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

4 Walkers back on home soil

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

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

4 Walkers back on home soil

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

Themba Ngaleka
  • Themba Ngaleka

Meet our team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Meet our team
  • Themba Ngaleka

Meet our team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sizeka Mvunge
  • Sizeka Mvunge

Meet our Team ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coffee.”

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

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

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

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

Meet our Team ...
  • Sizeka Mvunge

Meet our Team ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coffee.”

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

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

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

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

Kegan McGregor
  • Kegan McGregor

Meet our Team ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Chocolates."

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

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

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

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

Meet our Team ...
  • Kegan McGregor

Meet our Team ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your greatest indulgence? “Chocolates."

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

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

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

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

Mercy Marathon 2018
  • Mercy Marathon 2018

Walking for a cause ...

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

Walking for a cause ...
  • Mercy Marathon 2018

Walking for a cause ...

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

Yolandi Laing
  • Yolandi Laing

Meet our Team ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet our Team ...
  • Yolandi Laing

Meet our Team ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mohammed Shaik
  • Mohammed Shaik

Team Focus

Today we get to know Mohammed Shaik (affectionately known as Mo), Emergency Care Technician (ECT) and External Load Operator (ELO) operational at our Oudtshoorn base. Mo hails from the Province located in the southeast of the country and has been with the organisation for four years. Here’s a look in his world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and bred in Chatsworth Unit3 KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).  I was accepted to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and that’s when it all started, haven’t looked back since.” 

Were you in any other trade before? “Retail at the Bangladesh market (only Durbanites know where that is).”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Is to become a master knife smith, those guys are real masters of working metal into amazing weapons.” 

What do you do in your spare time? “I used to devote all my non-working hours to falconry.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Flying around in a gorgeous Italian machine.”

What is on your bedside table? “I don’t have one of those.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I wonder if HCG will be back in Oudtshoorn today.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “There’s been a few from signing my contract at AMS to the completion of my ELO training.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “A Tier 1 Special Forces Operator.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Dala what you must my bru.”

Any motto you live by? “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.”  "We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.’’Sura Al-Baqara, Verse 156.

 

 

 

Team Focus
  • Mohammed Shaik

Team Focus

Today we get to know Mohammed Shaik (affectionately known as Mo), Emergency Care Technician (ECT) and External Load Operator (ELO) operational at our Oudtshoorn base. Mo hails from the Province located in the southeast of the country and has been with the organisation for four years. Here’s a look in his world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and bred in Chatsworth Unit3 KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).  I was accepted to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and that’s when it all started, haven’t looked back since.” 

Were you in any other trade before? “Retail at the Bangladesh market (only Durbanites know where that is).”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Is to become a master knife smith, those guys are real masters of working metal into amazing weapons.” 

What do you do in your spare time? “I used to devote all my non-working hours to falconry.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Flying around in a gorgeous Italian machine.”

What is on your bedside table? “I don’t have one of those.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “I wonder if HCG will be back in Oudtshoorn today.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “There’s been a few from signing my contract at AMS to the completion of my ELO training.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “A Tier 1 Special Forces Operator.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Dala what you must my bru.”

Any motto you live by? “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.”  "We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.’’Sura Al-Baqara, Verse 156.

 

 

 

Mercy Marathon
  • Mercy Marathon
  • Mercy Marathon

Walk for hope from Richards Bay to Stellenbosch

The journey of a thousand miles officially began on Saturday, 12 May 2018 for four dedicated walkers. The walkers are currently embarking on the third Mercy Marathon, walking more than 2 000kms from Richards Bay to Stellenbosch. The Mercy Marathon aims to raise awareness and funds for our organisation. Malcolm Johnson (60), one of the founder members are joined by Rudolph Williams (61), Mark Koopman (51) and Franklin Pecur (45) who is currently on day three of the 36 day journey. Together these four individuals have an overwhelming active lifestyle some of which includes completing several walking competitions and 17 Comrades marathons. A commemorative scroll is carried from town to town and will signed by the Mayor of each town.

This morning the team left Durban to start the 81km journey to Pietermaritzburg. We thank these four gentlemen for dedicating their time, leaving their families behind to take to the road for our cause. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to the sponsors for making this walk possible. We wish them a safe and enjoyable journey. Attached please find a copy of the route.

 

Walk for hope from Richards Bay to Stellenbosch
  • Mercy Marathon
  • Mercy Marathon

Walk for hope from Richards Bay to Stellenbosch

The journey of a thousand miles officially began on Saturday, 12 May 2018 for four dedicated walkers. The walkers are currently embarking on the third Mercy Marathon, walking more than 2 000kms from Richards Bay to Stellenbosch. The Mercy Marathon aims to raise awareness and funds for our organisation. Malcolm Johnson (60), one of the founder members are joined by Rudolph Williams (61), Mark Koopman (51) and Franklin Pecur (45) who is currently on day three of the 36 day journey. Together these four individuals have an overwhelming active lifestyle some of which includes completing several walking competitions and 17 Comrades marathons. A commemorative scroll is carried from town to town and will signed by the Mayor of each town.

This morning the team left Durban to start the 81km journey to Pietermaritzburg. We thank these four gentlemen for dedicating their time, leaving their families behind to take to the road for our cause. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to the sponsors for making this walk possible. We wish them a safe and enjoyable journey. Attached please find a copy of the route.

 

Mercy Marathon
  • Mercy Marathon
  • Mercy Marathon

Walk for hope from Richards Bay to Stellenbosch

The journey of a thousand miles officially began on Saturday, 12 May 2018 for four dedicated walkers. The walkers are currently embarking on the third Mercy Marathon, walking more than 2 000kms from Richards Bay to Stellenbosch. The Mercy Marathon aims to raise awareness and funds for our organisation. Malcolm Johnson (60), one of the founder members are joined by Rudolph Williams (61), Mark Koopman (51) and Franklin Pecur (45) who is currently on day three of the 36 day journey. Together these four individuals have an overwhelming active lifestyle some of which includes completing several walking competitions and 17 Comrades marathons. A commemorative scroll is carried from town to town and will signed by the Mayor of each town.

This morning the team left Durban to start the 81km journey to Pietermaritzburg. We thank these four gentlemen for dedicating their time, leaving their families behind to take to the road for our cause. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to the sponsors for making this walk possible. We wish them a safe and enjoyable journey. Attached please find a copy of the route.

 

Walk for hope from Richards Bay to Stellenbosch
  • Mercy Marathon
  • Mercy Marathon

Walk for hope from Richards Bay to Stellenbosch

The journey of a thousand miles officially began on Saturday, 12 May 2018 for four dedicated walkers. The walkers are currently embarking on the third Mercy Marathon, walking more than 2 000kms from Richards Bay to Stellenbosch. The Mercy Marathon aims to raise awareness and funds for our organisation. Malcolm Johnson (60), one of the founder members are joined by Rudolph Williams (61), Mark Koopman (51) and Franklin Pecur (45) who is currently on day three of the 36 day journey. Together these four individuals have an overwhelming active lifestyle some of which includes completing several walking competitions and 17 Comrades marathons. A commemorative scroll is carried from town to town and will signed by the Mayor of each town.

This morning the team left Durban to start the 81km journey to Pietermaritzburg. We thank these four gentlemen for dedicating their time, leaving their families behind to take to the road for our cause. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to the sponsors for making this walk possible. We wish them a safe and enjoyable journey. Attached please find a copy of the route.

 

Table Mountain Rescue 13 May 2018
  • Table Mountain Rescue 13 May 2018
  • Table Mountain Rescue 13 May 2018
  • Table Mountain Rescue 13 May 2018

Four patients airlifted from Table Mountain

Four patients were airlifted by the Western Cape Department of Health EMS/AMS rescue from Woody Buttress on Table Mountain on Sunday 13 May 2018. It was reported that a party of four was hiking when a large boulder dislodged, sadly leaving one patient deceased and one patient critically injured. The injured patient was extracted and taken to hospital by the local road ambulance. Rescue Crew: Captain Donovan Kohl, external load operator Jonathan Groenewald, members of WSAR and METRO rescue. Image courtesy Dr. Matthew Young & Jonathan Groenewald.

Four patients airlifted from Table Mountain
  • Table Mountain Rescue 13 May 2018
  • Table Mountain Rescue 13 May 2018
  • Table Mountain Rescue 13 May 2018

Four patients airlifted from Table Mountain

Four patients were airlifted by the Western Cape Department of Health EMS/AMS rescue from Woody Buttress on Table Mountain on Sunday 13 May 2018. It was reported that a party of four was hiking when a large boulder dislodged, sadly leaving one patient deceased and one patient critically injured. The injured patient was extracted and taken to hospital by the local road ambulance. Rescue Crew: Captain Donovan Kohl, external load operator Jonathan Groenewald, members of WSAR and METRO rescue. Image courtesy Dr. Matthew Young & Jonathan Groenewald.

Lindsey Cyster
  • Lindsey Cyster

Meet our team

Today we get to know Lindsey Cyster, Emergency Care Technician (ECT) and External Load Operator (ELO) based at our Cape Town operation. Lindsey is the private sector’s first rescue female external load operator, here’s a look into her world…

How long have you been with AMS? “I joined the organisation in April of 2014 so to date it will be four years and 25 days.”

Tell us about yourself: “I am a 28 year old female born and bred in Kuils River, Cape Town. I attended Jan Bosman Primary School now known as Kuils River Primary school and matriculated at Kuils River Technical High School. Thereafter I started my tertiary education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) where I completed my Emergency Care Technician (ECT) Course. Then all the responsibilities started... #adulthood. I started working outside Cape Town for about a year as an ECT and moved back to the mother city in 2013 where I worked locally for private ambulance services while patiently waiting to grab my opportunity at AMS.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Mmm… where do I start? At the age of 16 I scored my first job at a promotional company, then started at Mc Donald’s. YES, Mc Donald’s…I worked as an order taker. So besides AMS, that is probably why I would look familiar to some people. I started my studies and worked part time as a bar lady up until I started doing events as a medic and concentrated more on saving lives than flipping burgers and serving drinks.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?  “The ability to let my loved ones see themselves through my eyes... but wait that sounds like a gift. Ok, well definitely fly a helicopter like our amazing rotor wing rescue pilots does #TrolleyLandings.”

What do you do in your spare time?  “Spare time?? Lol. I love riding my motorbike even if I don’t know my destination. As for winter time I am much of a couch potato.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “That I have not flown commercially yet … I always wanted my first flight to be with AMS that happened in 2013. I drive a 1000cc Fireblade motorbike.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Flying and being outdoors most of the time.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What on earth was I dreaming?”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When my childhood dream for wanting to be in the medical field came true.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I wouldn’t trade my career for any other but if I must then I will lecture in my field. I love imparting knowledge onto others about my job as an ECT and an external load operator.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Good music and delish foods.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Faith, self-respect and independence…oops that’s three.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Build a bridge and get over it.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Butterfly, always in one stage or another of development, waiting for the day to fly.”

Any motto you live by? “Seek respect not attention. It lasts longer.”

Meet our team
  • Lindsey Cyster

Meet our team

Today we get to know Lindsey Cyster, Emergency Care Technician (ECT) and External Load Operator (ELO) based at our Cape Town operation. Lindsey is the private sector’s first rescue female external load operator, here’s a look into her world…

How long have you been with AMS? “I joined the organisation in April of 2014 so to date it will be four years and 25 days.”

Tell us about yourself: “I am a 28 year old female born and bred in Kuils River, Cape Town. I attended Jan Bosman Primary School now known as Kuils River Primary school and matriculated at Kuils River Technical High School. Thereafter I started my tertiary education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) where I completed my Emergency Care Technician (ECT) Course. Then all the responsibilities started... #adulthood. I started working outside Cape Town for about a year as an ECT and moved back to the mother city in 2013 where I worked locally for private ambulance services while patiently waiting to grab my opportunity at AMS.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Mmm… where do I start? At the age of 16 I scored my first job at a promotional company, then started at Mc Donald’s. YES, Mc Donald’s…I worked as an order taker. So besides AMS, that is probably why I would look familiar to some people. I started my studies and worked part time as a bar lady up until I started doing events as a medic and concentrated more on saving lives than flipping burgers and serving drinks.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?  “The ability to let my loved ones see themselves through my eyes... but wait that sounds like a gift. Ok, well definitely fly a helicopter like our amazing rotor wing rescue pilots does #TrolleyLandings.”

What do you do in your spare time?  “Spare time?? Lol. I love riding my motorbike even if I don’t know my destination. As for winter time I am much of a couch potato.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “That I have not flown commercially yet … I always wanted my first flight to be with AMS that happened in 2013. I drive a 1000cc Fireblade motorbike.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Flying and being outdoors most of the time.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What on earth was I dreaming?”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When my childhood dream for wanting to be in the medical field came true.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I wouldn’t trade my career for any other but if I must then I will lecture in my field. I love imparting knowledge onto others about my job as an ECT and an external load operator.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Good music and delish foods.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Faith, self-respect and independence…oops that’s three.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Build a bridge and get over it.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Butterfly, always in one stage or another of development, waiting for the day to fly.”

Any motto you live by? “Seek respect not attention. It lasts longer.”

rescuer climber rescued
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Rescue climber airlifted from cliff face

Late yesterday afternoon (06/05/2018) the Western Cape Department of Health EMS/AMS rescue helicopter was dispatched to Valken Buttress on the Twelve Apostles Mountain range. It was reported that one of four rock climbers who were doing traditional rock climbing fell, was stuck and suspended in mid air unable to ascend or descend the ropes. The patient was stuck in the middle of a cliff, three technical rescuers were inserted via hoist directly onto the cliff face. The technical rescuers climbed a section of the cliff to get above the stranded climber. The rescue helicopter extracted the patient, another climber and a rescuer before running out of daylight.
The remaining rescue climbers climbed another 40 vertical meters to reach the other two stranded climbers and lowered them to the bottom of the the cliff face. The ground rescue team walked up to the base of the cliff and walked the other climbers and rescue equipment down. Image and information courtesy: Dr. Matthew Young. Rescue crew: Captain Donovan Kohl, external load operator Ayesha Allies, members of WSAR and METRO rescue.

 

Rescue climber airlifted from cliff face
  • rescuer climber rescued

Rescue climber airlifted from cliff face

Late yesterday afternoon (06/05/2018) the Western Cape Department of Health EMS/AMS rescue helicopter was dispatched to Valken Buttress on the Twelve Apostles Mountain range. It was reported that one of four rock climbers who were doing traditional rock climbing fell, was stuck and suspended in mid air unable to ascend or descend the ropes. The patient was stuck in the middle of a cliff, three technical rescuers were inserted via hoist directly onto the cliff face. The technical rescuers climbed a section of the cliff to get above the stranded climber. The rescue helicopter extracted the patient, another climber and a rescuer before running out of daylight.
The remaining rescue climbers climbed another 40 vertical meters to reach the other two stranded climbers and lowered them to the bottom of the the cliff face. The ground rescue team walked up to the base of the cliff and walked the other climbers and rescue equipment down. Image and information courtesy: Dr. Matthew Young. Rescue crew: Captain Donovan Kohl, external load operator Ayesha Allies, members of WSAR and METRO rescue.