Entries by Mo Senne

I’m Not Anti-Vaxx, I Just Won’t Vaccinate

By: Mo Senne [DISCLAIMER]: The views expressed are not of ACTIVATE! In any given scenario on a spectrum, it is imperative to isolate what someone will not do from what they impose on others. A simple example I normally give is with abortions: if someone does not personally believe in termination of pregnancy, it does […]

Botho Community Movement Runs in LGE2021

By: Mo Senne Ofentse Kombe is a 32 year-old male from a township in the North West province called Boitekong. He declares that he is community developer before he is “a so-called politician.” Kombe found his interest in politics from growing up in a politically conscious family that was active in community development initiatives, politics, […]

Activator Rejoyce Kgabo Legodi Wins Remarkable Youth Writing Competition

By: Mo Senne Activator Rejoyce Kgabo Legodi grew up in a “very agricultural focused family” with her parents being subsistence farmers. She switched to economic studies when she got to varsity but her love for agriculture quickly caught up with her shortly after. Legodi remembers always being good at agriculture throughout her studies. Agricolleges International […]

Inherited Trauma: South Africa’s Heritage & Russian Roulette

By: Mo Senne  During the course of this year, we have witnessed the brutal killing of Mthokozisi Ntumba by SAPS officials during #WitsAsinamali protests; the #ShutdownSA protests triggered by the arrest of Former President Jacob Zuma and State Capture corruption proceedings implicating several MPs; the #PhoenixMassacre triggered by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s “ethnic mobilization” utterances. It […]

Father A Nation, #NoExcuse!

By: Paul Mabote Elaborating on the function of the organization, Komape says “Today’s society is perceived to be ill because of men. As Father a Nation we are calling on all men to become real men and help nurture the next generation which is the boy child.” Throughout last month, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers ran a […]

Let us Ringa Namajita & Include the Boy Child

By: Kananelo Khoetsa (2019 Activator) Women engaging amongst themselves, theorizing, and defining not only their challenges, but also the patriarchal system they find ourselves in, and the role men play in advancing patriarchy, run the risk of perpetuating the very culture they are working tirelessly to dismantle. Selokela Molamodi, I believe, is one of the […]

Let’s Fight for Equality, Equally!

By: Tlotliso May Activator Esihle is a Pretoria born Activator who, when growing up, had a privilege of living with her mother who worked as a domestic worker. This was an advantage to her because she was exposed to an environment that offered a better alternative than the downtrodden neighborhoods that most young black women […]

Generation Equality: Including The Boy Child

By: Mojalefa Mokhosi Generation equality can be described as the state of being equal in status, opportunities, and rights within a generation or all the people born and living within a specific time frame. The importance of generation equality can be effectively emphasised through a gender lens. A gender lens reflects how we as society […]

How the Menstrual Cycle Can Be Debilitating

By: Kananelo Khoetsa Period poverty is defined as the lack of access to sanitary products, menstrual hygiene education, basic sanitary services such as clean toilets, water, and waste management. In South Africa alone it is believed that up to 7 million girls lack sanitary products and are at times forced to miss school, with some […]

Leave No Child Behind, Including Boys!

By: Tlotliso May, 2017 Activator Activator Brian Hlongwane rallies behind the gender equality call and urges the world to turn towards #IncludingTheBoyChild.  The world as we know it is in a dire and desperate need to heed the call for gender equality. This is when there is an onslaught of women and the high incident […]

Men In Black Doeks Founder, Mordecai Ndlovu

By: Esihle Dayimani, 2019 Activator A young Activator, Mordecai Sizolwenkosi Ndlovu, always knew he had the calling of activism, but he was not ultimately sure what it meant to be an activist and the skills required to make a change in your community. He also felt that his level of thinking was not the same […]

The Aftermath of the Unrest in Parts of South Africa

By: Paul Mabote, 2015 Activator ACTIVATE! Change Drivers and Democracy Development Program hosted a Zoom engagement of the aftermath of the Mid-July unrest in parts of South Africa. We all witnessed it, whether first hand, through the numerous media reports or through social media, we all witnessed our country going up in flames in Mid-July […]

A! Contraception Webinar with Marie Stopes

By: Esihle Dayimani Contraception has been of part women’s sexual and reproductive lives for decades. As the world has been evolving medically, so has the different contraception options. This has become to be an overwhelming topic amongst women trying to figure out the most preventative method to use.  A! Health Sector hosted a webinar around […]

ACTIVATE Mandela Day

By: Esihle Dayimani As we were celebrating International Nelson Mandela Day on the 18th July 2021, ACTIVATE! took part in 3 virtual events which go in hand with the monthly theme #AdaptAndDigitize. We kicked off the day with Activator Lindelani Mnisi who blew us away his knowledge of the digital world. On a daily basis, […]

The Dire Need for Digital Literacy in South Africa

By: Lindelani Mnisi, 2019 Activator So how did we get here? How did we get to a point in our country where we’re seeing massive job losses, a struggling economy, and a hysterical society bombarded by confusing technology and trends? Well, politics aside, the main answer to that question lies in the classic story of […]

They Call It “The Purge SA”: A Cognitive Dissonance

By: Mo Senne There is no definitive truth about any given situation – more than one truth can exist simultaneously without invalidating the other. For example: (1) Transformation is needed in South Africa but the methodology is flawed; (2) #ShutdownSA is not about former South African President, Jacob Zuma, and (3) #ShutdownSA is a result […]

Empowering Underprivileged Backgrounds Through Literacy

By: Esihle Makuwa-Dayimani The Cape Town based 2019 Activator, Lungisa Sobhuwa, has been an advocate for Literacy since 2016. He was inspired to join ACTIVATE! by Vuyolwethu Mangaliso, who encouraged him to become a member. He declares: “I saw Vuyolwethu transform into a brilliant leader, which motivated me to apply for the leadership programme.” Sobhuwa, […]

ACTIVATE! Youth Resilience

By: Rejoyce Kgabo Legodi “We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.” This Eleanor Roosevelt quote clearly defines fearless and hardworking leaders such as […]