Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
2 minute read
15 Apr 2021
5:00 am

Polokwane International Airport: No soul in sight

Marizka Coetzer

On your way towards the airport, the sad figure of an abandoned and vandalised aeroplane stands in a field of long grass behind a broken palisade fence.

The empty Polokwane International Airport in Limpopo that has been downgraded from a category 7 to a category 2 airport. Picture: Jacques Nelles

  There was not a soul in sight this week at the Polokwane International Airport, which has turned into a ghost city overnight after it was downgraded by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa) last week. As you enter Polokwane and drive through the city towards the airport, the rusted and sun-bleached abstract artwork by Jack Botes along Landdros Mare Street stands almost unnoticed among the uncut grass and littered papers and bottles. On your way towards the airport, the sad figure of an abandoned and vandalised aeroplane stands in a field of long grass behind a broken palisade...

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