May 31

Celebrating A!fricanness

By Melissa Nefdt Calling for a New African Masculinity Ntsikelelo Mzibomvu’s story is one we’re familiar with. Growing up in a household where there wasn’t much income, he developed his entrepreneurial talents early on. After a failed business venture, launched unfortunately during a global recession, that he asked himself: ‘What is the one product that …


May 29

ACTIVATE! leading Social Innovation

Often innovation is associated with technology and the “for-profit” sector. However, in the ACTIVATE! Network there are many young people (Activators), who use innovative approaches in addressing South Africa’s most pressing challenges. ACTIVATE! Change Drivers, in partnership with the SA Innovation Summit, offers a platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing social impact through the first …


May 28

HEALING A!FRICA

By Paul Mabote Africa! Azania! The Mother land! The continent by any other name will still be as rich and as abundantly blessed! May 25th is Africa Day, people – so Happy Africa Month! But, why May 25th?  Well, on the same day in 1963, the organisation of African Unity (OAU), which we now know …


May 28

She Rose

By Kanyisa Booi For history to be truly credible we must move toward total recall. May is named Africa month because the Organisation for African Unity (OAU) was established on the 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa. The mandate? To unite in the quest to rid Africa of colonialism and defend the sovereignty of African …


May 23

Activator scoops international award in USA

By Lwazi Nongauza Activator Isasiphinkosi Mdingi has raised the African continent as she scooped the prestigious Young Emerging Leaders Award which was held at the Department of State in USA on the 2nd of May 2018. Mdingi is one of 10 remarkable young people who have received this prestigious award while crisscrossing the United States …


May 22

ORGANISING THE ANGER

By Prince Charles HOW THE ARTS, ACTIVISM AND THE CONSTITUTION CAN HELP US FIND OUR POWER “Burning things in anger is sometimes understandable but it is not necessarily good for social change because when the anger subsides it leaves us poorer. We need to organise our anger differently and think of innovative ways of change …


May 17

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May 17

Minimum wage or minimum growth?

By Nomvuyo Sebeko In 1891 the workers went on strike to fight for better working conditions. In April 2018 workers took it to the street to fight against minimum wage and for better salaries. We asked Activators what they think about the newly announced minimum wage and this is what they had to say: Sindisa …


May 15

Freedom in our life time

By Bongo Hlongwane Ubuciko Bomlomo Infortainment (UBI) and Aids Foundation coordinated freedom day celebration program in Ntuzuma F library, under the theme “freedom in our life time”. The objective of the event was to promote healthy life style and to encourage the rising stars to make education fashionable. Aids foundation employee, who is an Activator …


May 14

First Resource A! Station in Kamiesberg, Namaqualand

The 2017 Activator Reagam Beukes is a social agent of change from the far north Namaqua region of Kamasies. As per his words, history was made, he with Activators, local youth and stakeholders launched the first resource A! Station in that area. This celebration follows after the station’s workshop was held earlier in 2018. The …


May 11

Mphanama station receives computers

By Mokgubi Kgaphola On the 25th April 2018, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers made history by delivering its’ first ever Information & Communications Technology (ICT) packages in the deep village of Mphanama, Ga-Kgaphola. This comes shortly, after lengthy negotiations that begun in 2015 when ACTIVATE! Change Drivers first visited the community for a roadshow led by Koketso …


May 10

Gigantic steps to empower A! Stations

By Lwazi Nongauza ‘’Where there is no human connection, there is no compassion. Without compassion, then community, commitment, loving-kindness, human understanding, and peace all shrivel. Individuals become isolated, the isolated turn cruel, and the tragic hovers in the forms of domestic and civil violence. Art and literature are antidotes to that.’’ Susan Vreeland ‘’We cannot …


May 8

Lokishi – My voice, my invoice.

Name: Silindelo Martin Province: KZN, Ntuzuma Township Facebook: Lokishi Comrade Martin Twitter handle: @Lokishi745 Instagram: Lokishi_Comrade_Martin Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. Silindelo Martin better known as Lokishi From Ntuzuma , is a young radical community developer, youth programmes facilitator, event organiser and a community champion, a member of  Ntuzuma municipality library …


May 7

Social Innovation Summit (SIS) @ The SA Innovation Summit

For the first time in South African history, the SA Innovation Summit has partnered with ACTIVATE! Change Drivers to launch the Social Innovation Summit. Members of the ACTIVATE! Network have developed innovative solutions to tackle various social issues in their communities. Social innovators and entrepreneurs will converge at the Cape Town Stadium from 12-14 September …



May 4

4th Annual Matlhwaring Career Guidance Day

Matlhwaring Community Development Fund was founded in 2013 in the rural area of Joe Morolong Local Municipality in Kuruman. These areas include, but are not limited to, Galotlhare, Logobate, Mentu, Suurdig and Kortnight. MCD was founded by a group of young people trying to address the problems they were encountering in these areas. The founding …


May 3

From Africa to the world – A leader emerging

Name: Isasiphinkosi Mdingi Province: Eastern Cape Facebook: Isa Mdingi Twitter handle: @Endinakokulue Instagram: mbely_isaar Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. Isasiphinkosi is a young driven activist and leader who is passionate about community work, children rights, human rights, gender issues and social justice. Her long standing interest in …


May 2

Activated! The journey to discovering you are not alone!

  “… kuzoba Lit…” this has become the new anthem for activators who attended the activate leadership training in Empangeni, KZN under the radiant Nonkululeko Hlongwane, the luminescent Brian Mchunu, our  Captain Shakespere Baleni and the ever organised Patrick Mcobothi, we were whipped into shape, broken down and put together through hours of sessions, activities …


May 2

South Africa`s Youth Finally Gearing The Wheels of Change

By: Dumisa Mbuwa It is no longer a myth that the progress of South Africa`s youth was never at the forefront of our democracy in 1994. Nor was our youth, genuinely regarded as an instrumental part of the struggle against apartheid. This reality is becoming evident by the day, despite the several reactional advances by …


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