WOF gave him a chance to change his circumstances
“I have six family members at home who depend solely on me for their survival,” says Thabo Masanabo of Kwaggafontein, when asked why he joined the programme.
Masanabo is a firefighter based at the Dr JS Moroka Team in Tweefontein. He says the violent nature of the taxi industry made him look for other job opportunities. Masanabo was forced to quit being a taxi driver out of fear for his life and family following taxirelated violence.
“I saw the advertisement in one of the local stores which mentioned that Working on Fire was going to recruit firefighters. I then prepared myself to attend the recruitment drive,” he says.
Masanabo took a leap of faith because he was tired of living in fear of being killed in the crossfire and asked his employer for a day off so that he could attend the recruitment.
“The programme took me in and I will use the opportunity as a stepping stone to advance my career going forward. Had I stayed home my family would have starved,” he says.
Masanabo says he was relieved to get the opportunity and enjoys the physical fitness tests done by teams on a weekly basis. “Working on Fire programme saves lives. My life was literally saved from a possible stray bullet from the fighting taxi lords had I stayed.
I am happy that I don’t have to look over my shoulder anymore,” says Masanabo.