Capricorn District Municipality (CDM), Limpopo partner with Santam Insurance, handed over firefighting and disaster management equipment to Phatlaphadima Special School and Polokwane Fire Station. This is to strengthen their capacity to fight fires and manage disasters.


The partnership began last year when the two parties signed a memorandum of collaboration to strengthen the CDM’s capacity to deal adequately with disasters.

It sees Santam providing support in disaster management by identifying disaster risks to protect lives, properties, and livelihoods.

This handover, therefore, comes as a fruit of that partnership to ensure that learners with special needs are insulated from disaster risks through joint prevention and mitigation efforts.

Phatlaphadima LSEN School is one of the 14 special schools that were identified for risk assessment. Capacity building, and other disaster management benefits.

According to Acting mayor, Onica Mogale, the idea was to showcase the fire-fighting capacity and resources that protect lives and properties.

Capricorn District Municipality partner with Santam Insurance
Capricorn District Municipality partner with Santam Insurance

“In February last year, we signed a memorandum of collaboration with Santam. We committed to take our fire-fighting and disaster management capacity to stronger heights and respond better to disasters.

“Today (Thursday), we are here reaping the fruit of that partnership. We are pleased that Santam is fulfilling its promise to invest in our initiatives and provide support,” said Mogale.


She said this partnership has, from day one availed resources that enabled CDM to deal adequately with disaster risks. Protect people’s lives and properties.

“We were at Phatlaphadima Special School at GaMashashane to put in place measures to prevent and mitigate the effects of disasters on the school and learners. This fire-fighting equipment and disaster management tools will therefore go a long way in reducing the impact of fires. In our homes and saving lives and properties.

“However, it remains the responsibility of our people not to start fires they can’t handle. We are pleased that this handover takes place at a time when we are commemorating fire-fighters Day. Which we observe every year to celebrate the strength of our firefighting capabilities and raise awareness about fires.”

She further said having new or upgraded, and well-maintained equipment can make a significant difference in the ability of firefighters to respond to emergencies safely and effectively.

“This equipment, therefore, demonstrates our commitment to their safety and to the safety of those who need help. When residents know that their government is well-equipped to respond. They feel more secure and have greater trust and confidence to call for an emergency during or after a disaster.”

The annual Capricorn District Municipality, CDM four-in-One Marathon was officially launched at the Park Inn Hotel, Polokwane on Wednesday. 

The comrades Marathon qualifier is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 4 June at Polokwane Rugby Fields, Limpopo starting at 06:00. Cash prices for this year’s event amount to R 80 000. The race categories include the 42km, 21km, 10km and 5km races. 

This will also be the first time in two years that the Marathon takes place due to the emergence of the covid-19 pandemic. More than 1000 international and national athletes are expected to participate in this marathon. These include acclaimed runners from Africa who won in past editions.


Amongst those who attended the launch include representatives from MTN (main Sponsor), Polokwane Athletics Club, the Department of Health, the Department of Sports Arts and Culture, sports federations. 

Speaking during the official launch on Wednesday afternoon, Capricorn District Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr Mamedupi Teffo confirmed that she will also be running on the day. 

“It’s for the first time that I will be running the CDM 4-in-1 Marathon, remember for the past two years because of covid-19 the marathon was not there. I am ready for it and I am going to do 10km,” said Teffo. 

“Previously the Marathon has been a success and this year we are hoping that the Marathon will also be a success. Let me also indicate that this Marathon is able to attract even international runners who as I speak some of them have already registered. 

Excitement all-round as CDM four-in-One Marathon returns
MTN representatives

“Most importantly this Marathon is also boosting the economy of the City of Polokwane and the District. As you know all the runners will be sleeping here and will be using the services of our SMMEs within the Capricorn District Municipality,” she added. 


Teffo also encouraged the residents in and around the areas where the athletes will be running to feel free to come and be part of the event. 

“In fact, we are calling all spectators within Polokwane. Within the Capricorn District to come and witness the runners as they run. Perhaps it can encourage them that in the next marathon they will be able to take part.”

Excitement all-round as CDM four-in-One Marathon returns
Veronica Choshane: Department of Sports

The Executive Mayor also revealed that she has introduced a new incentive for all councillors who will be taking part in the event.

“I have also put a prize money for all councillors within the Municipality who will be taking part. The one who will finish first in the 21km will receive R 2000 and for 10km the first one will receive R 1 000. I know that I am going to finish first because I am the most energetic (laughs).”

Entries are now open and participants can get the registration forms at The online registration closes on the 31st of May 2022. 

The Municipality has partnered with MTN who are the main sponsors for this year’s event.