Jun 5

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.



Jun 1

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!!!!


Jun 1

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!










May 10

What are we eating?

Activator Paul Mabote discusses the causes of youth unemployment in South Africa, the attitude towards youth unemployment and possible alternatives to youth unemployment. It expresses the importance of strategic Activator partnerships in curbing financial inactivity.


May 9

Talking the future to life

Three of South Africa’s former presidents, and one former deputy president hosted a dialogue on the national crises facing the country. ACTIVATE! was represented by Activator Nhlanhla Ndlovu. This is what happened.




May 5

24 Hour Hackathon for Switchers

On the 08 May the Switch Programme will be running an exciting 24HourHackathon with 31 social enterpreneurs who will be required to submit a social business canvas presenting their initiative as well as a 4 minute YouTube pitch.


May 5

Reflections on my presentation at the Africa-China Youth Festival

Activator Koketso Marishane recently spoke at the 2nd Africa-China Youth Forum about Youth in Business. Koketso contends that the overall socio-economic progress among our continents people first need sustainable jobs. In order to create these job opportunities and craft a significantly inclusive African society, he says we need to pursue socio-economic growth based on the strength of all sectors: public, private and civil society groupings.




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