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 …



Mar 22

The human right of rebuilding a new South Africa

By Dumisa Mbuwa As we celebrate human rights month, it is important that we take an introspective look at where we stand as a Nation in relation to realising the freedoms promised in 1994. Did we achieve the fundamental tenants espoused in our republic’s Constitution? Is socio-economic freedom finally within reach for all South Africans? …


Mar 22

Let’s talk about Human Rights

By Nomvuyo Sebeko LET’S TALK ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS When the church ladies look at me as if I don’t deserve to leave All because I chose to abort the baby that was inside MY BODY And was carrying my DNA….. LET’S TALK ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS When the community feel like they have every right To …


Mar 19

Mining the gold we all have in us.

“Everyone has, in themselves, gold that is yet to be mined. And sometimes all it requires is for us to help them see it, in order to mirror it back to them. This is what helped me build my organisation, over the past 15 years, to what it now is.” said Marian Goodman at the …


Mar 16

Activator, dancer, choreographer and theatre practitioner starts a gym in Bloemfontein

By: Zilungile Zimela FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 16 MARCH 2018 Re: Activator, dancer, choreographer and theatre practitioner starts a gym- a safe space for the LGBTIA+ Community. Bloemfontein born Activator Sifiso Teddy Mhlambi, fondly known as the ‘Pink hustler’ has always aspired for only the best things life has to offer. A little over two years …



Mar 15

What Activators think about land expropriation

By Nomvuyo Sebeko Soon after being sworn in as South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned that land expropriation without compensation would be effected in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA). He also assured citizens that this will be done in such a way that it will not affect agricultural production or jobs. The …


Mar 14

Learners on gender: “Our vision is a gender fluid society”

By Nomtika Mjwana ACTIVATE! Change Drivers, in partnership with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and Africa Unite, hosted a gender and gender-based violence hackathon with young community members who were predominantly learners from several high schools in the Western Cape. This took place at the Africa Unite Offices on Saturday March 10 in …


Mar 14

Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights Imbizo

By Rammolotsi Sothoane The South African constitution guarantees equality for women and the LGBTQIA+ community as well as the right to freedom from violence, and access to socio-economic rights such as housing, land, health and fair labour practices. As South Africa commemorates Human Rights Day on the 21st March, it is important to reflect on …


Mar 12

The Big 5 Sectors

Our primary focus this year is the BIG 5 sectors: A! Health, A! Literacy, A! Youth Economic Participation, A! Interconnectedness & Inclusivity and Active Citizenship. These sectors were chosen by the ACTIVATE! Network through a series of engagements held across the country in 2017. #BIG5Activated #PayingItForward #CommittedToChange South  Africa  has  the  most serious  HIV/AIDS  epidemic  in  the  world,  with  …



Mar 8

#SheDecides

By Rammolotsi Kgotso Sothoane   On 01 March 2018, the SheDecides Flagship Event brought together SheDecides Global Champions  with 200 Ministers, youth leaders and parliamentarians from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Activators working with initiatives aimed at promoting sexual and reproductive health rights and women and girl child …


Mar 7

A! Health Sector Responds to the Listeriosis Outbreak

By: Bongiwe Ndlovu On the 5th December 2017 our Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi released a press statement informing the nation about the outbreak of Listeriosis and what causes it. On his press release he said “the bacteria is widely distributed in nature and can be found in soil, water and vegetation, animal products …


Mar 7

What being a woman means to women in South Africa

By Kay-Dee Mashile The 8th of March is International Women’s Day. Women have been defined differently over time. While this is a testament of the dynamic diversity embedded in the term, it may also lead to confusion as to what being a woman really means. Well, there is no better way to get an answer …


Mar 2

Tea With A Thought Leader

By Fumbatha May Welcome to the first 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 a fellow of the (unofficial) Extended Youth …


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