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Meet The COPESSA Team

With a combined experience of over 40 years in the diverse fields of social work, medicine, public health and a specific focus of preventing Gender Based Violence and Violence against Children, Team COPESSA serves the community of Soweto with passion, commitment and dedication.

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Dr Nobs Mwanda

Director and Manager

Dr Nobs is a medical practitioner whose dreams and aspirations cannot be contained within the confines of a hospital or clinic. She was born and raised in the Eastern Cape. She strives for excellence in all areas of her life. She established Zamokuhle Child Centre, in 1995, a first community-based child abuse clinic in Soweto, and later co-founded COPESSA in 2000. Through COPESSA she aims to holistically address the root causes of this social ill, and Gender-based Violence in general. Dr Nobs holds a Medical degree and two Master degrees in Science and Public Health, all from the University of Witwatersrand; Advanced Management Programme (Manchester University) and Certificate in Child Law (University of Pretoria). She was inducted as an Ashoka Fellow in 2014 and is also a fellow of the African Leadership Institute. She serves on the MTN Foundation Board.

Ms Ogopoleng Maremela


After completing her honours degree at the University of Johannesburg, she joined COPESSA as a junior Social Worker. Ogopoleng has a decade of experience counselling individuals and families, planning and implementing community development programmes working closely with children, youth, adults and the elderly. Her current role in the organisation includes operations management as well as strategic leadership for the organization.