Dec 8

Fighting the scourge of corruption

On the 9th December, Johannesburg based Activator and Corruption Watch leader and Youth Projects & Campaigns manager , Mzwandile Banjathwa  will be leading International Anti-Corruption Day. It is also an opportunity to reflect on progress made in advancing the anti-​corruption agenda, to share best practices, exchange ideas, and to stimulate a conversation about greater efforts to …




Nov 27

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR)

By Nomtika Mjwana WARNING: Sensitive posting related to violence against queer bodies. History It was the year 1998 in Allston, Massachusetts on November 28, when Rita Hester, a black transgender woman, died as she was murdered for reasons related to hate crime (transphobia). This happened two days before her 35th birthday, and she was stabbed …


Nov 24

16 Days of Activism Activator Events

In observance of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, Activators across the country will participate in various programmes and initiatives aimed at raising awareness about this scourge. On the 24th November from 09:00 to 14:00, Port Elizabeth based Activators will join Amnesty International at the Nelson Mandela University as part of a panel-discussion …


Nov 21

Fees commission report rejected

By Bawowethu Jonas The Poor of the poorest Young The youth of South Africa is once again failed by the government of the country. This comes after the report of Fees Commission released by uBaba kaDuduzane, the State President, Mr. Jacob Zuma. It is not alarming that this commission would take its time to ponder on …


Nov 20

Applications for Switch 2018 are now open!

SSEP APPLICATIONS OPEN 20 Nov 2017 – 19 JAN 2018 The applications for Switch Social Entrepreneurship Programme are now open! Please read the attached brochure and below information to ensure you fully understand the programme, its offering and what it expects from you. The SSEP accepts 60 candidates a year. Due to limit spaces, we are …


Nov 20

Men march to fight violence against women and children #Activate16Days #NoExcuse

Men march to fight violence against women and children #Activate16Days #NoExcuse On Sunday the 19th of November 2017, Takuwani Riime! collaborated with various stakeholders from across various sectors to organise the Men’s March aimed at encouraging men to take action against gender-based violence. The ACTIVATE! Change Drivers network had the privilege of being part of this …


Nov 20

The breakdown of the Fees Commission Report

By Action Setaka The 2016 and 2017 academic year will go down in history as years which marked the unity of young people, specifically students beyond the political spectrum and colour. It saw a generation notoriously labelled as arm-chair critics and social media revolutionaries assuming their rightful role as constructors of the future by taking …


Nov 20

Activators fighting gender-based violence

By Nomvuyo Sebeko Gender-based violence is very common in our country. This year alone we have seen a lot of women being killed by their partners. We have also experienced the shocking revelation of children being killed for their body parts and some for rituals. As a nation we have a long way to go …




Nov 9

Strike a woman, strike A WOMAN!

By : Dineo ‘Kay-Dee’ Mashile I remember that day vividly! It was the Sunday after Module 2 and a fellow Activator lady and I were walking from the Shoprite that’s at Adderley Street, Cape Town, to meet the rest of the group at the Company Gardens. We shared about our lives as we walked… at …


Nov 9

Tanzania National Youth Assembly

During the month of November 2017, the Vijana Assembly and YESPeace Network successfully hosted and facilitated the Tanzania National Youth Assembly in Arusha Tanzania hosted by the the Institute for Accountancy University. They hosted a total number of 652 delegates of which 339 were females and 313 were males. The ages varied between 15-35 from …


Oct 31

We Should Not Be Punishing Drug Dealers in Schools

By Leander Julius I went to a rather standard high school in Johannesburg – but also a school with a reputation for its drug usage amongst the pupils. I remember one afternoon after “break time” the principal instructed me to ‘watch the criminals’ – the pupils caught selling dagga, until the police arrived – and arrive …


Oct 31

A! Health Champions Hacking Tarvens

During the AIDS conference in Durban, it was discussed that the number of new recorded HIV infections has increased to 2000 per week. And that the demographic that is most affected is youth aged 15 – 24. This prompted the forming of the A! Heath Champions that will focus in dealing with the various diseases …


Oct 30

Introducing the A! Health Champions

Pssss…. have you heard? ACTIVATE! has a new focus group where all their focus will be on the #YouthHealthMatters. Over the past 5 years, the ACTIVATE! has had Activators that have been working in isolation in various health initiatives. Well, this year we are happy to introduce the A! Health Champions that are Activators that …


Oct 27

Promoting education and peace beyond 16 Days of Activism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 27 October 2017 RE: ACTIVATE! Promoting education and peace beyond 16 Days of Activism #Committed2Peace #YESPeace  On the 28th October 2017, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers and Africa Unite; affiliates of the YESPeace Network will collaborate to host a peer educator workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 Interconnectedness, …



Oct 25

Follow-up on Activators who attended the Innovation Summit 2017

Activators reign supreme at the Innovation Summit Financial literacy activist from Butterworth, Xolisile Malgas and food security campaigner from Tsolo Nkululeko Ngqinambi along with anti-drug abuse Port Elizabeth based Aloma Malgas scooped entrepreneurial partnerships at the 2017 Innovation Summit that took place on the 6th to the 8th of September at the Cape Town Stadium. The …


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