Volunteer Day on Freedom Day

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Part of module 1 home task is to have a volunteer day. Bevin Reynolds shares her story of what she did for her volunteer day. "I held my volunteer day at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for abused women and children in Manenberg. For the day, I organised for friends of mine to share their skills and expertise with the women, and so create a day filled with a variety of transforming and empowering activities for them."

Unacceptable sanitation! What is the solution?

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Young South Africans have grown up in a 'free' country, and yet, a simple thing like sanitation is still such a problem. While some South Africans have four bathrooms in their own houses, others suffer the indignity of having no clean toilet at all. See the link below and think of innovative ways to get communities involved in changing this situation ...

The role of memory in creating change

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Some Activators recently had the opportunity to attend a talk on Leadership and Innovation for Social Change and the role of Memory & Legacy. This talk was hosted by the Board and Alumni of the South Africa - Washington international programme. Below are some reviews from the Activators who attended.

Mocha Panda Movement

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Activator Kanyisa Booi started a youth movement called Mocha Panda. She explains what the movement is all about and what its goals are. Mocha Panda (Youth Forward) is a sturdy show of solidarity amongst youth. Activators will conduct jam sessions throughout South Africa. Symbolically this will be carried out the Youth Month (June) up to Mandela day (18 July) marked by a 67 minute peaceful Youth Attest walk to the Union Building.

Man Up Durban Exchange

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The exchange was held in Durban on the 6th of April 2013. The award-winning human rights activist Jimmie Briggs spoke to the Activators about his Man Up Campaign. Activator Nkosinathi attended the exchange and he wrote this review about it.

"Civil society organisations need to prepare for new opportunities and challenges" says Activator Juzaida Swain

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In tough economic times, civil society organisations need to find new and innovative ways to cut costs, find resources and work more effectively, writes JUZAIDA SWAIN.

Activate! Exchange - Durban

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Last week the Activate! Exchange was launched in Durban, the first in a series of events that discuss what young people are doing to create change and what can be done to support them. We would like to widen activator's networks of opportunities and create awareness around what they are doing.

'Deforestation is dehumanization' says an Activator volunteering at Greenpeace Africa

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Amir Bagheri, an Activator who joined the network last year and who is currently volunteering for Greenpeace Africa, took part in an awareness campaign in Johannesburg recently that focused on the negative effects of deforestation for communities in a specific region in Cameroon.

Are we waiting for a messiah of sorts, asks Lynette Ntuli

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Lynette Ntuli, chief executive officer at Innate Investment Solutions (Pty) Ltd, put the cards squarely on the table last week at the first Activate!Exchange when she spoke about the type of youth leadership that could fill the current vacuum in our country. She later said, "The calibre of the panel members, audiences interactions and even some of the reactions and comments I received post the event made the morning well worth it."

Izikhothane: clever statement or waste of youth? Have your say!

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Fame comes at a staggering price for Izikhothane youths designer clothes, costly accessories and expensive alcohol.

Re-imagining education and all of its possibilities

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The Innovative Teachers Institute (ITI), sponsored by the Khulula foundation, is a movement for passionate, skilled, connected and revolutionary educators committed to the quest of creating change through adopting innovative strategies that promote development and improve student performance.

AN ACTIVATOR GOES LIVE ON HUFFINGTON POST!

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Activator Koketso Moeti, who completed year one of the Activate programme last year, was recently involved in an online Live Chat interview with world-renowned publication the Huffington Post. Opportunities like this give South African youth a voice and ensure that our views are not shrouded in silence or sitting beneath the radar.

'There is a way out': An activator speaks of suicide, success and the path between the two

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'In life we experience challenges, and at times they drain us emotionally in such a way that we dont see our way out (solutions). But through my life I have realised that in all our challenges, we can find our way out - even if you sometimes feel like I once did: hopeless, full of anger, demotivated and swimming in a pool of confusion. These were testing times in my life.

Leadership: Six secrets to doing less

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In the pursuit of innovation, leaders are often faced with three critical decisions: what to follow versus what to ignore, what to leave in versus what to leave out, and what to do versus what not to do. Many of the most original innovators tend to focus far more on the second half of each choice.

ONE BILLION RISING: LET'S JOIN ACTIVE CITIZENS ACROSS THE GLOBE!

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Wow! Imagine us South Africans joining one billion people across the globe in the world's biggest peaceful protest! On February 14 this year, the earth with shake with the sound of feet dancing in protest against the horror of rape, a violent act that far too many of the women in our country experience on a daily basis.

PUBLIC INNOVATION: AN ACTIVATOR SHARES HER STORY

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When Siphelele Chirwa took the stand in front of nearly 200 other young South Africans at an innovation showcase outside Johannesburg last month, her words rose above the glorious thunderstorm breaking outside. Imagine, she asked, getting to the end of your life and nobody has ever asked you what your big dream was.

JAY NAIDOO PASSES THE BATON ONTO THE NEXT GENERATION

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Struggle stalwart Jay Naidoo has called on young change-makers in South Africa to not fall into the trap of pursuing individual success at the expense of their communities.

SMALL INNOVATIONS, BIG CHANGES

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How could a lunchbox change a life? How could a rural matriculant know the sky is the limit when nobody has given her career guidance where she lives?

BEN OKRI: WHAT DO WE DO WITH OUR FREEDOM?

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Literary Nigerian treasure, Ben Okri, has called on South Africans to find innovative ways to heal the wounds. At his speech (click to hear podcast) at the Steve Biko memorial lecture event last year, he said that for most of his life it seemed unthinkable that Apartheid would ever end. It seemed like an unalterable fact, like fate, or the moon, or hunger. He described apartheid as a long, nightmare-laden sleep, and the democratic era as a new day.