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 …


Sep 19

Activators Celebrating Heritage Month

By Gladys Nomvuyo Sebeko When we talk about heritage we talk about what we embrace as human beings. In South Africa we have different cultures but one heritage which is respecting each other’s beliefs. In South Africa, we have the joy of having more than just one heritage which makes us such a unique country. …


Sep 12

Deep Roots or Beat Roots?

By Paul Mabote Bob Marley, the reggae legend from Jamaica, once said that if you do not know where you are coming from, then you will not know where you are going to. Heritage, is defined by some as the big and little things one carries from where he comes from, and passes down to …


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