News

Complements the local road ambulance services by providing rapid emergency aero-medical transportation of patients who are critically ill or injured.

Marichen De Bruyn
  • Marichen De Bruyn

Meet our team ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Meet our team ...
  • Marichen De Bruyn

Meet our team ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Rashied Norris
  • Rashied Norris

Team focus ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team focus ...
  • Rashied Norris

Team focus ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ayesha Allies
  • Ayesha Allies

Meet our team...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet our team...
  • Ayesha Allies

Meet our team...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gwyneth Finch
  • Gwyneth Finch

Meet our team ...

Today we introduce Gwyneth Finch, our Creditors Clerk to you. Gwyneth is part of the head office team based in Cape Town, here’s a look into her world ...

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town, Mitchell's Plain and completed my tertiary education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started at AMS? “The day I heard one of our colleagues passed away and I spoke to him the day before.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “I love spending time with my loved ones.”

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

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Building the relationship with my suppliers.”

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

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Mandela and Whitney Houston.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Thank you Lord that I am able to see another day.”

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

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Chocolate.”

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

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

What animal best represents you and why? “A tiger - I protect those I love.”

Any motto you live by? “Keep on keeping on.”

Meet our team ...
  • Gwyneth Finch

Meet our team ...

Today we introduce Gwyneth Finch, our Creditors Clerk to you. Gwyneth is part of the head office team based in Cape Town, here’s a look into her world ...

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town, Mitchell's Plain and completed my tertiary education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started at AMS? “The day I heard one of our colleagues passed away and I spoke to him the day before.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “I love spending time with my loved ones.”

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

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Building the relationship with my suppliers.”

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

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Mandela and Whitney Houston.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Thank you Lord that I am able to see another day.”

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

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Chocolate.”

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

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

What animal best represents you and why? “A tiger - I protect those I love.”

Any motto you live by? “Keep on keeping on.”

Brad Kinsey
  • Brad Kinsey

Team focus ...

Today we visit a town situated on a 30 square kilometre lagoon of the Mhlatze River in KwaZulu-Natal – Richards Bay; which gives it one of the country’s largest harbours. Fitness fanatic Brad Kinsey who knows the dirt roads pretty well of Richards Bay, is one of the organisation’s helicopter pilots. Here’s a look into his life…

How long have you been with AMS? “Next month it will be five years! When I first joined AMS I don’t think anybody thought I’d last this long in the Bay! Coming from Jozi to the Bay…that’s a big change!”

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Jo’burg and lived there all my life until moving to Richards Bay which took three years before it was actually official. So a lot of travelling up and down between home and work! I’ve always wanted to be a pilot, first the thought of Boeings, then the teenage years hit with the thought of fighter jets and then a helicopter flip changed all of that… I was sold, helicopters it will be! Then I saw the price tag for a licence…ummmm… ok!! I worked for National Airways Corporation (NAC) as an apprentice for a year after school which just made me more determined to fly but the price tag just became bigger so I decided to go study B.Com Sports Management at Rand Afrikaans Unoversity (RAU). During my degree I also did a personal training certificate and as I was finishing up my degree I started working as a trainer. As my personal training business grew I was able to start my pilot training with Henley Air at Rand Airport and eventually became a pilot! Whoohoo!! I worked for Matrix and Cartrack building my flying hours on night shifts while making people sweat and curse during the day until the opportunity to work for AMS came along.”

Were you in any other trade before? I was a Personal Fitness Trainer for about 12 years.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “For some reason the financial markets have appealed to me for a while now so I’d like to master the art of Trading!”

What do you do in your spare time? “Surprise, surprise…I love my gym!

I enjoy mountain biking as well, so all the dirt roads in the Bay’s forests are well ridden! I am a spinning instructor at the Richards Bay Virgin Active so I still get to scream (“motivate”) at people while they sweat it out! I also enjoy cooking…a little contradicting to the above!”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “It doesn’t look like it now but I received SA colours for natural bodybuilding when I was a junior… waaaaaayyy back in the day!!”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Paperwork…I love paperwork! Said nobody, EVER! It doesn’t happen often for the Bay pilots but I really enjoy the few hot responses we get from time to time…it makes my blood rush!”

What is on your bedside table? “A lamp…but it’s more about what’s inside the draws…”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Aniston. Oh yes and Jennifer Aniston!”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I didn’t think…it takes about two hours to realise I’m actually awake.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “There have been a few… Going Solo for the first time…I’m sure a lot of pilots would agree! Receiving South African colours for bodybuilding. Winning an overall category in joBerg2C (9 day mountain bike stage race-900kms) Buffalo category in 2014 & 2015.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Well… I am doing my lifelong dream of flying choppers but I recon been a killer trader would be a good job…dangerous but a bit of a rush! Maybe a pro mountain bike cyclist too!”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Woolworths Mint Choc Ice-cream!! That stuff is dangerous! And chocolate! Evils for a personal trainer! So my cheat days are big…really big!”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? Exercise and ice-cream! I confuse my poor body!”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Not to have expectations. Set your own standards and goals but not to have expectations! (That comes from my girlfriend, Chanelle).”

Any motto you live by? “It takes courage to push yourself to places you’ve never been before…to test your limits…to break through barriers…You either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret! Pick a side…”

 

 

 

Team focus ...
  • Brad Kinsey

Team focus ...

Today we visit a town situated on a 30 square kilometre lagoon of the Mhlatze River in KwaZulu-Natal – Richards Bay; which gives it one of the country’s largest harbours. Fitness fanatic Brad Kinsey who knows the dirt roads pretty well of Richards Bay, is one of the organisation’s helicopter pilots. Here’s a look into his life…

How long have you been with AMS? “Next month it will be five years! When I first joined AMS I don’t think anybody thought I’d last this long in the Bay! Coming from Jozi to the Bay…that’s a big change!”

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Jo’burg and lived there all my life until moving to Richards Bay which took three years before it was actually official. So a lot of travelling up and down between home and work! I’ve always wanted to be a pilot, first the thought of Boeings, then the teenage years hit with the thought of fighter jets and then a helicopter flip changed all of that… I was sold, helicopters it will be! Then I saw the price tag for a licence…ummmm… ok!! I worked for National Airways Corporation (NAC) as an apprentice for a year after school which just made me more determined to fly but the price tag just became bigger so I decided to go study B.Com Sports Management at Rand Afrikaans Unoversity (RAU). During my degree I also did a personal training certificate and as I was finishing up my degree I started working as a trainer. As my personal training business grew I was able to start my pilot training with Henley Air at Rand Airport and eventually became a pilot! Whoohoo!! I worked for Matrix and Cartrack building my flying hours on night shifts while making people sweat and curse during the day until the opportunity to work for AMS came along.”

Were you in any other trade before? I was a Personal Fitness Trainer for about 12 years.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “For some reason the financial markets have appealed to me for a while now so I’d like to master the art of Trading!”

What do you do in your spare time? “Surprise, surprise…I love my gym!

I enjoy mountain biking as well, so all the dirt roads in the Bay’s forests are well ridden! I am a spinning instructor at the Richards Bay Virgin Active so I still get to scream (“motivate”) at people while they sweat it out! I also enjoy cooking…a little contradicting to the above!”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “It doesn’t look like it now but I received SA colours for natural bodybuilding when I was a junior… waaaaaayyy back in the day!!”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Paperwork…I love paperwork! Said nobody, EVER! It doesn’t happen often for the Bay pilots but I really enjoy the few hot responses we get from time to time…it makes my blood rush!”

What is on your bedside table? “A lamp…but it’s more about what’s inside the draws…”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Aniston. Oh yes and Jennifer Aniston!”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I didn’t think…it takes about two hours to realise I’m actually awake.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “There have been a few… Going Solo for the first time…I’m sure a lot of pilots would agree! Receiving South African colours for bodybuilding. Winning an overall category in joBerg2C (9 day mountain bike stage race-900kms) Buffalo category in 2014 & 2015.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Well… I am doing my lifelong dream of flying choppers but I recon been a killer trader would be a good job…dangerous but a bit of a rush! Maybe a pro mountain bike cyclist too!”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Woolworths Mint Choc Ice-cream!! That stuff is dangerous! And chocolate! Evils for a personal trainer! So my cheat days are big…really big!”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? Exercise and ice-cream! I confuse my poor body!”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Not to have expectations. Set your own standards and goals but not to have expectations! (That comes from my girlfriend, Chanelle).”

Any motto you live by? “It takes courage to push yourself to places you’ve never been before…to test your limits…to break through barriers…You either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret! Pick a side…”

 

 

 

Ruth Lackay
  • Ruth Lackay

Meet our team ...

Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP), Ruth Lackay is the newest addition to the Cape Town base team. Ayesha’s partner – as Ruth refers to herself has been with the organisation for one month and three days. She brings with her a wealth of experience gained working in Namibia, Madagascar, Afghanistan and Somalia to mention a few. Here’s what she has to say …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Somerset West, grew up in Firgrove/ Macassar. I studied at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), grateful it’s over!”

Were you in any other trade before? “I was a bartender at a golf course in Somerset West.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started for AMS? “Meeting Lindsey, after all she’s the AMS mascot and working with an exceptional group of highly skilled professionals…ESPECIALLY Ayesha!”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Eat without gaining weight…”

What do you do in your spare time? “Watch Nickelodeon, Sponge Bob mostly…I’ve discovered Telemundo in Somalia so I normally flip between breaks.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “My third name is Grace.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Having Jeffrey Persens (fixed wing pilot) mock me.”

What is on your bedside table? “Bedside lamp…and some anti-wrinkle cream to remove the three lines on my forehead after almost five years of sun damage in Afghanistan.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, TUPAC (I’m not too sure if Jonno might agree), Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Where am I…?”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “EVERYDAY I’m happiest because I’m very blessed.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “A farmer…I have no idea why.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “CHOCOLATE…I know I know I know, it’s bad for my health…I’ll schedule a dentist appointment ASAP.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Faith…there’s a higher power, no matter what your belief structure… wait my husband, if I don’t mention him and he reads this I’m sure he’ll have an issue.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Take your time…you’ll know when you’re ready (most things in my life).”

What animal best represents you and why? “Wolf…google it, but mostly cause of its relentlessness… I can function in a pack, but can lead if needs be.”

Any motto you live by? “Today might be your last…laugh uncontrollably, life is so damn short to be dreaming…instead live your dreams, if not…work hard until you’re able to live those dreams.”

Meet our team ...
  • Ruth Lackay

Meet our team ...

Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP), Ruth Lackay is the newest addition to the Cape Town base team. Ayesha’s partner – as Ruth refers to herself has been with the organisation for one month and three days. She brings with her a wealth of experience gained working in Namibia, Madagascar, Afghanistan and Somalia to mention a few. Here’s what she has to say …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Somerset West, grew up in Firgrove/ Macassar. I studied at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), grateful it’s over!”

Were you in any other trade before? “I was a bartender at a golf course in Somerset West.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started for AMS? “Meeting Lindsey, after all she’s the AMS mascot and working with an exceptional group of highly skilled professionals…ESPECIALLY Ayesha!”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Eat without gaining weight…”

What do you do in your spare time? “Watch Nickelodeon, Sponge Bob mostly…I’ve discovered Telemundo in Somalia so I normally flip between breaks.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “My third name is Grace.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Having Jeffrey Persens (fixed wing pilot) mock me.”

What is on your bedside table? “Bedside lamp…and some anti-wrinkle cream to remove the three lines on my forehead after almost five years of sun damage in Afghanistan.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, TUPAC (I’m not too sure if Jonno might agree), Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Where am I…?”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “EVERYDAY I’m happiest because I’m very blessed.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “A farmer…I have no idea why.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “CHOCOLATE…I know I know I know, it’s bad for my health…I’ll schedule a dentist appointment ASAP.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Faith…there’s a higher power, no matter what your belief structure… wait my husband, if I don’t mention him and he reads this I’m sure he’ll have an issue.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Take your time…you’ll know when you’re ready (most things in my life).”

What animal best represents you and why? “Wolf…google it, but mostly cause of its relentlessness… I can function in a pack, but can lead if needs be.”

Any motto you live by? “Today might be your last…laugh uncontrollably, life is so damn short to be dreaming…instead live your dreams, if not…work hard until you’re able to live those dreams.”

Sybrandt Venter
  • Sybrandt Venter

Meet our team

Sybrandt Venter, helicopter pilot based at the AMS Richards Bay base is the newest addition to the AMS family. Here’s a look into the world of a man who once was a comic performer …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in the Blue Bull country, Pretoria and eventually matriculated in Lydenburg. I lived on a farm about 30 km outside of town. I started flying when I was 19 years old, which is 10 years ago this year.”

What do you do at AMS? I am flying helicopter for AMS.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I briefly had a career as Chico the Clown in Spur while I was in high school. I decided to move up in the world and worked as a wedding DJ before I started flying.”   

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “Best: I REALLY enjoy my job! Worst: Can’t think of anything.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “I love doing research on world events/ financial markets. I study part time; BSc Mathematics and Economics.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I like pink drinks.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I enjoy making a difference in the world.”

What is on your bedside table? “A Bible and usually a cell phone charger.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Robert Kiyosaki, George Washington, Winston Churchill, General George S. Patton and John F Kennedy.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I have to write this reply to Venessa!”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I met Lana, my fiancé.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I’m torn between a Submarine Captain and an Alaskan crab fisherman.”

What is your greatest indulgence?  “I LOVE Tim Tams with coffee. (Google it...)”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Never stop learning, always be teachable.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Leopard, I’m shy. I like eating a rooibok every now and then.”

Any motto you live by? “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

 

 

Meet our team
  • Sybrandt Venter

Meet our team

Sybrandt Venter, helicopter pilot based at the AMS Richards Bay base is the newest addition to the AMS family. Here’s a look into the world of a man who once was a comic performer …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in the Blue Bull country, Pretoria and eventually matriculated in Lydenburg. I lived on a farm about 30 km outside of town. I started flying when I was 19 years old, which is 10 years ago this year.”

What do you do at AMS? I am flying helicopter for AMS.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I briefly had a career as Chico the Clown in Spur while I was in high school. I decided to move up in the world and worked as a wedding DJ before I started flying.”   

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “Best: I REALLY enjoy my job! Worst: Can’t think of anything.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “I love doing research on world events/ financial markets. I study part time; BSc Mathematics and Economics.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I like pink drinks.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I enjoy making a difference in the world.”

What is on your bedside table? “A Bible and usually a cell phone charger.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Robert Kiyosaki, George Washington, Winston Churchill, General George S. Patton and John F Kennedy.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I have to write this reply to Venessa!”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I met Lana, my fiancé.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I’m torn between a Submarine Captain and an Alaskan crab fisherman.”

What is your greatest indulgence?  “I LOVE Tim Tams with coffee. (Google it...)”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Never stop learning, always be teachable.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Leopard, I’m shy. I like eating a rooibok every now and then.”

Any motto you live by? “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

 

 

Anina Mostert
  • Anina Mostert

Little cobra victim visits aero-medical team

Three year old Anina Mostert, is physically back to her normal chirpy self after she was bitten by a Cape cobra on the 4th of February while taking an afternoon nap in her room with her mom on a farm outside Citrusdal.

Anina Mostert (then two years old) was airlifted by the Western Cape Department of Health EMS/AMS rescue helicopter from Citrusdal Provincial Hospital to Tygerberg Hospital after she was bitten thrice  (twice in the face and once behind her head) by a Cape cobra who made its way into their home during a hot summer’s day. Anina was admitted to the Children’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Tygerberg Hospital and later transferred to High Care. She was in hospital for ten days, but unfortunately had to return to Paarl Provincial Hospital just two days after being discharged. The snake bite had formed an abscess and had to be drained.

Besides a small physical scar below Anina’s jaw line there are no other physical scars left of this horrible incident. Anina is a brave little girl. “Emotionally we still have a long road to walk, but we take it one day at a time” said Benita Mostert, Anina’s mother.

Anina visited the AMS base to thank the aero-medical team who transported her. She truly is a bright little girl who creeps into your heart. She soon warmed up to the crew and enjoyed spending time with the team who looked after her while being airlifted.  “We are grateful that Anina has made a full recovery and that she is alive, thank you to everyone who had helped us along this journey. We have learnt so much from this ordeal, Anina talks about the incident and what happened to her which makes one believe that she was awake after the second or third bite. The fear of what happened and what you possibly dodged stays with you as a parent, we know with time the emotional damage will get better” concluded Benita Mostert.

We have been informed that Anina is back at school this week and is adjusting well to her new environment. We wish her and parents well on this emotional journey.

The AMS in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provides an emergency rescue and air ambulance to the community of the Western Cape via a fleet of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

 

Little cobra victim visits aero-medical team
  • Anina Mostert

Little cobra victim visits aero-medical team

Three year old Anina Mostert, is physically back to her normal chirpy self after she was bitten by a Cape cobra on the 4th of February while taking an afternoon nap in her room with her mom on a farm outside Citrusdal.

Anina Mostert (then two years old) was airlifted by the Western Cape Department of Health EMS/AMS rescue helicopter from Citrusdal Provincial Hospital to Tygerberg Hospital after she was bitten thrice  (twice in the face and once behind her head) by a Cape cobra who made its way into their home during a hot summer’s day. Anina was admitted to the Children’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Tygerberg Hospital and later transferred to High Care. She was in hospital for ten days, but unfortunately had to return to Paarl Provincial Hospital just two days after being discharged. The snake bite had formed an abscess and had to be drained.

Besides a small physical scar below Anina’s jaw line there are no other physical scars left of this horrible incident. Anina is a brave little girl. “Emotionally we still have a long road to walk, but we take it one day at a time” said Benita Mostert, Anina’s mother.

Anina visited the AMS base to thank the aero-medical team who transported her. She truly is a bright little girl who creeps into your heart. She soon warmed up to the crew and enjoyed spending time with the team who looked after her while being airlifted.  “We are grateful that Anina has made a full recovery and that she is alive, thank you to everyone who had helped us along this journey. We have learnt so much from this ordeal, Anina talks about the incident and what happened to her which makes one believe that she was awake after the second or third bite. The fear of what happened and what you possibly dodged stays with you as a parent, we know with time the emotional damage will get better” concluded Benita Mostert.

We have been informed that Anina is back at school this week and is adjusting well to her new environment. We wish her and parents well on this emotional journey.

The AMS in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provides an emergency rescue and air ambulance to the community of the Western Cape via a fleet of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

 

Melvin October
  • Melvin October

Meet our team

Today we introduce you to someone who has one of the most important responsibilities within our organisation, the responsibility to ensure that our aircraft and hangar is kept in pristine condition. Melvin October has been with the organisation for more than a year and with his quiet demeanour he ensures that the aircraft at Cape Town base are looked after on a daily basis. Here’s a look into his world...

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town, grew up in Eersteriver and for the past six years I have been living in Ravensmead.”

What do you do at AMS? “I am a hangar assistant. I ensure that the aircraft is kept in a sterling condition and ensure that the hangar is kept tidy.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started working for AMS? “The best thing is that my job entitles me to ensure that the aircraft and hangar receives the necessary Tender Love and Care (TLC).”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To be a person that others could rely on when needed.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Spend time with my family and I enjoy watching sports e.g. soccer & rugby.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “My parents taught me to be humble and respect others at all times.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Being able to do a thorough job with pride in my heart.”

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

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

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “To say thank you to the Lord for His grace that was given unto us.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day the Lord gave me the pleasure of being there when my daughter was born.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I would like to do anything where I can travel and see the world.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Anything sweet.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Always be willing to help others.”

What animal best represents you and why? “A beaver – it is a hard working animal.”

Any motto you live by? “Being loyal and having pride in what you do.”

Meet our team
  • Melvin October

Meet our team

Today we introduce you to someone who has one of the most important responsibilities within our organisation, the responsibility to ensure that our aircraft and hangar is kept in pristine condition. Melvin October has been with the organisation for more than a year and with his quiet demeanour he ensures that the aircraft at Cape Town base are looked after on a daily basis. Here’s a look into his world...

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town, grew up in Eersteriver and for the past six years I have been living in Ravensmead.”

What do you do at AMS? “I am a hangar assistant. I ensure that the aircraft is kept in a sterling condition and ensure that the hangar is kept tidy.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started working for AMS? “The best thing is that my job entitles me to ensure that the aircraft and hangar receives the necessary Tender Love and Care (TLC).”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To be a person that others could rely on when needed.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Spend time with my family and I enjoy watching sports e.g. soccer & rugby.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “My parents taught me to be humble and respect others at all times.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Being able to do a thorough job with pride in my heart.”

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

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

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “To say thank you to the Lord for His grace that was given unto us.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day the Lord gave me the pleasure of being there when my daughter was born.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I would like to do anything where I can travel and see the world.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Anything sweet.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Always be willing to help others.”

What animal best represents you and why? “A beaver – it is a hard working animal.”

Any motto you live by? “Being loyal and having pride in what you do.”

Kyle Jackson
  • Kyle Jackson

Team focus ...

Our team member we introducing to you today was born in the largest city of South Africa, he participates in full contact combat sport, loves the outdoors and can definitely be classified as a fitness fanatic. Kyle Jackson has been with the organisation for a year and a half and is based at our Cape Town Base. Here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself … “Well, I’m 30 years old, married, with one step son.  I was born in Boksburg, on the East Rand of Gauteng, where I spent my first few years of life; my family moved down to the Cape and I attended Gene Louw Primary School – before moving to Worcester to complete my schooling at Worcester Primary school we then moved back to Boksburg where I attended Boksburg High School.  Post High School I studied at the University of Pretoria (I studied IT) – however the studies bored me and my passion for travel and adventure had me drop out to go to the UK on a working holiday visa.   When I returned from the UK I attended a Basic Ambulance Assistance course (BAA) where I discovered one could do a degree to become a paramedic so I enrolled and completed my BTech in Emergency Medicine Care at the University of Johannesburg in 2013.  My undergraduate research study: South African paramedics’ experience of financial medicine practices was published in 2016.”

What do you do at AMS? “I’m a flight paramedic and registered as an Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP). I provide an Advanced Life Support function on the Fixed Wing and Rotor Wing Platforms. I’ve also recently been approached by management to add a quality role to my portfolio so I’m looking forward to assisting AMS in that capacity. I am also currently undergoing External Load Operator (ELO)/ Hoist Operator training which I’m very excited about.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started working at AMS? “I think every red patient (Critical/P1) you treat has its own unique challenges. I think the best thing is getting an opportunity to use the knowledge and skills I have obtained in my career to benefit my patients some of whom are very sick; and to hopefully impart some of that knowledge to my colleagues and students (I enjoy taking on the mentorship role and guiding and assisting the newer ECP’s, students and even the ECT’s).  There’s not much better than when you receive a thank you from a patient you treated, or a compliment from a colleague or Doctor or someone whom you assisted.  I think the worst thing is when you have to deal with ungrateful or disrespectful people, but you have to maintain your professionalism and treat all people equally.” 

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I’d like to complete my ELO training, and master all the aspects of being a hoist operator.  I would also like to complete a Master’s Degree and eventually a PHD.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I enjoy training and working out. I am currently undergoing Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training. I train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Kick-Boxing (K1), and also try to get to the gym 5-6 times a week.  I also enjoy hiking, being in nature and trail running.  Attending live sports events is also something I enjoy.”

What is the one thing about you few people know?  “I don’t think many people know that I have a second degree black sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Having the privilege of flying, I honestly believe that in my profession there isn’t currently a better job I could have.   I can truly say I have my dream job, and when I was a student it used to be my dream to become a flight paramedic one day.”

What is on your bedside table? “My AMS calendar and a lamp.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Bruce Lee, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Richard Branson and then maybe someone like Hansie Cronje oh and my Grandfather.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I’m late for gym.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I received the phone call from Catherine Brown who offered me the job at AMS.  And the day I got married…”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I’d have to say an Astronaut (if that day was the day they were going to outer space) or a Mount Everest Mountain Guide.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Hmmm… probably even though I shouldn’t be eating it, cake… and bacon. Bacon for the win.”What is the one thing, you can’t live without?  “Did I mention bacon… definitely my wife.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “All the advice my grandfather gave me whilst I was growing up and you always need to maintain your sense of humour.”

What animal best represents you and why? “I’ve always had an affinity to wolves.”

Any motto you live by? “The Jacksonian Way.”

Team focus ...
  • Kyle Jackson

Team focus ...

Our team member we introducing to you today was born in the largest city of South Africa, he participates in full contact combat sport, loves the outdoors and can definitely be classified as a fitness fanatic. Kyle Jackson has been with the organisation for a year and a half and is based at our Cape Town Base. Here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself … “Well, I’m 30 years old, married, with one step son.  I was born in Boksburg, on the East Rand of Gauteng, where I spent my first few years of life; my family moved down to the Cape and I attended Gene Louw Primary School – before moving to Worcester to complete my schooling at Worcester Primary school we then moved back to Boksburg where I attended Boksburg High School.  Post High School I studied at the University of Pretoria (I studied IT) – however the studies bored me and my passion for travel and adventure had me drop out to go to the UK on a working holiday visa.   When I returned from the UK I attended a Basic Ambulance Assistance course (BAA) where I discovered one could do a degree to become a paramedic so I enrolled and completed my BTech in Emergency Medicine Care at the University of Johannesburg in 2013.  My undergraduate research study: South African paramedics’ experience of financial medicine practices was published in 2016.”

What do you do at AMS? “I’m a flight paramedic and registered as an Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP). I provide an Advanced Life Support function on the Fixed Wing and Rotor Wing Platforms. I’ve also recently been approached by management to add a quality role to my portfolio so I’m looking forward to assisting AMS in that capacity. I am also currently undergoing External Load Operator (ELO)/ Hoist Operator training which I’m very excited about.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started working at AMS? “I think every red patient (Critical/P1) you treat has its own unique challenges. I think the best thing is getting an opportunity to use the knowledge and skills I have obtained in my career to benefit my patients some of whom are very sick; and to hopefully impart some of that knowledge to my colleagues and students (I enjoy taking on the mentorship role and guiding and assisting the newer ECP’s, students and even the ECT’s).  There’s not much better than when you receive a thank you from a patient you treated, or a compliment from a colleague or Doctor or someone whom you assisted.  I think the worst thing is when you have to deal with ungrateful or disrespectful people, but you have to maintain your professionalism and treat all people equally.” 

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I’d like to complete my ELO training, and master all the aspects of being a hoist operator.  I would also like to complete a Master’s Degree and eventually a PHD.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I enjoy training and working out. I am currently undergoing Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training. I train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Kick-Boxing (K1), and also try to get to the gym 5-6 times a week.  I also enjoy hiking, being in nature and trail running.  Attending live sports events is also something I enjoy.”

What is the one thing about you few people know?  “I don’t think many people know that I have a second degree black sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Having the privilege of flying, I honestly believe that in my profession there isn’t currently a better job I could have.   I can truly say I have my dream job, and when I was a student it used to be my dream to become a flight paramedic one day.”

What is on your bedside table? “My AMS calendar and a lamp.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Bruce Lee, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Richard Branson and then maybe someone like Hansie Cronje oh and my Grandfather.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I’m late for gym.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I received the phone call from Catherine Brown who offered me the job at AMS.  And the day I got married…”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I’d have to say an Astronaut (if that day was the day they were going to outer space) or a Mount Everest Mountain Guide.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Hmmm… probably even though I shouldn’t be eating it, cake… and bacon. Bacon for the win.”What is the one thing, you can’t live without?  “Did I mention bacon… definitely my wife.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “All the advice my grandfather gave me whilst I was growing up and you always need to maintain your sense of humour.”

What animal best represents you and why? “I’ve always had an affinity to wolves.”

Any motto you live by? “The Jacksonian Way.”

Peter Turner
  • Peter Turner

Meet our team

The AMS apprenticeship programme is a skills development programme, aimed at increasing the talent pool for the skills shortage of aircraft technicians within the aviation industry. Today we introduce one of the participants in this programme, Peter Turner. Peter born and bred in Durban, has been with the organisation for four years. He is currently based at our King Shaka base, here’s what he had to say when we chatted with him…

Did you always want to be in the aircraft engineering field? “Yes I always wanted to be in the aircraft engineering field.”

How did your career start in the aviation field? “I have a friend that I had known for many years who is a licensed Aircraft Engineer. He was employed at AMS and asked if I would like to come and help on a voluntary basis - that’s where my passion and love started.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started at AMS? “The best thing that’s happened is that I get to work with a great bunch of people who make you feel like family.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I would like to master being a professional licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Spending time with family and friends and regularly attending church - these values I hold dearly to me.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I love keeping aircraft serviceable and being part of a team that service the aircraft and indirectly saving lives and going the extra mile.”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible and cell phone and my aircraft maintenance theory booklet.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “To have dinner with Jesus.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What can I do to make a difference today & add value and to thank God for everything he has done for me.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When I got my first car.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Spending time with family and friends around a braai and watching sport.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Achieve your goal no matter what it takes.”

Any motto you live by? “Invincible determination can accomplish anything.’’

Meet our team
  • Peter Turner

Meet our team

The AMS apprenticeship programme is a skills development programme, aimed at increasing the talent pool for the skills shortage of aircraft technicians within the aviation industry. Today we introduce one of the participants in this programme, Peter Turner. Peter born and bred in Durban, has been with the organisation for four years. He is currently based at our King Shaka base, here’s what he had to say when we chatted with him…

Did you always want to be in the aircraft engineering field? “Yes I always wanted to be in the aircraft engineering field.”

How did your career start in the aviation field? “I have a friend that I had known for many years who is a licensed Aircraft Engineer. He was employed at AMS and asked if I would like to come and help on a voluntary basis - that’s where my passion and love started.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started at AMS? “The best thing that’s happened is that I get to work with a great bunch of people who make you feel like family.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I would like to master being a professional licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Spending time with family and friends and regularly attending church - these values I hold dearly to me.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I love keeping aircraft serviceable and being part of a team that service the aircraft and indirectly saving lives and going the extra mile.”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible and cell phone and my aircraft maintenance theory booklet.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “To have dinner with Jesus.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What can I do to make a difference today & add value and to thank God for everything he has done for me.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When I got my first car.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Spending time with family and friends around a braai and watching sport.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Achieve your goal no matter what it takes.”

Any motto you live by? “Invincible determination can accomplish anything.’’

Heinrich Williams
  • Heinrich Williams

Meet our team

We are delighted to welcome Heinrich Williams, (Technical & Quality Controller of the AMS’ Aircraft Maintenance Organisation - AMO) to the AMS family. Heinrich has been with us just short of two months. Heinrich was born in Cape Town but grew up in Klerksdorp in the North West Province. Here’s a glimpse into Heinrich’s world …

How did your career start in the aviation field? “It began when I started my career in the South African Air Force.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started with AMS? The best thing is that I found myself with a new extended family, from whom I can learn.  There are no worst things there are only challenges in life, so this will make me grow in the near future.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “Spend time with the family, watch sports and reading my Bible.”

What's the one thing about you few people know? “That I learn every day from people young or mature.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Being able to help where I can no matter what it may be.”

What is on your bedside table? My Bible, watch, cell phone and one toy of my child.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? From the Bible Jesus, Daniel, Samuel, David and Moses.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? To say thank you to the Lord for His Grace that was given unto us.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day the Lord gave me the privilege of witnessing my daughter being born.”

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Eating a nice piece of chocolate cake with caramel topping.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Praying to God for guidance.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Always have a smile on your face and stay humble.”

Which animal best represents you and why? “A dove, because it symbolises peace.”

Any motto you live by? “First impressions last a life time.”

Meet our team
  • Heinrich Williams

Meet our team

We are delighted to welcome Heinrich Williams, (Technical & Quality Controller of the AMS’ Aircraft Maintenance Organisation - AMO) to the AMS family. Heinrich has been with us just short of two months. Heinrich was born in Cape Town but grew up in Klerksdorp in the North West Province. Here’s a glimpse into Heinrich’s world …

How did your career start in the aviation field? “It began when I started my career in the South African Air Force.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen since you started with AMS? The best thing is that I found myself with a new extended family, from whom I can learn.  There are no worst things there are only challenges in life, so this will make me grow in the near future.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “Spend time with the family, watch sports and reading my Bible.”

What's the one thing about you few people know? “That I learn every day from people young or mature.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Being able to help where I can no matter what it may be.”

What is on your bedside table? My Bible, watch, cell phone and one toy of my child.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? From the Bible Jesus, Daniel, Samuel, David and Moses.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? To say thank you to the Lord for His Grace that was given unto us.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day the Lord gave me the privilege of witnessing my daughter being born.”

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Eating a nice piece of chocolate cake with caramel topping.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Praying to God for guidance.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Always have a smile on your face and stay humble.”

Which animal best represents you and why? “A dove, because it symbolises peace.”

Any motto you live by? “First impressions last a life time.”