Career: Communication Manager

By Drum Digital
21 January 2012

Mandla Ndlovu is so passionate about his job that it doesn’t feel like work. As programme manager of communications for

Brothers For Life at Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa, Mandla (34) believes in what he does and feels he makes a difference in the lives of Msanzi’s men.

The Brothers For Life national campaign, with its slogan Doing the right thing, aims to encourage men aged 30 and older to live healthier, more responsible lives.

The programme often collaborates with other role players, including the SA National Aids Council, the health department and more than 100 other civil society partners to spread messages on health, HIV prevention, parenting, and the curbing of domestic violence.

As programme manager, it’s Mandla’s job to ensure all the cogs in the system work together so the programme reaches its goals. “These include our community work, media work, advocacy and managing partnerships,” he explains.

Based in Brooklyn, Pretoria, Mandla co-ordinates activities with other organisations and generates content for websites, Facebook and newsletters. He also loves getting involved in the field.

“I often facilitate workshops with field workers who give men the tools to help themselves and their families. “This could involve teaching them about values and motivation or running education programmes on health or eradicating poverty,” he explains.

No two working days are the same and after 10 years in health communication and education, Mandla is happiest when his work puts him in touch with people.

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