Working on Fire employees, Primrose Tsotetsi and Hlobisile Madida recently got their blue cards and are now drivers in Mpumalanga.
With October being Transport Month, Working on Fire shines a spotlight on the Transport Department, which plays a significant role within the Working on Fire organisation. The Working on Fire programme continues to empower and support women in all positions within the organisation, and Mpumalanga highlighted this by appointing two more women, who were former firefighters, as drivers.
Primrose Tsotetsi and Hlobisile Madida join Nompumelelo Mahlangu, a driver trained at LEFPA and stationed in Waterval Boven, with the province now having a total of three women drivers. Tsotetsi, who was trained at the Warburton base, will be stationed in Volksrust, while Madida will be stationed in her original base in Wakkerstroom, in the Highveld region.
The three women went through vigorous training at Kishugu Training Academy and went through probation to get their driver’s status and blue cards. Tsotesti, a former herbicide applicator, relishes the opportunity to grow within the organisation, as she is the breadwinner at home. “I joined the WOF programme in 2014 and I am the first person in my family to achieve this milestone,” Tsotesti said. Madida aspires to be the best driver in WOF and encourages women to go ahead and excel in whatever position they hold, in this male-dominated industry. Mpumalanga congratulates the former firefighters and wishes them well as they begin new chapters within the organisation.