On Tuesday, 25 February 2014, St. John Vianney Seminary organised a one day workshop for firefighters. The workshop was facilitated by an experienced expert from Skills Resource Group. Among the attendees were two formators, namely, Fr. Bongani Mbhele (Dean of Students) and Fr. Nhlanhla Mchunu (General Manager). There was also Ms. Joyce Sibanyoni (Kitchen staff) and seven students – Nkosinathi Maphumulo, Gerard Lebelela, Mlondi Nzama, Ntefane Sepatala, Andile Mkafane, Sithembile Dlamini and Limpho Maoela.

The attendees were trained in detail about the Occupational Health and Safety Act no. 85 of 1993. The workshop also focused on what the seminary ought to do in the event of fire. The workshop underlined that St. John Vianney Seminary is serious about the safety of those who work and stay in the seminary. On a number of safety concerns, St. John Vianney is fully compliant with the legal safety requirements.

At the end of the workshop, the attendees wrote an assessment test. When the results were called out, the students surpassed their professors. We hope that scores will not be settled during the forthcoming winter holidays.

By: Rev Fr. Nhlanhla Mchunu