Entries by Kay-Dee Mashile


By: Anele Gcwabe The legacy of segregation and oppression in South Africa has negatively impacted the social fabric of the country. This has deferred the building of social cohesive and inclusive communities in South Africa. The country is still faced with social cohesion challenges that manifest in endless incidents of racism and gender-based violence. As […]


By: Siyabonga Mahomba  Youth-led non-profit organisation, Enabling Disability Education Nationally (EDEN), is preparing for the second edition of its Walk For Youth Disability Education (#Walk4YDE19), a charity campaign for the benefit of South African youth with disabilities. For 15 days of the Youth Month, the organisation’s co-founders, Omphile Mangwagape, Dennis Tolo and Samuel Modise will […]

We are empowered to empower!

By: Kay-Dee Mashile, Kim Barlow and Anele Gcwabe This Youth Month, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers (@ActivateZA) has launched a campaign where we explore how youth in South Africa and particularly in the ACTIVATE! Network are empowered through sustainable means. This goes beyond self-employment and looks at innovative solutions in order to empower other youth and pay […]

ACTIVATE! Youth Month Poetry Competition

Are you an Activator poet with an opinion on the state of the youth? Check out the brief below and write and/or record a poem under the theme #Empowered2Empower, however, you can come up with your own title. BRIEF: Looking at current affairs and the prominent issues affecting the youth, what are your thoughts around […]

Catch the A! Bus Journey on Bricks TV!

The A! Bus Journey will be airing live on Bricks TV on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month on June. This season features various thought-provoking conversation on the issues affecting the youth and what young people can and are doing to solve them. Download the TV2Africa app and sign up for free streaming on Bricks […]

Activator Switchers are set to fly the SA Flag high in India

By: Lwazi Nongauza “Youth in rural areas of South Africa experience a lack of access to technology and communications infrastructure, which creates unequal access to opportunities.” That is the problem statement Hendrick Swarts, Vuyokazi Ntlebi and Liyabona Mbomvane had to tackle in order to win a golden opportunity to the Global Accelerator Programme in India […]


25 March 2019 RE: THE ACTIVATE! NATIONAL IMBIZO IS UPON US. JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON ALL OUR DIGITAL PLATFORMS. Activate National Imbizo 2019 will be held at the Alpha Conference Centre, Broedestroom, in the North West Province. This national gathering seeks to create an enabling environment for Activators to critically reflect on the pressing question […]

Fourth Industrial Revolution and Unskilled Youth

By: Bongekile Filana We are moving into a disruptive digital world underpinned by rapid advance of technologies and digital economic growth. The digital world is moving very fast. Are we ready to move at this pace? While technologies advance rapidly, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skill development programmes seem to be moving slowly. In South […]

#WomenRightsAreHumanRights – We Are NOT Rocks!

By: Kay-Dee Mashile In an era where women being beaten and killed by their significant others is a norm, we need to do something that will lead to the real emancipation of women… The 8th of March is recognised globally as International Women’s Day, while this calls for a definite celebration of what women have […]

Decentralising the need to Vote

By: Mojalefa Mokhosi The common people have never ruled. They have received this illusion through hollow democratic processes. They have inadequate access to democratic institutions, justice and equality. Despite democracy, they remain in poverty, hunger, want and systematic discrimination. Their rights are unrealised. They are yet to emerge from their dehumanisation into beings with valuable […]

Tribute and Message of Condolences on the passing of one of the finest Social Innovators that South Africa had to see, Bonginkosi Jombile.

By: Tshepo W Mabuya In 1966 at his address titled Day of Affirmation, at the Invitation of the of the National Union of South African Students, Rober Kennedy- American Politician and Brother of John F Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America- had the following to say on the role, qualities and spirit […]

In sickness and in mental health

By Mbalenhle Buthelezi My grandfather says there is no handbook on how to survive a partner’s psychiatric crisis. The person he has known for more than five decades has slowly been replaced by a stranger who is at most times aloof and unusual. Sometimes it is too hard for him. I have seen the depression in […]

Not the usual Khayelitsha bike tour

It’s not the usual bicycle tour through a crowded township of over two million people. Neither is Siyabonga Mbaba the usual entrepreneur. Mbaba aims to uplift young people and change people’s perception of his suburb, Khayelitsha. Mbaba is the founder and managing director for ‘Ride 2 Empower’, which not only runs bicycle tours through Khayelitsha but also […]