Working on Fire is one of the South African government’s marque programmes

12 Sep,2015WoF and Dept of Env Affairs, World Forestry Congress

An upbeat Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa praised Working on Fire for instilling discipline in young people to love and ultimately take care of the environment.

The Deputy President was speaking at the official opening of the 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC) at the Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban on Monday 7 September 2015. According to the Deputy President, Working on Fire is playing a key role in protecting the forests and he applauded them for their hard work.

“Working on Fire is one of the South African government’s marque programmes to create work opportunities for young men and women.

We are bringing young people through the programme and instilling discipline in them in order to take care of the environment”, Deputy President Ramaphosa said.

“These brave young men and women recently returned from Canada where they helped fight wildland fires and such international cooperation helps to strengthen our ability to export our skills on a global platform”, Ramaphosa further said.

Earlier that day, the WoF participants welcomed the Deputy President with a guard of honour. When the participants burst into song and dance, the Deputy President joined them. Working on Fire was part of the official opening ceremony during the morning and had a drill which captivated the delegates who were at the WFC.