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Minister Molewa to visit the family of deceased WoF Firefighter

15 October 2015

 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs Mrs Edna Molewa will, on Friday 16 October 2015, visit the family of Modikwe Samuel Ramokgaba, a Working on Fire (WoF) firefighter who passed away in the line of duty this week.

Mr. Ramokgaba (35), from Kraalhoek, fell and sustained burns while fighting fire in the Northam area, Limpopo. He was immediately airlifted to Bela-Bela Hospital for emergency treatment. However, he succumbed to his injuries and died in hospital on Sunday evening.

Ramokgaba was a beneficiary of the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Working on Fire Programme, and was part of the group of firefighters who were deployed to battle fires in the Limpopo’s Waterberg region. A number of the fires, which broke out in mountainous terrain spreading quickly into other areas difficult for veldfire fighters to access, were caused by lightning. A total of 260 WoF veldfire fighters, air support, fire trucks and bakkie sakkies were deployed to more than 20 fires in different areas of the Waterberg.

Minister Molewa will be accompanied by Kgosi Pilane of Swartklip Village.

Members of the media are invited to join the Minister as per the details below:

Date: Friday 16 October 2015

Time: 12:30

Venue: Address 361 Ramokgaba Section, Kraalhoek, North West

To RSVP, contact

Tshego Letshwiti
Cell: 076 307 9634
E-mail: TLetshwiti@environment.gov.za

Lebogang Maseko
Tel: 012) 399 8992
E-mail: LMaseko@environment.gov.za

For media queries, contact:

Zolile Nqayi
Cell: 082 898 6483