Oct 31

We Should Not Be Punishing Drug Dealers in Schools

By Leander Julius I went to a rather standard high school in Johannesburg – but also a school with a reputation for its drug usage amongst the pupils. I remember one afternoon after “break time” the principal instructed me to ‘watch the criminals’ – the pupils caught selling dagga, until the police arrived – and arrive …


Oct 31

A! Health Champions Hacking Tarvens

During the AIDS conference in Durban, it was discussed that the number of new recorded HIV infections has increased to 2000 per week. And that the demographic that is most affected is youth aged 15 – 24. This prompted the forming of the A! Heath Champions that will focus in dealing with the various diseases …


Oct 30

Introducing the A! Health Champions

Pssss…. have you heard? ACTIVATE! has a new focus group where all their focus will be on the #YouthHealthMatters. Over the past 5 years, the ACTIVATE! has had Activators that have been working in isolation in various health initiatives. Well, this year we are happy to introduce the A! Health Champions that are Activators that …


Oct 27

Promoting education and peace beyond 16 Days of Activism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 27 October 2017 RE: ACTIVATE! Promoting education and peace beyond 16 Days of Activism #Committed2Peace #YESPeace  On the 28th October 2017, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers and Africa Unite; affiliates of the YESPeace Network will collaborate to host a peer educator workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 Interconnectedness, …


Oct 25

Crime stats 2017 – Here are the facts via Africa Check

This week, Minister Fikile Mbalula released the crime statistics for the period 2016-2017. The fact sheet by Africa Check provides a breakdown of the main crimes of public interest. What are your thoughts?   FACTSHEET: South Africa’s crime statistics for 2016/17


Oct 25

Follow-up on Activators who attended the Innovation Summit 2017

Activators reign supreme at the Innovation Summit Financial literacy activist from Butterworth, Xolisile Malgas and food security campaigner from Tsolo Nkululeko Ngqinambi along with anti-drug abuse Port Elizabeth based Aloma Malgas scooped entrepreneurial partnerships at the 2017 Innovation Summit that took place on the 6th to the 8th of September at the Cape Town Stadium. The …


Oct 16

Teen Suicide

By Matome T. Aphane According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, about 31% of teen suicide attempts required medical treatment and 17% of teenagers have attempted suicide with 15.6% having made a plan to do it. In addition, 9% of all teen deaths are caused by suicide and this figure is increasing. Suicide is …


Oct 16

Reflections on #SwitchSeminar2017

This past weekend, 56 delegates attended the annual Switch Seminar held at the Standard Bank Incubator in Johannesburg. Upon reflecting on the seminar, this is what several Switchers had to say: Prudens Mtsweni “The Switch programme has taken my mind and put me on a journey where it shifted my thinking to an innovative person …



Oct 10

Peer Education Easily Explained

Peer education is a process or communication channel that can be used over trainings, teachings or sharing of information. Educating people on values and behaviour whom may share the same background or experience. Peer education seek no have impact on behaviour through peer interaction Peer education best happen at colleges, schools, workplace, clinic, in the …


Oct 9

Pro-choice is Pro-life

By Nomtika Mjwana Why does it cost people with uteri their lives to have a choice? Why is the abortion conversation so mystified and highly contested when people die every year, when the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that globally every 8 minutes a woman dies from causes related to unsafe abortion? That makes it …


Oct 6

Koketso Marishane 2030 brand ambassador

By Ramadimetja Makgeru South Africa’s National Development Plan, launched in 2012, is a detailed blueprint for how the country can eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by the year 2030. On the 28th of September, minister in the presidency, Jeff Radebe, hosted  the official NDP 2030 Brand Ambassadors launch which took place in Rivonia. The ambasassadors, …


Oct 3

The Igniter Of Hope

By Action Setaka A typical ex-offender struggles to reconnect with the world. Battles to bear the pain and suffering that comes with stigmatisation, but in the midst of all Activator Vuyo Nekile is during on all cylinders to make South Africa a better place to live in. He rose above pain and despair to become …


Oct 2

Gift Methule: Across The Border

My mind is constantly on the move. Boarding planes, buses and ships across the world. There’s a revolution of the voices that bring change. Cynthia Untamed has finally crossed the border over to South Africa. It’s amazing to bring these stories to life. Gift Methule is from Mpumalanga Province in South Africa and is currently …


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