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 …


Feb 28

We are human beings first, then men thereafter

By Prince Charles We, the intergenerational men’s summit declare that we want to build a healthy, peaceful, non-violent and just society where the man is content with himself, to build a nation that takes responsibility and protects the dignity of every being in order to create a brighter inclusive future for all generations. We pledge …


Feb 22

Talk the talk

By: Paul Mabote Writer, Poet, Recording Hip Hop Artist, Community Builder. Hello, sawubona, dumela. There are over 7000 living languages in the world, think about how impressive it would be to be able to say hello in each one of them. 21 February is World Mother Tongue Language Day, an annual observance, as Wikipedia.org describes …


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 …



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