Apr 23

It Matters Not Where You Come From

Name: Thembelani Gumede Province: Kwa-Zulu Natal Facebook: Thando Timberlen Twitter handle: @Timberlen Instagram: Thando Timberlen Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. Thembelani is a young leader passionate about community development and the education of the African child. Currently, in his community, he strives to be a role model …


Apr 20

Touching lives through mentorship

Name: Paris Nyiko Makaringe Province: Guateng Facebook: Paris Makaringe / Paris Makaringe Page Twitter handle: @Paris_Makaringe Instagram: @Paris_Makaringe Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. Paris is an optimistic young person who believes in active citizenship within the small space he finds himself in. He is passionate about community …



Apr 19

Zuko – The Epitome Of An Unrestrained Activator

By Tlotliso May Speaks ACTIVATE! is a network of young leaders in South Africa that are committed to making changes in different spheres. This means that every individual in this network is committed to making a certain change and all these small efforts result in a greater change in society. A network such as ACTIVATE! …


Apr 18

Activator Reflects on 2-Day Switch Seminar

By Kabelo Colin Mokoena “Maybe you don’t want to do what you’re currently doing or you’d rather be doing something different. The world is changing and we have to adapt.” – Thulani Sejo, 2017 Switcher. The best move I’ve made this year is applying to take part in ACTIVATE!’s Switch Social Entrepreneurship Program for 2018. …


Apr 17

Self-developed leaders are the future

Name: Glenda Nukeri Province:  Gauteng Facebook:  Glenda n’wa-roby nukeri Twitter:  Glenda n’waRoby Instagram: N/A Glenda is a humble and extremely motivated young leader who is always constantly developing her skills, she is confident in her ability to come up with interesting ideas and loves helping other people. Why did you decide to be part of …




Apr 13

A motivated social engineer for civil leadership

Name:  Nkosikhona “UZZI” Mpungose Province:  KwaZulu Natal Facebook:  Nkosikhona Uthmaan Mpungose Twitter handle:  @MpungoseNW Instagram:  Nkosikhona Mpungose Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. Uzzi is a community developer by birth and a social engineer on civil leadership. I’m motivated to bring about change in my community and my …


Apr 13

A tribute to the late struggle icon, Mam’Winnie Mandela

By Lebogang V.Ditsebe Today we say goodbye to a woman who will be remembered  for her fight against the dreadful Apartheid regime. Mama Winnie, according to history; was a passionate; articulate and charismatic strong woman who was incarcerated at the Women’s Jail at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg. After the Rivonia Trial, she became Madiba’s public …


Apr 12

Using sports and recreation to reach out to the community

 Name:  Gregory Elsud Rooi Province:  Springbok, Northern Cape Facebook:  KCC Greg Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences.  Greg is a 2013 Activator from the Northern Cape in Springbok who has a passion for community development and the development of  women & children. He is involved in his community …


Apr 10

Social Entrepreneur actively taking charge of his future.

Name: Luvuyo Nojoko Province: Eastern Cape Facebook: Luvuyo sjingo Nojoko Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. I am Luvuyo Nojoko a young Activator (2016) from Port Elizabeth. I’m in a leadership structure both in sport and other youth development programmes. I am from a previously disadvantaged community called …


Apr 10

Activator Women of Worth #PayingItForward

By Kay-Dee Mashile As Easter concluded International Women’s Month and National Human Rights Month, we say hello to the month where we celebrate and promote the Freedom of South Africans. With the 24th Anniversary of the Democratic Republic of South Africa, we reflect on the freedom of contemporary South Africans and, in this case, South …


Apr 6

Activators standing up against violation of Human rights

By Nomvuyo Sebeko Humans Rights day serves as a remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre which took place in 1960 where 69 people died while 289 sustained injuries including 29 children. It was declared a national holiday when the new democratic government took power and the parliament duty is to empower the people on the day. …



Apr 3

ACTIVATE! Network, a remedy to the leadership problem

By Lebogang Victor Ditsebe The problem in our nation is a leadership problem; and the root cause of this problem is a lack of leadership in society and government. Leadership is personal and leadership is not the assumption of a title or being an office bearer. Leadership that counts is self-leadership. The ACTIVATE! Changer Drivers …



Mar 29

Tea with a Thought Leader

Superpowers: iLoveback, the Land and your Data. By Fumbatha May Welcome to the second edition of Tea With A Thought Leader. The aim of this campaign is to connect Activators with thought leaders and their opinions through rounding up the global highlights of each month. Fumbatha May is a data scientist and writer. He is …


Mar 28

Gender Based Violence and Human Rights Imbizo

On 21 March 2018, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and Africa Unite commemorated Human Rights Day by hosting a Gender Based Violence and Human Rights Imbizo at Phillipi Village in Phillipi, Cape Town. The Imbizo sought to create an enabling platform for a broad spectrum of thought-leaders, activists and other key …


Mar 27

Righting the wrongs

By: Paul Mabote Writer, Poet, Recording Musician, Community Developer. This article reflects the views and activities of Activators around Human Rights Month (March) and Human Rights Day (21 March 2018) March is Human Rights Month in South Africa. A month dedicated to celebrating the rights of all human beings living in the world. I took …


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