Executive Committee

ALPA-SA President: William Rooken-Smith
Tel: 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.

Carl Bollweg: ALPA-SA Vice President, Elected Member and IFALPA AFI South
Tel: 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.

Cobus Toerien: AAP Chairman and Elected Member
Tel: 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.

Brendon Nortje:

Mahendren Naidoo:

Yugan Moodley:

Trevor Williams

Trevor began his aviation career in the ground operations and V.I.P. Passenger Handling division for a charter operator in Johannesburg in 2003, while working towards obtaining a Commercial Pilots License.

Once appropriately licensed he went on to fly various aircraft in the charter and contract environment. When the opportunity presented itself to enter a regional airline operation in 2007, Trevor joined Airlink Regional in Johannesburg, flying the Embraer E135 Regional Jet with for 3 years.

Moving on from there, Trevor took up employment at Comair Ltd. Where he has remained since being employed in September 2010, and now operates as a Captain on the Boeing 737 fleet based out of Johannesburg.

Margaret Viljoen: HUPER Portfolio
Tel: 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.

Phil Meredith: Industrial Director and SAXPA Chairman
Tel: 083 325 9911

Wendy Santilhano: Mayday-SA
Tel: 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.

Grant Back: SAAPA Chairman

Greg Tebbit: CPA Chairman
Tel: 082 857 7521

  • 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
Tel: 082 390 5525