Feb 14

Zuma isn’t the only problem

By Lwazi Nongauza Whoever said “in politics or business perceptions are reality” was a liar. In the South African political context the perception that the current sitting president of the republic, Jacob Zuma, is solely the problem of our economic, social and political troubles, isn’t just a mere lie but very dangerous misleading rhetoric that …


Feb 8

“Inxeba,The Wound” Has Indeed Caused A Deep Wound,or has it?

By Lwazi Nongauza The impact of South African film Inxeba, The Wound which explores Xhosa tradition of circumsition and sexuality started a global discussion about homophobia, masculinity and the social ills aligned to it. Activator Leander Julius joined dozens of concerned global citizens by provoking a discussion around the movie within the ACTIVATE! Network. Leander started by …


Feb 8

Purging Youth Unemployment in South Africa #UncensoredVoices

By Dumisa Mbuwa During Apartheid, there was a socio-cultural emphasis on being independent, having a job, your own house, money, and a family. Suddenly, it is 1994, and there is a more fundamental emphasis on “youth”, who (as we have seen) were to be paralysed by failed ANC socio-economic policies. These policies were primarily designed …


Jan 31

SONA and it’s empty promises to SA youth

Dumisa Mbuwa It is no secret – few South Africans have been vested in anything Jacob Zuma had to say in the past 10 years as president, particularly in his annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament. It was only when the ANC’s children (born out of wedlock) – the EFF, started chanting …


Jan 25

Hoerskool Overvaal, where language is a proxy for race

By Prince Charles “Apartheid has left us with many scars. The worst of these must be the vast discrepancy in access to public and private resources. The cardinal fault line of our past oppression ran along race‚ class and gender. It authorised a hierarchy of privilege and disadvantage. Unequal access to opportunity prevailed in every …


Jan 23

CON-FEES-ED

By Paul Mabote Imagine getting the announcement that your local supermarket will now provide free groceries every day. FREE!! That would be heaven, wouldn’t it? But how would it work? Would it be realistic? How would it be implemented to the effect that everyone is happy? One thing for sure: scores of people would flock …


Jan 23

O South Africa, thou art sick

By Prince Charles The count down to the State of the Nation Address has started in the republic whose tourism slogan is “alive with possibility.” As a people, we are alive to the possibility (if not certain) that this year’s address will be filled with a litany of promises yet again. State of the nation …



Jan 8

My 2018

By: Nomvuyo Gladys Sebeko My 2018 My tears have formed a river that can’t be compared To any river that is known to be the biggest Or the Ocean which is praised to be the widest My 2018 Heart has be torn into so many pieces That it can feed the whole nation and still …



Dec 16

A Day of Peace & Reconciliation

DECEMBER 16 – A DAY OF PEACE & RECONCILIATION.  The very nature of reconciliation is an action of making ones views or beliefs compatible with another. The 16 of December in the South African calendar marks a day in history wherein life-changing historic events took place. One of such events was the battle that took …



Nov 27

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR)

By Nomtika Mjwana WARNING: Sensitive posting related to violence against queer bodies. History It was the year 1998 in Allston, Massachusetts on November 28, when Rita Hester, a black transgender woman, died as she was murdered for reasons related to hate crime (transphobia). This happened two days before her 35th birthday, and she was stabbed …


Nov 21

Fees commission report rejected

By Bawowethu Jonas The Poor of the poorest Young The youth of South Africa is once again failed by the government of the country. This comes after the report of Fees Commission released by uBaba kaDuduzane, the State President, Mr. Jacob Zuma. It is not alarming that this commission would take its time to ponder on …


Nov 20

The breakdown of the Fees Commission Report

By Action Setaka The 2016 and 2017 academic year will go down in history as years which marked the unity of young people, specifically students beyond the political spectrum and colour. It saw a generation notoriously labelled as arm-chair critics and social media revolutionaries assuming their rightful role as constructors of the future by taking …


Nov 20

Activators fighting gender-based violence

By Nomvuyo Sebeko Gender-based violence is very common in our country. This year alone we have seen a lot of women being killed by their partners. We have also experienced the shocking revelation of children being killed for their body parts and some for rituals. As a nation we have a long way to go …


Nov 9

Strike a woman, strike A WOMAN!

By : Dineo ‘Kay-Dee’ Mashile I remember that day vividly! It was the Sunday after Module 2 and a fellow Activator lady and I were walking from the Shoprite that’s at Adderley Street, Cape Town, to meet the rest of the group at the Company Gardens. We shared about our lives as we walked… at …


Oct 16

Reflections on #SwitchSeminar2017

This past weekend, 56 delegates attended the annual Switch Seminar held at the Standard Bank Incubator in Johannesburg. Upon reflecting on the seminar, this is what several Switchers had to say: Prudens Mtsweni “The Switch programme has taken my mind and put me on a journey where it shifted my thinking to an innovative person …


Oct 9

Pro-choice is Pro-life

By Nomtika Mjwana Why does it cost people with uteri their lives to have a choice? Why is the abortion conversation so mystified and highly contested when people die every year, when the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that globally every 8 minutes a woman dies from causes related to unsafe abortion? That makes it …


Sep 28

Dressing up the African woman

By Kay-Dee Mashile From the very beginning of time, women have been a fascinating topic of discussion. Yet defining a woman is proving to be mission impossible. From biblical texts when Adam met Eve, the very first woman in recorded history, he seemingly could not find the words to describe her and instead recited a …


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