Sep 12

Bulumko Gana – Genius at Work

Genius At Work Gugulethu, Cape Town, Western Cape Bulumko Gana 0642834925 kingbulumko@gmail.com FB: Bulumko Stifler Gana IG: bulumkogana bulumkogana.wordpress.com With the aim of combating youth unemployment by providing capacity building for content creation, Genius At Work introduces Photography and videography as an extramural activity to youth ages 13-18, living and attending school in the townships …


Sep 12

Deep Roots or Beat Roots?

By Paul Mabote Bob Marley, the reggae legend from Jamaica, once said that if you do not know where you are coming from, then you will not know where you are going to. Heritage, is defined by some as the big and little things one carries from where he comes from, and passes down to …


Sep 11

The Exclusivity Summit

By Zazi kaSintu Weyi Innovation is a beautiful concept and Theodore Levitt puts it beautifully: ‪”Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” From the 6-8th of September, one of the biggest spaces for innovators in their fields filled up the Cape Town stadium to demonstrate, share experience and network on ideas …


Sep 6

Using innovative ideas to give back to communities

Often innovation is associated with technology and the for-profit sector. However, in the ACTIVATE! network there are many young people using innovative thinking to address some of South Africa’s pressing challenges through social entrepreneurship. And this is what attendees at this year’s Innovation Summit will experience. The SA Innovation Summit as an annual flagship event …


Aug 29

The Mighty African Goddess

By Kumkani Matosa The mighty Afrikan Goddess. ‘’ Dipped in chocolate, bronzed in elegance, enameled with grace, toasted with beauty…’’ Thixo wam she’s an Afrikan woman. A famous African proverb says, when you educate a man, you educate an individual when you educate a woman you educate a generation. “Whatever you give a woman, she’s …


Aug 28

Luleka’s Super Power is Being A Realist

Name: Luleka Mhlanzi Province: KZN Facebook: Luleka Mhlanzi Ndlangisa Instagram: lulekamhlanzi   What is the essence of being a woman to you? It is it understanding that my breathing is beyond gender, beyond societal stereotypes. I am what I create of myself. What is your super power? Realism, also I do not even begin to …


Aug 28

Blessing, A goal-oriented leader

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 that I’m worthy and exercising a strong sense of self-esteem. What …


Aug 28

Violet Polelo Selwana’s super power is self-motivation

Name: Violet Polelo Selwana Province: Eastern Cape Facebook: Polelo Violet Selwana Twitter handle:@Violet­_pvs Instagram: violet_selwana What is the essence of being a woman to you? The essence of being a women lies in her, faith, caring heart, kindness, and wisdom. Being a women is a blessing and a gift from God. A woman is fearless, …


Aug 25

Young women in conversation

Minister of Communications joins young women leaders in a conversation aimed opening opportunities for their representation in media Minister of Communications, Ayanda Dlodlo has confirmed her presence and participation for the upcoming Activate! Change Drivers brunch that is going to be held on August 28th 2017 in Johannesburg. Activate! is a network that connects young …


Aug 24

Activator Khangwelo Mulovhedzi’s super power is strength

Name: Khangwelo Mulovhedzi Province:Limpopo Facebook:Glam Kay Twitter handle: Instagram: khangwelomulovhedzi  What is the essence of being a woman to you? Being able to give birth and raise a leader means that I am a leader by nature. I should stand still and be strong and shield all my beliefs and my value. With hope to …


Aug 23

A! Gender Based Violence Imbizo

On 24th August; ACTIVATE! Change Drivers in conjunction with Africa Unite and the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation will convene the A! Gender Based Violence Imbizo aimed at engaging the views of social activists, thought-leaders, experts and practitioners within the sexual health and gender rights sector on effective community-based interventions to address the challenge of …


Aug 23

 CELEBRATING EVERYDAY WOMEN WHO GO UNRECOGNISED

Women of the ACTIVATE! Change Drivers Network will tomorrow pay homage to the Women’s March of 1956 where more than 20 000 women of all races and backgrounds came together to march against the injustices that women faced. Today, women of South Africa face terrifying reality of violence linked to various reasons that are also …


Aug 23

Young female entrepreneur fighting for her start-up

As part of our digital youth supplement, Uncensored Voices, Activator Sebina Ramaseli looks at women in entrepreneurship and why it is difficult for them to thrive. The small business sector contributes to job creation and economic growth. However, South Africa’s 2016 National Small Business Survey found that 76% of businesses under 5 years cited access …


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- …


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