Lerato Ngobeni

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Introducing Lerato Ngobeni

Lerato is an esteemed program manager and sustainability specialist with a rich background spanning corporate South Africa and civil society organisations. With an impressive repertoire of strategic sustainability projects under her belt, she has collaborated with renowned entities such as Murray & Roberts Limited, African Access Holdings, and the Royal Bafokeng Nation, among others. Notably, Lerato spearheaded the management and coordination of Rustenburg’s readiness for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a pivotal moment in her career. Her editorial prowess shines through in her role as the editor of the coffee-table book “Bafokeng 2010 FIFA World CupTM Journey,” showcasing the legacy of the event for the Bafokeng people.

Driven by a thirst for knowledge and a commitment to excellence, Lerato pursued a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science at Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2015. Her dedication to societal progress is evident in her various roles, including as a non-executive director and trustee for several organisations focused on community development and empowerment.

Upon her return to South Africa, Lerato launched Civics Academy, a civic education initiative aimed at fostering constructive youth engagement in democracy. This initiative’s success led her to co-found ReimagineSA with anti-Apartheid activist Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, further amplifying civic dialogue and engagement across the nation.

Currently serving as ActionSA’s National Spokesperson and a Councillor in the City of Johannesburg, Lerato continues to make significant strides in driving positive change. Her multifaceted skill set encompasses program management, stakeholder engagement, and talent management, ensuring effective leadership in her endeavours.

Numerous accolades and achievements, including successful project management ventures and impactful community initiatives, underscore Lerato’s professional journey. Her dedication to excellence is further evidenced by her continuous pursuit of knowledge, as demonstrated by her various professional training programs and educational pursuits.

Beyond her professional endeavours, Lerato is a devoted mother, social activist, and avid public speaker. With her unwavering commitment to societal advancement and her diverse skill set, Lerato stands as a beacon of leadership and positive change in her community and beyond.