Like a real-life superhero, Paballo Lebone has never hesitated to help others when they are at their most vulnerable – from helping a woman give birth in the street to fighting fires and helping victims of crime.
Paballo (23) has a higher certificate in firefighting, ambulance and safety skills from Impact Emergency Technologies, but he struggled to find a permanent job, even as he used his invaluable skills to help people who need it most.
The last time YOU interviewed him, earlier this year, he was still unemployed, but determined to keep on helping – he would even carry surgical gloves with him whenever he left the house he shares with his parents and grandmother in Klerksdorp.
Despite the many promises of employment that followed the news articles about his good deeds, Paballo was losing hope that he’d actually get a job, until Deon Arends, owner of DKJ College & Ambulance Service, hired him on a contract a few months ago.
“He supported me, and believed in my abilities,” Paballo tells us.
Then, in August, he landed a full-time job with Matlosana EMRS in Klerksdorp where he has been able to expand his skills and knowledge even more.
“My job has been great, it feels like I belong here. I'm learning to be more disciplined, dedicated and I’m still determined to save lives,” he says, adding that the people with whom he works “are very supportive and extremely inspiring”.
“This job brings out an even deeper love and passion for saving lives. I’ve learnt a lot in a short period of time.”
Paballo’s family had been struggling before he landed his job, surviving on his grandmother’s grant, “which wasn’t enough to provide for the whole family”, he says.
Now, things have improved greatly for him and his family. “Since I started working at Matlosana EMRS, my family is happy and our living situation has changed for the better.
“I have a very supportive family, they helped me remain positive and encouraged me to never lose hope. I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for them,” he says, proudly.