Participant urges colleagues to uplift themselves

13 Sep,2017Profiles, WoFire News

Sphamandla Manyayi WOF was recently appointed a driver by WOF KwaZulu-Natal.

Manyayi was recruited in March 2012 and became a Base Communications Representative last year but while proud of this achievement, he had set his sights on other opportunities at WOF.

Manyayi says, “I wanted to be a driver because I saw the opportunity as a first stepping stone within the company. I really enjoyed the training and I learnt a lot of new things. I am not just a driver but a vehicle manager, and my aim is to be the best driver WOF has ever had.”

Manyayi embodies the leadership and cooperative spirit that participants often discover in themselves when taking the opportunities offered to them at Working on Fire.

“After getting my own driver’s license, I then started helping my co-workers.  I am very proud of their progress as one has passed and another is currently doing her driver’s license.”

In motivating his colleagues, Manyayi says, “Have short-term goals and work on them. Never quit. Thomas Edison’s light bulb experiments failed a thousand times but he got it right. I say, let us fall forward.”

When asked how it felt to fail a thousand times, Edison said, “I didn’t fail a thousand times. The light bulb was an invention with a thousand steps.”