Working on Fire changed my life
WoF News spoke to Kagiso Tshehla a Dispatcher in Mpumalanga about his journey in Working on Fire
How were you recruited?
“Before joining WoF I was a Soccer Trainer Coach for under 17 boys and girls at Makhazeni (Belfast) and I enjoyed doing that very much.
Then one day I overheard some people talking about WoF recruitment that was to take place on the 16th February 2011 and I asked for more information because I was enthusiastic. I used the information that I accumulated to my advantage and went for recruitment proceedings and I made it. That’s when I told myself that, “here is my journey to success”.
How WoF changed your life?
“Frankly speaking, I can begin by confirming here and now that WoF is my home. WoF gave me something when I had nothing, gave me wealth of skills, discipline and experiences hence all these things have transformed my life and opened doors for me. I perceive life otherwise but definitely not the same as before. I profusely thank WoF for recruiting me.
Later in April 2012 I was promoted to First-Aider and I was so gratified and honoured to do the job with passion, dedication, commitment and determination for a period of two years and eight months and but still I never slacked-off but fought fiercely to move forward. I started applying for the internal vacancies advertised irrespective of the qualification(s) required because I told myself that I have got what it takes to be there, and only these words kept me motivated and moralised.
I took my chances though I knew I had no qualifications they required but I was only yearning for a chance to an interview for me to show my skills and abilities. Some of the vacancies that I applied for called me in for interviews but I never made it. I never lost the spirit that I had in me. My lucky interview was conducted on the 06th April 2014 (Type 3 Dispatcher Interviews) and I nailed it yet I had to wait for a call to officially address me with regards to my success. I got a call about my appointment and I jumped before I uttered any word. It was such a pleasant moment of my life, and that’s when my life changed.
I never looked down on myself but was ready to adapt, nourish my mind, expand my knowledge and skills. “If others can do it, I can do it too, even more. I never pressed myself down because I had no relevant qualifications for a job, therefore I sold myself to the right people”.
Thank you WoF
I solely want to take this time to endlessly thank WoF programme on behalf of everyone. WoF’s mission and vision is truly happening and I am an eye witness to that. Working on Fire has been a mother to motherless and a father to fatherless.