Paying It Forward

payitforwardNangamzo Koza is the Founding Managing Director of Inqubela Foundation. She is also the MD of Umthawelanga, an Africa-focused research and content production company and works at the Innovation Hub as a Communications and Marketing YALI Fellow.

Nangamso started Inqubela Foundation 2010 with her last R200. This decision was driven by her passion for developing schools in under-developed communities into leading centres of academic excellence and leadership development.

Over the years, Inqubela Foundation has been established as a vibrant hub that provides schools with a variety of curricular and non-curricular programmes. It has also become a hub for young professionals who have to the means to establish support programmes in schools, but have no idea where to start. The Foundation also has partners who not only support its projects but further support the schools in administrative and teacher development programs.


  1. What spurred you on to start Inqubela Foundation?

I come from the same developing schools I am serving. I wanted to give back and play an active role in developing the next generation through offering quality education. I also wanted to ensure that I do my best in providing them with an Afro-centric education system.


  1. What does your role as the Founding Managing Director of Inqubela Foundation entail?

I am responsible for the overall strategic and operational management of the foundation.


  1. You were selected to participate in the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI). How was that experience and how has it impacted your life?

I was based at Howard University, which has since become my second home. It was the experience of a lifetime. My dream of establishing an Afro-centric Leadership Academy became a reality while there. I also got to learn so much about the role played by the Washington DC community during the anti-apartheid struggle. I was at home. I got to look those people in the eye and say thank you.


  1. What are your plans for the foundation in 2016?

We are proud of our partnership with the Queenstown District Department of Education. We trust trained 43 teachers and over 230 Representative Council for Learners committees in February.


  1. You have a lot on your plate! How do you find balance between your career and your personal life?

Lol, having no kids and husband yet helps. I am doing what I love so finding time comes easy.

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