Durban - The second suspected victim of the Malaysia Airlines crash with South African connections has been named as Thamsanqa Uyterlinde-Noto, born to South African father Shadrack Noto.
The 27-year-old was born in Amsterdam and had just a Dutch passport.
Noto has reportedly said his son was going to visit his girlfriend in Malaysia, and he had spoken to him just 20 minutes before he boarded.
Traumatised by the news, Noto said he was trying to avoid television screens while he waited to find out for sure if his son was among the dead.
“It’s just too heavy for me to look at those images,” he said, adding that he was awaiting more information on an organised trip to Ukraine from Amsterdam for the families of the victims.
The emergency rescue community praised and mourned the other suspected victim, Durban rescue pilot Cameron Dalziel, 43, who apparently settled in Malaysia with his family in December.
He leaves his wife, Reine, and their sons, Sheldon, 14, and Cruz, 4.
While based in Durban, he had flown for Starlight Helicopters, Netcare, Vodacom Rescue and John Rolf Rescue.
He was on his way back home to Malaysia after undergoing training in the Netherlands.
He and his family moved to Malaysia last year, where he worked for CHC Helicopters. He was travelling on a British passport.
His brother-in-law, Shane Hattingh, said his sister, Dalziel’s wife, was so traumatised she had not been able to answer calls from anxious relatives.
“She is basically alone there, except for a few new friends… Apparently three people from the company were there with her. It’s crazy. The kids are going to be absolutely shattered,” he said.
He was due to return to Durban next week for a family holiday.
Heinz de Boer, DA executive committee member in the eThekwini Municipality, described Dalziel as a great pilot with a good sense of humour.
The two had spent many hours flying together in the former Hunters Sea Rescue helicopter. De Boer was a rescue swimmer.
“Cameron was an extremely competent pilot. Technically, he was very savvy and a very much safety-minded. He was just one of those pilots one wanted to fly with.”
De Boer said he vividly remembered the many training missions the two did together, as well as the long patrol flights up and down the coast.
“During break times we experienced a great sense of camaraderie at the hangar. Cameron was always the centre of attention from the crew, and he was certainly always willing to inspire a love of flight and flying in the younger crew.
Dalziel had previously worked as a Netcare 911 emergency service helicopter pilot.
His former colleague, Chris Botha, said his death was an enormous loss to the profession.
International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Friday that her department was consulting with the next of kin of the two South Africans.
She didn’t name them, but confirmed that both had been travelling on foreign passports.
The minister said South Africa hoped the international community, through the relevant international bodies, “would find the truth about what brought about this tragic loss of life”.
“South Africa conveys its deepest condolences not only to the families, friends and colleagues of all the victims of the crash, but also to the government and people of Malaysia.”