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Vavi's hands and Cosatu's woes, focus on mental health in aviation, Miss SA 2015

'These hands are clean' - Vavi

EWN's Reinart Toerien and Stephen Grootes on this story: with Cosatu General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi's recent media conference, speculation was rife he was going to resign from his position. Not so - Vavi instead noted that he will no longer work towards resolving the internal issues existing in the federation:

I have reached the end of the road in trying to resolve the internal Cosatu crisis, through using traditional organisational means through discussions in boardrooms. These hands are clean: not one forensic audit has come back to Cosatu to say 'we did find that some worker money went into the back pocket of the Cosatu General Secretary'. Of course, they wish I could resign, they have convinced themselves that I am going to run away - I am not going to run away.

[WATCH] The video from Vavi's media conference here

Germanwings crash aftermath: focus on mental health

Rescuers prepare in a field where the rescue effort is headquartered on 24 March, 2015 in the southeastern French town of Seyne after a German Airbus A320 of the low-cost carrier Germanwings crashed, Picture: AFP.

With the crash into the French Alps last week of an ill-fated Germanwings flight, it has emerged that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had previously been treated for a mental illness. The Airbus A320, carrying 150 people, went down in the southern-French Alps last Tuesday after Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit. While experts say the South African aviation industry is ahead in steps to regulate routine psychological checks on pilots, there are no formal plans. Speaking on 702's John Robbie Show, former SAA pilot, Karl Jensen outlined some of the pressures that pilots more than likely contend with:

Young people are under more stress now than maybe I was at 25 years old. There are other ways of getting around this that if the management of airlines would take cognisance of the person's behavioural patterns; the airlines are doing as much as they can.

Newly-crowned Miss SA straight out of Eldorado Park

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Eyewitness News with this story: Liesl Laurie from Eldorado Park in Johannesburg has been crowned Miss SA 2015.The first princess is Refilwe Mthimunye while Ntsiki Mkhize came third. The event took place at Sun City.

The judges included actress Sophie Ndaba, magazine editor and poet Kojo Baffoe, former Miss World Anneline Kriel and designer Casper Bosman.


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