WOF assists participant to further studies
“I am living testimony that hard work, passion, dedication and perseverance are keys to a brighter future,” says Sarah Hlako, a firefighter from Blouberg Base in Limpopo.
Sarah joined WOF as a firefighter at Blouberg Base in November 2016, when she was already pursuing her N6 National Diploma in Business Management at Capricorn TVET in Bochum.
As with other young people WOF recruits from previously disadvantaged communities, she underwent training in integrated fire management services before being placed at her base.
This didn’t affect her studies as she was attending afternoon classes.
After completing 18 months of theory studies she applied to WOF for placement to do the 18 months of practical experience required to complete her diploma.
Her application to conduct her practicals at WOF’s Limpopo provincial office was granted in June.
“It was not easy, but because I knew what I wanted, I persevered and am making sure I learn as much as I can from provincial management,” says Hlako.
Sam Maepa, the Provincial General Manager says, “Sarah is an example to other firefighters who are pursuing their studies. This also gives us the opportunity to give back and to contribute in the uplifting of our participants.”