To be committed and responsible for your actions, your work and for the team as a whole.
The combined effort, focus and collaborative achievement of common goals and purpose, while having respect for each other.
To continuously improve and innovate in order to be the best.
To embrace change and thrive in an evolving environment.
Making a Difference
To improve the lives of individuals and communities, and protect the environment.

Working on fire is an Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) aimed at providing work opportunities to young men and women

What Is Climate Change?

Coordinating Efforts for Effective Wildland Fire Management

As part of the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of the Working on Fire Programme you are invited to participate in a fire management symposium.
  • 8 - 10 November 2023

    Fire Management Symposium

Prepare to be INSPIRED!

Discover the remarkable story of “Hope Rising From the Flames” – a book that ignites your imagination and fills your heart with hope. This captivating account unveils the incredible impact of the award-winning “Working on Fire” program, brought to life by the visionary Kishugu group of companies over two incredible decades.

Why You Can’t Miss This Book:

Transformative Impact: Witness the lives of over 17,000 young individuals, once unemployed, now transformed by the power of “Working on Fire.”

Global Recognition: Learn how this programme became a worldwide symbol of excellence in managing wildland fires and battling youth unemployment.

Key Stakeholders: Dive into the insightful forewords by President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Barbara Creecy.

Firsthand Accounts: Gain invaluable insights from the program’s founders, Johan Heine and Dr. Guy Preston, as they share their experiences.

The Essence: Understand the core of “Working on Fire” through the eyes of Trevor Abrahams, Managing Director of the WoF Program.

Government Perspective: Explore the program’s role within the broader context of the government’s EPWP initiative.

Success Components: Uncover the secrets behind Training, Fire Awareness Education, Aerial firefighting, fleet management, WoF Communications, and the WoF Social Development Programme.

Global Impact: Discover the international deployments that have left their mark over the past two decades.

Unintended Blessings: Experience the heartwarming spinoffs, from “WoF Kids” to Food Security, Tourist Protection on Table Mountain, and more.

The Book of Heroes: Remember those who gave their all in service to WoF with our touching Roll of Honour.


  • The spatial and temporal variability of fires in South Africa

    The Impact of Climate Change on Wildfires



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