Passionate about helping others
Zibele Bala, who joined the WOF programme in September 2015, was recently promoted to Base Communications Representative (BCR ) of the Newlands Team.
The 27-year-old, who is originally from the Eastern Cape, goes beyond the call of a firefighter and is passionate about helping his fellow colleagues. Bala has been helping his fellow colleagues compile resumés and cover letters for job applications. He has also taught the team members how to conduct themselves during interviews, at work and while doing fire awareness.
Before joining the WOF programme, Bala matriculated at the Goniwe High School in Khayelitsha, and thereafter worked as an administration intern at the Department of Transport and Public Works for two and a half years.
“I consider myself a soft-spoken individual. Since joining the programme I have gained confidence and can now speak in front of my colleagues and teach them what I have been taught during the BCR training,” he says.
Bala says that, when he first read about the programme on Facebook he immediately followed up to see when the next recruitment would take place, as he was then unemployed and thought a career as a firefighter would help him to build his confidence and support his family.
Having realised this hope, Bala says he’s grateful to Working on Fire and its management for allowing him “the opportunity to grow within the programme, and to gain so much experience.”