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Career development a priority for participants

With 23 base teams and 603 firefighters in the Mpumalanga province, Social Development Practitioner Condrick Mukhudwani says career development tops the list of things to achieve in 2017. “As WOF continues to assist in poverty alleviation and job creation across the...

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Rising above her disability

Restoring dignity is one of the key messages of Working on Fire, and through this key message WOF has changed a lot of lives across the country. Twenty-five-year-old Alettah Mbabala is one of the participants whose life changed for the better since she joined the WOF...

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Bethlehem participants save lives by donating blood

Donating a unit of blood can save up to three lives of patients in need. Becoming a regular blood donor ensures that safe levels of blood supply are maintained and makes it possible for the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) to store sufficient blood to meet...

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WOF gave him a chance to change his circumstances

“I have six family members at home who depend solely on me for their survival,” says Thabo Masanabo of Kwaggafontein, when asked why he joined the programme. Masanabo is a firefighter based at the Dr JS Moroka Team in Tweefontein. He says the violent nature of the...

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Programme helping me to finish studies

Thabo Makola’s dream of becoming a sound engineer was cut short when he could not pay his tuition fees. “I did not have R2 000 to pay my tuition fee for the final two modules to complete my National Diploma in Sound Engineering at the University of South Africa,” says...

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Ready to tackle invasive alien plants

A Training Officer in Gauteng, Happy Mpandeli, reports that alien invasive plant species like pompom and lantana are dangerous and are a threat to vegetation. “We have t rained 95 herbicide applicators to mitigate these alien plants this year as they grow a lot...

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Driver passionate about safety

Many of our Working On Fire participants strive to become the best they can be. Thabiso Ditibane is one of our participants who has not only managed to be promoted as a WOF driver but is also doing his utmost to further his studies. Funded by his earnings, Ditibane...

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Firefighter has big hopes for his business

Firefighter Zamile Dlamini from Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal, recently started his own tuck shop business in his community. Dlamini, who was recruited to Working on Fire in April 2013, saved for months before he had enough capital to open his business at the end of...

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Given self-love and acceptance

Boifang Given Moatshe, a storekeeper at Kgaswane Base in the North West, found selflove and acceptance thanks to the Working on Fire programme and his teammates. Moatshe says on his arrival at the base he didn’t know how to cook or do his own laundry. “I didn’t know...

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