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With more than 2000 members, there’s always something happening in the ACTIVATE! network. Click on each story to read more about how Activators are driving change across South Africans.

Mar 19

Mining the gold we all have in us.

“Everyone has, in themselves, gold that is yet to be mined. And sometimes all it requires is for us to help them see it, in order to mirror it back to them. This is what helped me build my organisation, over the past 15 years, to what it now is.” said Marian Goodman at the …

Mar 16

Where are they now?

The ACTIVATE! Network has existed for 6 years, we follow-up with Activators from 2012 to find out what progress they’ve made since completing the ACD programme.   

Mar 15

What Activators think about land expropriation

By Nomvuyo Sebeko Soon after being sworn in as South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned that land expropriation without compensation would be effected in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA). He also assured citizens that this will be done in such a way that it will not affect agricultural production or jobs. The …

Mar 14

Learners on gender: “Our vision is a gender fluid society”

By Nomtika Mjwana ACTIVATE! Change Drivers, in partnership with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and Africa Unite, hosted a gender and gender-based violence hackathon with young community members who were predominantly learners from several high schools in the Western Cape. This took place at the Africa Unite Offices on Saturday March 10 in …

Mar 14

Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights Imbizo

By Rammolotsi Sothoane The South African constitution guarantees equality for women and the LGBTQIA+ community as well as the right to freedom from violence, and access to socio-economic rights such as housing, land, health and fair labour practices. As South Africa commemorates Human Rights Day on the 21st March, it is important to reflect on …


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Upcoming Events

Mar 16

South African Library Week

The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) is celebrating South African Library Week from 16-23 March 2018 with the theme Libraries: heart of the Community. The launch event will be held on Monday, 19 March 2018 at the National Library of South Africa, Cape Town campus. The theme “Libraries: heart of the Community” re-emphasizes the idea that libraries belong to the community and are central to it. All …

Mar 21

National Human Rights Day 

Human Rights Day (21 March) was officially declared a public holiday in 1994 following the inauguration of former president Nelson Mandela. This national day-off is both a stark reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre and a celebration of South Africa’s unique constitution, which gives equal rights to all.

Mar 22

Perfect Love UFS Library Week Event

The University of the Free State in partnership with Perfect Love Publications will be hosting a Poetry and Writing event in celebration of Library Week. The event will include a panel discussion with authors and poets as well as an interactive dialogue between the panel and the audience. An open mic poetry session will be …

Mar 30

Good Friday

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.

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