Senior Programme Manager: Local programmes, Common Purpose South Africa

Nomshado Rose Shabalala

Nomshado started working for Common Purpose South Africa as a Programme Coordinator and later became a Senior Programme Manager, responsible for the core programmes’ design, development, and implementation. One of her values that she shares with Common Purpose is the Leading Beyond Authority motto, and would love to see more South Africans adopt this.

Before joining Common Purpose she worked as an Interactive Hub Manager, an outreach programme for SABC 2 Education. Managing a hub of activities, such as the Call Centre that dealt with public information dissemination; research, data capturing and stake holder management. She managed all the projects that interacted with public and the schools nationally. She also assisted in the establishment of youth leadership projects. Nomshado was also in a team that dealt with both Corporate and Government sponsorship, donating resources like computers and printed material to schools. She was involved in researching and contributing to the creation of both electronic and print media programmes like Age in Style (Hola Hamonate), Edu-Plant competition, and Matric re-write, to name a few.

A qualified International Development Policy Planner, and Project Management practitioner from the University of Birmingham in England (UK); she also studied Mass Communications (sponsored by the African Union, in Cairo, Egypt). She studied Community Leadership and Project Management with Wits University, and also qualified as an Adult Basic Education & Training facilitator with UNISA. She has facilitated ABET classes, and also has done a few short courses in business, health and community development. She has worked extensively in the NGO sector heading and directing several departments and programmes for the past 15 years. Prior to that, she started her working career in the mining sector where she worked for 10 years.

Nomshado is a staunch activist in youth and women development issues. She has researched, designed, fundraised, and implemented projects for government and community development purposes, facilitated small business training, project management, life skills, and also facilitated the establishment of a computer literacy project.

She was an active contributor in the establishment of SANGOCO Mpumalanga, the National Association of Para-legal Movements; she has led lobbying campaigns and mobilization activities for policy and human rights issues: Nomshado believes in community involvement and participation in development issues. She was invited to participate in local and provincial government’s development and economic programmes. She has partnered with organisations like Joint Enrichment and Youth Development Network Projects as a trainer in leadership skills, and the starting up of provincial youth programmes. She worked, and has visited different countries, and most of South African provinces.

Nomshado loves learning new things and exploring other people’s cultures and languages. She’s done a significant amount of public speaking and presentations in government departments, business, community and schools. She is deeply spiritual, loves reading, watching movies and going to theatre; enjoys nature, long walks, and is always keen on motivating and community building efforts. She is married and has three daughters.