Feb 28

We are human beings first, then men thereafter

By Prince Charles We, the intergenerational men’s summit declare that we want to build a healthy, peaceful, non-violent and just society where the man is content with himself, to build a nation that takes responsibility and protects the dignity of every being in order to create a brighter inclusive future for all generations. We pledge …


Feb 28

Adwa Day March 2018

The RASTAFARI Movement through an association of various organisations and collectives, invites the public to attend Adwa Day March to Parliament Community-based event highlighting the marginalisation, discrimination, criminalisation and victimisation of RASTAFARI adherents in South Africa, The day also is a rallying call to celebrate the Ethiopian Victory over Italy at the Battle of Adwa …


Feb 26

Whose Pride Is It Anyway?

By: Sintu KaZazi Weyi I used to listen to my Old Man in awe at how they (were) moved to shanty township that was later known as Gugulethu (Our Pride). He, having grown up in the now “coloured”neighbourhood, Elsies Rivier. “We were one of the first families to be moved from “Nyanga East” to live …


Feb 23

Thank You Global Synapse Technologies.

By: Zilungile Zimela Global Synapse is an IT Solutions company that specialises in crafting back-end IT support services for external clients thereby operating as an in-house trusted vendor for external clients.   Recently, Global Synapse Technologies donated a total of 10 fully functional desktops with a printer to ACTIVATE! Change Drivers to make use of …


Feb 22

Advert: Assistant Junior Designer & Illustrator

Opportunity closing date:   Friday 16   March 2018 Siyashesha Leadership Incubator npc is a non-profit, dynamic organization that develops skills, builds opportunity and connects young leaders from across South Africa through the Activate programme. Siyashesha Leadership Incubator seeks to appoint an Assistant Junior Graphic Designer Illustrator for its Communications portfolio, who is able to work 3 days a …


Feb 22

Talk the talk

By: Paul Mabote Writer, Poet, Recording Hip Hop Artist, Community Builder. Hello, sawubona, dumela. There are over 7000 living languages in the world, think about how impressive it would be to be able to say hello in each one of them. 21 February is World Mother Tongue Language Day, an annual observance, as Wikipedia.org describes …


Feb 22

Donate a Schoolbag Filled with Hope!

By Kay-Dee Mashile 2014 Activator Siyabulela “DJ Schoolbag” Ngobozana is truly an artist! With an artistic career that began in 2006 while Siya was in high school, Siya has toured internationally and formed part of various artistic groups from dance to music. While invited to an event in November 1998, Siya noticed that some learners …


Feb 16

The rise and fall of SONA

16 FEBRUARY 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RE: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SONA DATE DOES LITTLE TO ELIMINATE THE UNRELENTING QUESTIONS SURROUNDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF FEE-FREE EDUCATION FROM THE MINDS OF YOUNG SOUTH AFRICANS. The postponement and uncertainty surrounding the 2018 State of the Nation Address sidelined the long awaited answers to certain issues …


Feb 14

ACTIVATE! ADVOCATES FOR EDUCATION, A WORTHY PASSPORT TO THE FUTURE!

By: Anele Gcwabe 18 January 2018  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Re: ACTIVATE! ADVOCATES FOR EDUCATION, A WORTHY PASSPORT TO THE FUTURE! Social entrepreneur, Xolani Ngobozana is taking strides to establish a strong foundation for the future leaders of South Africa by providing them with the necessary tools to empower them with education. He initiated the National …


Feb 14

ACTIVATE! CHANGE DRIVERS IS RECRUITING.

By: Zilungile Athenjwa Zimela PRESS STATEMENT 30 January 2018 For Immediate Release  RE: ACTIVATE! CHANGE DRIVERS- A NETWORK OF YOUNG LEADERS EQUIPPED TO DRIVE MEANINGFUL CHANGE IN SOUTH AFRICA IS RECRUITING.  “Step across the very real barriers that define and divide our country”  ACTIVATE! Change Drivers as an existing network of 2500 young people across …


Feb 14

Zuma isn’t the only problem

By Lwazi Nongauza Whoever said “in politics or business perceptions are reality” was a liar. In the South African political context the perception that the current sitting president of the republic, Jacob Zuma, is solely the problem of our economic, social and political troubles, isn’t just a mere lie but very dangerous misleading rhetoric that …


Feb 14

I was young and didn’t know any better

AN EXCEPRT FROM A POEM THROUGH A TOUGH YEAR By Linathi Mabindisa The shuffle of your feet sounds like the Last whisper of a lover Who is going to war never to return And with that, I cling to my bed sheets for Dear life and I dampen them with my salty teardrops That preserve the …


Feb 13

Activator to represent SA at international social entrepreneurship programme

By Lwazi Nongauza Social Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sicelo Mbonani, has been selected to represent South Africa at an international social entrepreneurship training programme, Dive Deeper into Social Entrepreneurship, in Iasi, Romania from the 3rd until the 8th of March 2018. Dive Deeper into Social Entrepreneurship, is a project supported by the EU Erasmus programme, and …


Feb 13

UBawowethu Jonas uthi Masincede!

By : Kay-Dee Mashile   2016 Activator Bawowethu Jonas is truly an active activist! Being born and bred in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, and raised by a single father who lived off a disability grant is one of the many motivations behind his newly founded NPO, Masincede. The circumstances of his upbringing often led him to feelings …


Feb 12

Facilitator: Northern Cape Region/Upington area

Siyashesha Leadership Incubator is a non-profit organisation that develops skills builds opportunity and connects young leaders from across South Africa through the Activate programme. Siyashesha seeks to appoint a Trainer/Facilitator, whom will report in Western Cape Nodal office but will cover the Upington area and surrounding areas in the Cape provinces. The successful applicant will join …


Feb 9

ACTIVATOR,MELUSI MAHLABA SAYS “ONE BOOK,ONE CHILD”

09 FEBRUARY 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RE: “ONE BOOK, ONE CHILD’’ CAMPAIGN SCORES A LIBRARY FOR THE COMMUNITY OF LINDELANI, KWAMASHU IN DURBAN! 2017 Activator Melusi Mahlaba, is championing the development of his community by empowering it with the skill of reading. The local municipality of Kwamashu in Durban KZN is building a temporary library …


Feb 8

“Inxeba,The Wound” Has Indeed Caused A Deep Wound,or has it?

By Lwazi Nongauza The impact of South African film Inxeba, The Wound which explores Xhosa tradition of circumsition and sexuality started a global discussion about homophobia, masculinity and the social ills aligned to it. Activator Leander Julius joined dozens of concerned global citizens by provoking a discussion around the movie within the ACTIVATE! Network. Leander started by …


Feb 8

Purging Youth Unemployment in South Africa #UncensoredVoices

By Dumisa Mbuwa During Apartheid, there was a socio-cultural emphasis on being independent, having a job, your own house, money, and a family. Suddenly, it is 1994, and there is a more fundamental emphasis on “youth”, who (as we have seen) were to be paralysed by failed ANC socio-economic policies. These policies were primarily designed …


Feb 6

Towards a Cohesive Knowledgeable Nation

By Koketso Marishane   A prominent African Sociologist (Prof. Kwesi Prah) once said, “if everyone is an African, then nobody is an African”. Oh well, the question then is, what’s so African in South Africa? The land? The food? Any other means of production? For the sake of generating a dialogue around these important and …


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