Born and raised in Jane Furse, in Limpopo, Job (29) worked hard to climb the corporate ladder, even volunteering at various organisations when he was unemployed.
He joined United Forest Products in 2016, as marketing representative, and is responsible for growth in the volume of timber, marketed by the company, and the effective administration of all timber supplies, among various other duties.
We chatted to Job to find out a bit more about him.
Do you have any tertiary qualifications?
I am currently studying a BSC (Agriculture Sciences) at UNISA.
What was your first job?
I worked as a RICA agent and teller for a year at Luckcess Repair Store, at the Jane Furse Plaza, before resigning to become a maxi taxi driver. When I was hijacked in 2012, I decided to go and visit my friend in Sabie.
Tell us a bit about your career
When in Sabie, I found a temporary job as a tree climber for Double Stars Contractor. I worked there for a month, before receiving a call from SAFCOL (KLF) offering me a one-year Silviculture National Certificate at the Platorand Training Centre.
Following this, I was offered another one-year Waste Management and Recycling Certificate, from the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC). The course consisted of three weeks theoretical training at SAWC’s camp in the Kruger National Park (Hoedspruit) and 11 months practical at the Thaba Chweu Local Municipality.
I then got a part-time job as a research technician assistant at the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR) in Mpumalanga, before working as a research technician for one year.
You were volunteering before joining UFP, tell us about this
I volunteered to gain work experience. I volunteered at Thaba Chweu Local Municipality, doing firefighting and rescue, as a library assistant and as a dumping site controller. I also volunteered at ICFR for one month, before they offered me a part-time job.
I also volunteered for Barry Linde, one of United Forest Products’ directors, as a firefighter in his plantations. He saw my potential and recommended me to United Forest Products.
What do you like most about your job?
It gives me the opportunity to interact with various personalities, at different levels, and enables me to grow mentally and professionally.
What inspires you about the forestry sector?
The forestry sector has the ability to create jobs and independent entrepreneurs, as it is a wide sector.
What plans do you have for the future?
As other agricultural crops occupy most of the forestry land, timber is becoming scarce. As a result, demand, price and markets for timber are growing rapidly and will continue to grow in future. I want United Forest Products to become a leading forestry products trading company that will sustain markets across the globe.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is the broad knowledge, experience and skills I have in the forestry sector, from silviculture activities to harvesting operations and the marketing of timber products.
What value do you think UFP adds to the industry?
United Forest Products unites all stakeholders in the timber industry, from small, private and state-owned farms to logistics companies and access to markets. It bonds the timber industry stakeholders’ chain together.