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.
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!