Nomzamo Mbatha joins the fight for quality education in South Africa

2020-02-13 11:42
Nomzamo Mbatha
Nomzamo Mbatha (Photo: Cotton On Foundation)

South African actress and human rights activist Nomzamo Mbatha, has partnered with the Cotton On Foundation, the philanthropic arm of fashion retailer the Cotton On Group, to create widespread change in the lives of young people in South Africa. 

Nomzamo has been announced as the first Cotton On Foundation Ambassador in South Africa at the official opening of Ethekwini Primary School. Situated in KwaMashu, the school marks the first big milestone in a long-term partnership between the Cotton On Foundation and the community. 

Nomzamo is using her personal experiences to drive her advocacy for young people accessing quality education regardless of their personal or financial circumstances. 


Nomzamo has been using her star power to shine a light on important causes for years. She was announced an ambassador for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2017 and has advocated for mental illness on the global stage. 

In December Nomzamo was a keynote speaker at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, after earlier in the year being honoured by the New York State Senator Kevin Parker at the WASH Gala in New York City.

To highlight a few charities she has been involved with in recent years.

"It is a heartwarming and fulfilling moment for me to be part of the EThekweni Primary, in the township that raised me, Kwamashu. Education is incredibly close to my heart, as it was my way out. My mother is a teacher, so I understand the impact of the Foundations partnership with EThekweni Primary School". 

"I am honoured to support the Cotton On Foundation's work with local communities to ensure that young people have access to quality education. Education empowers individuals and the communities around them, it builds economies and reduces inequalities," she says.

The Cotton On Foundation in partnership with the KwaMashu community has delivered a state of the art school and created 1 280 education places for primary school learners. The Foundation's next project partner is Dr JL Dube High School, also located in KwaMashu. This project brings to life the Foundation's 'Child's Journey' model and will close the loop on local children gaining quality education in KwaMashu from primary through to secondary school. 


Compiled by Graye Morkel