[WATCH] #WomenArePower: Pamela Naidoo – A Capacity Development Manager at SAFCA

Meet Pamela Naidoo…

She is currently working as a Capacity Development Manager for South African Forestry Contractors Association (SAFCA) NPC, a position that she holds well over a decade.  Her role is to ensure that skills development is implemented amongst contractors’ workers through various initiatives and projects.  As Qualifications Development Facilitator, she has been instrumental in securing funding from the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sectoral Education and Training Authority (FP&M SETA) and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and has been leading the development of curricula and material.   As a Manager, she leads the SAFCA NPC team with managing and overseeing the implementation of Grower contractor worker training (Mondi) and capacity development (Sappi) programmes.  She wears many caps, and as a qualified Skills Development Facilitator also assists forestry contractors with their mandatory and discretionary grant applications.  Thousands of contractor employees have been trained and skilled through learnerships, skills programmes, work integrated learning and shorts courses in the time that Pamela Naidoo has been employed in the forestry industry. 

She has made connections in the industry that has propelled SAFCA NPC to be recognised within the forestry sector as a key stakeholder.  The ripple effect of these connections was to build partnerships for the greater good of the industry.  She has served as Chairperson of Forestry Industries Training Providers Association (FITPA) for … terms and is currently a Member of the FP&M SETAs Quality Assurance Committee.  Pamela highlights her influence on the transformation of contractor training from routine skills compliance training to specific, identified targeted and needs driven industry related training interventions in accordance with innovation and technology (mechanisation and modernisation), technical competence in forestry operations, risk management, health and safety training, driver and driven machinery and forestry supervision as her greatest achievement.

Pamela Naidoo Capacity Development Manager – SAFCA NPC on Viloud

SAFCA celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019 and Pamela is proud that they serve as a “collective identity” for contractors with the industry.” She has been mentored with gratitude by SAFCA CEO, Dr Jaap Steenkamp to be an influencer – a person that inspires or guides the actions of others, a change agent – one that affects or changes the behaviour or opinions of others and a champion of forestry contractor capacity and skills development.  Pamela says she is nothing without the great team employed at SAFCA who make her job so much easier.   

One of her aspirations is for SAFCA NPC as a registered assessment centre and longs to see the first learners from the forestry sector receive occupational certification in the qualifications that have and are being registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) through the QCTO.

Covid 19 has taught us that family matters most and although work is important to her, nothing makes her feel more accomplished than being a mum to her two boys, Aaron and Eli and wife to her husband wonderful Balan.  As a committed Christian, Pamela draws her inspiration from biblical principles.  She wants to emulate love, joy and peace and spread the good news to whoever she comes into contact with.

When Pamela is not busy with projects related to work, she enjoys interior decorating, travelling and cooking up a storm for family and friends.

This is a true reflection of a powerful woman who makes it her priority to get things done, juggle family and work and manage to maintain a balanced life! She is a true example of a Power Woman!

Bandile Mathebula

Award wining writer and Journalist. Founding Editor In Chief at Sibizi News. Managing Director at Sibizi Media. Vice-Chairman at Ignite Young Minds SA. I have worked in the media industry for the past 7 years working across different brands and industries.

13 thoughts on “[WATCH] #WomenArePower: Pamela Naidoo – A Capacity Development Manager at SAFCA

  1. Kerry Davies says:

    What an amazing ambassador for SAFCA, woman and the Forest industry! I have worked closely with Pam for over 11 years in Forestry and have appreciated her as a colleague and friend in a very male dominated industry. I have seen her grow from strength to strength and take on many challenge in Learning & Development. What a legacy she is leaving for the whole Forest industry in this space! She is truly a trail blazer for more women to follow. You go girl!

  2. Balan Naidoo says:

    Well done Pamela Naidoo.
    Great inspiration to all women.

  3. You are an accomplished woman with great zeal for life. Well done Pam.

  4. With great professionalism, unmatched skill sets, especially people skills sets, Pam is a thought leader and implementation driver in the
    forestry contractor capacity development field. SAFCA and the forestry industry at large continue to benefit immensely from Pam’s leadership in forging a development body for professional contractors. A calm force and great personality to be around. Thank you Pam for the work you do.

    1. A caring, loving and kind hearted beautiful woman of God as well! Congrats on this achievement! So proud of you!

  5. Mishelle Naicker says:

    Congratulations Pamela on your noteworthy achievements in what is very much a “male dominated” Sector. During this month of August we celebrate women that are making in -roads, and you are definitely one of them. Balancing a career and your family life whilst still contributing to the community through the Church shows your ability to be a skilled, loving and compassionate person. So proud to be associated with you…#WomenArePower

    1. So proud of you aunty Pam and all your accomplishments . Wow! What an inspiration to both young and old!

  6. We are very proud of all your accomplishments Pam. You are an amazing woman.

  7. Congratulations to pam Naidoo the way you committed well done may our God give more strength u go gal

  8. Congratulations to pam Naidoo the way you committed well done may our God give more strength u go gal

  9. Mokgadi Ragolane says:

    You are a great inspiration indeed. Big ups to you. I’m so really motivated.

  10. Johnny Modiba says:

    In this month that is marked as a woman’s month, it is great for the industry to share the beautiful work that is spearheaded by women. And I think Ms. Pam Naidoo is a good example to be recognized as such, I have worked with Pam Naidoo for over 10 years today, and she’s so empowerment driven, and I can vouch for it that the industry as a whole is benefiting from her lots of good contributions. All I can say Pam is congratulations on this beautiful story written about you, keep doing a good work for the industry. Happy women’s month.

  11. Roger Godsmark says:

    I worked with Pam for many years, prior to my retirement earlier this year, in my previous capacity as the Operations Director of Forestry South Africa. Pam personified all that is good about a caring person and one dedicated to uplifting the skills of those working in the South African Forestry Industry. No assignment given to her by the Industry was too much. She took on these roles and responsibilities with a singular passion and professionalism. The entire Industry owes her a huge debt of gratitude.

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