Feb 28

We are not free if one of us remains in chains

Duncan is an activist who has has selflessly stood in the gap to champion, promote and advocate for the rights and freedom of minority groups as well as the protection of the rights of ill persons affected by HIV/AIDS and TB. He attributes his success to organisations such as ACTIVATE! Leadership and various other organisations across the board.

Feb 24

SA finally African, all thanks to Zuma

The following article was originally published by the Sowetan, and as a youth organisation we felt it necessary to share it on our website and social media platforms to engage young people on what their stance is in relation to their definition of being African. The article by Prince Mashele raises interesting questions around constitutionalism, what are your thoughts?

Feb 24

The next female president

Is the country ready for a female head of state? Activator, Ramadimetja Makgeru sits down with presidential hopeful Tshegofatso Modiga to find out why she thinks South Africa needs a female president.

Feb 23

The appropriation of the 2017 National Budget

The budget speech was by far well appropriated according to critics, as it was tabulated with almost no point of orders raised concerning it specifically by the House. Particular focus was the appropriation of a lion’s share to young people as they constitute the largest population group in the country. Here are the facts.

Feb 23

A leader with presidential ambition

It takes dreaming and working hard to achieve the most unbelievable of dreams. Kwandile Skhosana has seen and experienced life in different variations and none of his obstacles shook him so as to knock him down. He introduces himself as the prospective president of S.A everywhere he goes and works hard everyday to make that goal a reality. Talk about ambition!

Feb 22

For the love of money

Today Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan will deliver his 6th budget speech address outlining the plans for year. We take a look at highlights from the 2016 budget and what to expect for budget 2017.

Feb 20

An intervention to instill hope

Helping young people rediscover the importance of being educated. Tsoga Youth Foundation has helped Mmakaunyane Sundowns Academy where they have held 10 days camp with at least 65 young people with the aim of instilling the need for education.

Feb 16

Change starts at school

2016 Activator, Blossom Ncedisa Kolisi through her passion of teaching has managed to align her passion of helping young kids excel in articulation skills through debate and dialogue. Her self proclaimed love for the arts has made her job seem effortless.

Feb 14


The young people of the country are only collecting on the dreams they have repeatedly been sold over the years – using non-violent, legal and cohesive means to champion the purpose of their cause,they stand in solidarity to seek solutions that will better their lives.

Feb 8

Championing African Youth Policies for Global Development

Koketso Marishane asserts that because 60% of Africas population is below 35 years old, intentional investment in youth-focused initiatives could breed double-digit growth and genuine development across the continent. He examines the significance of education and how it should change in South Africa.

Feb 8

A Microscopic View Of The SONA

Zilungile Zimela a 2016 Activator from the Eastern Cape concerned about youth issues and the country’s current standing shares her thoughts and views from the perspective of a young leader driving change on the functions our government needs to pay attention to as a matter of urgency.

Feb 7

So Now is a good time

“The questions are many and we expect genuine responses from you, Mr President. One person may be writing this but we are a collective of young leaders working hard at answering some tough questions this generation is facing, which you too are painfully aware of. We are not waiting on you but, we are working tirelessly and our hope is that with policies and budget you allow us to drive change.”

Feb 6

Delegates from around the world attend the YESPeace Network Launch

On Thursday, 26 January 2017 ACTIVATE! Change Drivers along with UNESCO MGIEP launched the YESPeace Network at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town. In line with the African Youth Agenda 2063 for a peaceful and secure Africa, the YESPeace Network is on a mission to educate young people on peace education, sustainable development and global …

Feb 3

What young leaders can learn from Oliver Tambo

This year, Oliver Tambo would have turned 100 years old, had he been alive. In honour of Tambo, in the State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma will reflect on his legacy and values. Activators reflect on what they have learned from the great man.

Feb 3

Understanding SA’s youth agenda

For immediate release   Understanding SA’s misrepresented youth agenda Why the country’s largest population is ignored? South Africa’s youth has a default culture of shaping the direction of the nation’s progress. With statistics indicating that South Africa’s population is comprised of over 60% of young people under the age of 35, it can be naturally …

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