Programme helps to alleviate poverty
Victor Khulwana, a Type 1 Crew Leader of the Mdala Team, says one of the most important human rights is being able to have a source of income and afford to buy food.
He says he starved prior to democracy, because programmes like Working on Fire did not exist to alleviate poverty amongst the poorest South Africans.
“WOF is here today to mitigate poverty and uplift us. The programme fulfils a fundamental human rights role for participants by skilling and paying them stipends to make a living,” he says.
“[Adequate food] is very important for many of us to survive. A lot needs to be done to get all stages of human rights fulfilled. You can’t build a house without foundations,” says Khulwana.
“If I am not starving it means stage one of my human rights is met. It then talks to restoring dignity as a human being,” he says.
Khulwana says there is a saying that says a hungry man is an angry man. He feels the WOF stipends touch millions of lives in various households across the country on a daily basis, and that the programme plays a critical part in affirming his and fellow participants’ human rights to exist and be protected.