Championing Child Advocacy and Development

By Koketso Mamabolo

At the last sitting of South Africa’s first democratically elected parliament, former President Nelson Mandela spoke of a vision which encapsulates the idea of working together for the next generation. “I am the product of Africa,” declared the President in his address, “and her long-cherished dream of a rebirth that can now be realised, so that all of her children may play in the sun.” This vision of freedom represents the selfless work done by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF). The Fund, started in 1995, has the central aim of improving the lives of children. It’s fitting that South Africa’s first democratically elected president, whose term in office saw the adoption of our well-renowned Constitution, led the focus on an area of human rights which is fundamental to a better society.

In a statement, announcing her appointment as CEO of the Fund, Dr Linda Ncube-Nkomo said, “The Fund holds Madiba’s passion for children at its core and has a great history of changing the lives of vulnerable children across the country.“ A qualified chartered accountant, Dr Ncube-Nkomo brings vast experience from the private sector with nearly two decades of experience in executive and directorship roles. She is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Old Mutual Foundation.

Taking over the reins from interim CEO, Dr Stanley Maphosa, Dr Ncube-Nkomo brings a wealth of management experience which makes her perfect for continuing the honourable work the Fund does. Dr Ncube-Nkomo obtained a doctoral degree in Business Leadership from the Unisa School of Business Leadership. Prior to her role at NMCF, Dr. Ncube-Nkomo served as the CEO of the New Love Life Trust for five years. Before that, she held the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the same organisation for two and a half years.

Her experience spans across various sectors, including financial services and telecommunications, where she gained expertise in operational management and strategic development. Beyond her professional achievements, Dr. Ncube-Nkomo is known for her commitment to community development and philanthropy. She actively engages in initiatives that promote education, health, and social well-being.

Dr Linda Ncube-Nkomo continues to build upon Nelson Mandela’s vision, carrying his light forward and inspiring positive change for vulnerable children. Her extensive experience, strategic mindset, and commitment to making a difference position her as a significant force in the field of child advocacy and development. With her at the helm of the NMCF, the organisation is poised to reach new heights in its pursuit of creating a brighter future for the next generation. Through her unwavering leadership and passion, Dr Ncube-Nkomo is making a lasting impact on the lives of countless children, ensuring that their voices are heard, their needs are met, and their dreams are within reach.