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ANC statement on the death of Cde Pandelani `Sparks` Ramagoma

11 August 2009

The African National Congress mourns the untimely and tragic death of Cde Pandelani `Sparks` Ramagoma. Cde Ramagoma was involved in a motor-car accident yesterday morning when travelling on the N1 North near Makhado (Louis Trichardt) in Limpopo.

Born in 1957, Cde Ramagoma was the MEC for Public Works in Limpopo, a member of the Limpopo ANC Provincial Executive Committee, Chairperson of the South African Communist Party (SACP) in Limpopo, Member of the Limpopo Provincial Executive Council since May this year and respectively a Member of the Limpopo Legislature.

Cde Ramagoma was leading the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) in Limpopo. This programme is one of South African Government`s short-to-medium term programmes aimed at the provision of additional work opportunities coupled with training for the poor.

Cde Ramagoma joined the Northern Transvaal Youth Congress, an affiliate of Sayco in 1986 and COSATU in 1989.

Ramagoma was a determined scholar. He had a Diploma in Public Administration from the University of South Africa (UNIN), Bachelor of Arts in International politics and Development study. UNISA, Masters in Development (MDEV). UNIN and was finalising his MBA.

The ANC has lost a committed, patriotic son of the soil. A dedicated and confident cadre who never failed in whatever area he was deployed to.

The ANC will forever treasure the contribution made by Cde Sparks in the struggle for liberation and the building of our democracy.

The ANC extends condolences to his family, friends and relatives.

May his soul rest in peace.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
ANC National Spokesperson

Ishmael Mnisi 0823335550