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

Shelli Ferreira
  • Shelli Ferreira

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During the month of August we pay homage to women of our nation, it is just fitting that this week we feature one of our phenomenal women in our organisation. A woman with a heart of gold and the first female to be allowed to work in the JSE market hall - Shelli Ferreira, AMO Technical Administrator has been with the AMS for three and a half years, here’s a look into her life …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born at the Marymount hospital in Johannesburg.  I attended the Holy Family convent and then Green Oaks Finishing School. After school my parents would not allow me to further my education. They believed girls did not need tertiary education. I was very fortunate to secure employment at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and became the first female to be allowed to work in the JSE market hall. I was 18 and this was a huge privilege.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I married at 22 and had my son two years later and twin daughters 21 months after that (sadly one of my daughters died, but she will always be remembered). After the birth of my son I was very honoured to be able to be a stay at home Mom which I continued to do until they were almost finished with school. It was the best job in the world. I then opened my own small business, selling teenage clothing. I moved to Cape Town 10 years ago and became an Estate Agent before joining Civair.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best thing that has happened to me in my time at AMS, is witnessing daily all the amazing work the rescue crew does to save lives and the worst was the loss of a work colleague and his young son.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “As my dream was to go to Hotel school, I would very much like to run a small boutique hotel or a B & B.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Gardening, sewing/quilting and spending time with my family and friends. In the last year I have become the granny to two beautiful babies so they fill a large amount of my time.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I would love to write a book.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The great team I work with and seeing the amazing work that is done by our organisation.”

What is on your bedside table? “My bedside lamp, clock radio (it gets switched on the minute my eyes open so I can find out what has happened in the world while I was sleeping), candles and a picture of my family.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Famous people and wealth do not impress me, so if I were to have dinner with anyone it would be my late husband who was one of the most intelligent people I have ever known, my two children as they have very interesting and diverse lives, Nelson Mandela for his compassion and caring nature and his immense ability to forgive which is a rare thing and Steve Jobs, not for his knowledge and wealth but for the inspirational lessons he learned just before his death.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I hope the traffic is not heavy today and I get to work safely and on time. Takes me 1 hr 15 min to get to work.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “My wedding day and then the birth of my three children.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?  “A horticulturist. There is nothing more peaceful and rewarding than a beautiful garden.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Travel. Anytime, anywhere.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Besides my children and grandchildren then I would say my two furry children, 2 beautiful black cats.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Listen before you speak and always treat others how you wish to be treated yourself.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Lion – They protect their cubs no matter what comes their way, they are loving, loyal and affectionate, but don’t mess with the king.”

Any motto you live by? “TIME is the most precious gift you can give to anyone. Once a moment has passed you can never retrieve it, so spend quality time with your loved ones because life is very short.”

 

 

 

Meet our team ...
  • Shelli Ferreira

Meet our team ...

During the month of August we pay homage to women of our nation, it is just fitting that this week we feature one of our phenomenal women in our organisation. A woman with a heart of gold and the first female to be allowed to work in the JSE market hall - Shelli Ferreira, AMO Technical Administrator has been with the AMS for three and a half years, here’s a look into her life …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born at the Marymount hospital in Johannesburg.  I attended the Holy Family convent and then Green Oaks Finishing School. After school my parents would not allow me to further my education. They believed girls did not need tertiary education. I was very fortunate to secure employment at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and became the first female to be allowed to work in the JSE market hall. I was 18 and this was a huge privilege.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I married at 22 and had my son two years later and twin daughters 21 months after that (sadly one of my daughters died, but she will always be remembered). After the birth of my son I was very honoured to be able to be a stay at home Mom which I continued to do until they were almost finished with school. It was the best job in the world. I then opened my own small business, selling teenage clothing. I moved to Cape Town 10 years ago and became an Estate Agent before joining Civair.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best thing that has happened to me in my time at AMS, is witnessing daily all the amazing work the rescue crew does to save lives and the worst was the loss of a work colleague and his young son.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “As my dream was to go to Hotel school, I would very much like to run a small boutique hotel or a B & B.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Gardening, sewing/quilting and spending time with my family and friends. In the last year I have become the granny to two beautiful babies so they fill a large amount of my time.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I would love to write a book.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The great team I work with and seeing the amazing work that is done by our organisation.”

What is on your bedside table? “My bedside lamp, clock radio (it gets switched on the minute my eyes open so I can find out what has happened in the world while I was sleeping), candles and a picture of my family.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Famous people and wealth do not impress me, so if I were to have dinner with anyone it would be my late husband who was one of the most intelligent people I have ever known, my two children as they have very interesting and diverse lives, Nelson Mandela for his compassion and caring nature and his immense ability to forgive which is a rare thing and Steve Jobs, not for his knowledge and wealth but for the inspirational lessons he learned just before his death.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I hope the traffic is not heavy today and I get to work safely and on time. Takes me 1 hr 15 min to get to work.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “My wedding day and then the birth of my three children.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?  “A horticulturist. There is nothing more peaceful and rewarding than a beautiful garden.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Travel. Anytime, anywhere.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Besides my children and grandchildren then I would say my two furry children, 2 beautiful black cats.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Listen before you speak and always treat others how you wish to be treated yourself.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Lion – They protect their cubs no matter what comes their way, they are loving, loyal and affectionate, but don’t mess with the king.”

Any motto you live by? “TIME is the most precious gift you can give to anyone. Once a moment has passed you can never retrieve it, so spend quality time with your loved ones because life is very short.”

 

 

 

Monre van der Merwe
  • Monre van der Merwe

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If this guy received a rand every time someone called his name, he would be a rich man! Monré van der Merwe, IT Administrator has been with the organisation for almost three years and is definitely the most called upon person on a daily basis within our organisation. Here’s a look into his life…

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Vanderbijl Park, grew up in my favourite city - Cape Town, finished school in Centurion and then moved back to Cape Town to study and started working in the I.T. industry in 2006.”

Were you in any other trade before? “No, I’ve always been a computer geek.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best thing was being afforded the opportunity to work at AMS full time - I started working here as an outsourced I.T. engineer. The worst things are: hearing about Marc Lawson’s bike accident and finding out Johan Gill and his son passed away in a motor vehicle accident.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Being able to help those in need to make our country a better place.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Watching series and movies with my wife and our furry child (Nunu the most awesome cat in the world); online computer gaming; listening to music (from the heaviest metal, electro house, drum and bass, reggae, all the way to classical/orchestral); playing musical instruments (drumming, guitar and bass guitar); I’m also into cars and bikes (not so much these days, but I am passionate about them).”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am a bit of a misanthrope at times.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Working with nice, friendly and reasonable people every day. I have worked with some rather nasty people in the past and I’m truly thankful for being able to work for an organisation filled with so many nice folks.”

What is on your bedside table? “A bed lamp and small speakers for playing music on my phone before bedtime.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley, Steve Jobs, Valentino Rossi and Darrel Abbott.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Thank goodness it’s Friday! I’m thankful to have a roof over my head, a wonderful wife at my side and to be hopeful for a better future! Positive thoughts go a long way.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I got engaged to my wife at Sea Point Nature Reserve.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To be a professional drummer for a successful band.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Good food.”

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

What animal best represents you and why? “I’d probably have to go with a Lion (I am Leo by star sign too, not that I believe in that sort of thing) – They are majestic animals, compassionate and loving with their cubs, but don’t mess with them either.”

Any motto you live by? “Be an example in everything you do and good things will follow you.”

Meet our team ...
  • Monre van der Merwe

Meet our team ...

If this guy received a rand every time someone called his name, he would be a rich man! Monré van der Merwe, IT Administrator has been with the organisation for almost three years and is definitely the most called upon person on a daily basis within our organisation. Here’s a look into his life…

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Vanderbijl Park, grew up in my favourite city - Cape Town, finished school in Centurion and then moved back to Cape Town to study and started working in the I.T. industry in 2006.”

Were you in any other trade before? “No, I’ve always been a computer geek.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best thing was being afforded the opportunity to work at AMS full time - I started working here as an outsourced I.T. engineer. The worst things are: hearing about Marc Lawson’s bike accident and finding out Johan Gill and his son passed away in a motor vehicle accident.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Being able to help those in need to make our country a better place.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Watching series and movies with my wife and our furry child (Nunu the most awesome cat in the world); online computer gaming; listening to music (from the heaviest metal, electro house, drum and bass, reggae, all the way to classical/orchestral); playing musical instruments (drumming, guitar and bass guitar); I’m also into cars and bikes (not so much these days, but I am passionate about them).”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am a bit of a misanthrope at times.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Working with nice, friendly and reasonable people every day. I have worked with some rather nasty people in the past and I’m truly thankful for being able to work for an organisation filled with so many nice folks.”

What is on your bedside table? “A bed lamp and small speakers for playing music on my phone before bedtime.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley, Steve Jobs, Valentino Rossi and Darrel Abbott.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Thank goodness it’s Friday! I’m thankful to have a roof over my head, a wonderful wife at my side and to be hopeful for a better future! Positive thoughts go a long way.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I got engaged to my wife at Sea Point Nature Reserve.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To be a professional drummer for a successful band.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Good food.”

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

What animal best represents you and why? “I’d probably have to go with a Lion (I am Leo by star sign too, not that I believe in that sort of thing) – They are majestic animals, compassionate and loving with their cubs, but don’t mess with them either.”

Any motto you live by? “Be an example in everything you do and good things will follow you.”

Yusuf Vahed
  • Yusuf Vahed

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Today we introduce you to one of our team members whose heart is truly in the right place to serve humanity. Yusuf Vahed, has been with the organization for two and a half years and resides in the garden province (KwaZulu-Natal) located in the southeast of the country. Here’s what he had to say when we chatted to him …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Pietermaritzburg, lived in Greytown for six years and then moved to Estcourt. I grew up in Estcourt, schooled at Siraatul Haq Islamic School and matriculated in 2009. I got married in 2012. I was initially accepted at the University of KwaZulu-Natal to study Pharmacy and a friend told me about the SAA Cadet programme which I was accepted into and completed my training at 43 Air School. Soon after I applied to AMS, and began working as a cadet pilot in January 2015.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Yes, I worked for and am currently still involved with the Humanitarian NGO, The Al Imdaad Foundation.”

What’s the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? The best would be the re-opening of Estcourt airfield and being able to once again fly doctors to my hometown after seven years of the airfield being closed.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “On my off days, I spend a lot of time with my grandparents.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I do oil painting and can cook.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Making a difference in the life of a rural patient and the amazing team that I get to work with.”

What is on your bedside table? “An alarm clock, bedside lamp and my beard oil.”

If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would they be? “My paternal Grandparents whom I’ve never met.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Thanking the Almighty for a new day.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I got married.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I’ve always wanted to plan structures and build bridges. Perhaps being an architect or a civil engineer.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Braai and fruits.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Charity will not decrease your wealth.”

Any motto you live by? “In working together, there is no limit to what we could all achieve in striving to serve Humanity”.

 

 

 

Meet our team ...
  • Yusuf Vahed

Meet our team ...

Today we introduce you to one of our team members whose heart is truly in the right place to serve humanity. Yusuf Vahed, has been with the organization for two and a half years and resides in the garden province (KwaZulu-Natal) located in the southeast of the country. Here’s what he had to say when we chatted to him …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Pietermaritzburg, lived in Greytown for six years and then moved to Estcourt. I grew up in Estcourt, schooled at Siraatul Haq Islamic School and matriculated in 2009. I got married in 2012. I was initially accepted at the University of KwaZulu-Natal to study Pharmacy and a friend told me about the SAA Cadet programme which I was accepted into and completed my training at 43 Air School. Soon after I applied to AMS, and began working as a cadet pilot in January 2015.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Yes, I worked for and am currently still involved with the Humanitarian NGO, The Al Imdaad Foundation.”

What’s the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? The best would be the re-opening of Estcourt airfield and being able to once again fly doctors to my hometown after seven years of the airfield being closed.”

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

What do you do in your spare time? “On my off days, I spend a lot of time with my grandparents.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I do oil painting and can cook.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Making a difference in the life of a rural patient and the amazing team that I get to work with.”

What is on your bedside table? “An alarm clock, bedside lamp and my beard oil.”

If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would they be? “My paternal Grandparents whom I’ve never met.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Thanking the Almighty for a new day.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I got married.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I’ve always wanted to plan structures and build bridges. Perhaps being an architect or a civil engineer.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Braai and fruits.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Charity will not decrease your wealth.”

Any motto you live by? “In working together, there is no limit to what we could all achieve in striving to serve Humanity”.

 

 

 

Marichen De Bruyn
  • Marichen De Bruyn

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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”.

 

 

 

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

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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.” 

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  • 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.