Jun 16

You-th Making Local Government work

Navigating and engaging with the socio-political environment is an ongoing intention of the ACTIVATE! programme and we continue to promote the work of the many inspiring Activators who vigorously engage with local government.

Jun 15

The Future is Inevitable

In a country where the majority of the population are below the age of 35, one cant help but wonder what are we doing with this potential? Youthfulness should be associated with energy and creativity. The youth voice should be prominent in media and shaping narratives around what it means to live in a free and democratic South Africa.

Jun 15


The network is so vibrant and alive with possibilities that we have dedicated resources to keep (you) in touch with whats hot in the network. These are some of the current campaigns and events.

Jun 10

Stations: Innovate Revolution of Bright Minds

In most ACTIVATE! sessions, gatherings, Facebook pages, WhatsApp groups and even informal meetings, there’s always a question posed: “Why doesn’t ACTIVATE! opt to be a political party?” or a suggestion of “let’s rather be a political party”. These suggestions or questions are not normally based on a true sense of a political party, but are …

Jun 8

Transforming Digital Media

“We need to teach people to think critically and look for opportunity to develop that into viable ventures; not promote the culture of entitlement and put people in boxes

Jun 8

Stories Competition finalist: Action Setaka

When I applied for the ACTIVATE! Change Drivers programme in 2012, I had a cocktail of expectations.  All  these  expectations  were  based  on  personal  development  that  had nothing to do with others or thoughts of meeting any person that may possess superior intellectual prowess which may surpass mine. Not that there is an element of …

Jun 7

Stories Competition finalist: Queen Seitshiro

Queen Of Change Many times resistance to change hinders progress in existence, and that may result in devastating ways to try and sustain balance of life to fit in the standards of society. Illness may not only be physical but pain and dis-ease affect our holistic being, our physical body, our emotions and our spirits. …

Jun 7

Stories Competition finalist: Mahase Ntshala

Mom Joyce’s House Mom Joyce’s house is the only home I knew. It’s the only home Thato, Dineo and others knew as their home too. This was our place of love and comfort. This matchbox shaped four roomed house which, at times, shelters more than six children was a place that produced lawyers, doctors and …

Jun 7

Stories Competition finalist: Sifiso Mtshali

I See You(th). Every generation has one ­ its own qhawekazi, that one of a kind woman. This is a once in a generation woman, she is a ground breaker, a pathfinder, she is that backward never ­ forward ever type of a female. She is inspiring and unearthing the greatness within those surrounding her. …

Jun 7

Stories Competition finalist: Marcia Mangena

THE LEADER IS BORN(The Story About Shibu Matladi) Do you ever wonder what it might have been like to live during some great turning point a decade ago in a place called Tzaneen? Many do. But consider: If you had lived in such a momentous time, would you have personally witnessed the key people that …

Jun 7

SuperNova Castings

Sibanda and Mathe aim to bridge the gap between film and television content producers, production companies and create a sustainable direct entrance platform for local emerging film and television practitioners.

Jun 1

PRESS RELEASE: The 5th Annual Dress Jozi – #DressJozi16

YDIDi is pleased to invite you to the 5th Annual Dress Jozi Walk – #DressJozi16. Now in its fifth (5th) year, Dress Jozi is an annual one day initiative started in 2012 with the objective of making the cruel cold winter days and nights bearable for the homeless and destitute people living in the CBD …

May 26

Driving Change Through Sport

I am from Cosmo city, and I believe the government can use the open spaces in my community to build more sporting facilities so that all sporting codes can be accommodated. The government also needs to educate young people and the rest of the community on how they can access the facilities for usage.

May 17

A Cocktail Of Disasters

STATISTICIAN General Dr Pali Lehohla’s revelation that South Africa’s education system had regressed over the last 20 years should come as no surprise to anyone who has witnessed the upheavals of the last year at university campuses. Statistics South Africa’s recently released the “Social Profile of Youth” survey, which captures data from between 2009 and …

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