90 Minute Online Event - Thursday 3 December 2020

The Western Cape NPO Collaboration Dialogue committee is excited to offer its second online event through the support of Nedbank Private Wealth. We hope you can join us on Thursday 3 December at 10am for this 90-minute FREE webinar on Zoom.

About the Collaboration Dialogue
Since its launch in 2012, the collaboration dialogues have continued to provide a platform which facilitates sharing and learning across the ‘for-purpose’ sector, with curated content featuring a broad range of topics and specialists.

We would like to end off the year on a positive note by sharing success stories of our sector and how organisations have been able to survive, adapt and thrive during this year and the difficulties that COVID-19 brought about. Join us as we celebrate how civil society has been able to manage these difficult times in order to inspire us all to take on the new year with positivity.

Our speakers for the event will be Grace Nkomo (Director of Connect Network), who will share on how they used networks that were already in place to maximize impact, Mokgadi Malahlela (Senior Manager at NACOSA), who will talk about leveraging existing relationships with stakeholders and the importance of civil society engagement, and Marcus van Wyk (Founder of Mthunzi), who used technology to improve food security in marginalised communities.

Grace Nkomo

Grace Nkomo

Executive Director, Connect Network

As the Executive Director of Connect Network, Grace strongly believes that the lives of women and children can be improved through effective equipping and collaboration. Grace has been involved in the Development sector for many years. She was one of the founding members of Think Twice, which was established to empower children. Grace has degrees in theology, community development and is currently completing her PhD in broader development studies with children and food vulnerability. Grace is married to Woyisile and they have two young daughters.

Utilizing community networks. Grace will discuss how Connect Network was able to use existing community networks to mobilise rapid COVID response. This was done through an existing Safe Communities strategy that ensured that verified organisations were well placed to assess and meet the needs of their local communities and gain donor trust.

Mokgadi Malahlela

Mokgadi Malahlela

Senior Manager, NACOSA

Mokgadi started her career as a teacher and holds Higher Diplomas in Education and a Bachelor of Education in Adult and Community Education. Mokgadi has a wealth of experience in the HIV field and joined NACOSA as Western Cape Provincial Manager after three years as Head of Community Services Cluster at Kheth’Impilo, an HIV/AIDS service organisation. Before that, Mokgadi worked as Director of Child Services at Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) and at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s South African mission as Education and HIV/AIDS Programme Manager and as the Executive Director of Learning for All Trust.

Mobilising the community response in pandemics. Mokgadi will be talking about how NACOSA was able to rapidly mobilise a community response to COVID-19 through existing relationships and agreements with government, as well as support from its existing major donors. She will also talk about the importance of community systems in pandemic responses and how we were able to use our experience as civil society within the AIDS response to tackle COVID-19.

Marcus van Wyk

Marcus van Wyk

Chairman, Mthunzi

Marcus has a deep sense of humanity and therefore has engaged in a myriad of societal sectors as he strives to apply his unique and varied skills set. He has a BA in Human Movement Studies and Psychology from the University of the Western Cape and qualifications in Educational Design Programming, Integrated Solid Waste Management Planning through the USA Environmental Protection Agency, Planning and Management of Special Events, Management Programme for NPOs, Project Planning, Corporate Social Investment Programmes, Health and Safety and Labour Relations amongst others. He was held a number of senior roles over his 20 years of professional experience including Founding Chairman of Mthunzi, COO for Youth For Christ South Africa. He has also served as Project Lead for the UNHCR Social Cohesion Project in SA. 

Utilizing a digital aid platform to assist with COVID-19 disaster relief. Marcus will be talking about how a diverse group of individuals and organizations in the development and tech space came together to mobilize a response to COVID-19 through existing and new relationships. He will also talk about the journey of collaboration that led to the formation of Mthunzi Network NPC to serve and enhance the capacity of organizations to deliver cash and food aid (vouchers) via a digital aid platform to identified beneficiaries throughout South Africa.

Event Details

Date & Time


Thursday, 3 December 2020
10am to 11:30am








Please book your ticket via this Quicket link here
 to secure a place by 2 December 2020. Remember to include the email address
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Leaders of Not-for-profits, For-Purpose organisations, Social Enterprises,
CSI Managers and Organisations incl. Board Members,
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