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.

Open programmes: Emerging leaders

Africa Venture

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.

The streetwise mba

The streetwise mba is a local programme for emerging leaders. It develops inclusive leaders who are able to lead diverse teams, serve diverse clients and work with diverse stakeholders. 

500 Leaders campaign


2019 is the 25th anniversary of our democracy and our election year. These 25 years have taught us that nation building is not easy. But this election year presents an opportunity to look to the future and to renew our efforts to create the South Africa we want.

500 Leaders is a way of doing this. It is a three-year campaign that targets 500 of our brightest and best emerging leaders in early to mid career, from across business, government, and the non-profit sector. In sectorally diverse groups of 50 participants at a time, the participants undergo leadership training to develop their skills as inclusive and agile leaders.

Student programmes

Future Leader Experience

The Future Leader Experience is a three-day programme for university students, that assists them to develop the skills required to understand and navigate diversity and complexity, as well as building the self-belief that they can be a leader. These programmes are commissioned by and run in-house at specific universities.

Customized programmes

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. 

Online programmes

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