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 – […]

Activator Karabo answers the call for help after the Khayelitsha fire

By Lwazi Nongauza Cape Town-based Activator, Karabo Monatisi, is leading a humanitarian campaign that seeks to help dozens of injured people who have lost their loved ones and personal belongs during a blazing fire that destroyed more than 500 homes in Khayelitsha and Phillipi on the Cape Flats. According to media reports, the weekend fire […]

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 […]