Wow! Imagine us South Africans joining one billion people across the globe in the world’s biggest peaceful protest! On February 14 this year, the earth with shake with the sound of feet dancing in protest against the horror of rape, a violent act that far too many of the women in our country experience on a daily basis.
When Siphelele Chirwa took the stand in front of nearly 200 other young South Africans at an innovation showcase outside Johannesburg last month, her words rose above the glorious thunderstorm breaking outside. Imagine, she asked, getting to the end of your life and nobody has ever asked you what your big dream was.
Struggle stalwart Jay Naidoo has called on young change-makers in South Africa to not fall into the trap of pursuing individual success at the expense of their communities.
How could a lunchbox change a life? How could a rural matriculant know the sky is the limit when nobody has given her career guidance where she lives?
Literary Nigerian treasure, Ben Okri, has called on South Africans to find innovative ways to heal the wounds. At his speech (click to hear podcast) at the Steve Biko memorial lecture event last year, he said that for most of his life it seemed unthinkable that Apartheid would ever end. It seemed like an unalterable fact, like fate, or the moon, or hunger. He described apartheid as a long, nightmare-laden sleep, and the democratic era as a new day.
Facilitator Lerato Mahoyi was featured in the Sunday Times. She talks about how the youth in South Africa are not a lost generation.
Activator Fezeka Gxwayibeni was featured in the Sunday Times. She talks about the right to be heard and to get access to information.
Activator Koketso Moeti was featured in the Sunday Times. She talks about how technology can be a force for change.
Activator Tshekiso Molohlanyi was featured in the Sunday Times. He talks about his own personal journey.
Koketso Moeti wrote this article in the Sunday Times about her experience working to transform her community – Rooigrond, about 20km outside of Mafikeng – and the power that connecting with people through mobile technology can bring. Read all about this inspiring Activator’s story!