Skills learned at WOF pay off for former participants
Former firefighters from the Carletonville Base, Mahlomola Leeto and Gladwin Style, are using skills learned during their time in the programme at their new jobs. They are employed as brushcutter and chainsaw operators by the Amaduala Company .
“We did training in brush cutting and chainsaw operating at Working on Fire during the 25 days of training in Nelspruit. I never thought that one day I could use these skills to make a living outside of the programme,” says Leeto.
Leeto is a brushcutter operator while Style is the chainsaw operator. Their duties consist of brushcutting lawns and grass in the mine’s nature reserve and properties. Leeto says that the company recruited them because they are qualified and experienced to operate the brushcutter and chainsaw.
Style says he has a wealth of experience in chainsaw operating and more knowledge that will be of use at his new workplace where they now earn a better income.
“We were tested before we were employed. We also shared knowledge of occupational health and safety, which we also learned while at WOF, with our new employer. He was impressed,” he says.