Entries by Kay-Dee Mashile

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 The person he has known for more than five decades has slowly been replaced by a stranger who is at most times aloof and unusual.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 […]

Nelson Mandela: a figure of literary inspiration

By Ace Moloi Not only has President Mandela lived a life of political interest, but of literary inspiration too, writes Ace Moloi. The launching pad of writing careers President Nelson Mandela has been a subject of literary interest throughout his life and beyond his lifetime. His life and career launched many writers politically and creatively, […]


While we celebrate the heroes of the past, it is also important that we hand the heroes of today their bouquets while they can still smell the flowers. Selflessness and self-sacrifice are virtues that most, if not all, active citizens possess. ACTIVATE! has initiated a campaign for young active citizens to identify who their active […]

Celebrating heroes with #100WordsOfActiveCitizens!

By Kay-Dee Mashile Activators celebrate the 100th legacies of iconic heroes Albertina Sisulu and Nelson Mandela in 100 words! 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of, not only one but, two of South Africa’s heroes, uMam’ uAlbertina Sisulu and Tata Madiba. While they are both late, the lives they lived (especially during their […]

Youth Day Graduate Networking Picnic

Bushbuckridge born Youth Development graduate, Warren Vutivi Khoza, calls young people to celebrate Youth Day in a fun and educational way with the first ever peer-mentor Graduate Picnic in rural Mpumalanga. Having had the privilege of being a pupil of the first English-medium private school in rural Bushbuckridge, Sam Nzima English Medium Educare Centre, Vutivi […]

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 […]

Activator Women of Worth #PayingItForward

By Kay-Dee Mashile As Easter concluded International Women’s Month and National Human Rights Month, we say hello to the month where we celebrate and promote the Freedom of South Africans. With the 24th Anniversary of the Democratic Republic of South Africa, we reflect on the freedom of contemporary South Africans and, in this case, South […]