I am a hero beacuse of Working on Fire
Naledi and Vaalkop teams in the North West Province welcomed back their crew members Boipuso Mthimkhulu and Joas Matlapeng who were part of the South African team deployed in Indonesia to help fight raging fires.
Matlapeng received many heartfelt and inspiring notes written by his team mates on his return to the base with one of them reading “Mr Matlapeng you put everything aside and went out there to do the job, not only a job but a job that saves lives and requires bravery and strong passion. Therefore we would like to tell you, you’re the best amongst the best, thank you for representing us well and also putting North West Province on the map.”
Speaking to the type 1 crew leader of Vaalkop, Thapelo Petlele, said: “We are very happy and proud of them for what they have done and even more happier for them to arrive back home safe and sound with no injuries.
Speaking to Boipuso Mthimkhulu, he said the experience changed his life as he now feels stronger than ever. “I am more confident in myself now and to see the joy and faith that my team mates has in me, it makes me so happy.” said a teary Mthimkhulu.
Our returning heroes from Indonesia thanked Working on Fire programme for such a great opportunity as they got to experienced different fires, cultures and food. They also believe they would not get this life changing experience without being in WoF.