A local firefighter died while fighting a raging fire in the mountains surrounding Franschoek yesterday.
Makelepe Sedric Seokoma (36), an assistant project manager who worked at Sekororo Base in Limpopo but resided in the Lowveld, was engulfed by flames in the Simonsberg Mountain near Klapmuts in the Western Cape.
Manager of the Lowveld and Escarpment Fire Protection Association, who used to work with Seokoma for years, said he is saddened by the loss of a dedicated colleague and friend.
The fire started on Saturday on the property of a forestry company and spread to the Simonsberg Mountains. Working on Fire (WoF) had 25 firefighters who provided fire-suppression support and the blaze was declared as contained on Sunday at around 18:00.