Entries by Kay-Dee Mashile

USA Appoints Koketso Marishane as YALI SA Spokesperson

By: Mokgubi Kgaphola The 2010 Flagship Program by Former USA President Barack Obama has officially appointed Koketso Marishane as the National Spokesperson for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in South Africa. This is after the much heated and challenging nomination process which took place in 2018 among thousands of alumnus from Southern Africa. Koketso Marishane […]


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 […]

Township chess gives youngsters new moves

A childhood passion for chess has grown into an adult drive to share the game with his township community. Brian Qamata from Khayelitsha, Site C, was introduced to chess as a young adult. From the moment he touched a chess piece, he fell in love with this ancient game of foresight and strategy. Brian believes […]

Activators’ midterm tips to Minister Tito Mboweni

By Lwazi Nongauza Stabilizing the economy, addressing gender inequities and clearly outlining free higher education are some of the issues social change drivers dared Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to prioritize on his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement on the 24th of October. The newly appointed Finance Minister kick-started his difficult task by educating the public […]

Activators lead Robben Island’s Twenty Year Spring School Celebrations

Three Activators flew the Activate Leadership flag high at Robben Island Museum Spring School’s  Albertina Sisulu and Nelson Mandela Legacy Focus from 28th September to the 6th October 2018. Social change drivers Lelethu Godongwana, Lwazi Nongauza and Tshepo Mabuya were selected as executive facilitators and tasked with imparting leadership knowledge to 100 young extraordinary leaders from four SADC – Southern African Development Community – […]


“Exploring the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in a South African Context” 13 – 14 October 2018 at Workshop17 Maboneng DAY ONE Saturday 13 October SE Ecosystems & Financing Time Session Facilitator 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome! Why Workshop17 Maboneng? Why Switch? Westleigh – OPEN Nhlanhla, Claire – SSEP 9:15 – 9:45 Plenary: “Exploring Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in […]