Cotton On Foundation (COF) is proud to welcome South African human rights activist, film and television actress and business-woman Nomzamo Mbatha to the Foundation family!

Nomzamo was announced as a Cotton On Foundation Ambassador at the official opening of the first COF supported school in South Africa in February. Growing up in KwaMashu, the home of Ethekwini Primary School, Nomzamo’s connection to the project was natural.

With her passion for community and first-hand experience of the change a quality education can create, she is the perfect fit to represent our quality education projects across the globe.

In a short period of time, Nomzamo has grown from a contestant on a talent show to one of Africa’s most sought after stars. Her influence and mass appeal has led to several roles in film and television, as well as ambassadorial appointments by world-renowned brands. Notably, Nomzamo was appointed as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in January 2019.

Later this year, Nomzamo will be starring alongside Eddie Murphy in the new Coming to America sequel.

As a Cotton On Foundation ambassador, she will use her personal experiences to drive advocacy for young people accessing quality education, regardless of their personal or financial circumstances. 

“As someone who was born and raised in KwaMashu, the work of the Cotton On Foundation and the opening of the Ethekwini Primary School is incredibly close to my heart. My mother is a teacher so I understand the impact of the Foundation’s partnership with Ethekwini Primary School.

“I am honoured to support the Cotton On Foundation’s work with local communities to ensure that young people have access to quality education. I know from my own experiences that receiving a quality education can change your life. Education empowers individuals and the communities around them. It builds economies and reduces inequalities,” said Nomzamo.

We can’t wait to see where this new partnership takes us! 


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