Programmes in South Africa

Common Purpose South Africa runs leadership development programmes and Cultural Intelligence programmes that inspire and equip people to work together across boundaries.

Whether you are in the early stages of your career and ambitious to rise through the ranks, or you are already in a senior position, you can choose from a range of our programmes to suit your needs. You can click on one of the programme buttons below to browse through what we offer at different career stages. We can also customize programmes to a specific brief.

Open programmes: Senior leaders

An experiential global leadership programme for senior leaders from business, governments and social sectors across the world as they transition to become global leaders – at work and in society.

Powerful, interactive online / blended learning for leaders who want to cross boundaries

Open programmes: Emerging leaders

The Africa Venture is an annual leadership development programme that seeks to bring together exceptional emerging leaders from across all African nations onto a common platform, where they work together to address pressing issues relevant to the region.

Youth Programmes


Youth programmes are for young people aged 18-25, from across a city or country. They are an amazingly diverse group: some in employment, some not; some studying, some volunteering. Many will be passionate activists, others will be finding their own causes. Legacy Initiatives reach young people from very different backgrounds and beliefs – the only thing they have in common is their generation.

Student programmes

We work with universities to develop customized learning solutions, bringing the best of what we offer to address their specific learning outcomes, skills and competencies or graduate attributes. 

Customized programmes

We deliver customized leadership or diversity programmes for your organization,  partnership, city or region. We create innovative ways to develop your current or next-generation leaders in a way that delivers value to your organization immediately. 

We deliver online diversity programmes in-house. These programmes engage the participants in a dynamic social learning process.

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

Shumani Tshifhango is young, emerging leader based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and an alumnus of our 2019 streetwise mba in Johannesburg. Witnessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those who are less privileged in South Africa, Shumani created the Thusa campaign. Thusa aims to provide South Africans in rural areas and townships with vouchers that can be used to purchase groceries during the pandemic.