Khonyashe - Confidence - Queenstown, South Africa

Nontuthuzelo Khonyashe

Queenstown, South Africa

Services

Confidence

Summary:

• Managed to create good rapport with people from different socio-economic background.
• Work with different people and also able to work in any environment.
• Ability to apply basic forestry principles.
• Human resource management plans

Work History

Forestry Development Officer

Chris Hani District Municipality

From March 2012

The following is what keeps me going and motivated to positive life:

Project Coordination and Implementation, so far I have coordinated and implemented two charcoal projects and the tree nursery projects. These projects are within the District municipality benefiting the communities of three local municipalities which are Intsika Yethu, Engcobo and Sakhisizwe Local Municipality. Work have been done is to conduct training to develop understanding and improve capabilities of the local community to participate in economic development initiatives. Also assessing project deliverables against agreed outcomes and milestones and also evaluating performance against agreed measures and standards through feedback and situational assessments.
Human Resource Management, Conflict and grievance resolution between beneficiaries, taking them on board with the working system of municipality. Creating a conducive environment for entrepreneurs and, committing and capacitating communities so that they can improve quality of life in the Chris Hani Region.
Financial Management, management of budget as per service delivery budget implementation plan that is in place and also management of business plan and asset management.

Intern-Forester

Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries

February 2011 - January 2012

Fire Protection, Harvesting, Silvicultural Practices, Weed Control, Coppice Reduction, Environmental Management, Forest Management, Human Resource Management and Financial Management..
Fire Protection, compiling and implementing fire protection plan, skoffelling and burning of fire belts and tracer belts inorder to prevent external and internal fire outbreaks. Implementation of National Veld and Forest Fire Act,1998 (Act 101 of 1998). Fire Danger Rating calculation, fire scouting skills such accessibility in terms of fire in the field and the escape route. Working together with Working On Fire project.
Harvesting, Doing pre-harvesting,stacking route, felling, crosscutting, debranching, pole extraction, measuring diameter of pine poles, loading, stacking and post harvesting.
Silvicultural Practices, Managing teams in site preparation, creation of base line, marking for pitting and pitting and planting pine seedlings and also blanking. As well as implementation of new compartments that came out from grassland areas because of the issue of shortage of trees in our country, extension of compartments and the map correction
Weed Control, Managing teams in manual weeding as per 2011/2012 Mpofu Annual Plan of Operations and being assisted by Working for Water project on extreme weeding compartments.
Coppice Reduction: Management of Gum stands at Mankazana woodlot in order to avoid the dense growth of species.
Environmental Management: Cleaning of riparian buffer zones and catchment areas, dying of alien invader species in order to enhance water supply, to promote land care to conserve nature and to reduce intensity of fires and floods working together with Working For Water project.
Forest Management, Stand regulations as per Mpofu Stock Management Plan.
Human Resource Management, Conflict and grievance resolution, leave monitoring, standby, overtime and night shift allowance preparations, telephone management and radio system monitoring and control, transformation

Forester-Volunteer

Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries

May 2010 - November 2010

I took effort to join the force at Katberg Plantation in the Eastern Cape which purely deals with Pine species and few hectares of Gum species. the following took place on my experience:

Fire Protection, Weed Control, Coppice Reduction, Forest Management, Environmental Management, Human Resource Management and Silviculture.

Fire protection: Implementation of National Veld and Forest Fire Act 1998 (Act 101 of 1998), calculation of Fire Danger Index, construction and burning of fire and tracer belts. Application of chemicals as a management tools to tracer belts, scouting skills of fire such as accessibility and escape routes. Working together with Working On Fire teams.
Weed control: managing of teams in mechanical and manual weeding as per 2011/2012 Annual Plan of Operation.
Coppice reduction: Management of Gum stands in Mankazana Woodlot by selecting the best standing tree with good qualities of making production.
Forest Management: Stand regulations as per Mpofu Stock Management Plan including pruning, thinning and enumeration.
Environmental Management: Cleaning of riparian buffer zones and catchment areas, dying of alien invader species in order to enhance water supply, to promote land care to conserve nature and to reduce intensity of fires and floods
Working together with Working for Water project.
Human Resource Management: Conflict and grievance resolution, leave monitoring, standby, overtime and night shift allowance preparations, telephone management and radio system monitoring and control, transformation.
Silviculture: Managing teams in site preparation by slashing, stacking and burning, construction of base line, marking for pitting and pitting, planting, blanking and pruning activities.

Forester- Experiential Training

Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries

February 2009 - July 2009

i took my practicals at Voorspoed Plantation and treating plant at Limpopo Province, this is commercial plant dealing with gum species.

i have undergone Silvicultural Operations: site preparation by slashing, stacking and burning, and also creation of base line, marking and pitting, planting and blanking when the is 15% rate of mortality; weed control and land clearing activities.
Harvesting: measuring diameter breast height, pre-harvesting, stacking route, felling, crosscutting, de-branching and debarking, pole extraction, stacking and post-harvesting.
Pole Treatment: implementation of SABS quality assurance standards. Open tank treatment of poles, sampling of poles before and after treatment, grading and sorting of poles.
Fire protection: Construction and burning of fire breaks, implementation of National Veld and Forest Fire Act,1998 (Act 101 of 1998) and National Forest Act,1998 (Act 84 of 1998).
Environmental Management: cleaning of riparian buffer zones and catchment areas, dying and controlling of alien invader species.

Projects

Tree Nursery

this is community driven project covers 1.8 hectares of land situated along R63 between Cofimvaba and Engcobo.
The project is having 7 beneficiaries and it consist of office, storeroom, guard house, green house hot germination room, planting area, solar house for cutting and hardening off area.
This nursery basically produces pine and indigenous species and is established and funded by Chris Hani District Municipality.
The project now is on operational purposes and of course we are looking forward to external support, as we currently don't have a permanent market. We're also looking forward to find the potential business partner that will be willing to transfer business skills to the beneficiaries and grow the enterprise

Qualifications & Certifications

Disaster Management

University of South Africa

Diploma in Social Forestry

Fort Cox College of Agriculture and Forestry

Nzululwazi High School

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