Mining & Industry News
28 June 2019

Northam – Siyanda Bakgatla Platinum Mine (SBPM) Marathon Club had 20 athletes competing in the 94th South-Africa’s Premier Ultra Comrades Marathon race on Saturday 9 June.

To show their support, Union Mine Management, Benjamin Mokoka, Sipho Dondolo and Gontse Sekudu attended the event to cheer the SBPM runners on. The Comrades Marathon is not about winning, it is about reaching the finish line before the 12-hour cut off time.

A marathon is about rapid gains, it is about the ability to endure pain. It is not about the thrill; it is about stamina and skill. The last 30km of the Comrades Marathon is a fight of endurance between body and mind.

The mind tells your body to run, while the body becomes exhausted and desperately wants to give in. The unwavering support and cheering from Refilwe Lelaka, Connie Monosi, Michelle le Roux, George Mphatoe, Charles Ntsabele, Kay Tshabadira and Phuti Ngoepe at the 45km and 55km water points just outside Durban kept the athletes motivated and pushing hard until the finish line.

General Manager of SBPM Hobson Jantjies conveyed a message of support and encouragement whilst they were busy with the race. He congratulated the team for their endurance and tenacity.

Kay Mdalana, one of SBPM’s top runners achieved his personal best this year with a time of 7:25:02. Previous years Kay obtain four silver, eight Bill Rowan medals and one bronze medal in the Comrades Marathon.

Well done to all our SBPM athletes SBPM proudly supported their 20 runners who participated in the event.

Well done to the following athletes:

  • Modupinyana Mdalana  7:25:02
  • Katlholo Moremong  8:10:49
  • Zukile Zwelinjani  8:43:05
  • Lizalise Phimpi  8:43:58
  • Madzobhi Gumede  8:45:01
  • Daniel Mampe  8:59:49
  • Champ Prinsloo  9:48:33
  • Wilmar Steynberg  9:48:33
  • Foster Mabasa  10:39:51
  • Abel Makamane  10:54:05
  • Godwill Moremong  10:56:28
  • Desiree Visser  11:01:04
  • Hendrick Lekalakala  11:03:54
  • Molefe Sekamudilo  11:16:23
  • Quentin Shanahan  11:21:39
  • Annette Shanahan  11:21:40
  • Tsholofelo Namoto  11:53:36
  • Sivuyile Lobese  11:55:49
  • Thomas Seeyane  Did Not Finish
  • Johannes Moatse  Did Not Finish


Back from left: Social and Performance Manager Gontse Sekudu, Michelle le Roux, Kay Tshabadira,
Refilwe Lekaka, Connie Monosi and Senior Human Resource Manager Benjamin Mokoka. Front:
George Mphatoe at the Kingsley Stadium.
Kay Mdalana, SBPM’s number one Comrades runner.
SBPM’s team of athletes that participated in the event.
Daniel Mampe ran a
gruelling race.
Katlholo Moremong showed true endurance in
finishing the race of 87km.
Zukile Zwelinjani proved his mettle during the marathon.


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