Common Purpose South Africa

Common Purpose is a global leadership organization devoted to developing leaders who can cross boundaries. Both at work and in society.

We deliver open programmes as well as customized, in-house programmes. Our career entry level is with students, and we deliver programmes for new graduates, staff in early to mid-career, as well as senior leaders. 

Find out more about Common Purpose South Africa, our people and our governance.


Our approach to leadership development uses a robust methodology which creates lasting impact.

Common Purpose delivers leadership programmes in 100 cities around the world. Learn more about the impact our programmes have on individuals, organizations and society.

Lindiwe Mavuso, Founder, Afro-Optimist

"I’ve met people I never would have met, I’ve realized that entrepreneurs and leaders go through the same challenges as I do, I’ve been inspired by people’s achievements, resilience and ability to overcome adversity. I now have a new and valuable network I trust and I can tap into!"

Thusa: A campaign to help South Africans in rural areas during COVID-19

Shumani Tshifhango, alumnus of the streetwise mba, started a campaign called Thusa in 2020. Thusa aims to provide South Africans in rural areas and townships with vouchers that can be used to purchase groceries during the pandemic. Read more about his work here.