Sep 16

Vuwani Continues To Burn

As I write this, I am reminded of the famous American black revolt movie called “Mississippi Burning.” Now in South Africa, we have our very own “Vuwani Burning.”  I woke up today to news that the marginalised community of Vuwani in Limpopo Province, has yet again set alight learning institutions. This after, the very same …

Sep 15

Art For Lifeskills

My arts mission is to inspire positive social change, provoke discussions, capacitate the already existing viable platforms that enable marginalised voices to be heard and influence South Africas thought leaders and their followers thinking.

Sep 8

The Art of Driving Change

I am driving change through an organisation called Light of Life theatre,. Its been in existence since 2009 (7 years now). We have been training our peers for performing arts in our community. A lot of them have joined and grown to be university students, drama and movie actors.

Sep 1

Provoke Inspire Connect

Activate Change Drivers are constantly relooking at creative and innovative ways to build resources and create connections for Activators. This document outlines the use of a USSD platform which is used for application purposes.

Aug 24

Women Who Win In Educating

Introduce yourself My name is Nolwazi Ntshingila (31). I’m a 2013 Activator from KZN – Durban, Umlazi. What is your field of passion/interest? I’m passionate about community development, women empowerment & literacy. What are you doing to drive change? I’m involved in various projects in my community and surrounding rural areas. This year I joined …

Aug 23

Activator Empowering The Youth Through Literacy

Thando Mkoyi, a self-motivated literacy specialist and Activator based in Khayelitsha, hosted yet another eye-opening Sinovuyo Township Reads workshop on literacy at the Khayelitsha Site B library on Saturday, August 20. The event which was filled to capacity by Khayelitsha residents included- amongst others- children and parents of all ages. The event was to bring …

Aug 23

NW Activator Vows To Lead SA To Real Freedom

“As long as many of our people still live in utter poverty, as long as children still live under plastic covers, as long as many of our people are still without jobs, no South African should rest and wallow in the joy of freedom.” “It is not our diversity which divides us; it is not our ethnicity …

Aug 18

Lets Do It For The Girls

Statistics vary when highlighting the number of young girls whose lack of access to sanitary pads lead them to missing school and therefore receiving a different standard of education to their male counterparts. According to UNICEF 1 in 10 school-age African girls do not attend school during menstruation, or drop out at puberty because of the …

Aug 16

Kim’s Quest To Dismantle Patriarchy

Introduce yourself Hello! My name is Kim Windvogel and I am a 25 year old feminist 2016 and an Activator based in the Western Cape. What is your field of passion/interest? I am a feminist and I believe in the empowerment of youth to drive change in this country, where 66% of the population fall …

Aug 12


Many of our nations, while afloat, are contracted with regards to economic opportunities. Other nations are failing to survive, and rely on limited means of trade with the world to remain afloat. Thus their industry is dependent on one sector with little to no room for the emergence of youth.

Aug 11

Bongani Gets A Nod For YALI

I create opportunities for young people in the education and entrepreneurial sectors, through sharing information such as bursaries and funding opportunities, through hosting developmental spaces such as seminars and dialogue sessions.

Aug 11

Opinion: Much Talk About A Coalition

It’s rather unusual and somewhat bizarre, to say the least, that in the post-apartheid South Africa for the first time, the ruling party has to beg for attention in a coalition with parties it deemed shenanigans due to size et al.  Well, the reality is that whether our elders like it or not, the political …

Aug 11

Young Leader Determined To Align SA With Developed states

It is of utmost importance for South Africa, as a developing state, to invest in youth development and adopt tactics of international standards.  Koketso Marishane, a social activist from Ga-Marishane in Limpopo, understands this importance. He has been working tirelessly creating alliances with other countries to seek development opportunities for young people in his community. …

Aug 5

PRESS RELEASE: Young Observers Report Back On Elections

According to observations made by members of ACTIVATE! Change Drivers, the 2016 Municipal Elections were not short of mishaps, despite systems in place to ensure a smooth running of the process. As part of its nationwide campaign to guide young people in making local government work, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers encouraged some of its members to …

Aug 2

New age leadership

Is this leadership able and fit to see this change through? This question is important to ask as South African politics is at a very volatile stage in its democracy.

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