Activators make the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans List

A huge congratulations to Activators Kwandile Sikhosana, Nkosikhona Mpungose, Dr Nosiphiwe Ngqwala and Paris Nyiko Makaringe for making the Mail&Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans who are doing amazing work in their respective communities.

A financial model to assist young people

Xolisile Malgas, a 2017 Activator from the Eastern Cape shares he insights on how he joined the Activate! Network and how he hopes to use the knowledge to reach out to 14000 young people realise their financial freedom.

We are not free while freedom is still locked up

Activator Bongo Hlongwane reflects with fellow Activator Siyabonga Memela on the 1976 uprising and if freedom has been achieved.

Fight for job creation not free education!

As part of our digital youth supplement, Uncensored Voices, Activator Kay-Dee Mashile takes a critical look at the plight of the youth in the country and their incessant call for free education. She argues that the fight for employment is more significant and educating ourselves on the latest format of a CV, we should look into educating each other on the latest format of a business proposal

Owning our struggle 23 years later

Activator Tshepo Mabuya states that the June 16 commemorations should enable young people to redefine their generational obligation. He says,"Although South Africa has as a youthful population, it has the lowest entrepreneurship levels in the world according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor."

Youth using art to fight Violence

KZN Activator, Bongani Nqayi and his team gathered and honoured June 16 with art writes Activator Bongo Hlongwane. The objective of the event was to convey the message that violence destroys the nation as a whole.

Has the injustice that occurred on the morning of 16 June 1976 been corrected?

Activator Ramadimetja Makgeru penned this piece about the lack of South African indigenous languages spoken in schools. She questions whether the reason for the protest on the morning of June 16 1976 has been corrected.


Activators attended the AIDS Conference at the ICC in KZN to make their voices heard and to contribute towards active citizenship.

Sacrificing the class of '76

Activator Hein Scheepers looks at the significance of June 16 and how important it is to remember how much blood was shed to fight for the right to equal eduaction. In sharing his thoughts he penned this poem.

Activators share solutions to unemployment

Activator Lwazi Nongauza speaks to fellow Activators, Thembinkosi Matika, German Jacobs, David Lekgwathi and Silindile Martin about what the possible solutions are to youth unemployment.


The ACTIVATE!Change Drivers programme celebrates the strides taken by Activators across South Africa as they grab every opportunity that contribute to the rebuilding and strengthening of this wonderful country which holds a vibrant history.

Was The '76 Youth The Last Breed Of The Brave Ones?

2017 Activator, Mokgophi Kgothatso, pens his thoughts of how young people today are not using their available resources - which are way more than what the youth in 1976 had, to drive change in their lifetime.

The Youth of 2017 and beyond must emulate the youth of 1976

As part of our digital youth supplement, Uncensored Voices, Activator Themba Vryman reflects on the legacy and bravery of the youth of 1976 and what role Activators in 2017 have to play in extending the fight against adversity.

The long walk to prevention: Every voice counts

Activator Thobani Zikalala speaks to fellow Activators Action Setaka and Nkosikhona Uzzi Mpungose who are currently attending the AIDS Conference in Durban about their thoughts on the conference and what it hopes to achieve.

Ukuhlonyiswa Kwabasha: Empowering our youth in South Africa

Activator Thobani Zikalala takes a look at what transpired at the HEaids conference and the important role that Activators like Lerato Morulane from She Conquers, Isa Mdingi and Scelo Sibi, among others play.

Is short-term employment a possible solution to SA's youth unemployment crisis?

Siyabonga Mahomba speaks to Activators Prince Charles, Dineo Segophiso, Lisa Silwana and Phetogo Kgosierileng about their thoughts around short-term employment. Although short-term employment opportunities such as internships, contract work and learnership programmes ensure that one receives much needed work experience and provide temporary relief to ones financial strains, there are however downsides.

Activators across South Africa are #CommittedToChange

As a network of over 2000 young people, Activators have an inherent commitment to change. For the month of June our campaign #CommittedToChange will showcase how Activators are and have been #CommittedToChange.

Welcome Summer Bootcamp

Activator and fitness instructor Mlekeleli Khuzwayo will be hosting his annual summer boot camp to shape all bodies to be ready for the summer. He has compiled a whole list of activities that are guaranteed to give you the summer body you have always desired by participating in an array of fun and effective physical activities that will shape your body to hour-glass,pear, and round apple shape. No sweat no gain!!!!

Frans Ntsoereng will be making waves in India!

On 8 May, a pre-registered group of SWITCH participants embarked on a 24 hour hackathon in a bid to win a trip to India with Startup Safari in July! We are delighted to announce that FransNtsoereng from Gauteng (2015 Switcher) will be going to India! Frans, congratulations on anamazing achievement!