Nozi Comes Home
Our cover girl has come back to us! Nozibele Qamngana just joined Ubuntu as External Relations Manager.
Nozi graced the cover of our very first annual report, and appeared again in the 2010 report. She has grown up with Ubuntu. Like all our youngsters, Nozi came from difficult circumstances. She and her siblings were raised by a single mother, who was a sweeper at the local tuberculosis hospital. Nozi was full of spirit from the very beginning: when she was rejected from a dance group, she persisted until she was accepted, and then proceeded to out-dance everyone.
She was a straight A student. She was class captain at age eight, going on to become school head girl, leader of her peers. Nozi has always looked out for others: while she was still in school, she helped raise money to build a classroom in Uganda. She has remained connected with Ubuntu through school and university, where she was one of our first graduates.
After interning at Continental Tyre in Port Elizabeth, she went on to a full-time managerial position there. In April 2012 she went to Germany for additional training. Imagine our delight when she applied for a job at Ubuntu, competing with the best and brightest of young South African talent – talent that we helped nurture.
Ubuntu Deputy President Gcobani Zonke has a special relationship with Nozi. He was her teacher for years in primary school, and her original mentor. He has a huge fondness and admiration for her. “Nozi affirms the power of investing in the life of an individual,” he says. “It has social returns. Nozi leads, lives, and keeps the ethos of Ubuntu.”
Nozi says, “I'm still in awe of the journey I have travelled with Ubuntu…I strongly feel this is the right time for me to join the organization again…I am grateful that everyone gave me a chance to grow outside because it has now opened my eyes to what is my passion, what drives me, what wakes me up in the morning...and that is making a difference, giving hope and being a voice."