MD Message November 2018
Annual Azishe Games
The fifth annual national Azishe Games ended on Sunday, 18 November. This year’s games were hosted at Hekpoort in Gauteng and coincided with our 15-Year Celebrations. The Azishe Games is an opportunity for firefighters to compete against colleagues from other provinces and showcase their talents. Well done to all the participants who were at the event and congratulations to KwaZulu-Natal for being the winners of the 2018 Azishe Games.
As we come to the end of an eventful 2018, we wish all our firefighters a peaceful and joyous festive season. To those in the northern fire season, we hope you will use this period to rest, spend time with family and friends and reflect on your personal progress, before returning in the new year, refreshed and dedicated to your personal growth and to contributing to wildland fire management in South Africa. We wish all our firefighters deployed in fire season a safe and successful season. Take care, stay safe and make us proud.
Firefighters commended for bravery
I want to commend the firefighters who went above and beyond the call of duty during fire suppression activities in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape recently. Their bravery and commitment in saving lives demonstrated what it means to live the Working on Fire value of ‘Making a Difference’ in the lives of the communities that we serve.
Trade Union Issues – GIWUSA
The Johannesburg Labour Court granted a Final Order of the Court in October in favour of Working on Fire, interdicting the General Industries Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA), which has repeatedly allowed their members to unlawfully and without reason disrupt the workplace and causing damage to property and vehicles. This situation became untenable as an overwhelming majority of the Working on Fire workforce did not support these unlawful activities and it necessitated us to approach the Labour Court to ask for urgent intervention in these acts of the union and its members. Please consult the November edition of the WOFire newsletter for more information in this regard.