Jun 18

Restoring the dignity of our country

Name: Phikolomzi Habe Province: Eastern Cape Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phikolomzi.habe Twitter handle: @PhikolomziHabe Instagram: phikolomzi_habe Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. I am just a simple guy who grew up in Qunu, Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. I am passionate about development of young people. After completing my studies in …


Jun 15

Mordecai is passionate about the people and their betterment

Name:Sizolwenkosi Mordecai Ndlovu Province: Gauteng Facebook: Mordecai Ndlovu  Twitter handle: @Mordecai_Ndlovu Instagram: @mordecaistarz Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. Hi my name is Mordecai Ndlovu, from Gauteng, I’m a student at Vaal University of Technology.   Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network? I …


Jun 13

Mokgubi: Without education, I am nothing.

Name: Mokgubi Kgaphola Province: Limpopo- Mphanama Smart Village Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. I am Mokgubi Kgaphola, commonly described as a moving library and a standing bookshelf because whenever my mouth opens, you’d realise that I’m a creator of conflict, a sculptor drama, and inventor of character. …


Jun 11

Nonhlanhla Thrifts For Change

Name: Nonhlanhla Dube Province: Gauteng, City of Ekurhuleni Facebook: BlackBird Projects Instagram: dubenonhlanhla_ Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. I am Nonhlanhla Dube, a community newspaper writer and a change driver. I’ve been volunteering since 2013 during varsity days. I’m a mother of 2 and believe this somehow …


May 8

Lokishi – My voice, my invoice.

Name: Silindelo Martin Province: KZN, Ntuzuma Township Facebook: Lokishi Comrade Martin Twitter handle: @Lokishi745 Instagram: Lokishi_Comrade_Martin Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. Silindelo Martin better known as Lokishi From Ntuzuma , is a young radical community developer, youth programmes facilitator, event organiser and a community champion, a member of  Ntuzuma municipality library …


May 3

From Africa to the world – A leader emerging

Name: Isasiphinkosi Mdingi Province: Eastern Cape Facebook: Isa Mdingi Twitter handle: @Endinakokulue Instagram: mbely_isaar Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. Isasiphinkosi is a young driven activist and leader who is passionate about community work, children rights, human rights, gender issues and social justice. Her long standing interest in …


May 2

Activated! The journey to discovering you are not alone!

  “… kuzoba Lit…” this has become the new anthem for activators who attended the activate leadership training in Empangeni, KZN under the radiant Nonkululeko Hlongwane, the luminescent Brian Mchunu, our  Captain Shakespere Baleni and the ever organised Patrick Mcobothi, we were whipped into shape, broken down and put together through hours of sessions, activities …


Apr 26

MODERN SARAFINA

By: Paul Mabote ABSTRACT This article reflects the views and activities of different Activators around Freedom Month (April 2018) and Freedom Day (27 April 2018) Happy Freedom Month! It has been a hectic start to 2018 for South Africa, one filled with political drama, a whole regime change, tax hikes and we have even lost …


Apr 23

It Matters Not Where You Come From

Name: Thembelani Gumede Province: Kwa-Zulu Natal Facebook: Thando Timberlen Twitter handle: @Timberlen Instagram: Thando Timberlen Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. Thembelani is a young leader passionate about community development and the education of the African child. Currently, in his community, he strives to be a role model …


Apr 20

Touching lives through mentorship

Name: Paris Nyiko Makaringe Province: Guateng Facebook: Paris Makaringe / Paris Makaringe Page Twitter handle: @Paris_Makaringe Instagram: @Paris_Makaringe Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. Paris is an optimistic young person who believes in active citizenship within the small space he finds himself in. He is passionate about community …


Apr 19

Zuko – The Epitome Of An Unrestrained Activator

By Tlotliso May Speaks ACTIVATE! is a network of young leaders in South Africa that are committed to making changes in different spheres. This means that every individual in this network is committed to making a certain change and all these small efforts result in a greater change in society. A network such as ACTIVATE! …


Apr 17

Self-developed leaders are the future

Name: Glenda Nukeri Province:  Gauteng Facebook:  Glenda n’wa-roby nukeri Twitter:  Glenda n’waRoby Instagram: N/A Glenda is a humble and extremely motivated young leader who is always constantly developing her skills, she is confident in her ability to come up with interesting ideas and loves helping other people. Why did you decide to be part of …


Apr 13

A motivated social engineer for civil leadership

Name:  Nkosikhona “UZZI” Mpungose Province:  KwaZulu Natal Facebook:  Nkosikhona Uthmaan Mpungose Twitter handle:  @MpungoseNW Instagram:  Nkosikhona Mpungose Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. Uzzi is a community developer by birth and a social engineer on civil leadership. I’m motivated to bring about change in my community and my …


Apr 12

Using sports and recreation to reach out to the community

 Name:  Gregory Elsud Rooi Province:  Springbok, Northern Cape Facebook:  KCC Greg Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences.  Greg is a 2013 Activator from the Northern Cape in Springbok who has a passion for community development and the development of  women & children. He is involved in his community …


Apr 10

Social Entrepreneur actively taking charge of his future.

Name: Luvuyo Nojoko Province: Eastern Cape Facebook: Luvuyo sjingo Nojoko Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. I am Luvuyo Nojoko a young Activator (2016) from Port Elizabeth. I’m in a leadership structure both in sport and other youth development programmes. I am from a previously disadvantaged community called …


Jan 9

Activators sparkling as they grind

By Kay-Dee Mashile VIDA Sparkle As You Grind is a Social Entrepreneurship Platform for aspiring entrepreneurs. The initiative was co-founded by two Activator Ladies, Palesa Mpho Tshabalala (Founder of Botle Ba One) and Nathacia Olivier (Founder of Indoni Beauty Range). With both Palesa and Nathacia being passionate about entrepreneurship and lifestyle, the initiative was in …


Jan 9

Activators Review Education System

By Lwazi Nongauza “Any government that prides itself on the few that succeed and ignores the many that fall out of the school system has clearly lost its moral bearings.” Those were the words of former vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State – Jonathan Jansen in response to the recent 2017 Matric examinations …


Aug 28

Luleka’s Super Power is Being A Realist

Name: Luleka Mhlanzi Province: KZN Facebook: Luleka Mhlanzi Ndlangisa Instagram: lulekamhlanzi   What is the essence of being a woman to you? It is it understanding that my breathing is beyond gender, beyond societal stereotypes. I am what I create of myself. What is your super power? Realism, also I do not even begin to …


Aug 28

Blessing, A goal-oriented leader

Name: Blessing Mutiti Province: USA Facebook: @ Africanmythbuster Twitter handle:@blessmutiti Instagram: Africanmythbuster   What is the essence of being a woman to you? Knowing my worth before anyone else defines it for me and setting goals endlessly What is your super power? Resilience, knowing that I’m worthy and exercising a strong sense of self-esteem. What …


Aug 28

Violet Polelo Selwana’s super power is self-motivation

Name: Violet Polelo Selwana Province: Eastern Cape Facebook: Polelo Violet Selwana Twitter handle:@Violet­_pvs Instagram: violet_selwana What is the essence of being a woman to you? The essence of being a women lies in her, faith, caring heart, kindness, and wisdom. Being a women is a blessing and a gift from God. A woman is fearless, …


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