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Thobeka Nkomo

Thobeka  Nkomo

Charity: Headway Gauteng


I’m a Johannesburg-based a wife and mother of two teenagers and have recently completed my PhD in Social Work. My paper, titled ‘the Needs of Children Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Middle Childhood’, has been published.  I’ve had a successful, ten-year career as a social worker for the Department of Social Development and the Department of Health. As a 2013 Vodacom Change the World volunteer, I’m helping others to reach their full potential through my work at Headway Gauteng.  Here, I’m managing the Soweto and Alexander branches, training field workers, securing resources, switching to an electronic record keeping system and taking on the role of therapy manager.

My Projects:

  • Group therapy programme
  • Outings for attendees
  • Headway Gauteng’s Brain Injury Global (BIG) Picnic
  • Messages of Hope balloons

My Background:

  • A wife and mother of two teenagers
  • Recently completed my PhD in social work
  • Successful 10 year career as a social worker for the Department of Social Development and the Department of Health
  • Volunteer and  treasurer for the women’s Manyano -  an organisation linked to my church that deals with various issues that women face

More about Headway Gauteng:

  • Headway Gauteng is a brain injury association dedicated to offering various support programmes to survivors of brain injuries and their families in Hyde Park, Alexandra, Soweto and Tshwane 
  • It assists survivors of acquired brain injuries to adapt to the permanent physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural processes of brain injury, providing an environment where those affected can feel accepted and secure



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