AVIATION MEDICAL DOCTOR.
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.