Aug 1

Social Change Drivers Making Local Government Work

One of the easiest ways young people can be involved in local government is by building relationships with their elected officials in areas where they live; run social media campaigns to initiate conversations on accountability and active citizenship. This is the backdrop of the Swing Your Vote campaign. An initiative started by a group of …


Jul 27

Those Who Pay The Piper Control The Tune

According to one of the world’s most famous politicians, Frank Underwood “In politics you either eat the baby or you are the baby”. That statement is crucial for us as young South African voters, particularly with the approaching local government elections. The right to vote is not just about putting an ‘X’ on a ballot …


Jul 27

Activators Lead Main Mandela Day Celebrations

Eastern Cape Activator & provincial representative Phikolomzi Habe and several prominent national and international icons led the main preparations for the 2016 Nelson Mandela Day Celebrations in Qunu on the 17th of July 2016. Among other key tasks  Habe’s role was to facilitate the screening as well as the question and answer plenary session (post …


Jul 27

PRESS RELEASE: The New Youth Struggle

With the upcoming local elections building momentum and encouraging a national dialogue on the feet of the 40th Youth Day anniversary; there has been an evident rise of youth participation within local governance. Active citizenry has been the topic of interest for citizens from all walks of life recently. Through this ‘enlightened’ mindset change, South …


Jul 25

Lila Silwana On Access To Education

What is your passion? I am passionate about youth development and education. I believe that as young people we need to create our own opportunities, and education is the door to such. What are you excited about lately? I am excited about the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) programme that I was part of this …


Jul 15

Education through Performing Arts

The Youth of 1976 fought for a noble course: agitating for the change in conditions of young people and selflessly dedicating their lives in favor of the nation. Their struggle was not about self-enrichment but for total emancipation of young people from chains of poverty and the web of being taught by the language they …


Jul 6

Fathering Our Childhoods

Please introduce yourself. I was born 22 years ago to the Ngubo family. I was raised by my mother’s family in a small township with my cousins who I consider to be my siblings. We were raised by our grandmother, but I later started boarding school. It was in boarding school that I discovered myself …


Jul 5

The BREXIT view, a Cow Herders Opinion

Ahh Britain, the birthplace of The Beatles and world’s Ringo, as John Oliver pointed out. Brexit is the new word on the street but is it worth the weight and scare it is linked with? “The feeling amongst many people my age is that David Cameron left a decision that could devastate a nation in …


Jun 30

Driving Change To A Different Tune

 What is your passion? I am passionate about writing and making music, fashion writing and design. I am also passionate about television (the making of it that is). What are you excited about lately? I am excited about going back to starring on TV soon. I will be featured in a series I cannot really …



Jun 28

The Key Is Unity

“All our problems are going to be solved if we work together and equally put an effort to build the kind of a country we envisage as young people.”




Jun 23

A! Men Launch

“Dismantling patriarchal myths.”“Repositioning men as society co-builders rather than predators.”“Creating an inclusive, non-sexist society and reclaiming positive perceptions about men.” These striking bold phrases kept coming up at the launch of the A! Men Movement, which took place at the Constitutional Hill on Saturday, 4 June 2016. A! Men is a youth advocacy group led …



Jun 20

#OrlandoShooting: Let me add another HashTag

For the record, this is not about #OrlandoShooting, this is about the ‘daily discriminatory shooting’ that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) community experience daily. The #OrlandoShooting is a reflection of the societies we live in, whether it’s in the US, South Africa or Brazil.  Give me a chance to share my …


Jun 20

Who is Network Connect?

Network Connect was set up in 2015 to keep in touch with Activators in this expanding network and to share what they are dong with other Activators and the SA public. These are some of the strategies that we employ to keep the network connected.


Jun 19

Iimbizo (Imibizos) Dialogues

Activators are hosting imbizos (public dialogues) with partners and Activator facilitators in rural and urban areas across all provinces and wherever possible, sharing the conversation across South Africa via the media, radio and social media.


Jun 18

Local Stations

Activators are organising spaces to come together regularly to meet, engage, network, share knowledge, skills, ideas and resources, and forward their individual and collective causes.


Jun 17

A! Help Desk

The Activator Help Desk fields Network enquiries to relevant members of the Network Connect team. This desk will help you to know how we can partner with you and work more closely.


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