Nomcebo Nothile Nkomo
Nothile Nomcebo Nkomo is a devoted community worker and activist from Ntuzuma, north of Durban. In 2016, the thirty-one-year-old Nkomo founded NomceboN Foundation to fulfil her calling for community work, especially the empowerment of young women. Born and raised in Umlazi, south of Durban, Nkomo holds a Human Resources Management national diploma from eThekwini FET College. Her foundation runs an initiative called Smart Girls programme to teach young girls how to make traditional accessories decorations, as well as learn proper cultural and social values. “My goal is to see these young girls and women reach their full potential and do great things in society. Because of the challenge of unemployment in this country, I am instilling a sense of belonging and survival in my community members,” Nkomo says. During high levels of Covid-19 lockdown regulations last year, NomceboN Foundation was involved in social support services, including distribution of food parcels to needy families. Her foundation has also donated at least 50 school shoes and school uniform to schools in her area. “It’s all about giving back to the community and be someone else’s sunshine,” she says.