HRDC & MACK AIR DINES OUT
BOTSWANA HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL CAREER FAIR & DINNER
Mack Ais is very proud to have been in partnership with HRDC as one of their sponsors during the 2020 HRDC career fair which was held on the 3rd to 4th March 2020 at Botswana Open University, Maun. The sponsorship was part of Mack Air’s Social Responsibility to give back to the North West Community.
With that Mack Air also had a chance to display their branding on the magazine, official fair platforms, and also a stall at the fair. We also got a chance to give a keynote address at a dinner which was held at Cresta Maun.
DREAMS DO COME TRUE FOR MZALA
We are proud to announce that after being introduced to HRDC and being enlightened of how we as a company can give a helping hand at growing our Team. We have enrolled our very own and made his dreams come true by sponsoring him to become a Pilot.
Oabile Mpho Kabo, well known as Mzala has been part of the Mack Air Team for 3 good years and last year approached the company with an application for Sponsorship to obtain his Commercial license. He had a moment for a short yet interesting interview with the Green Tails Media Crew to share a little about this experience;
– What is your current position at Mack Air?
I am currently working as a Ramp Manager
– When did you realize that you had a passion for flying?
Since I completed my Cambridge in 2008.
– For how long have you been trying to get sponsorship to peruse your dream job?
It has been 10 years now that I have been knocking on the doors seeking for sponsorship.
– How long did it take you to finally get sponsorship to peruse your dream?
It only took 2 months to present and get my dreams answered to.
– How did you get the opportunity to get the Sponsorship with Mack Air?
It all started when I put aside the fright and went through the right channels to secure myself an appointment to seat and ask for sponsorship from Mr Michael Weyl, who was kind enough to hear me out and the rest is history.
– What advise can you give to future pilots or anybody out there with a dream?
The little word I would put for anyone out there is, ”work hard towards your dreams and never give up (THERE WILL NEVER BE
MACK AIR SPONSORS XI MAN
Green Tail continues with its great work in the community of Maun, this time around Mack Air sponsored a well know Soccer Team named XI Man. We got a moment to ask the community soccer team some question and the interview goes as follows;
– When was XI Man formed?
XI Man was formed in August 2009 with about 11 players and that is how the name came about.
– How many members is the team formed of?
Currently, we have about 50 subscribing members and we continue to attract large numbers of people who are interested in following the largely growing movement.
– What inspired the team, to become?
The main idea of the team was to do community works by giving out to the less fortunate people, the other main objective was to spread the word
– How has Mack Airs Sponsorship helped/ improved the team?
The sponsorship from Mack Air has motivated the team and we of now the team is well known and more people are willing to sponsor seeing that the team has done incredibly well in terms of giving back to the community. The team has donated toiletries worth over 30k to Gantsi senior, We also bought spectacles for one of the Sedia Junior School students for a student in the same school. The idea is to continue donating for different schools every year. We took part in the Prize Giving ceremony, with intentions of awarding the best students in sports because we’ve noticed that there are very talented sport students but because they cannot perform well academically, their talent is hardly recognized.
– Any message to the community?
Our message to the community is to edge and encourage people to support social clubs as not all social groups are in it for profits, there is so much community work to be
ONE ON ONE WITH THE KALAHARI FERRARI
Finally, Mack Air gets the opportunity to have a one on one with the Kalahari The Mack Mail Media Crew had an exclusives interview with the motorist
– Please tell us more about Ross and he started off with his off-road motorbike riding?
I was born on the 6th May 1986, I grew up in a small town in the South of Botswana called Jwaneng. I started riding at the age of 4 years old and did my first race at the age of 5.
– Then the switch to flying? How old were you when this happened and what inspired it?
I loved flying from a really young age and I knew that after racing I wanted to fly airplanes. I only had my first flight in a passenger aircraft at the age of 15 and that was an amazing experience, it was a really short flight from Jwaneng to OR Tambo but I loved it.
– How long did it take you to get your Commercial license?
As I had to self fund my pilot’s license it took me a while to save money and between my busy racing calendar and trying to save money I couldn’t fly as often as I would have liked but I never gave up and 4 years after taking my first introduction flight I finally completed my commercial pilot’s license
– Did your racing career ever finance your flying career?
Yes. I started racing professionally at the age of 16 and moved to Europe to
– Mack Air mhm, when did you start working for them?
I was really lucky to get a part-time job with Mack Air in 2016. I had traveled to Maun a few times and on one of my visits I eventually got the courage to ask if Mack Air needed a part-time pilot and luckily at the time they needed extra pilots since then we have had an AMAZING relationship and I LOVE my job
– Why Mack Air?
Mack Air has always had a great relationship with their pilots and it’s not just a job it’s more of a family so when I saw how much fun the whole company is. I knew that’s where I wanted to go.
– Advantages of being a Pilot @ Mack Air?
There are so many advantages of being a pilot for Mack Air just to name my favorite part.. We get to overnight in some of the best game lodges on the planet. We get to see things that not very many people get to see. Every flight is different and unique and who wouldn’t want to fly over one of the most beautiful places in the world every day.
– Favourite aircraft in the fleet?
I love the Cessna 210 as it is really fun to fly but every time
– Favourite season to fly?
Definitely, the rainy season is my most favorite. The delta is a different world in the rainy season and is really a lot of fun to fly in and out of the strips during the rainy season.
– How does flying relate to riding?
I think the main thing is the focus you need while racing is similar to the focus you need when racing. You have to be alert at all times. The rally racing is really cool because all the navigation is the same as flying you need to follow a cap heading and distances the only difference is there are ALOT more obstacles when I’m racing.
– Have you ever got any special requests from clients to fly them?
– How has Mack Air sponsorship helped/ influenced/ impacted your life?
Mack air was my main sponsor for the 2 Dakar rallies I have raced and with out them that would not have been possible. Mack Air helped me reach my goals and follow my dreams and I will be forever grateful for what they did for me
– Confirm you are married?
Yes I am married to my childhood sweetheart Aimee Branch
– With a family of how many- kids?
No kids yet. I’m still the kid in the family, LOL!
– Confirm you are a bush pilot by profession?
My profession is racing motorcycles and my part-time job is being a bush pilot. After racing, flying will be my full-time job.
– Not kindly confirm to us if motor riding to you is a profession or a hobby?
I’m a professional athlete so I race for a living and fly because I LOVE flying
– Now with switching from racing to flying with also a family, how you juggle all of this and make it work out? LOL
(He laughs out loud) ’m very lucky to have such a supportive wife that helps me follow my dreams and I’m of the opinion that if you want something bad enough you can make it work .
– Now to the future! What are your plans? Will you be racing this year?
– Any race in your home base – Maun by any luck this year?
Yes and I can’t wait. It will be so good to have a race in Maun and so excited to race at our base
– Any thought of retiring from Aviation maybe?
I don’t think you can retire from something you love doing so definitely not any time soon
– Where do you see yourself with Mack Air in the next day maybe 5years?
I hope to be in the front left seat of a caravan doing what I love doing
– Ross thank you for your time, there are lots of kids/ youngsters out here locally inspired by you and that are interested in racing, What is your advice/ message to them?
It’s my pleasure,