A brighter future awaits these youths
The Working on Fire programme has employed 19 firefighters in the West District ,Eastern Cape, an area that suffers a high unemployment rate among youth.
According to the Regional Manager, Bheki Mhlabane, this recruitment was done in preparation for the upcoming summer fire season which starts on 1 December. All the young people that reported for the recruitment process had to undergo fitness tests. M hlabane says all the new recruits will be taken to the training academy in Nelspruit where they will undergo advanced firefighting, fire safety, specialised skills and integrated fire management training.
“Above all, the purpose of the programme is skills development for the young men and women and we are achieving that with this recruitment,” he says.
Mhlabane adds that this opportunity will help alleviate poverty in the homes of these young men and women while also strengthening our teams as we approach the summer fire season.