Nomasonto Mazibuko

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Nomasonto Mazibuko
Disabilities and the Rights of the Elderly – Commissioner
What is your educational or experience background that equips you to add value to this SCA team?

My experience as an educator has equipped me in ensuring that I’m able to interact with the community at any level. Being a person with disability has empowered me in advancing the rights of persons with disability through advocacy work and interaction with government in all spheres. Being a director of a Non-Profit Organisation has broadened the scope of work within the community. Created an opportunity to Network with stakeholders both private and public sector. has   in advocating on behalf of persons with disability and influence policy in the different stages. The interaction with Government in all level has equipped me to understand how they operate and how best to navigate best results for any desired programmes  

Why are you a Social Cohesion Advocate?

The idea of a cohesive society free from discrimination and oppression has been part of my DNA. By being a Social Cohesion Advocate I would be able to assist the country in developing a philosophy of an inclusive and caring society. Demonstrating to citizens of the country that it takes ordinary individuals to achieve such a society.   

What change are you passionate about seeing come about?

The biggest change would be the inclusion of persons with disability in programs within the Department which would be integrated within the society that we are working towards. The inclusion of boys in the already existing programs of the girl child ensuring that we build an inclusive society. 

What makes you feel uniquely South African?

My culture and my uniqueness as an individual. The fact that I continue working on social-cohesion and nation building which is a privilege. 

What is your dream for South Africa by 2030?

That we live in country that upholds its Constitution and all the International treaties. To live in a country that has eliminated poverty and reduced inequality. Our economy would have grown in such a manner that will benefit all citizens. Disability would be integrated in such a manner that its normalized. Being able to implement the National Development Plan which if implemented well we will achieve the South Africa that we all dream of.  

What do you believe South Africans need to do to make this dream a reality?

We need to implement our policies and effectively monitor and evaluate their impact on ordinary lives. Acknowledge that work that is done by ordinary citizens that positively on or in our communities. Acknowledge and amplify the synergy between the private sector and government by so doing you will achieve more as a country.       

Who are we as South Africans?

We are a very diverse nation that needs to accommodate our different cultures and find a way to coexist. Move away from our history.

Where do we come from (as a nation)?

We come from a difficult background that we cannot erase but rather embrace and apricate it. As it is the same pass that has ensured that we create an inclusive society.

Where are we heading?

We are heading to a society /country that is free from discrimination of any form and embraces diversity. 

How do we wish to conduct ourselves in SA?

We wish to conduct ourselves mentors that can accommodate citizens despite their age, gender, nationally and background.  

How do we wish to conduct ourselves (and to be viewed) internationally?

As advocates that want to implement change through our appointments. Working closely with the Department in achieving their objectives. 

How do we hold each other’s hands as we build and form a cohesive nation?

Through co-operation amongst the social cohesion advocates and department officials and also working closely with the Minister.