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Colin Naicker, Branch Manager, PROTEC Stanger

Colin Naicker has just celebrated 10 years with PROTEC, having joined on 1 November 2013. In his position as Branch Manager, he oversees, manages and implements the PROTEC programme and activities, networks and collaborates with schools, the education department, and donors, liaises with parents and other stakeholders, and provides pastoral care and support to the branch’s learners. PROTEC Connect found out more about this man who was born and raised in Shakaskraal, about 20km south of Stanger.

Background in a nutshell

Colin studied computer training and accounting, and has qualifications in Community Profiling and Development Project Management and Basic Financial Management, Governance and SMME Development from UNISA.


He has worked in both the public and private sectors in administrative and management positions before joining PROTEC and the world of NGOs. He brings extensive experience in managing human, financial and physical resources to his position.

Career highlights

  • Through various educational programmes, I have been able to network, collaborate and interact with wide range of people in the private and public sectors, and with the general public, with community members, learners and parents.
  • Contributing to the success rate of the matric results.

My passion for education support in STEM subjects was motivated by the serious skills shortage in South Africa, which is contributing to the high rate in unemployment. STEM education and support contributes to much-needed skills development and a drop in youth unemployment.

The fun of learning at PROTEC Stanger

What makes PROTEC special in your view?

PROTEC is a place where the beliefs, values and teaching norms support of sustained learning. It has a strong learning culture that is nurtured and where “learning to learn” is essential for everyone. Learners are made to feel comfortable and are given hands-on quality teaching.

I enjoy the close networking with schools and department officials who respect us as a social partner. I am passionate about my job and I love working with learners – when they do well, it brings joy to everybody.

Who has inspired you?

My hardworking, committed, trustworthy and genuine parents. I owe my achievements to them for all the sacrifices they made for me.

What advice would you give to youngsters starting in the PROTEC programme?

Study and be motivated by your goals. It is important to take a proactive approach to your future, be confident, be willing to go the extra mile, and be committed. Last but not least, your attendance and participation is key to the success you will achieve at the end of the programme.

About us

PROTEC is a leading South African non-profit organisation, operating nationally in the field of STEM education since 1982.

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