SA’ner dies in heli crash in DRC


A South African and two other people died after a helicopter crashed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo earlier this week.

The helicopter crashed into a ravine on Monday, several minutes after taking off in bad weather from a mine at Kambove in Haut-Katanga province.

A French pilot, the South African and a Polish citizen died in the accident. The helicopter, owned by a cobalt and copper firm called Boss Mining, was en route to Kolwezi in neighboring Lualaba province.

The South African has since been identified as 34-year-old Hein Heath, a former pupil of the Brandwag High School in Kariega.

Heath was with the G4S security company at the time of his death, having previously served in the French Foreign Legion.

“We have no answers, please don’t ask questions (sic),” Susan Heath, Hein’s mother, said in a Facebook post with a photo of her son. “Rest in peace my dearest boy. So proud of you.”