Aug 22

Shaiyah’s Super Power is Financial Wisdom

Name: Shaiyah Luthuli Province: KwaZulu Natal Facebook: Shaiyah Eshet Yahav (Vegan Ekasi is my page) Twitter handle: @queen_shaiyah (@veganekasi) Instagram: @queen_shaiyah (@veganekasi)   What is the essence of being a woman to you? A woman is a life giver in all aspects. We bring life and order in everything we touch. Without women, there is …


Aug 21

Courage is Khutso Mmethi’s Super Power

Name: Khutso Mmethi Province: Limpopo Facebook: Khutso Kattitude Mmethi Instagram:@Kaytitude   What is the essence of being a woman to you? Being of great articulate character. Standing bold and brave for being human before everything. What is your super power? My sense of possessing courage to the next person What words would you use to …


Aug 21

Gabaiphiwe Makgaka’s Super Power Is Her Voice

Name: Gabaiphiwe Makgaka Province: North West Facebook: Gabaiphiwe Makgaka Twitter handle: @soulsista63 Instagram:@abaphiwemotha   What is the essence of being a woman to you? The essence of being a woman, is being a woman, a mother of the nation, being able to nurture your fruits to full bloom. What is your super power? My super …


Aug 21

The woman I met yesterday

By: Gladys Nomvuyo Sebeko LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE WOMAN I MET YESTERDAY She had a smile of a queen and the breath of a princess Her face was like an ocean with hair like the sunset Her body so perfect like the clear blue sky LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE WOMAN I …



Aug 17

The commodification of youth unemployment

By Action Setaka In many platforms where I am invited to speak on socio-economic issues, I always argue that we live in a money-orientated world. “Our poverty, miseries, traumas and even simple acts of kindness are converted into business for making money. If plans to make money are not found out of any of our …


Aug 17

Literacy should be a lesson first administered at home

By Zilungile Zimela Contrary to popular belief- the black nation IS a reading nation. From the elementary ages of reading Chappies Bubble gum wrappers, we have been reading. The scourge of illiteracy among the marginalised groups is wide spread emanating from a myriad of reasons one of which is the availability or the lack thereof- …


Aug 16

Activator Blessing Mutiti’s super power is resilience

Name: Blessing Mutiti Province: USA Facebook: @ Africanmythbuster Twitter handle:@blessmutiti Instagram: Africanmythbuster What is the essence of being a woman to you? Knowing my worth before anyone else defines it for me and setting goals endlessly What is your super power? Resilience, knowing my worth and exercising a strong sense of self-esteem. What words would …



Aug 16

Remembering Marikana

A poem by Activator Hein Scheepers My parents are miners whether in a shaft or in a retail store working as a Petrol Attendee We are Working class. We are Miners. We Are Marikana Who would have thought that we will also be part of a generation that witnessed how the government massacres humans workers …


Aug 14

Love as a Super Power for Vanessa Mojapelo 

Name: Vanessa Mojapelo  Province: Gauteng Facebook: Vanessa Nophe Mojapelo Instagram: @nessafilms 1. What is the essence of being a woman to you?  Being true, respectful and understanding to myself and every woman. 2. What is your super power?  Love. 3. What words would you use to describe yourself? Brave, loving, impulsive, caring sometimes annoying. 4. …


Aug 14

Chantal Martin’s super power is giving love

Name: Chantal Martin Province: Northern – Cape Facebook: Chantal Chante Martin Instagram: Chantalchane  What is the essence of being a woman to you? The real essence of being a woman is the ability to nurture and to love deeply, unconditionally. What is your super power? My super power is giving love to others who needs …


Aug 12

Activating Truth and Trust In Media, Today.

Insights and Reflections By: Activator Zilungile Athenjwa Zimela Duke International Menell Media Exchange was established 17 years ago by Clive Menell to advance ethics and promote the practices of true journalism. This year, the exchange has invited media personnel and emerging media practitioners to speak about the “Truth & Trust” in what we read and …



Aug 10

ACTIVATE! Men celebrate women

By Gladys Nomvuyo Sebeko In 1956 20 000 women took to the streets to fight an oppressive government. They did not focus on colour or status. The unity they shared made the oppressor listen and make changes. 64 years later we see women in high positions and some even in Parliament. The government is even trying …



Aug 8

ACTIVATE! Hackathons finding solutions to gender-based violence (GBV)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RE: ACTIVATE! Hackathons finding solutions to gender-based violence (GBV) 09 August 2017 Reports of Deputy Minister of the Department of Education Mduduzi Manana physically assaulting Mandisa Duma at Cubana restaurant this past Sunday is reflective of a society that has normalised the abuse and brutalisation of women, girls and other vulnerable groups …


Aug 8

Celebrating the resilience of ACTIVATE! Women

The month of August marks Women’s Month where we celebrate the women within the ACTIVATE! Change Drivers Network and how they are contributing towards positive change. By showcasing these amazing women through a photo exhibition on Instagram (Instabition) we will highlight the resilience of women Activators in their various spaces and the immeasurable contribution they …



Aug 8

Activator Penester Tjale’s super power is love

Name: Sehlorana Penester Tjale Province: Gauteng Facebook: MamaGaopalelwe Tjale What is the essence of being a woman to you? Being a woman means encouraging, empowering and showing love in abundance to everyone What is your super power? Love What words would you use to describe yourself? Kind, welcoming and humble Do you relate to Women’s …


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