Nôra was born and raised in Hartebeespoort near Pretoria and matriculated in 1990. She studied agriculture at the Technikon Pretoria and worked for the Agriculture Research Council in the small-scale farming sector, before moving to Degussa South Africa and Kavo Dental, working in the accounts department.
She started working for the Nova Institute in the Hartenbos Office in July 2011 as a Research Assistant and Office Administrator. She oversaw the Basa Magogo Project and work in a supportive capacity on the other Nova projects in the data office. She married Nic in 1997 and is the proud mother of 2 beautiful daughters. They moved from Centurion in Pretoria to Hartenbos in 2010 and they are enjoying the slower pace of the Southern Cape