Entries by Anesh11

Activate! 2nd Annual Partner Dinner

By: Monti Montsha On 08 November 2019, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers hosted a premier formal networking and thanks giving event to the selfless stakeholders who continue to make the ACTIVATE! mission possible year after year. The event took place in the elegant surrounding of a great room at Dasslers Restaurant. This partner’s dinner was intended to […]


By Prince Charles   The debate around access to justice in South Africa has always been framed around access to the criminal justice system; the courts and police specifically. This reductionism in the nation’s understanding of access to justice is possibly a consequence of South Africa’s apartheid history, because the apartheid state repurposed the justice system […]


18 September 2019  After President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech at the Joint Sitting of Parliament on gender-based violence and femicide issues on 18 September 2019, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers is hopeful that our leaders may finally understand the magnitude of this crisis. ACTIVATE! Change Drivers is aware of the shift in language, as the President states that […]

Ilwimi zethu mazingafuyi ingcinezelo

By Prince Charles “Ibubuwexu-wexu obuphinda phindeneyo into yokunyathelela phantsi amalungelo nezidima zabanye abantu ngelithi silwela eyethu inkululeko” -Sanele Ntshingana   Umhla wama24 kwinyanga yoMsintsi ngumhla ophawulelwe ukubhiyozela amagugu nenkcubeko kweli loMzantsi Afrika. Ngenxa yemvelaphi yelilizwe engqoqo lucalulo nokunyathelelwa phantsi kwamalungelo kunye nokungabonelwa’ntweni kwamagugu ezizwe ezithile; kwabonakala kufanelekile ukuba urhulumente owonyulwe ngentando yesininzi awushicilele lomhla ngenjongo […]

Renier Louw, Bredasdorp Activator

By Erika Joubert, CDCC co-ordinator Dit gebeur nie aldag dat mens die geleentheid kry om met mense te kan ontmoet en lekker tyd saam te kan spandeer nie. Groot was my genot dus toe ek myself in Bredasdorp in die Overberg distrik bevind een dag in Augustus 2019. Ek kon toe lekker sit en gesels […]

FATIMA HOOSAIN, 2019 Activator

By Lenina Rasool Fatima Hoosain is a 2019 Activator, co-founder of Skills Development Programme Cape Town that empowers peoples with basic skills to earn an income, and the founder the Allergists Kitchen, an entrepreneurial venture that sells gluten-free and dairy-free food products. My organisation focuses largely on women because…why not women? Women have been left […]

She’s Empowered to Empower!

By Paul Mabote (Writer, Poet, Creative, Learner, Observer) Paul Mabote is a member of the ACTIVATE! Change Drivers Network. August is set aside as a month to appreciate and celebrate women, for the selfless acts of love and the sacrifices they make each day to make the world a better place. This article looks at […]

The Communication Canyon. An academic opinion.

By: DR Marthinus Stander Conradie (University of  the Free State, English Department)   “A Grand Canyon has opened up in our world. The fissure, the crack, grows wider every day. Neither side can hear a word that the other shrieks; nor do they want to. While these armies and propagandists in the culture wars clash, down […]

Mo Senne, 2019 Activator, Gauteng.

Head of Communications: Not In My Name SA On being a woman… I think everyone has their own idea of what being a woman means. For some, it appears to advocate for the same systems that have put us where we are right now, and here I’m talking about patriarchal systems where a woman is […]

Women’s day, a brief look at the history. #UniteBehindWomen

AUTHOR: Lenina Rassool, 2013 Activator   Having been a journalist for a decade and a half, every Women’s Month, I am commissioned to write up articles and campaigns around Women’s Day, regurgitating the same narrative for different platforms. It generally goes like this: “Women’s month was instituted in commemoration of the Women’s March of 1956, […]

ACTIVATORS fix South Africa in celebration of Mandela Day

 By Paul Mabote (Writer, Poet, Creative, Learner, Observer) Young people who have gone through the ACTIVATE Change Drivers programme have proven to possess an increased sense of social awareness, and a stronger urge to implement positive change in their different communities across South Africa. These Change Drivers transform the lives of those around them daily with […]

Healing open wounds- towards social justice

By: Aphelele Mtwecu ACTIVATE! Change Drivers, in collaboration with the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) hosted an insightful dialogue on Social Cohesion at Isivivana Centre- Khayelitsha on June 15 2019. The event unpacked issues that thwart social cohesion among youth and possible solutions to solve them. Demystifying social cohesion, we had a panelist of […]

The power of the vote through storytelling

By Zilungile Zimela The 2019 democratic national elections are upon us and with them come a lot of mixed feelings as to how South Africans who are eligible to vote will swing their vote. This much can be said though, ordinary South Africans are not impressed nor happy with how the show has been run […]

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 […]