Thapelo continues to serve the community
Thapelo Ramashobane started from humble beginnings as a firefighter and is now making his career at Tlokwe Local Municipality, where he is employed as a traffic warden in the Department of Public Safety. His job includes the normal traffic warden duties, as well as compiling reports, issuing traffic fines and managing traffic wardens.
Always passionate about saving lives, Ramashobane joined the Working on Fire programme in 2013 as a firefighter at the Boskop Base. “I joined WOF because of unemployment but ended up in love with the job because of the purpose we serve within the community,” he says.
Ramashobane found himself at home without work or income after Matric. He says life was difficult but he never gave up on his dreams and future plans. “I enrolled at Tshwane University of Technology in a Road Safety Management course as I always wanted to enforce the law and loved saving people’s lives.
“I started in January 2016 and my journey as a traffic warden has been rewarding so far as I have graduated to being a junior supervisor within two months at the Traffic Department,” says Ramashobane.
He hopes to grow within the department and one day be a Superintendent. “I believe in myself and that always motivates me to push harder,” says the former firefighter. When asked to advise his former WOF colleagues and new participants he said, “I would like to encourage former colleagues and everyone to go to school and further their studies and also get a driver’s licence.”