THE Umvoti Fire Protection Association (UFPA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Avela Mana as the new fire protection officer (FPO). Mana, who started at the beginning of April, completed her tertiary education through NMMU Saasveld and the University of Stellenbosch and since 2009 has been working in the forestry field with various companies. She was previously employed as the contractor operations manager who mentored a land claim that came from Mondi Plantations in Melmoth. In 2016, Mana won the Mondi Diamonds Award for her outstanding work in this field. In 2017 she won the Mondi Platinum Special Recognition Award — Outstanding Safety Performance. The UFPA committee believe that Mana will be a great asset to the Umvoti FPA and take this association to the next level. Contact her on 079 154 1090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.The UFPA annual general meeting takes place on April 19 at 5 pm at Greytown Country Club and Mana will be introduced to members.