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Home Latest News About Me Looking for Rivas - I found him!
Looking for Rivas - I found him! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Arthur D Piercy   
Monday, 28 November 2011 14:33

A few months ago I published this article;

"I am desperately trying to find Major Alberto Ley Rivas, a Mig 23 pilot from the Cuban Air Force.

Maj Rivas we've met briefly once before and then it was only for a couple of seconds at 30000 feet over Southern Angola in September 1987. The encounter at the time wasn't a friendly one but I am hoping that the next time we meet it will be with a lot of laughter and no regrets or more"

Well guess what??? I FOUND HIM!

Thanks to the social networking environment and many great friends I was able to locate Major Rivas in Cuba!

Surprisingly it was an Army contact  - Greg Swart (ex 61 Mech Olifant Tanks) - who was in contact with an ex Cuban air force Lt-Col who flew Mig-21s in Angola 1975 , was a Mig-23 squadron commander in Angola in 1985/1986. Lt-Col Eduardo Gonzalez has been in contact with me. Unfortunately Major Rivas is not conversant in English (nor I in Spanish) and therefore we will be chatting through Lt-Col Gonzalez.

Watch this space for more detail!!  

Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 15:08


Extracts from a testimonial recieved from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

"I would like to thank Arthur Piercy for inspiring us. We need to always have driven and positive human beings like him, who don't constantly dwell on the ills of the past but on the possibilties of the future" (Zola)

"To me the important points that he made were that one's life is very important and it is that indiviual's responsibility to take care of it no matter what; and that determination can conquerany obstacle" (David)

"I was humbled by his humility, determination and passion for life. Nothing can and will stand in his way and I admire it about him. He just opened my eyes to the fact that if you want to you can, all you need is determination" (Ntombi) 

"Indeed your response to a life changing circumstance certainly places you in a special class, somewhere above the rest of us. But your incredible sense of humour, your humaness - those form the bridge that allows ordinary human beings to rub shoulders with you and face their own, smaller situations, encouraged. Thank you for that." Nadia Coetzee : Director: Foreign Qualifications Evaluation and Advisory Services.

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