Jul 26

Madiba stall becomes the action zone in the Netherlands

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi presided over official opening of the South African Exhibition Stall at the International AIDS Conference in Netherlands, Amsterdam held under the theme “Breaking Barriers Building Bridges”. South Africa is represented by a strong delegation of more than 500 Aids activists, researchers, and scientists, government officials, Students, HIV/Aids ambassadors as well …


Jul 18

We all have the seeds of the Madiba Magic

By Zazi Sintu kaWeyi This day is one of the most recognised day in the calendar of our country. This is the day we honour the late former President Nelson Mandela and the legacy of his work through lending a hand to those who need it most and just immersing yourself and time to a …



Jul 17

#100WordsOfActiveCitizens

While we celebrate the heroes of the past, it is also important that we hand the heroes of today their bouquets while they can still smell the flowers. Selflessness and self-sacrifice are virtues that most, if not all, active citizens possess. ACTIVATE! has initiated a campaign for young active citizens to identify who their active …


Jul 2

New King of Democracy: Data

By Koketso Marishane For a long while in our modern day democracy, people have been controlled by the owners of their means of production, be it in agriculture, education, science, business or telecommunications. Everyone has been having a boss.   Whether you and I have been controlled by the owners of land, or preoccupied by …


Jun 29

The death of consciousness is a threat to active citizenship

By Prince Charles “It is not the consciousness of men [people] that determines their being, but, on the contrary, it is their social being that determines their consciousness.” Karl Marx Human consciousness is an extremely complex and complicated concept to define, this is due to its wide scope that encompasses sociology, philosophy and psychology. Consciousness …


Jun 25

June 16 Uprisings should be as is!

By Koketso Marishane The ANC led government has amusingly made a fascinating declaration, June as the Youth Month in the Republic of South Africa. Fascinating because, that declaration was informed by the quest to honour the youth of Soweto, who in June 1976, revolted against Bantu Education, and most precisely, against the system of white …


Jun 22

Activators Weigh In on the Hate Speech Bill

By Paul Mabote Activators reflect on the tabling by SA parliament of the new Hate Speech Bill JAIL SENTENCE Jail is definitely not a nice place. The thought alone shakes most of us and we absolutely hate the idea of ever being imprisoned. Well, how about spending 3 years of your life in prison for …


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 …


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