Life trials of a female crew leader

10 March, 2016

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Life trials of a female crew leader

10 Mar,2016Profiles

Type 1 Crew Leader at the Roodeplaat Team, Ntebo Kwenaite, a single mother was forced into the job market at an early age due to poverty and she recalls her struggling past before she joined Working on Fire.

‘‘No one in the house was working and I am the first born. Like any other young person I aspired to have a better life and education,’’ said Kwenaite.

She explained that she had siblings to care for after doing her matric.

‘‘I did not pass well because of the conditions in the house. I wanted to repeat matric but I couldn’t. I had a child to look after as well,’’ Kwenaite told WoFire News.

She said that she had no choice but to look for jobs which were already scarce.

‘‘It was painful to see my age group studying at tertiary institutions while I had big responsibilities on my shoulders of feeding and clothing my family,’’ said Kwenaite.

She was recruited at the Rust De Winter Team 2009. ‘‘I am the sole breadwinner in the house and thanks to the programme my family is able to eat at night,” she said.

‘‘My siblings are able to fend for themselves now. It is my turn to pursue my dreams. I am writing a subject I failed in matric in the local college,’’ she concluded.

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