Working on Fire mourns the passing of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr. Edna Molewa
It is with great sadness that we received the news of the passing of our Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa. The Working on Fire programme, together with the other “working for” programmes reside in the Departmental of Environmental Affairs and had an active engagement with Minister Molewa throughout her illustrious tenure as Minister.
She was an ardent supporter of the Working on Fire programme, and was always ready to participate in our activities and most importantly give the recognition she believed our firefighters deserved. Many of the WOF family will remember the annual Environmental Affairs Budget Vote where our firefighters and management participated and were recognized by the Minister as one of government’s proud achievements.
We also recalled the day Minister Molewa came to Nelspruit to formally open the WOF Academy as part of SABC’s live Morning Live broadcast. She was tireless in her commitment to WOF, changing her busy schedule to participate in events such as the “Thank You Dinner” for firefighters who came from other parts of the country to assist with the disaster fires in the Cape in 2015, the appreciation ceremonies for the firefighters at the Knysna-Tsitsikama Fires in June 2017, the Shack Fire demonstration in Stellenbosch, the launch of the Cape Fire season, etc.
Minister Molewa was always ready to accommodate WOF’s requests for interviews, particularly on WOF TV, where she became a regular feature for her words of encouragement and recognition of WOF firefighters.
Our deepest condolences to the family of Minister Molewa as well as to her colleagues in government and the Department of Environmental Affairs. I personally wish to acknowledge the tremendous support she lent to us as WOF management and ease of access, often in moments when facing challenge, which made our task so much easier. WOF intends to participate in the memorial service next Wednesday, 3 October 2018 and the formal state funeral on Saturday, 6 October 2018. We will provide further details on WOF participation in these events in the coming days.
We salute a fallen hero and dedicated leader, whose record of selfless service to the South African people must inspire all of us to respond to the TUMA MINA call and make our own contribution to building a better society for our future generations.
Trevor Abrahams: Managing Director