I matriculated from St Joseph’s Secondary School in 2014 and obtained a National Diploma in Forestry from Saasveld in 2017. I have also completed short courses that are essential to my work as a forester - most of them were completed through the Sappi Online Learning programme.
I joined Sappi in 2016, as a student doing my practicals at the Clan plantation. I got an opportunity to learn and experience the daily work of a forester from the Clan Forests, Clan Nursery, Tweedie Research Nursery and Evergreen Sawmill. In 2018, I was placed at the Graskop Plantation as a Forester in Training doing both harvesting and silviculture. I was then employed permanently in 2019, as a Forester at Glenthorpe plantation working with the silviculture team.
My Sappi experience has been nothing but great and very informative although not always a walk in the park. I love that we are a very diverse team and if I need help, there is always someone in the system to assist me.
Nomathemba is just one of a growing number of women joining Sappi in South Africa. Louise van Wyk is a Sappi Forests Environmental Manager for Mpumalanga. Find out why she loves forestry in this #WomenInForestry video.