Deputy President praises firefighters for excellent service to country
During a Public Employment Programme–Inter-Ministerial Committee (PEP-IMC ) tour to Thaba ’Nchu in the Free State on 13 October 2007, the Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, expressed his gratitude towards the firefighters from Working on Fire for serving the country in such an excellent manner.
He commended the firefighters for the discipline and high fitness levels visible in their work. “The international community knows about South Africa’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), of which the Working on Fire programme forms part.
It is internationally recognised and thus a very important programme,” said the Deputy President.
He said that the EPWP aims to uplift participants – mostly unemployed young people – and equip them with skills that will make them more employable in the private sector.
The Deputy President highlighted how EPWPs such as the Community Work Programmes and the Working on Fire programme, are touching and changing people’s lives.
Deputy President Ramaphosa, who leads the PEP-IMC structure, was accompanied by several Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers and members of the PEP-IMC , including senior government leaders.
The aim of the tour was to highlight the contributions these programmes make to the socio-economic development of communities in the province.