MD Message May 2015
We are currently at the start of our 2015 Winter Fire Season and the predictions are already that it will be a difficult season which has been exacerbated by late summer rains as well as expectant high and dry temperatures and heavy winds throughout the winter.
I want to commend our fire fighters (our beneficiaries) whom we all believe will continue to provide an excellent service in fighting these fires. Let me assure you that your great efforts on the fire lines are continuing to be appreciated by all our partners and in particular government. We want all our fire fighters to continue to be vigilant and to maintain high safety levels on the fire line during the next few months.
Working on Fire received unprecedented praise from various Ministers during their respective Budget Votes in Parliament and some of our beneficiaries were even lucky enough to have been invited to the Department of Environmental Affairs’ and the Department of Public Works’ Budget Votes.
This is a clear recognition on how government appreciates the hard work and dedication of all our beneficiaries. In her Budget Speech, Minister Edna Molewa, highlighted the fact that Working on Fire will also contribute significantly towards creating work opportunities for young people as an expanded public works programme.
We intend to further grow the programme in support of these plans of government and this will allow us to create even more work opportunities and further develop the skills of our beneficiaries.
We are immensely proud of the fact that our beneficiaries continue to be drawn from the ranks of the unemployed, poor youth and that today through our skills and development programmes, they have become confident and highly motivated young men and women making up a disciplined and highly trained fire fighting force.