MD Message June 2015

1 June, 2015

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MD Message June 2015

1 Jun,2015MD Message

Following the worst winter fire season in seven years in 2014, many specialists expect that there will be an increased risk of veld and forest fires, given the current long term weather forecast for the provinces currently in their winter fire season.

I want to urge all our fire fighters to remain vigilant and safe at all times whilst on the fire line during this winter fire season. Health and safety on the fire line should be high in the minds of our fire fighters every time we are called out to a fire.

This Youth Month was dedicated to remembering the heroic struggles of the youth of 1976 who stood up and bravely fought against the imposition of “Bantu Education” into our schools. We pride ourselves that Working on Fire has contributed significantly towards creating work opportunities for young men and women.

Today more than 85 percent of the beneficiaries employed in Working on Fire are from the age group 18 – 35. In this Edition of WoFire News you will read several stories of how our young people have grown and developed in the programme with some now even undergoing training to be our future pilots, others have joined organisations like the South African National Defence Force whilst some are living out their passions to be writers and journalists. This is a reminder to us all that the work we are doing in Working on Fire is contributing in its own unique way of helping to advance and develop our youth. At the recent launch of the Mpumalanga fire season, the Acting Premier, Mr. Vusi Shongwe, congratulated our fire fighters for their discipline and coordination.

This is a clear recognition that government is aware of the impact we are making in our communities. Let me congratulate the young men and women fire fighters of Working on Fire for your sterling work you are doing in protecting our environment and in saving lives. I hope you will inspire many others to follow your example and realise that opportunities to progress are not always found in obvious places.

Llewellyn Pillay

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