Nolan Naidoo

Although he has only been with us officially since the beginning of July, today’s staff profile feature is not a new face to the AMS family. Nolan Naidoo’s journey with the AMS started way back when he volunteered for the South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) and then later as one of the METRO volunteers working on a rotational basis at AMS. We are thrilled to have Nolan with us full time and hope that he will enjoy his time here. Here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born and bred in Cape Town and have been involved in the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for 18 years. I started volunteering for SARCS in the 1990’s and developed a passion for EMS and later joined the Western Cape Department of Health Emergency Medical Services as a volunteer. I completed the necessary courses in order to further myself and later started working for Netcare for six years. I moved back to the Western Cape Department of Health EMS, then started working at AMS on a rotational basis and fell in love with AMS. I volunteered at AMS for six years before I officially joined the team on a permanent basis in July this year.”

Were you in any other trade before? “No.”

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

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

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “I love cooking, I am a coffee snob.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The interaction with people.”

What is on your bedside table? “Only a lampshade.”

If you could have dinner with people from history, who would they be? “Bob Marley, Ghandi and my late grandfather.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “Everyone is happy that I am off the road and in a safer environment.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The birth of my son.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Professional mountain biker.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Coffee and chocolate.”

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

What is the one quality you feel best describes you? “Caring.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “You carry the consequences of the choices you make.”

Do you have a life philosophy? “Take things easy.”

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