PRESS RELEASE: SAPTU express their condolences after medical team dies in helicopter crash

The South African Parastatal and Tertiary Institutions Union (SAPTU) expressed their sincere condolences to the families and colleagues of the medical personnel and pilot who lost their lives in a tragic helicopter accident last week.

It has been confirmed that three of the victims were employees of the Netcare Milpark Hospital: an anaesthetist Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Monoyane, a surgeon Dr Curnick Siyabonga (Sia) Mahlangu and a specialist theatre nurse, Mpho Xaba. Sinjin Joshua Farrance, a Netcare 911 paramedic, and the pilot, Mark Stoxreiter, was also killed in the crash.

“We mourn the great loss of a formidable team of unsung heroes. The invaluable, selfless contribution each of them made to continuously save lives will be greatly missed,” says Adv. Ben van der Walt, the general secretary of SAPTU.

SAPTU also encouraged the South African labour force, especially those working in the frontlines, to remain positive despite the current difficult working conditions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

“On a daily scale we realise how your applied knowledge and practical experience is making a significant contribution in assisting South African citizens fighting the virus. We salute you,” Van der Walt said.

Issued by: SAPTU
Date: 25 January 2021

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