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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any motto you live by? Trust your instincts.”

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

Meet our team ... a visit into our hangars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any motto you live by? Trust your instincts.”

stephan rossouw
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Team focus ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Team focus ...
  • stephan rossouw

Team focus ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Introducing our team ... First member for 2017

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

Here’s a peep into her world…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Introducing our team ... First member for 2017

Introducing our team ... First member for 2017

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

Here’s a peep into her world…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet our team .. HR Administrator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet our team .. HR Administrator

Meet our team .. HR Administrator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get to know our staff...

Born and bred in Transkei in the Eastern Cape, Pescott Pokwane based at the AMS King Shaka operation has the important responsibility of keeping the aircraft and base in a neat and tidy condition. Pescott’s early years growing up in the Eastern Cape has taught him patience, the true meaning of life and to appreciate small miracles. Here’s a look into his life …

What is your role within the organisation? “I work as a Hangar Assistant, my role is to keep the hangar clean and in orderly condition and make sure that the aircraft are neat inside and outside.” What would you say are the key characteristics for a person to be able to fulfil the position you currently fulfil in the organisation. “To be consistently brilliant week after week and month after month. Take pride in the work you do in order to do a great job.  You also have to be punctual.”What do you enjoy most about your job? “Interacting with employees on all different levels in the organisation.”What do you do in your spare time? “I love to garden because it calms me. Gardening is indeed soothing and it is a form of meditation for me.  I also spend some of my spare time in church.”What is your future plans/your dreams/ambitions, where do you see yourself in the future? “My future plans is to buy myself a car, my dream is to win the lottery, my ambitions are to travel the world.”    

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What does this new day have in store for me.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “KFC!”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something.”Any motto you live by? “You want something, go get it. Period.”

 

Get to know our staff...

Get to know our staff...

Born and bred in Transkei in the Eastern Cape, Pescott Pokwane based at the AMS King Shaka operation has the important responsibility of keeping the aircraft and base in a neat and tidy condition. Pescott’s early years growing up in the Eastern Cape has taught him patience, the true meaning of life and to appreciate small miracles. Here’s a look into his life …

What is your role within the organisation? “I work as a Hangar Assistant, my role is to keep the hangar clean and in orderly condition and make sure that the aircraft are neat inside and outside.” What would you say are the key characteristics for a person to be able to fulfil the position you currently fulfil in the organisation. “To be consistently brilliant week after week and month after month. Take pride in the work you do in order to do a great job.  You also have to be punctual.”What do you enjoy most about your job? “Interacting with employees on all different levels in the organisation.”What do you do in your spare time? “I love to garden because it calms me. Gardening is indeed soothing and it is a form of meditation for me.  I also spend some of my spare time in church.”What is your future plans/your dreams/ambitions, where do you see yourself in the future? “My future plans is to buy myself a car, my dream is to win the lottery, my ambitions are to travel the world.”    

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What does this new day have in store for me.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “KFC!”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something.”Any motto you live by? “You want something, go get it. Period.”

 

Danie Laubscher
  • Danie Laubscher
  • Danie Laubscher

Meet our team ... Senior Fixed Wing Pilot

An individual with a wealth of knowledge, years of flying experience coupled with a streak of unpredictable adventure is exactly how to describe Danie Laubscher, Senior Fixed Wing Pilot based at the AMS’ Cape Town operation. Although Danie has been permanently employed since 2014, his involvement with the organisation dates back to 1998 while he was working for Swiss Air. Danie’s journey started with the AMS when he did the conversions of the AMS pilots when the organisation started operating the Pilatus PC 12 fixed wing aircraft. Danie was also involved with the Flying Doctor Service in KwaZulu-Natal before its official inception. He did the first flight with the management team from Durban International to Matatiele.

Among many of Danie’s interesting and memorable stories having the privilege of flying World Leaders and the King of Pop is definitely worth getting to know this pilot better. Danie had the privilege of flying Nelson Mandela and President Kagame (President of Rwanda) on a few occasions. He flew President Kagame for two years to Germany, England and America to mention a few destinations. In 1997 Danie also flew the King of Pop, Michael Jackson from the AMS Cape Town Base to Sun City.

Here’s a look into Danie’s life …

Where did you grow up: “I grew up in Nigeria and moved to Calvinia in the Northern Cape in South Africa at the age of 5 with my parents.”  

How did you get into aviation, is it something you always wanted to do: “My career in aviation started in 1973 with the Military.  After completing high school I decided I wanted to fly and at that time the only place I could do it was in the Military.  I initially joined the Military to fly helicopters but never got around to it.”

Tell us a little about your aviation career: “I left the Military in 1995 and joined Swiss Air based in Lanseria. I later joined Comair where I worked for the Commercial Airline Kulula. After two years I joined ExecuJet as Chief Pilot, I then went on to fly in Lagos in Nigeria for a few years before joining the AMS family. My full time appointment with AMS started in Durban, after a while I joined the Cape Town team where I am currently based.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?  “The people that I work with, I love the environment.”

Any special accolades obtained during your aviation career? “I received a few medals while I was in the Military. I received the PRO PATRIA MEDAL CUNENE for participation in Operation SAVANNAH in Angola.”  The following conditions were set out for the awarding of the medal: The recipients would have to have been involved in combat or a skirmish or combat situation or an incident caused by enemy activities, or have participated in a specific operation acknowledged by the Minister of Defence, or have served continuous period of 55 days or 90 days non-continuous duty in an operational area.

“I also received the Chief of the Defence Force’s Commendation Medal, awarded for planning and execution to establish exploration in Angola. The one medal I am the proudest of is the one I received for Bravery in 1981 - The Honoris Crux. I received this while working on Operation Protea (Operation Protea was a military operation during the South African Border War and Angolan Civil War).The decoration was awarded to members of the South African Defence Force for bravery in dangerous circumstances 

What do you do in your spare time? “I try to play golf, my wife and I love camping! The best place to be is to camp in the middle of nowhere, sit on my chair with a glass of red wine.”

What are some of the interesting places where you have camped? “Mokala situated on the South-West of Kimberley and the Kgalagadi located within the Southern Kalahari Desert – I absolutely love this place.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Red wine and biltong.”

What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “When I was a pupil pilot in 1973 the Chief Instructor told us: when in doubt there is no doubt. If you are in doubt don’t continue with your mission. One saying that I will always remember is: I would rather sit on the ground wishing I was in the air than in the air wishing I was on the ground.”

Any motto you live by? “Take life as it comes, day by day.”

What is the one thing you want to do when you retire? “Travel around South Africa with my wife. There is so much to see and explore in our country. Travelling teaches you to live in the moment.”

Amongst all Danie’s accolades the most recently accolade obtained is that of Grandpa! We trust your beautiful granddaughter will bring you lots of joy and happiness.

Meet our team ... Senior Fixed Wing Pilot
  • Danie Laubscher
  • Danie Laubscher

Meet our team ... Senior Fixed Wing Pilot

An individual with a wealth of knowledge, years of flying experience coupled with a streak of unpredictable adventure is exactly how to describe Danie Laubscher, Senior Fixed Wing Pilot based at the AMS’ Cape Town operation. Although Danie has been permanently employed since 2014, his involvement with the organisation dates back to 1998 while he was working for Swiss Air. Danie’s journey started with the AMS when he did the conversions of the AMS pilots when the organisation started operating the Pilatus PC 12 fixed wing aircraft. Danie was also involved with the Flying Doctor Service in KwaZulu-Natal before its official inception. He did the first flight with the management team from Durban International to Matatiele.

Among many of Danie’s interesting and memorable stories having the privilege of flying World Leaders and the King of Pop is definitely worth getting to know this pilot better. Danie had the privilege of flying Nelson Mandela and President Kagame (President of Rwanda) on a few occasions. He flew President Kagame for two years to Germany, England and America to mention a few destinations. In 1997 Danie also flew the King of Pop, Michael Jackson from the AMS Cape Town Base to Sun City.

Here’s a look into Danie’s life …

Where did you grow up: “I grew up in Nigeria and moved to Calvinia in the Northern Cape in South Africa at the age of 5 with my parents.”  

How did you get into aviation, is it something you always wanted to do: “My career in aviation started in 1973 with the Military.  After completing high school I decided I wanted to fly and at that time the only place I could do it was in the Military.  I initially joined the Military to fly helicopters but never got around to it.”

Tell us a little about your aviation career: “I left the Military in 1995 and joined Swiss Air based in Lanseria. I later joined Comair where I worked for the Commercial Airline Kulula. After two years I joined ExecuJet as Chief Pilot, I then went on to fly in Lagos in Nigeria for a few years before joining the AMS family. My full time appointment with AMS started in Durban, after a while I joined the Cape Town team where I am currently based.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?  “The people that I work with, I love the environment.”

Any special accolades obtained during your aviation career? “I received a few medals while I was in the Military. I received the PRO PATRIA MEDAL CUNENE for participation in Operation SAVANNAH in Angola.”  The following conditions were set out for the awarding of the medal: The recipients would have to have been involved in combat or a skirmish or combat situation or an incident caused by enemy activities, or have participated in a specific operation acknowledged by the Minister of Defence, or have served continuous period of 55 days or 90 days non-continuous duty in an operational area.

“I also received the Chief of the Defence Force’s Commendation Medal, awarded for planning and execution to establish exploration in Angola. The one medal I am the proudest of is the one I received for Bravery in 1981 - The Honoris Crux. I received this while working on Operation Protea (Operation Protea was a military operation during the South African Border War and Angolan Civil War).The decoration was awarded to members of the South African Defence Force for bravery in dangerous circumstances 

What do you do in your spare time? “I try to play golf, my wife and I love camping! The best place to be is to camp in the middle of nowhere, sit on my chair with a glass of red wine.”

What are some of the interesting places where you have camped? “Mokala situated on the South-West of Kimberley and the Kgalagadi located within the Southern Kalahari Desert – I absolutely love this place.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Red wine and biltong.”

What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “When I was a pupil pilot in 1973 the Chief Instructor told us: when in doubt there is no doubt. If you are in doubt don’t continue with your mission. One saying that I will always remember is: I would rather sit on the ground wishing I was in the air than in the air wishing I was on the ground.”

Any motto you live by? “Take life as it comes, day by day.”

What is the one thing you want to do when you retire? “Travel around South Africa with my wife. There is so much to see and explore in our country. Travelling teaches you to live in the moment.”

Amongst all Danie’s accolades the most recently accolade obtained is that of Grandpa! We trust your beautiful granddaughter will bring you lots of joy and happiness.

Nokuthula Mchunu
  • Nokuthula Mchunu

Staff focus - Flying Doctor Service

The AMS in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Health provide delivery of appropriate and effective healthcare to rural communities by flying both specialists as well as healthcare support personnel – many of whom are volunteers - to outlying hospitals. This flagship programme called ‘The Flying Doctor Outreach Service’ provides specialist support to both district and secondary level hospitals in the outlying areas of KZN. This service started on the 1st of June 1998 and currently delivers specialist services to approximately 16 000 patients annually. The effective co-ordination and management of this programme is achieved through the tireless work of the various individuals in the ground team. Today we chat to Nokuthula Mchunu also known as Noks. Nokuthula has been with the AMS for seven years and fulfils the role of Flying Doctor Service Assistant. Her role involves looking after the Department and ensuring that this service runs smoothly.

Here’s a peep into her world …Where did you grow up? Tell us a little about your background. “I was born in KZN in a small town called Empangeni. I come from a family of three children.  At the age of 5 my family moved to in a small township in Durban called Lamontville where I grew up.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The experience I’ve gained and things I’ve learnt over the years makes me enjoy my job. I thoroughly enjoy working with the pilots – it really helps me learn so much about aviation. Working with the doctors on the outreach clinics helps me understand and appreciate the great work the doctors do out there.”   

What do you do in your spare time? “I read a lot, watch movies, listen to music and I love going out with friends and family.”

What would you say are the key characteristics for a person to be able to fulfil the position you currently fulfil in the organisation? “The ability to cope and work under pressure, the ability to prioritise tasks, multitask and manage conflicting demands, work as part of a team, and be able work without supervision.” 

What is your future plans/your dreams/ambitions, where do you see yourself in the future? “I see myself growing into a supervisor or manager where I will be able to use my skills to support others.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “When I woke up this morning I thanked God for giving me another chance in life, for me to experience His great love towards me and to enjoy His blessings.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Well, ice cream must be the number one indulgence, as a child I could eat a full cup and not feel sick afterwards. Second in line is definitely pizza oh and of course chocolate, every kind and flavour, as much as I can.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Rather struggle and work hard for everything you have than have someone tell me you wouldn’t have had that if it wasn’t for me.”

Any motto you live by? “Surround yourself with people that push you to be and do better.”

Staff focus - Flying Doctor Service
  • Nokuthula Mchunu

Staff focus - Flying Doctor Service

The AMS in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Health provide delivery of appropriate and effective healthcare to rural communities by flying both specialists as well as healthcare support personnel – many of whom are volunteers - to outlying hospitals. This flagship programme called ‘The Flying Doctor Outreach Service’ provides specialist support to both district and secondary level hospitals in the outlying areas of KZN. This service started on the 1st of June 1998 and currently delivers specialist services to approximately 16 000 patients annually. The effective co-ordination and management of this programme is achieved through the tireless work of the various individuals in the ground team. Today we chat to Nokuthula Mchunu also known as Noks. Nokuthula has been with the AMS for seven years and fulfils the role of Flying Doctor Service Assistant. Her role involves looking after the Department and ensuring that this service runs smoothly.

Here’s a peep into her world …Where did you grow up? Tell us a little about your background. “I was born in KZN in a small town called Empangeni. I come from a family of three children.  At the age of 5 my family moved to in a small township in Durban called Lamontville where I grew up.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The experience I’ve gained and things I’ve learnt over the years makes me enjoy my job. I thoroughly enjoy working with the pilots – it really helps me learn so much about aviation. Working with the doctors on the outreach clinics helps me understand and appreciate the great work the doctors do out there.”   

What do you do in your spare time? “I read a lot, watch movies, listen to music and I love going out with friends and family.”

What would you say are the key characteristics for a person to be able to fulfil the position you currently fulfil in the organisation? “The ability to cope and work under pressure, the ability to prioritise tasks, multitask and manage conflicting demands, work as part of a team, and be able work without supervision.” 

What is your future plans/your dreams/ambitions, where do you see yourself in the future? “I see myself growing into a supervisor or manager where I will be able to use my skills to support others.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “When I woke up this morning I thanked God for giving me another chance in life, for me to experience His great love towards me and to enjoy His blessings.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Well, ice cream must be the number one indulgence, as a child I could eat a full cup and not feel sick afterwards. Second in line is definitely pizza oh and of course chocolate, every kind and flavour, as much as I can.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Rather struggle and work hard for everything you have than have someone tell me you wouldn’t have had that if it wasn’t for me.”

Any motto you live by? “Surround yourself with people that push you to be and do better.”

Meet our team ... he has been with the AMS for almost two decades

A progressive organisation with its roots entrenched to invest in the development of people is one of the descriptions that fits our organisation. Our staff member featured today is testimony to this, his role has evolved with time. Gary McCormick who fulfills the role of Quality Manager and Technical Support has been with the organisation just four years shy of two decades. Here’s a look into Gary’s world…

Tell us a little about your growth in the organisation/how did your career start in the aero-medical field? “My time in the aero-medical field started during my military conscription where I was fortunate to fulfill the non-combatant roles of an ICU medical orderly and aero-medical retrieval team member. This was where a good friend of mine introduced me to the course brochure for the National Diploma in Emergency Medical Care – which sold me on the diversity of this vocation from patient care, to vehicle extrication, mountain and sea rescue and of course the aero-medical environment to mention a few - and of course help people in need whilst learning how to do all of these activities. After qualifying I was employed in the then Natal Provincial Ambulance Service as a response paramedic and shortly afterwards another taste of the aero-medical field and got hooked when I realised that I could arrive at a patient’s side a lot quicker and with less adrenaline pumping through my body from the ground response, as well as the ability to literally extend my wings to reach those in need in remote environments. It wasn’t long before I moved to the Free State with a young family to pursue an aero-medical based career in a light helicopter and aeroplane service as well as the better remuneration package in a public-private venture linked to the highlands water scheme. After a few blessed years in the highlands, we decided after a springtime family holiday in the beautiful Cape, to transfer into the private aero-medical sector in Cape Town. It was here I learned about service coordination, international flights and managing a small team of co-workers. But it was not long before the “fickle nature” of private aero-medical services resulted in me jumping planes to another private service and then again into the welcoming arms of the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS). I came into the AMS as a helicopter flight paramedic and over the years had the privilege of working with fantastic colleagues who valued the humanitarian principles of service delivery across the air ambulance health outreach and rescue domain. 
After a tragic event in our history, my career path changed direction into the developmental role of both professional and technical support, which meandered further into my current role of quality assurance and technical support. It has been an awesome journey so far…”

Describe what you currently do within the organisation: “To keep this brief… I research what our organisational regulations / standards of compliance are, then work together with my colleagues from all AMS departments, although mainly in operations, flight operations, maintenance and training, to establish the systems to ensure we comply with our regulatory requirements and deliver on our client / customer needs, all in support of patient care. The last component of my work is the measurement of our success through internal and external audits together with recommendations for continued improvement towards our organisational goals.”

Where did you grow up, tell us a little about your background: “I was raised, just on the east of Johannesburg (eGoli) by God fearing parents and survived my childhood both in-thanks to and yet also in-spite-of my two elder brothers. But I grew up to a large extent in the Boy Scout Movement and of course once I left home and ventured off to Durban by the sea to study. My growing up has been a lifelong process and I am sure I’ve still got a way to go…”

What do you do in your spare time? “Seriously, who has this…. between my loving gorgeous wife a full house of 3 children -24yr old daughter + boyfriend, 20year old son and 18yr old Matric daughter, 2 dogs, 7 cats (all my wife’s)… I have not had much spare time to enjoy life outside of work and parental duties…. I try to squeeze in some squash, time with friends, family and church…. but ‘our season’ is changing and my wife and I are looking forward to engaging with the outdoors again after some 25yrs (like a blink of the eye)!”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The end result of all our collective efforts…. making a positive difference in the lives of those we touch!”

What is on your bedside table? “My watch, cell phone - with a number of useful apps – Bible, calendar, weather, news, WhatsApp, email, etc.…, it’s been awhile since a novel has been there although I’m looking forward to that again… oh and my hay fever meds.”

What are your future plans? “To master my current space and then to look for new territory / challenges, along with a shift in my emphasis to spend time with loved ones…. maybe I’m getting old, not!”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What time is it…. trying to work late last night was a bad idea…”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Family…. and just perhaps more chocolate than exercise.”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “I’m really trying hard to be a better listener.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Know whose you are. Secondly that any job is really about working with people… Dr PE Erasmus (2001).”

Any motto you live by? “Do my best, to leave things better than how I found them!”

Meet our team ... he has been with the AMS for almost two decades

Meet our team ... he has been with the AMS for almost two decades

A progressive organisation with its roots entrenched to invest in the development of people is one of the descriptions that fits our organisation. Our staff member featured today is testimony to this, his role has evolved with time. Gary McCormick who fulfills the role of Quality Manager and Technical Support has been with the organisation just four years shy of two decades. Here’s a look into Gary’s world…

Tell us a little about your growth in the organisation/how did your career start in the aero-medical field? “My time in the aero-medical field started during my military conscription where I was fortunate to fulfill the non-combatant roles of an ICU medical orderly and aero-medical retrieval team member. This was where a good friend of mine introduced me to the course brochure for the National Diploma in Emergency Medical Care – which sold me on the diversity of this vocation from patient care, to vehicle extrication, mountain and sea rescue and of course the aero-medical environment to mention a few - and of course help people in need whilst learning how to do all of these activities. After qualifying I was employed in the then Natal Provincial Ambulance Service as a response paramedic and shortly afterwards another taste of the aero-medical field and got hooked when I realised that I could arrive at a patient’s side a lot quicker and with less adrenaline pumping through my body from the ground response, as well as the ability to literally extend my wings to reach those in need in remote environments. It wasn’t long before I moved to the Free State with a young family to pursue an aero-medical based career in a light helicopter and aeroplane service as well as the better remuneration package in a public-private venture linked to the highlands water scheme. After a few blessed years in the highlands, we decided after a springtime family holiday in the beautiful Cape, to transfer into the private aero-medical sector in Cape Town. It was here I learned about service coordination, international flights and managing a small team of co-workers. But it was not long before the “fickle nature” of private aero-medical services resulted in me jumping planes to another private service and then again into the welcoming arms of the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS). I came into the AMS as a helicopter flight paramedic and over the years had the privilege of working with fantastic colleagues who valued the humanitarian principles of service delivery across the air ambulance health outreach and rescue domain. 
After a tragic event in our history, my career path changed direction into the developmental role of both professional and technical support, which meandered further into my current role of quality assurance and technical support. It has been an awesome journey so far…”

Describe what you currently do within the organisation: “To keep this brief… I research what our organisational regulations / standards of compliance are, then work together with my colleagues from all AMS departments, although mainly in operations, flight operations, maintenance and training, to establish the systems to ensure we comply with our regulatory requirements and deliver on our client / customer needs, all in support of patient care. The last component of my work is the measurement of our success through internal and external audits together with recommendations for continued improvement towards our organisational goals.”

Where did you grow up, tell us a little about your background: “I was raised, just on the east of Johannesburg (eGoli) by God fearing parents and survived my childhood both in-thanks to and yet also in-spite-of my two elder brothers. But I grew up to a large extent in the Boy Scout Movement and of course once I left home and ventured off to Durban by the sea to study. My growing up has been a lifelong process and I am sure I’ve still got a way to go…”

What do you do in your spare time? “Seriously, who has this…. between my loving gorgeous wife a full house of 3 children -24yr old daughter + boyfriend, 20year old son and 18yr old Matric daughter, 2 dogs, 7 cats (all my wife’s)… I have not had much spare time to enjoy life outside of work and parental duties…. I try to squeeze in some squash, time with friends, family and church…. but ‘our season’ is changing and my wife and I are looking forward to engaging with the outdoors again after some 25yrs (like a blink of the eye)!”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The end result of all our collective efforts…. making a positive difference in the lives of those we touch!”

What is on your bedside table? “My watch, cell phone - with a number of useful apps – Bible, calendar, weather, news, WhatsApp, email, etc.…, it’s been awhile since a novel has been there although I’m looking forward to that again… oh and my hay fever meds.”

What are your future plans? “To master my current space and then to look for new territory / challenges, along with a shift in my emphasis to spend time with loved ones…. maybe I’m getting old, not!”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What time is it…. trying to work late last night was a bad idea…”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Family…. and just perhaps more chocolate than exercise.”

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “I’m really trying hard to be a better listener.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Know whose you are. Secondly that any job is really about working with people… Dr PE Erasmus (2001).”

Any motto you live by? “Do my best, to leave things better than how I found them!”

Staff focus - ACSA 24 hour ground ambulance service

The AMS manage and oversee the critical ground ambulance and occupational health service of ACSA (Airports Company of South Africa) at the national key point situated at Cape Town International Airport. This service is provided to the airport users, ACSA employees, operators and sub-contractors in the airport precinct and surrounds. Today we chat to one of the crew working on the 24hour ground ambulance response unit … Bongani, affectionately known in our organisation as Bongs. Bongs fulfils the role of Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) on the ACSA Ambulance and has been with the organisation for four years. We got a little closer to Bongs and here’s what he had to say …

Where did you grow up, tell us a little about your background. “I was born in KwaZulu-Natal in a suburb called Ashdown, l come from a family of four children, two brothers and two sisters who are self-employed.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I love reading, I enjoy going to movies and spending some time in the gym. I also enjoy going to the beach.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I enjoy treating patients, the more critical patients you treat provides you with more experience.”

What kind of music do you like? “I like R&B and jazz.”

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

What is the best gift anyone has ever given you? “My greatest gift l ever received was a house from my brother.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “The best piece of advice I got was from my dad, he always said never bother yourself about things that you can never change. By doing so you will enjoy to be in this world.”

Any motto you live by? “Never stress yourself about people who do not add value in your life.”

 


 

Staff focus - ACSA 24 hour ground ambulance service

Staff focus - ACSA 24 hour ground ambulance service

The AMS manage and oversee the critical ground ambulance and occupational health service of ACSA (Airports Company of South Africa) at the national key point situated at Cape Town International Airport. This service is provided to the airport users, ACSA employees, operators and sub-contractors in the airport precinct and surrounds. Today we chat to one of the crew working on the 24hour ground ambulance response unit … Bongani, affectionately known in our organisation as Bongs. Bongs fulfils the role of Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) on the ACSA Ambulance and has been with the organisation for four years. We got a little closer to Bongs and here’s what he had to say …

Where did you grow up, tell us a little about your background. “I was born in KwaZulu-Natal in a suburb called Ashdown, l come from a family of four children, two brothers and two sisters who are self-employed.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I love reading, I enjoy going to movies and spending some time in the gym. I also enjoy going to the beach.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I enjoy treating patients, the more critical patients you treat provides you with more experience.”

What kind of music do you like? “I like R&B and jazz.”

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

What is the best gift anyone has ever given you? “My greatest gift l ever received was a house from my brother.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “The best piece of advice I got was from my dad, he always said never bother yourself about things that you can never change. By doing so you will enjoy to be in this world.”

Any motto you live by? “Never stress yourself about people who do not add value in your life.”

 


 

Meet the team ... visiting the National Operations Centre (NOC)

The ‘heartbeat’ of the AMS is its National Operations Centre (NOC). This department relies on a small dedicated team of flight co-ordinators & assistants to ensure delivery of the appropriate resource to any persons in need of specialised air ambulance and rescue assistance. The NOC is also the information centre of AMS and is responsible for collecting, recording and distributing information to AMS Management, our partners and clients. Today we touch base with one of the NOC assistants Blossom Dziba, who assists the NOC coordinators with flight following and flight coordination. Blossom grew up in Gugulethu (Cape Town) and has been with the organisation for 10 months, she completed her Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) and Basic Medical Rescue (BMR) courses. Blossom holds a National Certificate in communication. She is also a mother to two young vibrant boys. Let’s get to know Blossom a little better …

What do you do in your spare time? “I enjoy relaxing, watching movies and spending time with friends.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I enjoy communicating with new and different people – communicating with individuals in the EMS sector as well as other sectors.  It gives me peace of mind knowing that I have provided a service that saves people’s lives.”

What would you say are the key characteristics for a person to be able to fulfil the position you currently fulfil in the organisation? “You must be a team player, a fast learner with good listening skills.”

What is your future plans/your dreams/ambitions, where do you see yourself in the future? “I would like to travel and advance in my education that will allow me to better my career.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Pray to God that I am still alive and I have a job.”

What kind of music do you listen to?  “Mostly R&B and whatever is playing on the radio I enjoy.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “I love indulging in sweet chocolate cake!”

What is the best gift anyone has ever given you? “My friend’s husband gave me his brand new car to test drive and when my best friend gave me a Christmas card with beautiful encouraging words on it.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Always stay true to yourself and be the best person you can be.”

Any motto you live by? “Treat people the same way as you would want to be treated.”

We hope you will grow within your position and in the organisation Blossom. May you continue to brighten the NOC with your infectious laughter.

Meet the team ... visiting the National Operations Centre (NOC)

Meet the team ... visiting the National Operations Centre (NOC)

The ‘heartbeat’ of the AMS is its National Operations Centre (NOC). This department relies on a small dedicated team of flight co-ordinators & assistants to ensure delivery of the appropriate resource to any persons in need of specialised air ambulance and rescue assistance. The NOC is also the information centre of AMS and is responsible for collecting, recording and distributing information to AMS Management, our partners and clients. Today we touch base with one of the NOC assistants Blossom Dziba, who assists the NOC coordinators with flight following and flight coordination. Blossom grew up in Gugulethu (Cape Town) and has been with the organisation for 10 months, she completed her Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) and Basic Medical Rescue (BMR) courses. Blossom holds a National Certificate in communication. She is also a mother to two young vibrant boys. Let’s get to know Blossom a little better …

What do you do in your spare time? “I enjoy relaxing, watching movies and spending time with friends.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I enjoy communicating with new and different people – communicating with individuals in the EMS sector as well as other sectors.  It gives me peace of mind knowing that I have provided a service that saves people’s lives.”

What would you say are the key characteristics for a person to be able to fulfil the position you currently fulfil in the organisation? “You must be a team player, a fast learner with good listening skills.”

What is your future plans/your dreams/ambitions, where do you see yourself in the future? “I would like to travel and advance in my education that will allow me to better my career.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Pray to God that I am still alive and I have a job.”

What kind of music do you listen to?  “Mostly R&B and whatever is playing on the radio I enjoy.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “I love indulging in sweet chocolate cake!”

What is the best gift anyone has ever given you? “My friend’s husband gave me his brand new car to test drive and when my best friend gave me a Christmas card with beautiful encouraging words on it.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Always stay true to yourself and be the best person you can be.”

Any motto you live by? “Treat people the same way as you would want to be treated.”

We hope you will grow within your position and in the organisation Blossom. May you continue to brighten the NOC with your infectious laughter.

Mervyn October
  • Mervyn October

Meet our team ... he looks after our aircraft

Diversity is definitely one word to describe the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS). We offer a quality, value added service to the communities in which we operate, but this would definitely not be possible without our dynamic group of dedicated people working together to make this service what it is. One of the organisation’s critical departments is the Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO). This Department’s responsibility is to maintain the AMS aircraft in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and the Civil Aviation Authorities’ (CAA) Regulations. This team ensures that the aircraft is safe, serviceable and flying. Today we take a look inside Mervyn October’s world. Mervyn has been with the organisation for four years and is a Qualified Aircraft Structural Technician. Mervyn fulfils one of the most important roles within the AMO and that is to keep the structure of the aircraft intact. Mervyn also tied the knot recently. We wish you and your family a happy married life Mervyn.

What is your role within the AMO? “I do a bit of everything. I am a Qualified Aircraft Structural Technician – almost like an aircraft panel beater, it basically means looking after the air frame. I am also the AMO Safety officer. This provides a platform for the AMO crew to raise safety concerns in order for me to address it with the Safety Manager. I am also part of the AMO Apprenticeship programme in order to become an aircraft mechanic as a second trade to assist the engineers with daily aircraft maintenance.”

How did you get into this career?  “I am grateful for the opportunity I received at the previous company I used to work. My uncle also played a huge role in my career. Some days it was more difficult than others, as I was away from home, but I persevered and finished. Still today, I am thankful for the opportunities that comes my way, I always try to improve myself, my message to the youth is: if you want, you can, there will always be a way!”

Where did you grow up, tell us a little about your background: “I was born and bred in Ravensmead, Cape Town. As a youngster I enjoyed skateboarding, riding bicycle as far as Muizenberg and many days riding my bicycles past school! I had fun growing up as a child, I am the oldest of three”.

What do you do in your spare time? “If I could I would just relax. My spare time is usually spent working on cars. I would love to spend it with my kids -when I have time I spend it with them.”

 

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I love everything about it. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

 

What is your future plans/your dreams/ambitions, where do you see yourself in the future? “In the organisation: to become an Aircraft Mechanical Technician and to grow in the field of Safety Management.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “It is nice to have my kids and family with me.”

What kind of music do you like? “I don’t have a specific type that I like, I listen to whatever makes me feel good at that moment. I do however love Hillsongs.”

What item in your closet do you wear the most? “Definitely my tracksuit pants. My favourite item is my green Lacoste sweater my wife bought me.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Pork rashers, skilpadjies (Is a traditional South African food. The dish is lamb's liver wrapped in netvet - caul fat) and a green salad.

What is the best gift anyone has ever given you? “Must be my kids.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Don’t leave what you can do today for tomorrow. Famous words by AMO manager, Marc Lawson.”

Any motto you live by? “Live each day for today” be happy, spread love every day.”

Any exotic places you travelled to: “My most recent travels took me to Pakistan. although it was work related I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I fell in love with the place, its people and definitely their food. You get served the most delicious Biryani (a mixed rice dish). My views of Pakistan is definitely not what is being portrayed in the media, this is a place I will definitely visit again.”

Meet our team ... he looks after our aircraft
  • Mervyn October

Meet our team ... he looks after our aircraft

Diversity is definitely one word to describe the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS). We offer a quality, value added service to the communities in which we operate, but this would definitely not be possible without our dynamic group of dedicated people working together to make this service what it is. One of the organisation’s critical departments is the Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO). This Department’s responsibility is to maintain the AMS aircraft in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and the Civil Aviation Authorities’ (CAA) Regulations. This team ensures that the aircraft is safe, serviceable and flying. Today we take a look inside Mervyn October’s world. Mervyn has been with the organisation for four years and is a Qualified Aircraft Structural Technician. Mervyn fulfils one of the most important roles within the AMO and that is to keep the structure of the aircraft intact. Mervyn also tied the knot recently. We wish you and your family a happy married life Mervyn.

What is your role within the AMO? “I do a bit of everything. I am a Qualified Aircraft Structural Technician – almost like an aircraft panel beater, it basically means looking after the air frame. I am also the AMO Safety officer. This provides a platform for the AMO crew to raise safety concerns in order for me to address it with the Safety Manager. I am also part of the AMO Apprenticeship programme in order to become an aircraft mechanic as a second trade to assist the engineers with daily aircraft maintenance.”

How did you get into this career?  “I am grateful for the opportunity I received at the previous company I used to work. My uncle also played a huge role in my career. Some days it was more difficult than others, as I was away from home, but I persevered and finished. Still today, I am thankful for the opportunities that comes my way, I always try to improve myself, my message to the youth is: if you want, you can, there will always be a way!”

Where did you grow up, tell us a little about your background: “I was born and bred in Ravensmead, Cape Town. As a youngster I enjoyed skateboarding, riding bicycle as far as Muizenberg and many days riding my bicycles past school! I had fun growing up as a child, I am the oldest of three”.

What do you do in your spare time? “If I could I would just relax. My spare time is usually spent working on cars. I would love to spend it with my kids -when I have time I spend it with them.”

 

What do you enjoy most about your job? “I love everything about it. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

 

What is your future plans/your dreams/ambitions, where do you see yourself in the future? “In the organisation: to become an Aircraft Mechanical Technician and to grow in the field of Safety Management.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “It is nice to have my kids and family with me.”

What kind of music do you like? “I don’t have a specific type that I like, I listen to whatever makes me feel good at that moment. I do however love Hillsongs.”

What item in your closet do you wear the most? “Definitely my tracksuit pants. My favourite item is my green Lacoste sweater my wife bought me.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Pork rashers, skilpadjies (Is a traditional South African food. The dish is lamb's liver wrapped in netvet - caul fat) and a green salad.

What is the best gift anyone has ever given you? “Must be my kids.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Don’t leave what you can do today for tomorrow. Famous words by AMO manager, Marc Lawson.”

Any motto you live by? “Live each day for today” be happy, spread love every day.”

Any exotic places you travelled to: “My most recent travels took me to Pakistan. although it was work related I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I fell in love with the place, its people and definitely their food. You get served the most delicious Biryani (a mixed rice dish). My views of Pakistan is definitely not what is being portrayed in the media, this is a place I will definitely visit again.”