MD Message August 2018
I would like to extend warm greetings to all our firefighters and staff across the provinces and especially to all the women in Working on Fire who celebrated Women’s Month in August. The national theme for Women’s Month this year was ‘100 Years of Albertina Sisulu, Women of Fortitude: United in Moving South Africa Forward’. This recognises the great role Albertina Sisulu played during the struggle against apartheid and how she helped to unite women against this unjust system.
We are extremely proud of the fact that Working on Fire, one of the government’s most successful EPWP programmes, has created work opportunities for many women across the length and breadth of South Africa. Thirty-one percent of our participants are women, which continues to be the highest ratio of women to men employed in this sector. Many of our women participants have evolved from being firefighters to becoming administrative and management personnel in the programme, while others have found employment in the formal sector.
Our women participants are proud of who they have become thanks to the continuous training and development which they receive at Working on Fire. This month, we launched our Women’s Forum in all provinces to provide a national network through which women in Working on Fire can discuss issues that affect them directly and share ideas on how their contributions in the programme can make an even greater impact in our provinces.
The Working on Fire programme is celebrating its 15th year of service to our country this year. We will celebrate this milestone with provincial and national activities to highlight how we have contributed over this period to saving lives, protecting our environment and restoring the dignity of participants who have benefited from the programme.
We are deep in the winter fire season and our teams have been kept busy with some big fires in their respective provinces. We urge our firefighters to remain safe and vigilant during the month of September.