossouw who has been with the organisation for eight years. A man with a good heart, a big smile and zest for life is a few words that is very fitting to this captain! Here’s what he had to say …

Who is Stephan? “I grew up in the Hex River Valley in the Western Cape, on a table grape farm, which our family has been farming for three generations. I attended high school at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch, matriculated in 1996.  Joined the Air Force after school and received my wings in 1999 at CFS Langebaanweg.  My initial intention was to fly fighters, but after much consideration and very good advice from my instructors, I eventually decided to head for the helicopter line.  I was based at various bases around the country, of which most time was spent at 22 Squadron at AFB Ysterplaat.  Some of my highlights include flood relief work in Mozambique in 2000 as well as 6 tours in Burundi with Alo III gunships and Oryx helicopters for the UN and AU.  After 10 years in the South African Air Force (SAAF), I joined the family farming business, whilst doing part time contract flying on Pumas in Pakistan, Sudan and Angola.  I decided to take up flying on a more permanent basis once again and therefore joined the AMS at the Oudtshoorn base.  I spent the last 8 years combining EMS flying with export table grape farming.  I studied agriculture, specialising in table grape production, at Elsenburg Agricultural College. Currently, I am busy studying B Comm Business Management through Unisa.  I got married in 2003 in Blouberg, Cape Town, and have since had three children who are currently 10, 8 and 3 years old.”

Did you always want to be a pilot? “I always had the desire to become a pilot.  My granddad was the first person to own and fly an airplane in the Hex River Valley in the 1930’s, which probably initiated the interest and dream of flying.  Watching Top Gun way too many times probably also played a role…”

How did your career start in the aero-medical field? “By joining AMS in 2009.  Previous exposure in the aero-medical field included various MVA’s with Oryx helicopters on the N1 in the Western Cape and Free State, flood relief in Mozambique in 2000 and earthquake relief work in the Kashmir region of Pakistan in 2005.”

What’s the best/worst thing that happened to you since you started at AMS? “Meeting Mohammed Shaik – still can’t decide whether it is the best or the worst thing….? lol”

What do you do in your spare time? “Spending as much time as possible with family and friends, camping, playing tennis with my daughters and running long distance to clear the mind.”

What’s the one thing about you few people know? “I’m an April fool!”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The variation and excitement of every flight, not knowing where or to what type of incident you will be dispatched next.  Flying new and modern machines.  The diversity and challenges of the rescue environment. Working with professional and highly skilled personnel.  Spending every night at home.”

What is on your bedside table? “The Bible, Icarus by Deon Meyer and a variety of outdoor, 4x4 and financial magazines.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “I have had the privilege to be invited to Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel’s house in Maputo for lunch in 2000 and have been to Mandela’s house in Qunu in the Transkei where I met his extended family.  I have also had the privileged to do the tour of Robben Island prison with Nelson Mandela as our personal tour guide.  It was always a pleasure and honor to be in the presence of Mr. Mandela – a true gentleman and ambassador for our country and its rich history.  Dinner with Obama, Trump, Mandela, Bono and Roger Federer all around the same table would be rather interesting…”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What the weather is like in George – quickly check on AeroWeather.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The three days my kids were born – an absolute amazing experience every time!”

If you could do any other job for just one day, what would it be? “Be a Tiger fishing guide in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Having a good bottle of red wine out in nature, next to a fire, with loved ones.”

What is the one thing you can’t live without? “Cappuccino!”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “Mocking Ford drivers (sorry Doc) – refer to next question…”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “If you can’t say something nice about someone, rather keep quiet.”

Any motto you live by? “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela

 

Team focus ...
  • stephan rossouw

Team focus ...

Today our journey of getting to know and introducing our team members takes us to the Ostrich capital of the world – Oudtshoorn, the largest town in the Little Karoo.  The AMS base in Oudtshoorn provides an emergency rescue and air ambulance service to the community. We take a glimpse into the life of one of our rotor wing pilots, Stephan Rossouw who has been with the organisation for eight years. A man with a good heart, a big smile and zest for life is a few words that is very fitting to this captain! Here’s what he had to say …

Who is Stephan? “I grew up in the Hex River Valley in the Western Cape, on a table grape farm, which our family has been farming for three generations. I attended high school at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch, matriculated in 1996.  Joined the Air Force after school and received my wings in 1999 at CFS Langebaanweg.  My initial intention was to fly fighters, but after much consideration and very good advice from my instructors, I eventually decided to head for the helicopter line.  I was based at various bases around the country, of which most time was spent at 22 Squadron at AFB Ysterplaat.  Some of my highlights include flood relief work in Mozambique in 2000 as well as 6 tours in Burundi with Alo III gunships and Oryx helicopters for the UN and AU.  After 10 years in the South African Air Force (SAAF), I joined the family farming business, whilst doing part time contract flying on Pumas in Pakistan, Sudan and Angola.  I decided to take up flying on a more permanent basis once again and therefore joined the AMS at the Oudtshoorn base.  I spent the last 8 years combining EMS flying with export table grape farming.  I studied agriculture, specialising in table grape production, at Elsenburg Agricultural College. Currently, I am busy studying B Comm Business Management through Unisa.  I got married in 2003 in Blouberg, Cape Town, and have since had three children who are currently 10, 8 and 3 years old.”

Did you always want to be a pilot? “I always had the desire to become a pilot.  My granddad was the first person to own and fly an airplane in the Hex River Valley in the 1930’s, which probably initiated the interest and dream of flying.  Watching Top Gun way too many times probably also played a role…”

How did your career start in the aero-medical field? “By joining AMS in 2009.  Previous exposure in the aero-medical field included various MVA’s with Oryx helicopters on the N1 in the Western Cape and Free State, flood relief in Mozambique in 2000 and earthquake relief work in the Kashmir region of Pakistan in 2005.”

What’s the best/worst thing that happened to you since you started at AMS? “Meeting Mohammed Shaik – still can’t decide whether it is the best or the worst thing….? lol”

What do you do in your spare time? “Spending as much time as possible with family and friends, camping, playing tennis with my daughters and running long distance to clear the mind.”

What’s the one thing about you few people know? “I’m an April fool!”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The variation and excitement of every flight, not knowing where or to what type of incident you will be dispatched next.  Flying new and modern machines.  The diversity and challenges of the rescue environment. Working with professional and highly skilled personnel.  Spending every night at home.”

What is on your bedside table? “The Bible, Icarus by Deon Meyer and a variety of outdoor, 4x4 and financial magazines.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “I have had the privilege to be invited to Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel’s house in Maputo for lunch in 2000 and have been to Mandela’s house in Qunu in the Transkei where I met his extended family.  I have also had the privileged to do the tour of Robben Island prison with Nelson Mandela as our personal tour guide.  It was always a pleasure and honor to be in the presence of Mr. Mandela – a true gentleman and ambassador for our country and its rich history.  Dinner with Obama, Trump, Mandela, Bono and Roger Federer all around the same table would be rather interesting…”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What the weather is like in George – quickly check on AeroWeather.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The three days my kids were born – an absolute amazing experience every time!”

If you could do any other job for just one day, what would it be? “Be a Tiger fishing guide in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Having a good bottle of red wine out in nature, next to a fire, with loved ones.”

What is the one thing you can’t live without? “Cappuccino!”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “Mocking Ford drivers (sorry Doc) – refer to next question…”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “If you can’t say something nice about someone, rather keep quiet.”

Any motto you live by? “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela

 

Introducing our team ... First member for 2017

With 2017 in full swing we hope this year will be filled with success, true happiness and good fortune for everyone. We are excited to continue this year embarking on our journey to introduce our team who work tirelessly to ensure this service reaches all communities. The AMS in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health provides delivery of appropriate and effective healthcare to rural communities by flying specialists as well as healthcare support personnel – many of whom are volunteers to outlying hospitals. The air ambulance service complements the local road ambulance service by providing rapid emergency aero-medical transportation of patients who are critically ill or injured. Today we introduce Nokuthula Maphumulo; affectionately known as Thulie, Receptionist at the AMS King Shaka base. Thulie born and bred in KwaZulu-Natal grew up in the largest sugar producing districts in the world – Tongaat and later moved to Phoenix. 

Here’s a peep into her world…

What role do you fulfil in the organisation? I am a receptionist and perform administrative and coordination tasks at the front desk, also basic clerical tasks such as filing, copying documents etc. 

What do you enjoy most about your job? “To interact with the people on all levels …I love the friendly environment at work.”

 Where do you see yourself in the future? “I see myself in an executive management position in the Air Transport Management sector. I want to travel the world and have fun.” 

Any new year’s resolutions you want to share with us? “I only have one resolution, to complete my Bachelor of Commerce Degree.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I love going out with friends to the soccer stadium, it is fun and crazy at the same time!”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “To thank the man above for another day.” 

What kind of music do you like? “I like house music – I love to dance!”  

What is your greatest indulgence? “Prawns and hake with any side dish…yummy!”

What is the best gift anyone has ever given you? “A Jimmy Choo fragrance as a birthday gift from my best friend.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “A friend once said to me “You may have it tough, but there is always someone out there who has it worse than you and they certainly don’t plan on giving up - so keep on pushing don’t give up.”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “I want to break the habit of having coffee – it’s not good for my health.”

What brings you the greatest satisfaction?  “Being able to help someone.”

Any motto you live by?  “Be who you want to be not what others want to see.’’

Introducing our team ... First member for 2017

Introducing our team ... First member for 2017

With 2017 in full swing we hope this year will be filled with success, true happiness and good fortune for everyone. We are excited to continue this year embarking on our journey to introduce our team who work tirelessly to ensure this service reaches all communities. The AMS in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health provides delivery of appropriate and effective healthcare to rural communities by flying specialists as well as healthcare support personnel – many of whom are volunteers to outlying hospitals. The air ambulance service complements the local road ambulance service by providing rapid emergency aero-medical transportation of patients who are critically ill or injured. Today we introduce Nokuthula Maphumulo; affectionately known as Thulie, Receptionist at the AMS King Shaka base. Thulie born and bred in KwaZulu-Natal grew up in the largest sugar producing districts in the world – Tongaat and later moved to Phoenix. 

Here’s a peep into her world…

What role do you fulfil in the organisation? I am a receptionist and perform administrative and coordination tasks at the front desk, also basic clerical tasks such as filing, copying documents etc. 

What do you enjoy most about your job? “To interact with the people on all levels …I love the friendly environment at work.”

 Where do you see yourself in the future? “I see myself in an executive management position in the Air Transport Management sector. I want to travel the world and have fun.” 

Any new year’s resolutions you want to share with us? “I only have one resolution, to complete my Bachelor of Commerce Degree.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I love going out with friends to the soccer stadium, it is fun and crazy at the same time!”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “To thank the man above for another day.” 

What kind of music do you like? “I like house music – I love to dance!”  

What is your greatest indulgence? “Prawns and hake with any side dish…yummy!”

What is the best gift anyone has ever given you? “A Jimmy Choo fragrance as a birthday gift from my best friend.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “A friend once said to me “You may have it tough, but there is always someone out there who has it worse than you and they certainly don’t plan on giving up - so keep on pushing don’t give up.”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “I want to break the habit of having coffee – it’s not good for my health.”

What brings you the greatest satisfaction?  “Being able to help someone.”

Any motto you live by?  “Be who you want to be not what others want to see.’’

Eden District/Central Karoo... celebrating 50 years of service delivery

Yesterday the AMS in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health had the privilege to celebrate 50 years of service delivery to the community of the Eden/Central Karoo District with the local community of Oudtshoorn, the municipality, affiliated rescue organisations and members of the public. 2016 also marks the organisation's 11th year anniversary in the Eden/Central Karoo District. Executive Mayor Colan Sylvester officiated the event and was joined by members of his Mayoral Committee. Thank you to each and everyone that assisted to make the event a success. The event was also visited by a cobra snake that was caught by the local Fire Department after receiving a distressing call from someone in De Rust needing assistance to remove the snake from their home.  Thank you to the community of Oudtshoorn for allowing us to be of service to you.  Some food was also taken Helen  Bellinganhof Oudtshoorn ACVV Retirement Village. We look forward to continue to work with our partners and the community to continue to make a difference in the lives of all citizens. 

Eden District/Central Karoo... celebrating 50 years of service delivery

Eden District/Central Karoo... celebrating 50 years of service delivery

Yesterday the AMS in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health had the privilege to celebrate 50 years of service delivery to the community of the Eden/Central Karoo District with the local community of Oudtshoorn, the municipality, affiliated rescue organisations and members of the public. 2016 also marks the organisation's 11th year anniversary in the Eden/Central Karoo District. Executive Mayor Colan Sylvester officiated the event and was joined by members of his Mayoral Committee. Thank you to each and everyone that assisted to make the event a success. The event was also visited by a cobra snake that was caught by the local Fire Department after receiving a distressing call from someone in De Rust needing assistance to remove the snake from their home.  Thank you to the community of Oudtshoorn for allowing us to be of service to you.  Some food was also taken Helen  Bellinganhof Oudtshoorn ACVV Retirement Village. We look forward to continue to work with our partners and the community to continue to make a difference in the lives of all citizens. 

Meet our team .. HR Administrator

Dubbed as someone who missed her calling in life by some of her fellow colleagues, Letitia Lewis HR Administrator has been with the organisation for just over six years. Letitia is a jazz enthusiast who in her second life should definitely be a Matron in the nursing environment! She loves interacting with people and enjoys letting her hair down!

Who is Letitia Lewis? “I am born and bred in Athlone, I am the youngest of three children, mother to one, I am passionate about people, I love the outdoors and enjoy the finer things in life.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I love the interaction with my fellow colleagues and the challenge of different cultures and diversities.”

What do you do in your spare time? “My spare time is occupied by my son, my one year old husky, friends and family. To unwind I dance! I love dancing! I am a professional amateur jazz enthusiast! My last and most recent jazzathon was for the KFM whale watching weekend. I have also found a slight interest in the sensual side of Salsa.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Thank you Father for making another day possible. As soon as my feet touched the floor I told myself…tonight I am getting to bed early, I can do with a few more hours of sleep BUT first I have to get to the sales today!”

What kind of music do you like? “Like durr… love jazz and R&B”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Watching crime series.”

What is the best gift anyone has ever given you? “My best and greatest gift is from the Father above …my son and the best family support I could ask for.”

What should you try at least once in your life? “Travel…it’s the best feeling ever!”

What brings you the greatest satisfaction? “The joy and happiness I see in my son’s eyes.”

Interesting places you have visited? “Cradock in the beautiful landscape of the Eastern Cape, Atlanta (Georgia) and Australia”.

What is on your bed side table? “My cell phone, a glass of cool drink, the book I am currently reading, This is my story not my life.”

What is your favourite word you like to use? “Focus.”

Meet our team .. HR Administrator

Meet our team .. HR Administrator

Dubbed as someone who missed her calling in life by some of her fellow colleagues, Letitia Lewis HR Administrator has been with the organisation for just over six years. Letitia is a jazz enthusiast who in her second life should definitely be a Matron in the nursing environment! She loves interacting with people and enjoys letting her hair down!

Who is Letitia Lewis? “I am born and bred in Athlone, I am the youngest of three children, mother to one, I am passionate about people, I love the outdoors and enjoy the finer things in life.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I love the interaction with my fellow colleagues and the challenge of different cultures and diversities.”

What do you do in your spare time? “My spare time is occupied by my son, my one year old husky, friends and family. To unwind I dance! I love dancing! I am a professional amateur jazz enthusiast! My last and most recent jazzathon was for the KFM whale watching weekend. I have also found a slight interest in the sensual side of Salsa.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Thank you Father for making another day possible. As soon as my feet touched the floor I told myself…tonight I am getting to bed early, I can do with a few more hours of sleep BUT first I have to get to the sales today!”

What kind of music do you like? “Like durr… love jazz and R&B”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Watching crime series.”

What is the best gift anyone has ever given you? “My best and greatest gift is from the Father above …my son and the best family support I could ask for.”

What should you try at least once in your life? “Travel…it’s the best feeling ever!”

What brings you the greatest satisfaction? “The joy and happiness I see in my son’s eyes.”

Interesting places you have visited? “Cradock in the beautiful landscape of the Eastern Cape, Atlanta (Georgia) and Australia”.

What is on your bed side table? “My cell phone, a glass of cool drink, the book I am currently reading, This is my story not my life.”

What is your favourite word you like to use? “Focus.”