WoF applauded by Government
The Working on Fire programme continued to receive recognition and praise from various government departments during their recent Budget Votes in Parliament.
This was evident during the Departments’ of Environmental Affairs, Public Works and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Budget.
Votes where their respective Ministers thanked the fire fighters in Working on Fire for their hard work with reference to the devastating fires which ravaged the Western Cape during March this year.
On the 14th of May 2015, Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, with the support of Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson delivered the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Budget Vote at Parliament in Cape Town.
The Budget Vote takes place once a year and allows the Minister to provide details to Parliament on how her department has implemented various projects and campaigns with the budget allocated to the department and she is also able to outline her departments’ priorities for the new financial year.
Fire fighters were pleased to hear our Minister and other Members of Parliament express their appreciation for their courageous efforts during the fire season and efforts in protecting the environment.
“The Working on Fire programme is making an important contribution in protecting our biodiversity and the fire suppression and awareness activities play a significant role in protecting our environment”, Minister Molewa said.
Minister Molewa further said, “You will have seen our young people from Working on Fire as they joined the City of Cape Town fire fighting teams in battling the devastating blazes that engulfed much of the Cape Peninsula just recently. Their role in containing the fires is just part of the work done by these brave, dedicated young South Africans.
Our country owes you a great debt, and we salute you!”
Working on Fire was represented by the Newlands fire fighters and WoF management in parliament. For the fire fighters it was a special occasion as they have never been to parliament before.
“This is a special moment for us all as we are representing all the beneficiaries in Working on Fire and we are very happy that government is recognising the work that we do”, said Annalise Flanni a fire fighter from the Newlands Team.
In her Budget speech Minister Molewa also stated that her Department will spend over R8 billion rand on the EPWP over the MTEF period for the implementation of concrete programmes in the land restoration, water resource and ecosystem service management sectors.
Working on Fire will continue to be one of the programmes that will benefit from this budget. “I am happy to report that about 85 226 work opportunities were created as part of our implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme during the financial year 2014/15”, she said.