Limpopo fires leads to loss of life and property
The Waterberg District fires has lead to many losses more especially the loss of life and one of our participants passed away as a result of injuries sustained on the fire line.
On Sunday 11 October, fire fighters from Northam in Limpopo were deployed in a mountainous gorge area where there appeared to have been heavy winds which changed direction towards them.
The fire fighters attempted to move out of the area and in this process one of them fell and sustained burns. He was immediately airlifted to the Bela-Bela Hospital for resuscitation.
He received emergency medical treatment. The injuries sustained were life threatening. Despite all the efforts he succumbed to his injuries at about 23:00 on that Sunday evening.
The deceased fire fighter was identified as Modikwe Samuel Ramokgaba from Swartklip Village in Northam. He was 35 years old and is survived by his mother and two children. Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has sent condolences to the Ramokgaba family. “We are deeply saddened by his untimely death. It is a time of great sadness for the family of the deceased and for all of us at the Department of Environmental Affairs.
We salute Ramokgaba’s bravery and dedication to his work. He leaves the Working on Fire Programme and the fire fighting industry much poorer than ever before.”
Minister Molewa also said that the Working on Fire programme will be providing all the necessary support to his family and members of his team. The South African Police Service has been informed and a full investigation has been launched surrounding the circumstances of this incident.