Ntombohlanga (Hlanga) Mqushulu has 25 years’ experience in the development sector working for local, international non-profit organisation and the South African government. During her career, she has acquired a wide range of skills including training and capacity building; advocacy; stakeholder mobilization and engagement; research co-ordination and entrepreneurship development.
Mqushulu has worked with youth leaders from 12 countries in Southern Africa coordinating training, research, and mentorship activities of the Youth Employment Summit programme. While at Ashoka Innovators for the Public, an international organisation promoting Social Entrepreneurship she led the launch of the Youth Venture programme in South Africa, building the capacity of youth groups in the Eastern Cape to start social ventures. She has managed a range of advocacy programmes and during her time as Lobby and Advocacy Manager at the National Youth Development Agency, advocating for the establishment of Youth Directorates within the public sector and coordinating the process to unify Youth Chambers of Business.
Hlanga is currently Advocacy Manager at the Soul City Institute for Social Justice, she has managed a range of programmes including the capacity building of young women in the North West, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces to engage in the democratic processes at local, national, regional, and international levels. She also manages the Safetipin project, the project is aimed at improving safety of women in public spaces. Safetipin has developed cutting edge technology designed to put power into the hands of women, to make cities and communities safer for women. It enables women to make informed and safer decisions while moving around cities. Hlanga also serves on the board of the Non-Profit Company Zenzele Itereleng.