Activator Kanyisa Booi started a youth movement called Mocha Panda. She explains what the movement is all about and what its goals are. Mocha Panda (Youth Forward) is a sturdy show of solidarity amongst youth. Activators will conduct jam sessions throughout South Africa. Symbolically this will be carried out the Youth Month (June) up to Mandela day (18 July) marked by a 67 minute peaceful Youth Attest walk to the Union Building.
The exchange was held in Durban on the 6th of April 2013. The award-winning human rights activist Jimmie Briggs spoke to the Activators about his Man Up Campaign. Activator Nkosinathi attended the exchange and he wrote this review about it.
In tough economic times, civil society organisations need to find new and innovative ways to cut costs, find resources and work more effectively, writes JUZAIDA SWAIN.
Last week the Activate! Exchange was launched in Durban, the first in a series of events that discuss what young people are doing to create change and what can be done to support them. We would like to widen activator’s networks of opportunities and create awareness around what they are doing.
Amir Bagheri, an Activator who joined the network last year and who is currently volunteering for Greenpeace Africa, took part in an awareness campaign in Johannesburg recently that focused on the negative effects of deforestation for communities in a specific region in Cameroon.
Lynette Ntuli, chief executive officer at Innate Investment Solutions (Pty) Ltd, put the cards squarely on the table last week at the first Activate!Exchange when she spoke about the type of youth leadership that could fill the current vacuum in our country. She later said, “The calibre of the panel members, audiences interactions and even some of the reactions and comments I received post the event made the morning well worth it.”
Fame comes at a staggering price for Izikhothane youths designer clothes, costly accessories and expensive alcohol.
The Innovative Teachers Institute (ITI), sponsored by the Khulula foundation, is a movement for passionate, skilled, connected and revolutionary educators committed to the quest of creating change through adopting innovative strategies that promote development and improve student performance.
Activator Koketso Moeti, who completed year one of the Activate programme last year, was recently involved in an online Live Chat interview with world-renowned publication the Huffington Post. Opportunities like this give South African youth a voice and ensure that our views are not shrouded in silence or sitting beneath the radar.
‘In life we experience challenges, and at times they drain us emotionally in such a way that we dont see our way out (solutions). But through my life I have realised that in all our challenges, we can find our way out – even if you sometimes feel like I once did: hopeless, full of anger, demotivated and swimming in a pool of confusion. These were testing times in my life.