HAT participants receive specialised rope training
Fifty High Altitude Team (HAT) participants from the Eastern Cape were given specialised rope training.
The training took place in Van Stadens from 4 July to 5 August 2016 where all seven High Altitude Teams – Baviaanskloof, Lusikisiki, Cata, Katberg, Van Stadens, Camdeboo and Addo – participated.
The Ground Operations Manager of HAT in the Southern Cluster, Rob McQueen, said that all the participants worked very hard during this training and were awarded the following certificates: High angle wilderness search and rescue, High angle wilderness rope access level 1, and Work at Heights.
“All the certificates awarded to the participants are accredited with SETA,” McQueen said.
One of the trainees, Pelisa Somya from Addo HAT, said that she was excited to have attended the training as it would help her in her daily work.
“Most of the time we work in hazardous environments where we have to use ropes to access certain areas, so this training gave me skills that will be of much help in such areas,” Somya said.
She said that it took a strong and dedicated woman to do the job that they do as HAT participants. “With this training we can also get other opportunities outside the High Altitude Team,” she added. Somya thanked the programme for empowering participants with useful skills and knowledge.