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 The person he has known for more than five decades has slowly been replaced by a stranger who is at most times aloof and unusual.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

Enterprising the Pavement, Township Economy & the Taxi Industry

You have to wonder about what entrepreneurship means to those who assert it as a means to circumvent poverty and address joblessnessness. This week will be marked by polished looks, grand quotes from billionaires and venues filled with CEOs and managing director from big and emerging businesses. It is the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Week and in […]

Fundraising for Sibongile Mongadi

Sibongile Mongadi was born and raised in the township of Soweto, studied Entrepreneurship at CPUT. In the year 2017, she formed an initiative called Soweto Young Women Empowerment advocate because she believes in the power of transforming societies and drive change worldwide. In 2018 she graduated from ACTIVATE! leadership and she is part of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Minister Mboweni’s Mid-term Speech shows us who’s boss!

By Koketso Marishane The more things change, the more they remain the same: What a time to be alive!   Indeed, our country South Africa is in a fascinating but sad era. Just when we’re glad to see a few face changes in the upper class, only to be shown who’s boss. This is mainly […]

VEGAN EKASI – No Meat. No Problems.

By Zilungile Athenjwa Zimela One of the most pronounced characteristics of any Kasi in Mzantsi besides the vibrancy, high-population and sense of community is food – specifically from the infamous Chisa Nyamas. People travel far and wide to get a taste of the township experience – a once in a lifetime opportunity for some good old […]

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 – […]