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Meet Our COPESSA Team

With a combined experience of more than 4 decades 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 has served the community of Soweto with passion, commitment and dedication. Meet our team.

Dr Nobs Mwanda

Director and Manager

Dr Nobs Mwanda is a community development professional with cross-disciplinary experience in medicine especially medico-legal assessment and support of sexually abused children; leadership; community mobilization; project management; resources mobilization; donor relationship management; and project execution at the community level. Nobs has recently ventured into Social and Behaviour Change Communication strategy development, on a sub-consultancy basis. One of the highlights for her significant contribution to GBV and VAC prevention, was the awarding of the prestigious Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year (2011).

Ms Ogopoleng Maremela


After completing her Honours degree at the University of Johannesburg, she joined COPESSA a junior Social Worker. Her experience gained from her earlier roles that include planning and implementing community development programmes working closely with children, youth, adults and the elderly have prepared her for her current role as centre manager.  This role includes operations management as well as strategic leadership for the organization.