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.
Once again it is with a warm heart that we send on our second newsletter to all our Activators around South Africa. The Activators working around the country are demonstrating why they were selected for this programme and we have seen some amazing projects, innovative ideas, thought provoking debates and teamwork.
We are also celebrating the very successful Sunday Times article run that covered some of our Activators, giving a voice to their lives and what they are hoping to achieve for South Africa as a whole. These articles have been a real testimony to the amazing Activators we have been working with this year. The articles have also sparked a very strong response from the public in support of the Activate programme and in support of the Activators themselves. We hope that this is just the beginning of a strategy that gives all of our Activators a voice that can be heard around South Africa.
The newsletter below covers some feedback on some important elements of the programme as well as information on Module 3 training.
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!