May 28

HEALING A!FRICA

By Paul Mabote Africa! Azania! The Mother land! The continent by any other name will still be as rich and as abundantly blessed! May 25th is Africa Day, people – so Happy Africa Month! But, why May 25th?  Well, on the same day in 1963, the organisation of African Unity (OAU), which we now know …


May 28

She Rose

By Kanyisa Booi For history to be truly credible we must move toward total recall. May is named Africa month because the Organisation for African Unity (OAU) was established on the 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa. The mandate? To unite in the quest to rid Africa of colonialism and defend the sovereignty of African …


May 22

ORGANISING THE ANGER

By Prince Charles HOW THE ARTS, ACTIVISM AND THE CONSTITUTION CAN HELP US FIND OUR POWER “Burning things in anger is sometimes understandable but it is not necessarily good for social change because when the anger subsides it leaves us poorer. We need to organise our anger differently and think of innovative ways of change …


May 17

Minimum wage or minimum growth?

By Nomvuyo Sebeko In 1891 the workers went on strike to fight for better working conditions. In April 2018 workers took it to the street to fight against minimum wage and for better salaries. We asked Activators what they think about the newly announced minimum wage and this is what they had to say: Sindisa …


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 …


May 2

South Africa`s Youth Finally Gearing The Wheels of Change

By: Dumisa Mbuwa It is no longer a myth that the progress of South Africa`s youth was never at the forefront of our democracy in 1994. Nor was our youth, genuinely regarded as an instrumental part of the struggle against apartheid. This reality is becoming evident by the day, despite the several reactional advances by …


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 18

Activator Reflects on 2-Day Switch Seminar

By Kabelo Colin Mokoena “Maybe you don’t want to do what you’re currently doing or you’d rather be doing something different. The world is changing and we have to adapt.” – Thulani Sejo, 2017 Switcher. The best move I’ve made this year is applying to take part in ACTIVATE!’s Switch Social Entrepreneurship Program for 2018. …


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 tribute to the late struggle icon, Mam’Winnie Mandela

By Lebogang V.Ditsebe Today we say goodbye to a woman who will be remembered  for her fight against the dreadful Apartheid regime. Mama Winnie, according to history; was a passionate; articulate and charismatic strong woman who was incarcerated at the Women’s Jail at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg. After the Rivonia Trial, she became Madiba’s public …


Apr 6

Activators standing up against violation of Human rights

By Nomvuyo Sebeko Humans Rights day serves as a remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre which took place in 1960 where 69 people died while 289 sustained injuries including 29 children. It was declared a national holiday when the new democratic government took power and the parliament duty is to empower the people on the day. …



Mar 27

Righting the wrongs

By: Paul Mabote Writer, Poet, Recording Musician, Community Developer. This article reflects the views and activities of Activators around Human Rights Month (March) and Human Rights Day (21 March 2018) March is Human Rights Month in South Africa. A month dedicated to celebrating the rights of all human beings living in the world. I took …


Mar 22

Let’s talk about Human Rights

By Nomvuyo Sebeko LET’S TALK ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS When the church ladies look at me as if I don’t deserve to leave All because I chose to abort the baby that was inside MY BODY And was carrying my DNA….. LET’S TALK ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS When the community feel like they have every right To …


Mar 15

What Activators think about land expropriation

By Nomvuyo Sebeko Soon after being sworn in as South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned that land expropriation without compensation would be effected in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA). He also assured citizens that this will be done in such a way that it will not affect agricultural production or jobs. The …


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