Entries by Lulama

Africa Youth Day

By Hein Scheepers   Today we celebrate Africa Youth Day. It is a day on which the engagement and development of young people is emphasised. The youth must be empowered to play their role in building a wealthy, integrated and peaceful continent. Bottom-up development is a building block for a participatory approach to community development […]

The Phila Festival of Inclusivity

By Kanyisa Booi “Have you ever seen a gay member of parliament?” *Zazi asked impassionately. I rummaged through my memory to see if a name came up and to my own recollection…dololo! He went on to ask, “Is it is because being gay makes me any less capable?” I knew the answer was no, it’s more […]

Switch Seminar 2018

By Paul Mabote Switch it up! Switch is a 10 month Social Entrepreneurship programme powered by Activate! Switch works to connect Activators who are social entrepreneurs to relevant stakeholders and information, while opening doors for collaboration opportunities. The 2 day annual Switch seminar took place in Maboneng, Johannesburg, which saw over 70 Switchers convene there […]

VBS Doing Mary Go Round on Poor South Africans

By Koketso Marishane   The South African public sector under the ANC government has become a nuisance, characterised by corruption among other malicious things. Seemingly, those who are connected to authority, will reveal how the country got to be where it is now. Indeed, it seem the politicians in the ANC have read less of […]

2x Call Centre Agents for Recruitment of Activators

Opportunity closing date: Saturday 18 August 2018 Employment: Fixed term from 1 September to 14 December 2018 Siyashesha Leadership Incubator NPC is a non-profit, dynamic organization that develops skills, builds opportunity and connects young leaders from across South Africa through the Activate programme. These incumbent will be reporting to the: Recruitment Coordinator at Head Office […]

Tribute to Africa’s 2nd Saint

Imagining Women Inclusion for Women’s month By Koketso Marishane Once upon a time there was a lass named Manche Masemola, and she stood her ground in her conviction for social, cultural and religious justice. In her final words as a teenager, she said briefly: “I will be baptised with my blood”. To date, the world […]

Singayisusa Nanini Na!

By Kanyisa Kayise Booi On the 01 August 2018, I was in the front lines of #thetotalshutdown march that sought to bring the country to a standstill, to bring to an end to “the purging of womxn in Southern Africa and to stop Gender Based Violence towards womxn, children and the LGBTQIA community”. The struggle […]

A! Flag Flown High

By Action Sekata   The Activators who  represented ACTIVATE! at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam done so brilliantly. The influence of the network was felt and inspiring  stories were shared with the world. Gratitude to these Activators who represented the network wonderfully. Activators gave their all in making their presence known and recognised by […]

Madiba stall becomes the action zone in the Netherlands

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi presided over official opening of the South African Exhibition Stall at the International AIDS Conference in Netherlands, Amsterdam held under the theme “Breaking Barriers Building Bridges”. South Africa is represented by a strong delegation of more than 500 Aids activists, researchers, and scientists, government officials, Students, HIV/Aids ambassadors as well […]

Education is the mother of leadership

Name: Nolwazi Ntshingila Province: KwaZulu Natal Facebook: Nolwazi Renee Ntshingila Twitter handle: @sisanda1710 Instagram: N/A Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. A confident, highly driven and humble young woman with over 8 years’ administration experience in the motor industry. A previous MISA (Motor Industry Staff Association) Woman of […]

A Fearless Change Driver

Name: Queen Nomonde Velapi Facebook: Nomonde Queen Velapi Twitter handle: @queen_velapi Instagram:@queen_velapi Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. I am a young woman who is driven by change, growth, empowerment and knowledge. The day I discovered myself is the day I became alive. Why did you decide to […]

Activators’ Strength Felt Globally

By Action Setaka Youth Against Aids launched its AIDS Conference at its headquarters Saturday, 21 July 2018 where it officially welcomed over 200 young leaders from all over the world to its AIDS Conference operational centre. ACTIVATE! Change Drivers is one of the organisations invited under the Youth Against AIDS wing to be part of […]

The youth can eradicate poverty in SA

Name: Thabang Gift Dichaba Facebook: Thabang Gift Dichaba Twitter handle: None Instagram:@TGDICHABA   Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. I am a hard and dedicated worker and my personality makes me the best person in any work I do passionately. Working with people has become my passion; I […]

#Geleza4Life is a good place to start

By Nkanyezi Phephisile Mathizerd This year ACTIVATE! launched what they refer to as The Big 5 Sectors. No! Not the lion or the rhino; keep reading, soon we’ll be on the same page. In the world of Activators, the phrase The Big 5 Sectors has a rather exciting and unique meaning; it refers to the […]

Parow Youth Summit

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead   By Miranda Bambata   Youth development, empowerment and leadership and how local government is contributing towards developing its Youth to become future leaders. Including local stakeholders like business, […]

Nondumiso is a diva that seeks to uplift her community

Name: Nondumiso “DIVA” Mthethwa Province: KwaZulu-Natal Facebook: Nondumiso Nongcebo Mthethwa Twitter handle: @nntmthethwa Instagram: Ms Diva Nondu Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. I am a lady aged 24 and currently working as an Ambassador at ANOVA Health Institute, a peer mentor at Dreams Thina Abantu Abasha & […]

She Conquers SA – Meet Kay-Dee

I am Khotso Dineo (Kay-Dee) Mashile, a young African lady. Born in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. My most steady home is a beautiful village called Nkwinyamahembhe (Lillydale). I grew up in many parts of the country, to which I owe my cultural diversity. I am a Bachelor in Social Work (with honours) graduate and am currently pursuing […]

Restoring the dignity of our country

Name: Phikolomzi Habe Province: Eastern Cape Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phikolomzi.habe Twitter handle: @PhikolomziHabe Instagram: phikolomzi_habe Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. I am just a simple guy who grew up in Qunu, Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. I am passionate about development of young people. After completing my studies in […]

Mordecai is passionate about the people and their betterment

Name:Sizolwenkosi Mordecai Ndlovu Province: Gauteng Facebook: Mordecai Ndlovu  Twitter handle: @Mordecai_Ndlovu Instagram: @mordecaistarz Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. Hi my name is Mordecai Ndlovu, from Gauteng, I’m a student at Vaal University of Technology.   Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network? I […]