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One of the most re­spected pro­fes­sion is that of a doc­tor. Peo­ple re­spect and have com­plete faith in doc­tors when­ever they are fac­ing dread­ful sit­u­a­tions in their lives. If you have the urge to be­come a doc­tor and save peo­ple’s lives, then you need to have ded­i­ca­tion and should be ca­pa­ble of do­ing hard work. In this is­sue, we talk to one of the great­est Avi­a­tion Doc­tors who’s very ded­i­cated to his ca­reer.

Tell us, why did you choose to be a doc­tor?

I strongly be­lieve that be­ing a doc­tor is a call­ing more than a choice. It is too de­mand­ing with high ex­pec­ta­tions and a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity. So I chose to fol­low the call­ing be­cause it was the right thing. Since early child­hood I was pas­sion­ate about help­ing oth­ers and as I grew, the only ca­reer that struck me was medicine.

What are the unique and dif­fer­ent skills you have as an avi­a­tion med. Doc­tor com­pared to other med­i­cal doc­tors?

It’s ba­si­cally an ex­ten­sion of ba­sic medicine with spe­cial con­cen­tra­tion on avi­a­tion en­vi­ron­ment and pos­si­ble ef­fects on the hu­man body. An ex­am­ple would be pa­tient trans­port. Trans­port­ing a pa­tient by air am­bu­lance is dif­fer­ent from ground and one need to have the knowledge and skill to per­form such du­ties for a good out­come.

Big­gest high­lights of your ca­reer so far.

It’s an al­most not walked ter­ri­tory so the journey is awe­some ev­ery day. Ev­ery minute is a learn­ing op­por­tu­nity. I get to travel a lot and meet dif­fer­ent peo­ple from around the world.

Hav­ing to deal with peo­ple can be frus­trat­ing for oth­ers, how do you make sure that ev­ery­one you see leaves with a smile on their face?

“Do unto oth­ers as you would have them do unto you”; that is my ap­proach to ev­ery­one. The aim is to do good for ev­ery­one. Com­mu­ni­cate. Be pa­tient and car­ing. Show en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion. Lastly, al­ways carry a smile; it goes a long way.

How would you de­scribe your day on duty?

It’s medicine; each day is dif­fer­ent rang­ing from a calm day to a to­tal chaotic/hec­tic day.

I do med­i­cal as­sess­ments for avi­a­tion crew fit­ness to per­form du­ties and re­spond to any med­i­cal emer­gen­cies that need air evac­u­a­tions (pa­tient trans­port).

Many young peo­ple would love to do what you are do­ing, what ad­vice can you give?

Study medicine as en­try. From then you just need to be in love with the field then you can join. There is a few cour­ses to go through like any other spe­cial­ity.

What do you ba­si­cally do as a jour­nal­ist?

I pro­duce sto­ries for the SABC, I re­search my own sto­ries then pitch them to an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and only then pur­sue the sub­ject (the main per­son for my story). I then go on to shoot the whole story af­ter plan­ning the treat­ment of the story. There­after go off­line edit­ing and af­ter that go on post- pro­duc­tion which is online edit­ing, have view­ings with the en­tire team of pro­duc­ers to get their feed­back on the edited ver­sion of the story. If there are no changes then I pro­ceed to au­dio fi­nal mix­ing, which is where I do the voice over for the en­tire show. Last but not least go in stu­dio to play out ev­ery­thing with a pre­sen­ter.

What are the chal­lenges of be­ing a jour­nal­ist?

Time is the big­gest chal­lenge. Most sto­ries need more re­search and time to go pre- in­ter­view the sub­jects and see if ev­ery­thing they are telling you is le­git. Some­times not hav­ing enough time can make you re­port on false in­for­ma­tion.

What are the ben­e­fits of be­ing a jour­nal­ist?

Uh­mmm, well de­pend­ing on your beat, but mine are get­ting in­vites to events and in­ter­view­ing all types of peo­ple. In­ter­view­ing Bil­lion­aires and even the peo­ple on the streets get­ting first hand un­der­stand­ing of how their lives are.

How would you de­scribe your day on duty?

My day dif­fers ev­ery day. In fact I work on a weekly so one week I would be re­search­ing, then the next shoot­ing and so forth only be­cause I do 24 minute doc­u­men­taries.

Tell us about a time when you showed de­ter­mi­na­tion to fin­ish a story.

I did a 24 minute doc­u­men­tary in two days that was a very tight one. I had to drive to Pre­to­ria in Soshanguve to pro­file a man named Irvin he sells achar and sup­ports his fam­ily through that. Here’s a link of how the story turned out https://youtu.be/P2Z3b­jP­ja5I

If given an as­sign­ment to write about a non-cur­rent event, what topic would you choose?

Well I al­ready do sto­ries that are time­less, so maybe I can choose to dis­cuss about in­spir­ing sto­ries of peo­ple that come from hum­ble be­gin­nings. I am more in­ter­ested in the how peo­ple start or where peo­ple come from any hu­man in­ter­est story, ba­si­cally sto­ries that touch lives.

What do you think about our cur­rent me­dia in­dus­try?

I think we are in a space where ev­ery­thing goes re­ally but must be care­ful be­cause you need to ac­count for ev­ery­thing that you say. We have de­hu­man­ised our lives and live for so­cial me­dia and the me­dia in one way or the other is con­don­ing it. So we are in a lib­eral space.

Looking at the ma­jor events from 2017, which one would you have loved to work on?

The femi­cide sto­ries were quite big last year and would have loved to re­port on that or even do an ex­ten­sive re­search on the why or rather what pushes a man to kill a woman.

Big­gest high­lights of your ca­reer.

Oh wow that is a big ques­tion, I have a lot of high­lights but cur­rently my high­light is the Sam Nz­ima doc­u­men­tary I did. I stand to be alerted but I am by far the only jour­nal­ist that has pro­filed the life and journey of Sam Nz­ima.

What ad­vise can you give to some­one who would love to be in the same ca­reer field as you?

Do not be scared by peo­ple, never lis­ten to any­one about what you want. In this in­dus­try you must al­ways be open to learn, school only teaches you the fun­da­men­tals of Jour­nal­ism but on the field and work­ing on dif­fer­ent sto­ries will give and teach you all you need to know about the me­dia.

Nom­buso gives us an in­sight into her ca­reer field as one of South Africa’s great jour­nal­ists.

Dr.S Mbatha says he chose to fol­low the call­ing of be­ing a doc­tor as it was the right thing.

Be­low: With the well-known South African artist from the Nde­bele na­tion, Dr. Es­ther Mahlagu Top left: Nom­buso on set. Be­low: With the well-known South African artist from the Nde­bele na­tion, Dr. Es­ther Mahlagu Be­ing a jour­nal­ist en­ables peo­ple with a...

Top left: Nom­buso on set.

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