Maria Letsholo spreads her wings on radio
Maria Letsholo is a 24-year-old hardworking young mother of two from Carletonville. Maria joined the WOF in 2011 as a firefighter. She was later promoted to being a firefighter first aider.
In 2013 she employed as a Type 3 dispatcher and office first aider in the North West provincial office.
In 2015 Maria started working as a volunteer radio presenter and journalist at Aganang Community Radio Station in Potchefstroom where she is currently an Afrikaans Radio newsreader, news writer and news researcher.
“As a radio journalist I go to the scenes – courts and wherever there’s a newsworthy event. I then take photos or videos, write a story and present it live on radio. I love radio because I am good at working with people, talkative, flexible and love challenges,” Letsholo says. When asked how she is able to cope with everything, Maria says, “I am able to cope with working as a dispatcher, radio presenter and also as a mother, and I still manage to be good in everything I do because WOF taught me how to be disciplined. WOF gave me confidence to believe in myself.”
Letsholo says she is the person she is because of what she has learned at WOF and she is grateful because, if it was not for Working on Fire she wouldn’t have had the opportunity to be a radio presenter.
Maria is currently studying Media and Journalism with Boston College and her future plan is to become a Communication Officer in the Working on Fire programme.