The debt owed to Eskom by South Africa's municipalities continues to grow and had now reached R17 billion, Cooperative Governance Minister Zweli Mkhize told MPs on Tuesday. File Photo: ANA

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Minister Mkhize mourns death of a firefighter

JOHANNESBURG, November 8 – Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize on Thursday extended his condolences to the family and colleagues of a firefighter who was killed when the truck he was travelling in overturned and rolled down a pass.

This incident happened on Sunday in Mitchell’s Pass near Worcester as the team was returning from fighting fires.

Mkhize said: “It is with deep sadness that we learnt of the death of Colin Reynhard (55) who died when their truck overturned in inclement weather. Reynhard and his team are the kind of patrons who do their jobs with dedication and losing such an experienced firefighter is serious blow.

“We have his family in our prayers at this time and we also pray for the speedy recovery of the other two younger team members Heinrich Matthyssen ,29 and Corbin Cupido, 20.”

Mkhize said this was the second firefighter to die in the area. Another firefighter Nico Heyns died when his helicopter crashed while fighting a blaze in Vermaaklikheid around the Garden Route area.

The fires have also claimed the lives of a family of eight people in Farleigh last week. (ANA)

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