Female Crew leader aspires to be a nurse
Type 2 Crew Leader, Mpho Kgole, of Ditholo Team in Hammanskraal is now a qualified auxiliary nurse after completing her theatre training at Louis Pasteur Hospital recently in Pretoria.
Mpho used some of the monthly stipend she gets from the WOF programme to pay for her studies at Jubilee Hospital.
‘‘I took unpaid leave to complete my training. I am really determined to become a health practitioner in future,’’ she says. ‘‘My parents could not take me to a tertiary institution because of financial difficulties,’’ she explains.
Being a firefighter was Kgole’s first formal job opportunity. “I had applied for other job opportunities which would help me achieve my goal of breaking the cycle of poverty in my family,” she says. Kgole says she encountered a number of challenges as she pursued her studies but she persevered.
‘‘Doing the course was demanding. It cut on my budget as my family also depends on me, as I am the main breadwinner at home. I had to pass fitness tests and study at night. That was strenuous for me but I pushed forward,’’ says Kgole.
“I’m grateful to WOF for providing me with the job opportunity but now I’m looking for opportunities in the health sector. I want to be able to provide a better future for my child,’’ says Kgole.