To remain active, stay connected!

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Dikatso Malapile is passionate about helping substance abusers who have lost confidence in themselves to effect change. She aspires to open a rehabilitation center in her community but requires funding. Email malapiledikatso@gmail.com to find out how you can assist.

The math conundrum

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The entire country was shocked last week when the Department of Education said that the pass rate for mathematics would be lowered to 20% for certain learners. Is that a step forward or a step backward? Ramadimetja Makgeru shares her opinion on the matter.

Ubuntu, a tool for social change.

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Khumo Mokobane, a scholar of Theology, looks at the importance of Ubuntu and creating strong social bonds for change within a community.

Changing perspectives through writing

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A great passion of 2016 Activator, Ramadimetja Makgeru is writing. She uses this skill to tell the stories of individuals changing their communities.

Children bear the scars of abuse

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As we close the 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children campaign, we should not forget that violence happens everyday. It is a conversation that needs to take place throughout the year. Mbasa Gqokoma takes a look at the effects of abuse suffered by children.

Taking the road less travelled

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Vanessa Van Wyk from the Northern Cape wants to change the "small town mentality" because she feels it is the greatest barrier for change to occur.

Striving to increase the pass rate in Limpopo schools

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Coming from an impoverished community in Limpopo, Initia Mogoswana has recognised that pupils need assistance in order to pass exams. The dire pass rate in her community has motivated her to make the change she wants to see.

A filmmaker upskilling his community

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Passionate about the arts and making films, Andries Manong hopes he can impart a new set of skills to the youth in his community through his film production company.

The lack of reproductive justice as a form of violence

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As we observe 16 Days of Activism, it is important for us to realise that women experience various forms of violence. Nomtika Mjwana explores the lack of reproductive justice as a form of violence.

No land, no police station.

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Community safety is a huge problem in the township of Nyanga, Cape Town. One of the reasons Nyanga is named the murder capital of the country is because there's only one police station in an overpopulated area.

No more labels!

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Yolokazi Mfuto is very aware of the inaccuracy of gender stereotypes and calls on men and women to write a different narrative as these roles rarely communicate accurate information about certain groups.

LESBIAN, NOT A MAN!

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Throughout the ages, the discrimination and marginalisation of women has been well-documented. If you're a lesbian, life can be tough and downright unbearable. Mpho Molefi, a lesbian, explains how fed up she is with men treating her like a man when in fact she is a women!

HIV/AIDS, a disease of the mind

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Mbasa Gqokoma sits down with a 32-year-old man from the Eastern Cape living with HIV. *Luxolo Mlambo (not his real name) explains how difficult it was for him to disclose his status to his support unit because of the shame and stigma attached to the disease.

Focusing on LGBTI Youth in Hammanskraal

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2016 Activator, Happy Phaleng took some time to tell us more about his passions and how he is empowering the LGBTI community of Hammanskraal.

PrEP as HIV Prevention: An Intersectional Lens On Access

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Nomtika reflects on the many important issues facing girls and young women, and how these need to be addressed far beyond 01 December.

Siyavuya improving prospects for youth in Khayelitsha

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Meet Siyavuya Mlungu who joined the ACTIVATE! Network this year and is passionate about business and leadership.

SA Power in too few hands

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Koketso Marishane unpacks why the power balance in South Africa should be reconsidered. He argues that a constituency-based representative model holds greater potential for the country.

ACTIVATE! CEO declares Mphanama Station Official

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The stations list keeps growing! Activators in Mphanama now have a gathering space and christened by ACTIVATE!'s Chris Meintjies.

A victorious day for women

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As we mark 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women and Children, we celebrate the victories that women have achieved and we condemn the continued repression they continue to endure.

Lessons from Europes largest technology conference

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"As a female tech entrepreneur in this space, it brings me even more joy that I can share my experience with fellow female entrepreneurs and encourage them to travel and attend international conferences to bring them and their businesses a new wave of inspiration and confidence."