Sinah sails through marathon
“I grew up having challenges at school which led me to throw in the towel in Grade 10. It was not an easy decision but I couldn’t cope because my peers were making fun of me,” said Sinah
Malatjie, a firefighter at Sekororo Base. Malatjie had it tough while growing up in her community. She tried by all means to study towards Matric but in 2012, she made a decision to drop out as she felt that at 21 she was too old for high school. But she didn’t let her failure at school determine her future.
Malatjie grew up with a passion for running and playing soccer. She started competing in the Marathon in Phalaborwa in 2010 but unfortunately never won.
When she heard that WOF was looking for physically fit young people to employ as firefighters, she went and tried out.
“The thought of working as a firefighter made me outrun all my opponents and secure myself a spot. I wanted to prove that even though I failed at school, I could still be of importance in society,” says Malatjie.
She joined WOF as a firefighter on 12 February 2012. Being appointed as a firefighter boosted her confidence and restored her dignity. The fitness training that she does frequently at WOF gave her the courage to go back to competing in marathons.
Malatjie competed in the 10 km race at the Maruleng Mayoral Marathon in 2013 where she took third place. In 2014 she took second place in the same race. “WOF has changed me into being a role model to youngsters. I salute WOF for giving me the platform to shine as a young woman of South Africa,” says Malatjie.