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MEET THE TEAM

Our team has an uncompromising commitment to safety and we hold the highest certifications from all of the relevant aviation authorities, and we are committed to unparalleled service excellence, but at competitive pricing.

Erik Kraaij - Director

Erik was born as a South African citizen in 1962, grew up in Natal and moved to Pretoria in Gauteng during 1997. After completing matric in Newcastle in 1980, he ventured into the Hospitality industry starting training as a chef at the well-known five-star Carlton Hotel in Johannesburg.

His late father acquired a small 40-bedroom hotel in the CBD of Newcastle in the 1980’s and his business skills were passed on from his father for a period of approximately six years.

The hotel was a one star graded establishment and the authorities were in the process to withdraw the one-star status. We did a total revamp and upgraded the Hotel to four-star standards and applied and obtained a three-star grading. The hotel consisted of a 120-seater restaurant, 150-seater conference facility, three lounges and several pubs.

Henk Kraaij - Director

Henk was born and bred in Pretoria, he attended Menlo Park Primary School, where he became the head boy in grade 7.  In his Matric year in 2005 he was elected as the deputy head boy of Menlo Park High School. During his schooling years he was actively involved in various sport and culture activities of the school.

At a very young age he was introduced to aviation, in 2003 he joined the Sky Riders Flight School and before he even had a driver’s licence he obtained his Microlight Pilot’s Licence at the age of 17.

In 2006 he completed his microlight instructor’s licence and commenced giving microlight lessons daily from early morning until his classes at university started around nine every morning. During this time, he also bought his first microlight. He enrolled with the University of Pretoria on completion of his matric year and studied to finally obtain his degree in Financial Management in 2008. Whilst in his first year at the university and giving instruction on Microlights, he enrolled as a student pilot at Blue Chip Flight School to obtain his Private Pilot’s Licence. He managed to complete this in less than three months while working and studying.

Marius Bergh - General Manager and Marketing

“A born and bred Newcastle boykie, I am the youngest of 5 children, but I am certainly not a spoile brat, which is so often said about the youngest.”

Marius matriculated in 2008 being the Head boy of Newcastle High School. He received honours for singing in the school choir, playing the tuba in the brass band and was Captain of the first rugby team. He enjoyed playing hockey and cricket, also holds a PADI International Scuba license.  This clearly shows his love for the outdoors!

“I gained valuable corporate experience and realised the importance in building good relationships with fellow colleagues and clients while working for Newcastle Trailer Hire a family business and Dust-A-Side an Anglo American company.”

“I am a firm believer of learning new skills and learning about different sectors in the corporate environment to enable a more complex and wide-spread competency.”

Brendon Lubbe - Chief Pilot & Safety Officer

“Having a passion for aviation since a young age, being a military child I had been around planes since birth.”

After obtaining his Commercial Pilot Licence in 2001, he flew for a private aircraft owner in Kokstad for a year.  Following his resignation he took a job as an Operations assistant with South African Historic Flight, and eventually upgraded to Operations Manager, a position he held for 2 years, and he also did some flying on the DC-4. During this time he studied and passed his Instructors rating examinations. In 2005 he managed to secure a brief contract in the Caprivi Namibia, flying a Cessna 206 for a lodge.  He obtained his Instructors Rating at Blue Chip Flight School and soon thereafter he was employed as a grade III Flight Instructor.

During the following three years Brendon upgraded to a GR II flight Instructor, and became deputy CFI and eventually the Chief Flight Instructor at Blue Chip Flight School.  A position he has held for the past 8 years.  He now finds him as our Chief Pilot with ATPL and Safety Officer of FlyJetstream Aviation and the Chief Flight Instructor at Blue Chip Flight School.  He is also part of the Exco team for FlyJetstream Aviation and Blue Chip Flight School.

Ronell Mocke - Marketing

Success is just a never ending process of trying to become better at whatever you want – John Traver.

I grew up in the beautiful small town of Heidelberg in Gauteng, which attracted a few well-known artists, writers and poets. In fact, Minnie Postma and later Wille Martin, both accomplished writers, were my next-door neighbours.  The AG Visser residence, at that stage already a museum, was just around the corner from my home.  No wonder I have an intense enthusiasm for poetry and reading.  Heidelberg is also known for its prepossessing architecture and Suikerbosrand landscapes, where we had free range to play as kids.

I studied Social Science and Business Management at Unisa. I worked in retail for eleven years, ten of those as branch manager for several flagship stores - an excellent environment to learn customer centricity and the power of brands in retail.  In 2002 I made the decision to spread my wings and venture into the aviation industry.  Once bitten by the aviation bug, you are hooked. Although I am not a pilot, I am surrounded by pilots and the aviation industry, all day, every day, something I truly thrive in!

Bianca Vorster

Bianca Vorster

Operations

Bianca was born in Pretoria; she matriculated in 2010 at Hoërskool Wonderboom in Wonderboom South. After school she completed an Airhostess course and worked as an Airhostess for Velvet Sky until 2012. She obtained her Private Pilot Licence in November 2015 at Blue Chip Flight School where after she joined the FlyJetstream team.

She is currently running the operation of all charter flights, has a passion for results and understands the importance of putting people first. With her warm and friendly manner our clients can rest assured that they are in very capable hands in their dealings with her.

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Realien Kotzee

Realien Kotzee

Operations

Realien is the latest addition to the team; she joined FlyJetstream in July 2017. She has been working in the aviation industry for the last three years.

She is a very approachable and positive person and has proven to be a tremendous asset to the company. Her can do attitude enables her to work well within a team and deliver the best result for clients in this highly competitive industry. She will gladly go the extra mile to ensure complete customer satisfaction. The joy of her life is her 7 year old daughter Kay-lee. Realien has an adventurous streak in her and enjoys Bungee jumping and Zip lining. Another passion is fishing and her latest thrill is biking around on an obstacle track.

Most favourite quote: “Jy moet nie werk om te lewe nie, jy moet lewe om te werk” - Hannes Horn.

Elsabe Rheeder

Elsabe Rheeder

Accounts

Elsabe has been in a financial environment for more than 30 years and has a long lasting love affair with numbers.

She was born in Pretoria, and stayed there ever since. For her there is only one town and that is “P” town. Her sense of humour allows her to stand out from the FlyJetstream team.

She is an on the go person who has an eye for detail and nothing escapes her eagle eye. She is the person in the company that keeps the rest of the team in check, all financial transactions go through her and you will usually find her, elbow deep in an excel spreadsheet or Pastel.

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Ursula Erasmus

Ursula Erasmus

Reception

THE SKY IS THE LIMIT

Ursula is your first port of call when contacting FlyJetstream, as she our very friendly receptionist I literally grew up in aviation!! My father was a pilot flying Junker aircraft for the Catholic Mission in the 1940’s in Windhoek, then Sud West Afrika.

After matric I attended a finishing school in Munster, Germany for 4 months. On my return I joined the Department of Civil Aviation at J.G. Strydom Airport, Windhoek.

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Steven Msibi

Steven Msibi

He has been working in the aviation industry from 2014 and obtained a certificate in refuelling operation and technical training. He is responsible for the refuelling of all aircraft and tugging the aircraft in and out the hangars. Steven also has the responsibility to take fuel samples every morning to ensure the avgas is clear of water and any contaminants, which is a CAA requirement. Steven has a passion for cars, specifically the BMW M3 series which is his absolute favourite car. He just loves blasting hip-hop through his car’s speakers.

Jimmy Makhubela

Jimmy Makhubela

He has been part of the FlyJetstream and the Blue Chip team since 2012. He is responsible for the cleaning of all aircraft and hangars; he assists with refuelling and jobs in and around the hangar. He was born and bred in Hammanskraal, Pretoria. Jimmy is a proud father of 4 girls and 2 boys. He enjoys playing and watching soccer and loves to sing Gospel music.

Busi Cibe

Busi Cibe

Busi is a friendly enthusiastic and competent cleaner, helping to ensure we have a pleasant environment for both staff and customers. She has a “can do” attitude and does everything with a smile on her face. Growing up in Garankuwa, Busi is a middle child; she adores her 6 year old son Shannon and when she is at home she enjoys cooking. She also enjoys watching movies; her favourite is “Diary of a Black Woman” with Tyler Perry in the main role. She loves socialising with friends, learning new things and she is a keen crafter.

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