Education is the mother of leadership

Name: Nolwazi Ntshingila

Province: KwaZulu Natal

Facebook: Nolwazi Renee Ntshingila

Twitter handle: @sisanda1710

Instagram: N/A

Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences.

A confident, highly driven and humble young woman with over 8 years’ administration experience in the motor industry. A previous MISA (Motor Industry Staff Association) Woman of the Year and recently elected MISA Young Workers Forum National Vice Chairperson.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

Malusi Mazibuko saw potential in me. He gave me all the relevant information to go through to see if I’d be keen. What I read fascinated me and I decided to give it a try, not realising my life would be transformed.

What did you enjoy the most about training?

Meeting new people, not just new- people but young people that shared the same passion and with the same vision as me. I have made many networks and a whole lot of new friends in the last 5 years through ACTIVATE! Change Drivers.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

Training has allowed me to be more innovative when addressing issues of development, which allows for more effective and practical solutions. It also made me realise what we can do as a collective instead of being in your own little corner doing your own thing.

Have you been inspired and been the inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

A lot of Activators inspire me in their different spaces, that’s why I always collaborate with Activators in most of the work that I do. I do believe I am an inspiration both in my community and work space, and nothing makes me happy than realising I had made an impact on someone without even realising it.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

Youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also the partners of today. The qualities of tomorrow’s leaders lie in the characters of today’s followers.Youth are a crucial segment of a nation’s development and that is why their contribution is highly needed.

What is your field of interest?

Education is the mother of leadership, and that is my first love. My other passions are youth and women empowerment.

How are you driving change in your community/how would you like to drive change in your community?

Through my organisation, I host a Loxion High Tea for women and young girls in my community as a platform for them to network and share ideas with other women.  I’ve also recently started a reading club for little children as my contribution in decreasing the alarming literacy statistics in our country.

In July 2018, I hosted the 1st Annual Youth Leadership Talk in Durban in collaboration with other Activators. The one-day DYLT event is a replication of the Tshwane Youth Leadership Talk (TYLT), an existing, tried and tested model by Agape Youth Movement (led by Activator Thabang Ramoroka) that has been successfully executed over the past three years This dialogue focuses on discussing socio-economic challenges in South Africa. Topics for the dialogue will involve education, entrepreneurship, youth development and others.

I am also the MISA (Motor Industry Staff Association) Young Workers Forum KZN Principal and our aim is to support the involvement of young people in their workplace and community, thus helping to empower them by reaching out, responding to their expectations and ideas while fostering useful and long lasting skills by way of education and training. We believe that education is the first most important step to success in setting the basis of an individual’s future.  MISA firmly believes that the power of young workers are in their ability and willingness to learn.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

I’ve been an Activator since 2013 and collaborating with other Activators has been doing wonders for me.

What are your plans for this year?

Get the reading club off the ground and finishing my studies.

Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

I prefer emails, but social media is also good.

Additional information you would like us to know?

None

A Fearless Change Driver

Name: Queen Nomonde Velapi

Facebook: Nomonde Queen Velapi

Twitter handle: @queen_velapi

Instagram:@queen_velapi

Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences.

I am a young woman who is driven by change, growth, empowerment and knowledge. The day I discovered myself is the day I became alive.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

I decided to be part of ACTIVATE! because I needed the right direction and information towards my growth and impact in my community.

What did you enjoy the most about training?

Each and every lesson gave me a push and guidance as to how to do things and being with young people who have the same drive and purpose.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

Now I know what I didn’t know before, as I also said to the facilitators I went to the training empty even if I knew some of the things, but I didn’t know well so I had to empty myself and be ready to be filled up with information that will have solid grounds and motives.  Now I am more aware of what truly is than what was.

Have you been inspired and been the inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

Yes I have been inspired by many people around me and that has changed so much in me because in everything I do it’s all because of all the people that inspired me I am one of the people who inspire and help young people in my community as I lead a group of young ladies.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

Change our ways of thinking and doing things and start getting information and knowledge, because that’s where we get it all wrong. With proper education and information, united we are the key to this country.

 What is your field of interest?

Women empowerment and Art

How are you driving change in your community/How would you like to drive change in your community?

Having women empowerment sessions, mentoring sessions, photoshoots themed with African Queens.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

I still have to attend Module 2

In each and every direction the network leads me I will gladly follow and lead from wherever. And I will use all the tools the network gave me to make my community a better place for all the young people.

 What are your plans for this year?

Host an event where young women will introduce themselves to the nation and also themselves.  I’ve already changed my work environment because the network helped me discover some things about myself and now there’s no turning back its all or nothing!

 Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

Yes it is. Because that where the target is and that’s where all the people we are trying to change live and find comfort.

Additional information you would like us to know?

After my 1st Module, I had to change my direction and focus, ACTIVATE! reintroduced me to the person I was meant to be and I’ve been avoiding people I thought I needed to be in some placed, because of how our minds are programmed.  Now everything makes perfect sense and I fear nothing but not growing because what’s not growing is dead so I can’t afford to be dead with all the information I gained from my 1st Module.  All that I am now is all I have and need to improve by also changing other young people that I mentor and inspire.

Every time I look at these ladies I inspired, I know there’s more to come and that needs to be done.

I am an Activator and a fearless change driver!

 

 

 

 

Mandela Day reignites Dj Schoolbag’s Pride Factor

By: Dj Schoolbag

On Mandela Day, ACTIVATE! was invited to accompany Pride Factor and the Abcon Group Foundation to Hawk Academy combined school in the Primrose, Ekurhuleni, where I come from. And I had the honour of accompanying Kay-Dee to the event.

Hawk Academy was founded in 2016 by husband and wife Directors Sipho Mkhonto and Agnes Mkhonto after they saw a need in the community where they have a church, named ‘Door of Hope Family Church’.  “Most of the learners come from the surrounding informal settlements. We aim to give them the best education and hope to get results this year,” Ms Anges said. To date, the school has about 950 learners between Grade R and Grade 9.

Head Mistress, Anges Mkhonto

Throughout the Hawk Academy journey, they have partnered with various companies such as Abland, among others. Within Abland, there is a non-profit organization called Abcon Group Foundation – who were the main hosts of the Mandela Day event in partnership with Pride Factor. 

Dene Botha (Pride Factor) and Kay-Dee Mashile (ACTIVATE!)

Pride Factor SA is a life skills academy dedicated to improving the quality of young people’s lives by inspiring, guiding and mentoring them to challenge their assumptions, broaden their aspirations and develop entrepreneurial thinking. The Academy consists of many inspirational young people, one of which is  Pride Factor ambassador Emily Mabasa, who formed part of the pool of speakers.

Emily Mabasa sharing her story

Emily’s story inspired me a lot, what I took away were the words, “Believe in your dreams and don’t give up because those kids need you more than you know”. To be really honest I was at a stage where I almost gave up on the Donate a Schoolbag Campaign, but after the visit, I saw that a lot of learners still need our assistance. Seeing the faces of the learners as they received everything, from food to the library that Abcon donated, reminded me of the many things that we take for granted every day while other people long for these things. 

Abcon Donated Library

 

After the event, I decided to relaunch the campaign to start by helping Hawk Academy in Primrose, Ekurhuleni to raise schoolbags, sanitary towels, roll on, stationary for the learners. I have been reminded that the simple content of “Donate a School Bag” has the power to transform a child’s life – the very school bag you donate could help to create future Doctors, Politicians, Humanitarian, Chartered Accountant and more.

A few examples of the content of our school bag:

  • Calculator and a notepad
  • Pens and Pencils, colored pencils, crayons and markers
  • School Shoes
  • Small Gifts (Sweets, toys etc.)
  • School Uniform and Shoes
  • Sanitary Pads
  • Old and New Clothes

To be part of the Donate A Schoolbag Drive contact Dj Schoolbag at 0613770745, on Facebook or via email at ndasbcampaign@gmail.com.

The youth can eradicate poverty in SA

Name: Thabang Gift Dichaba

Facebook: Thabang Gift Dichaba

Twitter handle: None

Instagram:@TGDICHABA

 

Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences.

I am a hard and dedicated worker and my personality makes me the best person in any work I do passionately. Working with people has become my passion; I have accepted that as people we have different personalities, once that is understood it becomes easy to work with others. The things that I value the most, especially in a working environment, are consistency and punctuality.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

I had already developed the passion for community development from 2012 and I heard about ACTIVATE! in 2014. I then applied to improve my leadership skills and, yes, ACTIVATE! really groomed me. I learned a lot from the organisation.

What did you enjoy the most about training?

The Lemon Leadership Skill, Know Your Country and the IDP sessions. After learning about these three programs, I came back as a different leader as even today I’m doing things by law and respect the process of the state by taking decisions about our country.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

After learning about above these three programs I have mention, I came back as a different leader as even today I’m doing things by law and respect the process of the state by taking decisions about our country. And I never stop learning as this year I volunteer to ICS (International Citizenship Services) which work hand to hand with an organisation called Zoe Life.

Have you been inspired and been the inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

Yes, and as for last month, we hosted June 16 celebrations by launching one of my friend’s record label and had a street market on the day.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

I think youth should get more opportunities in all aspect of careers so that they will be able to play a role of eradicating poverty into their smaller communities.

What is your field of interest?

Community development, sports and education projects.

How are you driving change in your community/How would you like to drive change in your community?

I’m driving change in my community by hosting educational support projects such spelling bee competition, maths competition etc. and I would like to one day host Mr and Miss primary schools in my community.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

I’m done with training but still working so hard in my community and I’m in all the apps of the Network which I know that lot of opportunities will come and find me inside the network.

What are your plans for this year?

This year I’m focusing to my recycling coop company and also looking forward to get a job especially from Mzansi Spelling Bee organisation.

Additional information you would like us to know?

I’m currently looking for support to host Mr and Miss Primary Schools of Etwatwa and also need a help to register my organisation called Bacha Ba Dichaba Explorers

 

A Souljah’s Purpose

By Relo Malepe

Who is Fikile Jimmy Souljah?

The third son of four, parented by late Moola and Nomvulaza Mokae. I was named after my mom’s father, the late Fikile Jim November. I was born in Taung, in the North West, raised by my mom’s parents in the Free State in a small town, Hertzgvill. At age 14, I moved to Randfontein, west of Johannesburg to live with my mom and siblings.

Why Jimmy Souljah?

Jimmy is my middle name, Souljah is self-given. Which means warrior of God.

What drives you?

The need to empower my family and community makes me want to do more and work hard to achieve economic independence so I can fulfill this passion. It is more of a purpose.

Why fashion?

I always choose to answer this question by quoting Georgio Armani “I never thought in my wildest dreams that I will be a fashion designer, fashion chose me”

Challenges?

Running a small business on it’s own is a challenge I have to face on a daily basis. That’s one. Second, economic struggles are real. If it weren’t for money, I would be travelling my entire life.

What impact does your job allow you to achieve?

Fashion is art, and art is a great tool one can use to air their inner views and most importantly, it is self fulfilling to see someone beautifully covered by the work of my hands. It’s priceless.

When did you realize fashion is how you want to make a living?

When I enrolled for a fashion design course I didn’t know it was something I could do for a living. For me it was doing something rather than staying at home. I was encouraged by my lecturer to give it my all even if I did not like it. From then it’s been about passion.

Advice to others?

One, you don’t need a background in sewing to begin or train as as fashion designer. Anyone with a learning attitude can do it. Secondly, be prepared to be your own boss; that includes a lot of hard work for you to be your own designer.

How about the Indonesian-inspired trend you want to introduce?

Yes I’m launching my brand later this year. My inspiration comes from African traditions. I love colours, prints and patterns. So Indonesian Batik and our original African prints. It is a fusion of Batik and our original African prints. The fabric is from a province in Indonesia called West Papua. So my brands is about challenging three things: self Conciousness, change and restering pride.

What’s the idea behind this Indonesian inspiration?

Well I am not just a designer, I am a social activist in my own accord. West Papua faces hard times being oppressed by the Indonesian government. And the world talks little about this apartheid-like state. As a South African social activist with apartheid history, I believe my brand will play a part in spreading awareness about West Papua’s existence and struggle, with hope that more people will know about it. The more the Indonesian government is exposed, hopefully, West Papua will be freed.

Joining the ACTIVATE! network has been blissful. I got to strongly learn about myself in the first week and met incredible influencers, it’s a network of dreamers with a great potential to assist me on my journey. I am looking forward to the future, and it looks positive.

Nondumiso is a diva that seeks to uplift her community

Name: Nondumiso “DIVA” Mthethwa

Province: KwaZulu-Natal

Facebook: Nondumiso Nongcebo Mthethwa

Twitter handle: @nntmthethwa

Instagram: Ms Diva Nondu


Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences.

I am a lady aged 24 and currently working as an Ambassador at ANOVA Health Institute, a peer mentor at Dreams Thina Abantu Abasha & Africa Unite. I’m very passionate about community development and advocacy. I’m bubbly, energetic and I am a KZN A! Health Champion as well as a founder of Footprince Youth Development Project.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

I needed to expand my knowledge by learning new things, relearn what I already know and to pass it to others and unlearn all the bad habits and myths that were hindering my way forward as a young person.

What did you enjoy the most about training?

My Past Collage; where I had to deal with things I didn’t want to talk about, the wash line planning tool, my iconic self & my journey it was a platform of introspection and now I know who I am and where I am going.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

Before the training the drive of helping adolescent girls and young women I gained from my past experiences that I haven’t dealt with but my perspective changed when I had to open up and tell my stories for the first time


Have you been inspired and been the inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

Always. I have been inspired by my pain to inspire others. As far as I can remember, I started being an inspiration in my community when I was 13 years old with a dance group called Glamour Girls where I got the name “Diva” – from a Beyonce song called I Am A Diva.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

We are capable but we are still treating the symptoms rather than the root cause.

What is your field of interest?

Community development of key population, the voiceless, the violated adolescent girls and young women & the LGBTQIA+ community.

How are you driving change in your communit?

I’m driving change in my community by being involved as a brand ambassador for the Health 4 Men project of ANOVA Health Institute (MSM & TG /LGBTIQA), a peer mentor for Dreams Thina Abantu Abasha project (AGYM), peer mentor for Africa Unite (Human rights & advocacy), KZN A! Health champion, serving in the disciplinary committee of the eThekwini Youth Sector & Footprince Youth Development. All these projects interlink in my world by conducting dialogues, seminars, workshops, talks. That how I’m driving change giving information and implementations. 

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

I serve as a KZN A! Health champion where we host imbizos, hackathons, webinars and being present and adding value, ideas, input on social issues as young people that we face.

I also collaborate with other Activators that share the same ideology as me so that we can do work that will have an impact in our community.

What are your plans for this year?

  • To go to Amsterdam for the AIDS conference 😊
  • To make an impact on many spaces and to grow my business and being the change I want to see with my Footprince Youth Development Project.

Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

Yes, it very helpful because that is where we as the youth spend their precious time in.

Additional information you would like us to know?

During school holidays, I have sessions with adolescent girls and young women. I’m all about women empowerment in the Durban Pinetown district as I’m also a young mother (I am 24 years old) to a beautiful girl, Senamile, that I got when I was 19 (teen mom).  #YouthHealthMatters #GirlEmpowerment #AbstainBefaithfulCondomise #7Bs

 

 

 

 

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 the Eastern Cape I went to Johannesburg for work and after being employed for five years I decided to come back to Eastern Cape to establish Qunu Youth Development Foundation that seek to develop young people.

 

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

I knew to be able to grow I need to be part of the network where all young people from all walks of life are in this country.

 

What did you enjoy the most about training?

I enjoyed the most about training when we engage on issues of Race, Gender equality and tribalism as some of challenges that moves us backwards.

 

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

It helped me in finding myself, my strength, weakness and different spheres of government. 


Have you been inspired and been the inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

Yes I was inspired and I am an inspiration in my community and beyond. 

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

The role of the youth in developing the country is to claim our space and come up with innovative ideas to solve the challenges we are facing today. We need to root out corruption in government departments and learn not being passive.

What is your field of interest?

Business and youth development 

How are you driving change in your community/How would you like to drive change in your community?

By so many to mention few; my company Havaks (Pty) Ltd as part of Corporate Social Investment (CSI) program in partnership with National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is offering in and out of school young people different trainings on life skills, jobs preparation, cooperative governance and business management. This is how we will be celebrating 100 years of Nelson Mandela. We can’t do the same thing every June 16, young people do not need charity they did in the past years. We need to have long term sustainable development initiatives. 

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

Keeping active in the network is not a matter of “Plan”, it is a must. However, there are challenges we are facing as Activators where we feel the network is bias and has favourites. Again there is a lot to celebrate than to complain over in this network. 

What are your plans for this year?

My plans is to make my mark using the centenary of Mandela as a vehicle to change young people’s lives and restoring dignity of our country and reminding those that are in power about the values of the greatest leaders of our soil like Nelson Mandela, Oliva Tambo, etc.

Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

Yes, it is when you want to engage young people you need to speak their language and their language is social media. 

Additional information you would like us to know?

My company needs a website and personalised emails I already made an effort by securing a domain name www.havaksptyltd.co.za and phikolomzi@havaksptyltd.co.za. I need someone who can activate those two for me. I don’t have budget.

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 decided to join ACTIVATE! to further make a meaningful contribution in my life, my community, my country and the continent at large. I needed to be part of a community that is passionate about the people and the betterment that of.

 

What did you enjoy the most about training?

I loved the part where we were tough about the power of storytelling. I have been having many battles in writing my story so more young people can be inspired and to realise their God-given talents. Furthermore, I also youth to want to be active participants in the development of our nation as I believe that we all have a story to tell and the training helped me find the confidence to tell my story.

 

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

The training has changed the way I view my everyday activism. It has helped me to be more vocal and confident in the injustice we see on a daily basis; which in my case is how we fail to further develop policies that address the unemployment rate especially amongst youth and women. The training has mostly helped me to find amazing young people that have the same passion in community development. I have found young people I know will be future drivers of a better Africa and society.


Have you been inspired and been the inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

Yes. After the training, in fact, during the training I noticed that I began to change. By developing campaigns with Activators in the training that can truly make a meaningful difference in our country, from day 1, I managed to introduce 4 other Activators to join me to start a campaign #0%UnemploymentRate that aligns to a continental campaign Africa Youth Entrepreneurship Day. On our last day I also collaborated with 5 other Activators and we gave birth to the 3 City Substance Abuse campaign that we wish to host youth at the 3 of the biggest stadiums in South Africa. Lastly, I established two stations one – in Mbombela, Mpumalanga that will focus on Filming and The Arts program in collaboration with Ubuntu Youth Centre and St Mark School. The other station based in Bedworth Lake Residence that houses approx. 500 student which half of them are from disadvantaged communities in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal.

 

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

I believe the role of youth in developing the country is to be active participants in social youth program, also youth should be able to understand and support tools that make local government work. Youth need to be able to be vocal in addressing policies that advance youth interconnectedness and inclusion. The youth need to be able to be active participants of innovations and entrepreneurial excellence in the need to create employment.

What is your field of interest?

My interest is developing tools to get youth to being active and leaders of economic participation.

How are you driving change in your community/How would you like to drive change in your community?

Back in 2014 I presented Africa Youth Entrepreneurship Day – AYED campaign in Accra, Ghana where I was afforded an opportunity to represent my University and my country at the Continental Student Summit. Through that campaign I’d like to create platforms to create dialogues, conversations and strategies to address policy development that nurtures African youth economic participation in the 21 century. I like to see more Universities making students beneficiaries as economic participators in their respective universities. I’d like to see communities supporting and celebrating youth and women in their communities, I’d also like to see a better integrated strategy that allows youth and women to be more active participants in their communities’ economic development.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

I believe I will further take the knowledge from the training to build more momentum to mobilise, organise and activate youth in South Africa and the continent at large to be self-driven economic participants in community and economic development in their communities. I’d like to grow the 2 stations to address the issues youth face on a daily basis through workshops, training support and dialogues. Lastly, I would love to see our event created such as the ‘Reaching 0% Unemployment Rate’ and the ‘3 City Against Substance Abuse’ grow yearly to make an impact.

What are your plans for this year?

I wish to build 3 strong stations, VUT Bedworth Lake Station that focus on ICT and Entrepreneurship Support, Mpumalanga TV Station that focuses on media and youth development and Norkem Station that will focus on Social Youth Development.

Lastly I plan to grow the AYED campaign so that it reaches the whole continent through social media in preparation for 2019. Furthermore, I would like to have small activations for the 3 City Against Substance Abuse in my community.

Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

Yes, I’m a big social media driver.

Additional information you would like us to know?

Thank you for the opportunity afforded!

 

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. I am nothing extraordinary, simply your average everyday undiscovered humble world leader, activist and friend.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

Because Mr Koketso Marishane saw potential in me and presented me the vision and objectives of the program and I saw my space and role in it.

 

What did you enjoy the most about training?

The conducive environment created by the trainers.

 

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

The training enabled me to see life from a different angle: from subject to pro-active citizen like Dr. Mamphele Ramphele.


Have you been inspired and been the inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

Yes. I get inspired daily by the continuous work of inspiration by Mr. Marishane and many like him who selflessly offer themselves to be of service to both our communities in SA and internationally. This inspiration pushes me to acknowledge, celebrate and continue with the positive narratives that Mr. Marishane and associates have started by continuously placing the positive stories of our nation and the people on sustainable platforms for global recognition.  

 

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

The role of youth in SA as a developing country is to find a healthy balance between working to live and living to work towards a healthy national ecosystem.

 

What is your field of interest?

Education for People and Community Development. Without education, I am nothing.

How are you driving change in your community/How would you like to drive change in your community?

I’m happy that I am already part of a sizeable network of global shapers that seeks to address the most pressing and daunting challenges in the world and my role is to use my resources to communicate the messages the world needs to hear.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

I’m constantly keeping abreast on developments by Activators within my space through active engagement with them virtually and otherwise thus there’s always the element of intimate connection.

What are your plans for this year?

Love myself more by surrounding myself with kindred and disciplined spirits like Mr. Marishane. My elevation is determined by the company I keep so the more I am in the surround of stars, the more my chances of becoming like them.

Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

No. I don’t do social media. It disturbs my peace of mind.

Additional information you would like us to know?

Mphanama is rising and the future looks bright.

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 has influenced my passion and interest in driving change in young people’s lives.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

I figured being part of a group of like-minded individuals would help me find direction in this industry of giving back and driving change.

What did you enjoy the most about training?

I enjoyed quite a number of things, but mostly I enjoyed meeting young change drivers from different places across SA and hearing from them the challenges they are facing in their communities and learning the different strategies they use to tackle them. I also enjoyed module 3, I still think it should be adopted as a subject in schools.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

It has helped me look beyond my challenges and not let the frustrations of the social ills we face in my community get to me. It has also helped me have a network and support of people I can look up to and call on when the going gets tough. The training also equipped me with information I wouldn’t normally get in a textbook.


Have you been inspired and been the inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

I believe I have been an inspiration yes ☺ I have been inspired by a lot of things in my community, mostly things that i believe need to be changed or addressed.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

I think our role is to do things differently, change peoples perspectives by provoking what they already know and teaching them new, better ways of thinking, taking decision and acting. We should be at the forefront of driving the change in our communities and making our “leaders” account. We should be at the forefront of changing policies and protecting our own, as young people we should infiltrate those decision making positions.

What is your field of interest?

My general interest is community development, right now I have programs focusing on young people and the youth.

How are you driving change in your community/How would you like to drive change in your community?

I recently co-found an NPO called BlackBird Projects, under it I have various projects that we plan to implement. One that has been running for a year is called #KiddiesBookClubTembisa; it’s a holiday book club program that runs on school and public holidays. Due to availability and funding issues we can only run once a week, for only 2 hours. We have also just started to run fundraising campaign #ThriftForChange to help us raise funds that we need to run the various projects we have lined up.

 

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

I plan to keep in touch by joining the various Whatsapp groups, to keep in touch with member of the network. Especially those near to me and those that are working in the same field as I do, I also plan to attend events that I can get to.

What are your plans for this year?

This year the plan is to grow and stabilise the #KiddiesBookClubTembisa program, to create other means of raising funds, to start and run a successful human trafficking campaign in my region in Tembisa and to establish partnerships with local businesses and other nonprofit organisations and government entities.

Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

I’ve recently quit Facebook and Twitter; however Whatsapp and Email have been the best source of communication.

Additional information you would like us to know?

A bit about #ThriftForChange

I was sexually harassed while I was working on a community development project a couple of months ago. I figured it would continue to happen everywhere I went knocking and asking for help for my NPO, BlackBirds Projects and projects we are running in the hood. I then decided to come up with a unique way to help us raise the funds we need, while getting the community indirectly supporting our initiatives.

To avoid asking people to donate money, we’re collecting re-sellable stuff to sell to people at thrift prices, instead of just giving the clothes away. We’re collecting donations in a form of clothes, furniture, deco stuff or stationery- anything really.  Please support the #ThriftForChange campaign.

 

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 committee, facilitator at AIDS Foundation of South Africa  (AFSA ) and Youth Making Local Government Work member since 2016.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

Fortunately or otherwise I joined the ACTIVATE! network  in a very interesting way, I posted a picture on Facebook of a youth dialogue and then I was approached by one of the ACTIVATE! facilitators to apply for ACTIVATE! networks back in 2012, because I was already doing something for my community, I applied in 2012 and went through  the interview process and the rest is history but that’s how I joined ACTIVATE!

What did you enjoy the most about training?

It will have to be the Project Planning or Project Model that I enjoyed the most,  as these sessions happened to be the most challenging sessions during training, but if you master them very well they can help you open many big closed doors and I have implemented them into many programs.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

Training helped me to be better in whatever I do as a person and it also helped me to work easily with peers in any given social  space, now I am able to bring meaningful  impact and direction to other young people.

Have you been inspired and been the inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

Yes, I have been inspired by many things but lately I am inspired by the idea of turning A! stations to youth centres,  something that will serve the community even if ACTIVATE!  no longer exists, therefore I am inspired to work hard in order to turn that dream into reality and hopefully that will serve as inspiration even to the coming generations.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

Our role as young people is to get involved in everything progressive in order to influence  the decisions taken by government, decision making and youth policies. As young people we must be involved  in every development of this country by organizing ourselves for better opportunities.

You can’t say you want employment but you don’t have a ready made CV, as young people we must play our role by meeting government half way in terms of development. Young people are like coal in a moving train so we need to invigorate young people with skills so they can be able to contribute and play a meaningful role in the development of the country. As a result, the role of young people in a developing country is to influence decision making and policy.

What is your field of interest?

For now my field of interest is education and health more especially in supporting young people in accessing tertiary education information and sexual reproductive health education to adolescence girls and young women.

How are you driving change in your community / How would you like to drive change in your community?

In general  I drive change in many different spaces and social platforms but I am currently driving change  within the health sector and education by ensuring that young people have full access to health facilities and in higher education institutions on time and easily.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

As a person who’s  always  active in participating in programs happening within the network, there isn’t much I will change besides to consistently keep on participating like before and I am looking forward to creating new connections with new Activators, I want to continue to surround myself with the best.

What are your plans for this year?

Personally it is to finish my BA: Community Development with the University of South Africa  ( UNISA ) and it won’t be easy because I am not funded. The plan for  my community this year  is to host the biggest  career annual expo that will be able to accommodate 20 or more local schools  in one Day.

Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

Emails and other  social  media platforms  are still doing  a good job for me.

Additional information you would like us to know?

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

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 striving to alleviate poverty, gender oppression and liberation of women is premised from a lived experience. She always aims for the impossible and works hard to achieve, a risk taker and does not sell herself short.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

I wanted to grow in leadership as a young leader and activate was offering that great platform for me. Also, I wanted to be among other great leaders and learn from them about how they go about making an impact in their own societies.

What did you enjoy the most about training?

I enjoyed the interaction with other recipients, the insightful discussions we would have. Three highlights for me in the training was in module 1 doing wash line, module 2 learning about different leadership styles and module 3 talking about Africa.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

The training has helped me on how I engage and finding solutions to problems as I love solving problems. It has changed my perspective when it comes to working with communities and using resources one have.

Have you been inspired and been the inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

I have been inspired by quite a number of phenomenal women whom I met before and during my Activate training to name a few Aphiwe Ntlemeza, Yolokazi Mfutho and Sibongile Tontsi. Their work inspires me to do good. I have also been inspired by the learners I always come across when I visit their schools eager to change their background as a result some of them I mentor and are now pursuing their degrees/diplomas in different fields.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

South African youth has a huge role to play in the development of the country, firstly, they are the ones who are to shape the future of the country for the current generation and generations to come. Secondly, young people constitute a large number in the population of the country and are mostly affected by diseases, unemployment and poverty. Lastly, it is now upon them to deliver the country to the economic liberation it needs.

What is your field of interest?

Gender, education and development.

How are you driving change in your community/How would you like to drive change in your community?

I have been involved in the fight against gender based violence and rape culture more especially while I was still at the University of Fort Hare. Through United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA Youth Advisory Panel) I have been actively involved in making sure young people what are Sexual Reproductive Health Rights. In addition, on my personal capacity have been doing career guidance and mentoring to high school learners from disadvantaged communities.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

I have been active through attending programs organized by Activate! like the A! engagement that was held in Port Elizabeth.

What are your plans for this year?

This year I am planning to do my masters overseas if I do get a scholarship, continue with my community work in helping grade 12 learners in their journey post-matric.

Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

Yes, it has been effective for me so far as I constantly receive emails and see updates on the Facebook group.

Additional information you would like us to know?

I will be leaving the country going to the United States of America, I have been invited by the Department of State to receive an award as an Emerging Young Leader I will be joining other young leader from 9 different other countries in Washington, DC.

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 and reflections forming connection from day 1.

Having grown up in hostel with rules and schedules, I appreciated  Patrick’s stickler for managing time and organising sessions right down to a tee, that taught me mostly that we are not on the same schedule, that our goal is the same but how we get there is different the idea is to connect people or with people, inspire positive change in our communities, provoke critical thinking and problem solve on a molecular level within communities and influence the generation to come to continue the work and sometime a little smile is all it takes to change someone’s situation.

With civil war and hostility brewing just below the skin of our rainbow nation and violence and bloodshed being what brought us freedom in the first, we were shown that is not the only way, our own in-house rebel with a cause Nonkululeko schooled us with 198 Non-Violent ways to make our voices heard, even though we came up with a few effective scenarios, from her I learnt sometime not striking can be striking and mass action can be effective without you actually doing anything , your platforms are the key to effective messaging and for a dinosaur like me its important to move with the times and available platform.

Some of the connections I made were with Esethu Sotheni and Ayabonga Kompi two outspoken young men who on the long bus ride home unpacked how eye opening, enticing and generally how much we as young people still need to do to get where we all hope we can take South Africa, “ for me the tools that stood out the most were the “Making Local Government Work” activists hand book and the effective planning washline because what makes most of our project fail is lack of follow through , planning and not knowing which offices in local governments are responsible for what and this helped sharpen my pledge of making it my mission to ensure women are safe and free and that young people in my peer groups are “resilient”  stated  Ayabonga, a passionate attorney.

Throughout the whole week we were kept on our toes by our Captain Shakes, with his complicated icebreakers designed to make you loosen up or just look goofy so all of us can crack up, he also taught us tenacity and that sometimes you are not tired just a little bored and that it takes innovation to keep the idea or dream alive.

When Brian said those words, “ kuzoba Lit…”, he revolutionised a song played in every taxi every res and every local radio station without actually knowing he was doing it, he connected that song to them, making it hard not to think of the pledges we took, to work as hard as we can for the causes we stand for, now every time that song plays be it in a taxi to work or from work, a tavern or just a car driving by we know we have promises to keep to ourselves, to each other and our nation. With every tool they bestowed on us from the I AM Collage,  5 principals of Dialogue and the Making Local Government work handbook we hold the cards to making the change that we dream of, together using each others LEMON strengths and weaknesses we can make small change in each of our communities by combining our efforts and our views.

“With how connected the network is, I cannot even say I don’t know ‘how to’ anymore, the training definitely sharpened my spears of using radio, drama and any other form of art to promote literacy to under privileged children in my community and my pledge is to literally not rest and use every tool I got here to make sure I make an impact, a change in my community.” Esethu was quite awed at how much could still be done he echoed that, “ kusezoba lit guys, asikabiphi bafethu”.

So how can I deny that we are connected? How then can we say we are alone?

Because, from day 1 of the training we were forming connections, inspiring each other to do more, provoking each others thought processes and influencing each others ways of thinking. Through understanding and doing things, we were the 27 that chose to not just show up but lit it all up by embracing the different crazies and views, I took tools to sharpen young women in my community and improve my planning skills. I met men who felt the same need I have to not just protect women but empower them with socio-economic tools to better their environments and communities.

We are not alone and we have been activated and it wont just be lit, we will set it all ablaze.

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 a few beloved icons along the way. Still, on 27th  April, we will celebrate National Freedom Day, which will mark our 24th year into democracy. I went around finding out what fellow Activators got up to this month, and the change they’ve been driving in their respective communities.

Let’s Learn Together

Phathuxolo Nofotho Ndzimande is a 2016 Activator from Atterigdeville in the City of Tshwane. He and his colleagues at Future Leaders and Young Great Minds Movement have started a very noble initiative. They have partnered with the Gauteng Department of Education and several young people in their community, and together they give their time and effort to assist parents with online schools registration for their children. Many of the volunteers they work with are unemployed young people around the Atteridgeville area. Phathuxolo says that he hopes this initiative will encourage other young people in other communities to consider giving their time to similar causes. You change the world with every life you touch, he believes.

 

“I’m Pro Gay, Okay?”

With their continued victimization and marginalization, Freedom is a profound term and concept within the LGBTI community. Sipho Dlamini is a 2018 Activator and an LGBTI activist from Kagiso, West of Johannesburg. He is part of the Westrand LGBTI Movement, and they hosted a dialogue early this month in Kagiso, which was aimed at educating and sensitizing LGBTIs about overcoming societal challenges. Another one of their project objectives was to educate the general public about issues that affect members of the LGBTI community.  Sipho’s vision is to see a society where members of the LGBTI community live in peace and not under constant fear and abuse.

Through The Lense

Lungelo Mlati is a 2015 Activator from Boksburg in Gauteng. A young father juggling a corporate job and his passion for photography, Lungsta believes that his camera is his gateway to freedom.

Paul       : What is your idea of Freedom?

Lungelo:  My idea of Freedom is being able to do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it.

Paul       : What fuels you to continue doing what you do?

Lungelo: What fuels me is the quest for financial freedom. As much as I am aware that money is not everything, I am also aware that being financially free affords you a better life; and it will afford a better future for my child and family. I want only the best for them, and I am prepared to work my head off for it.

Paul       : What is your vision for South Africa?

Lungelo: My vision is a South Africa where everybody has equal rights. One love regardless of race, culture or creed.

The Distant Future Is Near

Nontobeko Radebe is an Activator from Mkhambathini in rural KZN. Fresh from the first module of her Activate! Change Drivers Training, she went home and organized a career expo for young people in her community. The idea for the event, which took place on 21st April 2018, was born from noticing how many of the young girls she is surrounded by, have no clue what they want to do after matric. This compelled Nontobeko to get in touch with her aunt, who works at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). With a clear vision and using the different resources she already had at her disposal, she and her team made the expo a reality.

The local municipality provided them with a venue and sound system. On the guest list they had representatives from NSFAS, CAO, NYDA and local motivational speakers. Nontobeko’s aunt even brought a group of international students to attend the expo and experience the rural atmosphere. Ntobe’s dream is to start her own organization; however, she says she has previously encountered several challenges in the process of registering one in her home area.

The Test-Drivers of Freedom

The different stories of these brave Activators go to prove that sometimes the things that grant us the most freedom and contentment are those things which we do for free. Everyone has their own notion of freedom. From the general South African point of view, however, it is a feeling of knowing the internal hardships we have gone through as a country; and the many opportunities that have surfaced for all, as a result of us coming out of those hardships intact, as a unified and democratic nation.

As the young people of today, we have been accused of being too radical! Of being too outspoken! Of abusing our freedom! Maybe “they” are right. Maybe our methods sometimes are a bit too harsh and impetuous. We are, after all, the “Test-Divers of Freedom” and as such, we could use the “License of Wisdom” when making some of our important decisions. The future is in our hands!! Long Live!

 

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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 for those around him by participating actively in changing the ills he is faced with.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

I noticed how most young people take things for granted and decided to act by involving myself in different projects in and around my community specifically geared on education and caring for those that are orphaned.

What did you enjoy the most about training?

I enjoyed three sessions in particular namely: The State of the Nation, ACTIVATedTalk, and Socio-economic engagement. I found these sessions to be highly interactive and they helped me a great deal in refining my public speaking and discourse skills.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

Since returning from training, I have not had a moment to sit down and be idle. I constantly have something to do mostly geared towards being of valuable use to my community. I am passionate about children from the community I reside in, to the extent that I have dedicated my life to being an aide to orphans and children of school going age.

Have you been inspired and been the inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

I believe so, yes. Most people in my community consider me to be a young beacon of hope. I have started a Kids Club where children come into to do their homework because I have observed how some of these children come from child headed households and some have single parents. Now, because of the food question they are out all day hustling and as a result of this, there isn’t someone dedicated to help them with their homework.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

The youth needs to have a solid opinion on issues of national importance, that way the powers that be can  take us seriously.

What is your field of interest?

Education and community development.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

I have collaborated with other community based organisations such as Zoe-life and Kurisanani with whom I am now doing my volunteer work with in Limpopo for the benefit of children who need a hand up. By engaging young people in art activities, I have been able to reach out to a lot of people in my community. On the 16 June this year we will have a youth event to discuss pertinent issues that relate to us the youth.

What are your plans for this year?

To finish my volunteer internship in May and go back to my community in KZN to implement all that I have learned. On the 27 April 2018 in Limpopo, we will be having an event and I would love the support of activators in and around the province.

Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

Yes it is.

Additional information you would like us to know?

I thank the ACTIVATE! Change Drivers programme and Activators at large for being so instrumental in my life’s journey.

 

 

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 development as a key area of focus and pledges to be an active change maker as long as he lives.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

I joined the network so as to be consciously minded and linked up with other active young people working in the space of community development. 

What did you enjoy the most about training?

I don’t really refer to it as training but the birth of a new me…ACTIVATE! has Activated the desire I have to become whom I have always wanted to be and encouraged me to do more.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

Indeed it has helped me politically, economically, financially and spiritually. I see things in a different way now and I am able to think independently.

Have you been inspired and been the inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

I consider myself a role model in my community and can safely say that I have become a household name with the ability to drive the active citizenship in every space I occupy. I have become a beacon of hope and my presence carries influence.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

My role as leader has been recognised nationally after being named as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans in the Mail & Guardian along with receiving a Nation Builder Award in 2017 and  receiving a Special Award at the Gauteng Premier Youth & Excellency 2018.

What is your field of interest?

Civil Society.

How are you driving change in your community/how would you like to drive change in your community?

I would love to continue driving change in the following ways:

  • Leading the fight on prevention work in the field of substance abuse, gender – based violence against women and children.
  • Driving programs that tackle the issue of underprivileged kids.
  • Conducting training on leadership principles and life skills.

 

 

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

Being involved in anything related to the work I do within my field and making sure that I recruit future leaders like myself to be part of the network.

What are your plans for this year?

One always wants everyone to witness growth within the space they find themselves in and that is what I would like to do in the programs and projects I’m part of .

Secondly, I would like to  focus on education specifically, because I will be launching a new programme that  deals with the education sector . This is something that’s really new to me but I am ready for the challenge that lays ahead.

Lastly, investing my time in the Future Leaders programme and mentoring one boy and girl child.

Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

Yes it is. 

Additional information you would like us to know?

“As Long As Im Alive I’ll Touch Lives ‘’

Paris Makaringe

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! transcends all race, gender, cultural and ethical diversities. Last year, the network conquered and was able to accommodate a member of the community of disabled people for the first time – one such pacesetter was Zuko Nyakatsha who suffers from visual impairment but is determined to not let this get in his way of activating change in society. An organisation such as ACTIVATE! must have diverse voices because it seeks to serve all South Africans. It is in being inclusive that all societal groups are well presented.

Like most of us, Zuko heard about ACTIVATE! from a friend and decided to join the network against his fear of judgement as it is difficult for him to meet new people and socialise. This judgement was proven wrong by the overwhelming support and love that Activators, training team and the hotel staff displayed for Zuko. Au contraire to any projected glitch in training, the training was modified to benefit Zuko and everyone present ensured that he received the same training that he traveled from his home for – proving again that Activators are innovative and are leaders at heart. Inasmuch as training was modified to benefit Zuko, his presence and willingness is a call for ACTIVATE! to further diversify the network and work on making it further inclusive of all societal facets.

ACTIVATE! has impacted Zuko’s life positively as it is usually the case with most people who undergo ACTIVATE! training. The knowledge that ACTIVATE! offers its members has been of benefit a lot to him because he can now network without any fear of being judged and the events that he hosts are organised in a now orderly fashion because he uses the project planning methods that ACTIVATE! has introduced him to. Zuko was involved in leadership prior to joining ACTIVATE! and his leadership competency was sharpened when he was assesses through LEMON and discovered the kind of a leader that he is and where his strengths lie as a leader.

Zuko is currently in a learnership programme at old Mutual in Pretoria, in juxtaposition to this, he frequently networks with other leaders to keep abreast of what they are doing and tries a lot to involve himself wherever he can – stretching himself farther than the last time. Since 2014, Zuko has been part of a planning committee for a Youth Day tournament. This year, he plans to bring what he learnt from ACTIVATE! to assist in the planning and executing of this annual tournament. Part of post ACTIVATE! training for Zuko involves recommending to other young people that they should join the ACTIVATE! network and ensure that they are exposed to the same opportunities that he did, of being part of a network of young people interconnected in changing their country, daring to be the change they want to see.

“I am a resourceful intellectual. I do not think out of the box; I rather remove the box altogether.” – – Zuko

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 the ACTIVATE! Network?

To improve self-development, learn more about leadership and what it entails.

What did you enjoy the most about training?

When I was creating my past collage I was able to open up and talk about the challenges that I went through in life,and the importance of my values.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

That I should not judge people by looking at them and in the same process I also learned how to think out of the box.

Have you been inspired and been an inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

Yes, I am inspired to change the youth in my community. I have inspired a lot of young people in my community who had given up on their lives into substance abuse – now a lot of them are willing to change their doings.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

It is very important for youth to get involved in everything that is happening in our country so as to better contribute towards change.

What is your field of interest?

Youth crime prevention.

How are you driving change in your community/How would you like to drive change in your community?

By hosting programmes such as sports against crime, crime awareness campaigns, engage with community through meetings, school talks and after-school programmes.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

I will post my everyday work on social media.

What are your plans for this year?

Planning to start a business that will give back to my community.

Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

Yes, because it is easily accessible.

Additional information you would like us to know?

I thank ACTIVATE! on bringing youth activities alive.

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 country using innovative solutions to community problems or social ills. I uphold human rights for a just society and empower young people in my community.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

I decided to join the A! Network because of  the training I needed to add to my skills and also to be in the network of like-minded people for collaborations and partnership among other young champions in the network.

What did you enjoy the most about training?

 Everything was amazing, but Lemon leadership, Articulation & Innovation stood out for me.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

It has helped me to view social ills and opportunities to drive change in my community as opposed to seeing  them as community burdens.

Have you been inspired and been the inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

I have been inspired and indeed I remain the inspiration behind young community developers from high schools and ward level in my community in KwaMashu and EThekwini municipality as a whole.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

The role of youth is engaging themselves with the country’s development by contributing positively towards change in their communities and also participating on local programs.

What is your field of interest?

Social justice: Civic Education, Human rights and Health.

How are you driving change in your community/How would you like to drive change in your community?

I’m driving change in my community in different platforms and levels where there is not a youth voice, from war- rooms & local forums to district councils for social change – HIV, GBV, TB and Poverty reduction.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

Well when A! Stations were proposed I was a first station Head that lunched the INK station  which has been active and serving the community, its the station that will keep me active as it serves my community.

What are your plans for this year?

Plans for 2018: Luanch High School Students Parliament program, Clinic Youth Corner in local clinics for amplifying AYFS for DOH, Community Health Education for INK area and for the first time I’ll do INK community developers awards this year to appreciate those who are contributing to INK Development and also as an encouraging tool for those who haven’t started. (please help making this possible). INK is a combination of three communities i.e Inanda,Ntuzuma and Kwa-Mashu.

Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

I’m very active on social media especially twitter and facebook, so Yes 😊

Additional information you would like us to know?

Please empower stations with relevant resources as it will be the A! Legacy in community even when A! goes away it will remain an engineer to drive change in the community level.

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 through organising different programmes that gather school going kids together for recreational purposes.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

 I joined the network because it was a bit different from the few programmes I had seen or engaged in before and it was an opportunity for to rub shoulders with other young people and to learn from them to make a change in my community.

What did you enjoy the most about training?

I enjoyed the honesty of the discussion, how everyone is a family and how the programme is designed.

I particularly enjoyed the “My past collage” and articulation sessions as they linked directly to socio-political navigation.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

It has allowed me to be more open minded and enlighted as to what is going on in the world and how I, as a young person, can contribute positively in making local government work.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

The youth needs to be trained so that they can amplify their skills and groomed to be effective leaders. Youth also needs mentors that we can look up to for motivation and inspiration, that way we can contribute much more positively to the economy and country.

What is your field of interest?

Youth development through sports, arts, culture and recreation for the youth,women and children.

How are you driving change in your community?

Through organising events for children to attend. Recently we hosted an event which saw about 50 children of school going age gathered in one space to play sports and have fun. The reason I did this is because whenever children are on school holidays they run to town and beg for money because there are no extra-curricula activities that they can engage in during holidays. This event was welcomed by the community and as such, we will have a follow-up event on the 13 May 2018.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

Social media is the best way to communicate with other Activators that are not in my province or place of residence. I am in the different WhatsApp and Facebook groups which always post events and opportunities for young people. Through those platforms I am able to collaborate with others and receive assistance.

What are your plans for this year?

 To organise more events and programmes that speak to arts and recreation in my community that will cater for children and women.

Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

Yes. Social media is the best way of communicating because, it is very effective (cost wise) and you can access the information very quickly.

Additional information you would like us to know?

 I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the ACTIVATE! network and the community from which I come. My passion for youth development, sport and recreation  is starting to yield ripple effects in my community. I believe that youth can indeed make local government work.