Fichardt was two clear of England’s Gary Lockerbie, Indian Jeev Milkha Singh and Chile’s Mark Tullo.
Fichardt managed to birdie the fourth - compatriot Vaughan Groenewald had taken seven there - and picked up another shot at the sixth, before a first bogey of the day at the next checked his progress slightly.
On seven under he was still two clear of Lockerbie and Tullo, with six players a shot further back including - remarkably - Groenewald, who had five birdies in a row from the 14th.
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