Pumla Mtambeka: Director and Senior Social Worker at Childsafe (CAPFSA)
In 1996, Pumla qualified as a Social Worker at the University of the Western Cape. She started working at Childsafe where she was responsible for education and training in various communities. After three years, she was offered a position in Kraaifontein by Communicare. There she worked with the very disadvantaged communities of Wallacedene and Bloekombos providing welfare services to both communities which included case, group and community work, statutory and pre-statutory work and evaluating implemented programmes. Pumla later joined the South African Police Service as an Employee Assistant Practitioner for three years. In 2009, Pumla returned to Childsafe and became responsible for the management and co-ordination of the training programs of the organisation. She is also involved in research, education and advocacy work related to childhood trauma and injuries. This includes decisions on the basic research priorities and the analysis of data.
Pumla has designed, co-ordinated and implemented various accident prevention programmes in numerous communities with the aim of preventing childhood trauma. She serves on a variety of committees and task teams focusing on child accident prevention in our country and has presented several papers at local and international conferences.
Chiedza first joined Childsafe (CAPFSA) as a volunteer in 2010. While volunteering she was actively involved in several education training workshops and exhibitions. Her love, passion and dedication towards research got her the position of Researcher in 2011. Now as Assistant Director, she is also involved in education and advocacy work within the organisation.
Given her background in Disaster Risk Science, she is interested in risks faced by at-risk communities and households specifically on young children. She particularly enjoys doing research in order to find ways of improving the circumstances of those at-risk and reducing the vulnerability of young children to injuries in these communities.
Chiedza enjoys working at Childsafe and is looking forward to all the opportunities and possibilities.
Consultant: Margie Tromp
Margie Tromp joined Childsafe as a consultant in December 2008 to assist with bookkeeping and financial matters. She worked at Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust as Financial Manager for many years where she gained most of her experience with finances and funder reporting. She recently started her own small consultancy business. Margie is happy to contribute to the cause of Childsafe and appreciates the peaceful atmosphere at the office.