ALPA-SA President: William Rooken-Smith
083 297 3532
I’m 54 years old, was born in Zimbabwe and learned to fly in the then Rhodesian Air Force.
I moved to South Africa in 1982, and spent time flying helicopters with the SAAF before joining Court Helicopters, where I flew Sikorsky S58’s and S61’s to oil rigs in the Southern Cape. I joined SAA in 1989.
With SAA, I have flown various Airbuses and Boeings. I hold an MBA from Henley Management College (UK), and spent 9 years in SAA Flight Ops Management, in Fleet Captain and Business Management posts, before returning to full-time flying about 3 years ago. I am a Senior Training Captain on SAA’s A330 / A340 Fleet - and still hold a helicopter license.
I am married, with two teenage sons: One is an aspirant medical student, and the other is an aspirant pilot.
I was involved in the ALPA-SA Helicopter Committee (a long time ago), and am looking forward to being of service to my colleagues as part of ALPA-SA once again.
ALPA-SA Vice President: Carl Bollweg
083 260 7521
Carl qualified for his SAAF wings in 1983. His postings included 42 Squadron, CFS Dunnottor, 84 LAFS, 81 LAFS and 41 Squadron. In 1994 he joined Comair and in 2000 he moved to SAA where he currently serves as a Captain on the B737-800.
Since 1996 he served as chairman of the Human Performance Committee (HUPER) of ALPA-SA. He works closely with IFALPA where he has been serving as the Regional Vice President of the AFI South Region since 2007.
Phil Meredith: Industrial Director and Elected Member
083 325 9911
Cobus Toerien: AAP Chairman and Elected Member
083 381 3084
High School Pretoria North, Born in Pretoria
SFO A340 & Flight Safety Specialist [SAA]
Ex Vlammie [SAAF 2, 3 & 8 Sqn]
BMil at the Military Academy
Blue Bull Supporter [of the BLUE kind], Hobbies = Sailing / Diving / Skiing & Avaition
Margie Viljoen: HUPER Director and Elected Member
082 801 6571
I started as a "Charter Queen" at NAC, during which time I was awarded one of the first SAA bursaries. My first flying job was with National Airlines, then NAC charter. I joined Comair in 1996 as the first female pilot, on the ATR42. I upgraded to B727s, and then got command in 2000. In 2003 I transitioned onto the B737, and was also promoted to Check Captain.
I have served on the CPA Committee, and also served a short term as Chairman. I have been an elected member of the ALPA Exco since 2006, and have been serving on the CAA Aeromedical Committee on-and-off since its inception. I also serve Mayday-SA as a mentor and peer.
Tony Laubser: Elected Member and Technical Director
082 331 9996
Tony Laubser who is a Captain at SAA, served on the ExCo as President of ALPA-SA from 2006 - 2008 and is now the Technical Director, he is involved in ATS and AGE work.
Tony received the ALPA-SA Silver Presidential Award in 2010 and has extensive experience on the ExCo and in the industry.
Glenn Botha: ATS Chairman and Elected Member
083 417 9060
In 1998 I started my aviation career working for Streamline Aviation as a driver. I was fortunate to get my first flying job the very next year on the Beechcraft Baron flying the local bank runs. In 2000 I flew King Airs for NAC after the two companies merged.
In 2003 I joined Comair as a First Officer on the 737-200. In 2007 I started on the FOQA committee.
At present I am a Captain on the B737-400/800.
In my spare time I enjoy flying a 1946 J3 Piper Cub, and playing a little golf.
Wendy Santilhano: Mayday-SA
082 496 8728
I believe that life is a journey and presents us with the most amazing opportunities for discovery and growth.
In high school I decided that I wanted to learn to fly. I did not manage to do so for many years. After school I studied psychology and statistics at UCT. Over many years I have pondered how to integrate two of my passions: working with people, and, flying.
After my undergraduate degree I worked at UCT doing student advising with the students in university bridging programmes. From there I moved to the University of the Western Cape where I implemented a campus-wide student financial aid project.
In 1994, I left to study a Master’s in Intercultural Management in the USA. Aside from South Africa in general, this became a time of personal transition. I realized that it was important for me to ‘live without regret’…this paradigm became the catalyst to following my dream. I found a flight school in San Diego and began to learn to fly. Completing my degree led me to do an internship in the CRM section of North West Airline’s Flight Operations, and 2 wonderful years in Minneapolis.
In 1998 I returned to South Africa with my FAA Commercial license. In 2000 I got a job as a charter pilot at Rossair. Currently I fly as a first officer on A319s for SAA.
While flying charter, I study various counseling and psychology courses.
In 2009 I studied Personal Life Coaching. Currently am practicing as a coach and working towards my accreditation. My field of focus and interest is Coaching Pilots, to explore the role and relevancy of coaching for flight crews. I hope to pursue this avenue in further graduate studies.
Presently, I am spearheading the implementation of ALPA’s Wellbeing portfolio to establish structures to address the mental and emotional issues that confront pilots.
In my spare time - I dance.
Duncan Githiri: A & F Portfolio Director and Elected Member
083 515 1911
Duncan matriculated from Christian Brother College SA in 1996 and started his flying career at Rossair Contracts. He worked at Solenta Aviation and at SA Airlink. Duncan is currently working at SA Airways and serves as elected member on the ALPA-SA Executive Committee and the SAAPA Executive Committee.
Duncan is a rugby enthusiast who played for the Under 21, Gauteng Lions team
Natie Kroukam: Affliated Groups - Non Branch
082 378 1082
Jimmy Conroy: SAAPA Chairman
082 546 9311
Joined SAA in 1981.
BCom Hons (Business Management).
12 years on the SAAPA Exco, 4 as Vice-Chairman and 3 as Chairman.
A340 Fleet Capt. for 3 years.
Greg Tebbit: CPA Chairman
Flying career started in Nelspruit, PPL in 1990.
Worked at Metavia Airlines, Sun Air, Executive Aerospace, Safair, and Comair since 2001.
15 000 hours, with 10 000 on Boeing 737s.
Chairman of the FOQA team at Comair doing flight data analysis.
Jaco Groenewald : Airlink Chairman
082 390 5525
Grant Beaton: SA Express Chairman
083 303 2130
Born and bred in Jhb, schooled at Pretoria Boy's high, Graduated with a BSc from WITS in 1989.
My first flight was on December 8 1989, in a Cessna 152 with Ettienne Naude, ZS-KXF.
Whilst working I, eventually got my comm. and got my first paying flying job with Speed Air, Lanseria,
fliying wrecks for Cornie Grobbelaar. I then managed to get an upgrade to Ross Air, and flew both contracts and charter.
I started flying for SAX in 2000, flying the RJ200. I left SAX in 2003 to fly with Hydro Cargo until their untimely demise.
I rejoined SAX in 2005 and am currently a dash-8 Q400 Captain based in Cape Town.