Support for Aviators

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Mayday-SA is a group of volunteers offering a confidential and compassionate support network to South African aviation licence holders.

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Mayday-SA is not a revenue generating entity and depends on the contributions, financial and in kind, of our partners and sponsors to deliver on our value proposition, vision and goals.

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The “pilot in need” always maintains responsibility
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HELPFUL RESOURCES

This information leaflet is intended to equip those who have been affected by a critical event or incident to understand and cope with possible reactions they might encounter

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WE ARE STILL AVAILABLE ON OUR HELPLINE, WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK THROUGHOUT THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS

MAYDAY-SA 24 HOUR EMERGENCY HELPLINE:

012-333-6000 ASK FOR MAYDAY

In the aviation industry, nobody relates to your responsibilities, pressures and crises more than your peers.

Those of us at Mayday-SA are here for you 24/7/365.

PRESS RELEASE

Mayday-SA announces new CEO

 

Dr Jaco van der Westhuizen

Mayday-SA is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr Jaco van der Westhuizen as the new Chief Executive Officer, with immediate effect.

Jaco is currently employed by ATNS as a Human Factors Specialist where he deals with matters from safety culture to the human in safety performance and the systemic nature of safety failures. Jaco has been actively involved in MAYDAY activities since 2019 and firmly believes that peer support, and as a result, mental health and well-being forms a critical part of safety across all organisational levels in our aviation industry.

Jaco is a former Air Traffic Controller and holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Sciences (1994), an MBA from UNISA Business School (2006), and a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from the University of Pretoria (2018). In addition, he serves on the ICAO Mental Health Work Group and the CANSO Next Generation Future SMS Work Group.

Moreover, Jaco is a training facilitator on an ad-hoc basis for IFATCA as well as IATA on safety-related courses and acts as a business management research supervisor for Stadio University’s Masters and Doctoral programmes on a part-time basis.

As we welcome Jaco into the Mayday-SA family, we also wish to offer a great debt of gratitude to outgoing CEO Wendy Santilhano. Wendy’s deep belief in the importance of supporting mental health and well-being in aviation led her to take a fledgling Critical Incident Response Programme, then under the auspices of ALPA-SA, and mould it into Mayday-SA, a stand-alone Section 21 company. This not-for-profit status allows Mayday-SA to ensure independence, thus providing a safe-haven with guaranteed confidentiality to licence holders needing support after accidents and incidents and supporting well-being needs.

Wendy remains on as a director and will continue to provide an invaluable contribution to Mayday-SA from her new home in Germany.

This press release is correct as at date of publication, being 9 September 2021. Kindly direct any enquiries to maydaysouthafrica@gmail.com.

CALL US ANY TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT, IF YOU NEED HELP COPING AFTER:

Accident or incident        *

A significant operational event       *

Failed line check        *

Death of family or friend        *

Victim of crime        *

Relationship or family issues;

Industrial stress;

Life/career crisis;

Major illness affecting aviation medical;

Any other issue that affects you as an individual, and/or your work.

Dial 012-333-6000 and request to speak to a Mayday-SA peer.  Staff will ensure that a Mayday-SA Peer Volunteer will call you back within a 6 hour window.

When calling, be ready with this vital information:

Your name, your contact number, and basic reason for your call (include as much other information as you feel comfortable disclosing)

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