Apr 10

Social Entrepreneur actively taking charge of his future.

Name: Luvuyo Nojoko Province: Eastern Cape Facebook: Luvuyo sjingo Nojoko Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. I am Luvuyo Nojoko a young Activator (2016) from Port Elizabeth. I’m in a leadership structure both in sport and other youth development programmes. I am from a previously disadvantaged community called …


Apr 10

Activator Women of Worth #PayingItForward

By Kay-Dee Mashile As Easter concluded International Women’s Month and National Human Rights Month, we say hello to the month where we celebrate and promote the Freedom of South Africans. With the 24th Anniversary of the Democratic Republic of South Africa, we reflect on the freedom of contemporary South Africans and, in this case, South …


Apr 3

ACTIVATE! Network, a remedy to the leadership problem

By Lebogang Victor Ditsebe The problem in our nation is a leadership problem; and the root cause of this problem is a lack of leadership in society and government. Leadership is personal and leadership is not the assumption of a title or being an office bearer. Leadership that counts is self-leadership. The ACTIVATE! Changer Drivers …


Mar 7

What being a woman means to women in South Africa

By Kay-Dee Mashile The 8th of March is International Women’s Day. Women have been defined differently over time. While this is a testament of the dynamic diversity embedded in the term, it may also lead to confusion as to what being a woman really means. Well, there is no better way to get an answer …


Feb 26

Whose Pride Is It Anyway?

By: Sintu KaZazi Weyi I used to listen to my Old Man in awe at how they (were) moved to shanty township that was later known as Gugulethu (Our Pride). He, having grown up in the now “coloured”neighbourhood, Elsies Rivier. “We were one of the first families to be moved from “Nyanga East” to live …


Feb 22

Donate a Schoolbag Filled with Hope!

By Kay-Dee Mashile 2014 Activator Siyabulela “DJ Schoolbag” Ngobozana is truly an artist! With an artistic career that began in 2006 while Siya was in high school, Siya has toured internationally and formed part of various artistic groups from dance to music. While invited to an event in November 1998, Siya noticed that some learners …


Feb 14

I was young and didn’t know any better

AN EXCEPRT FROM A POEM THROUGH A TOUGH YEAR By Linathi Mabindisa The shuffle of your feet sounds like the Last whisper of a lover Who is going to war never to return And with that, I cling to my bed sheets for Dear life and I dampen them with my salty teardrops That preserve the …


Feb 13

Activator to represent SA at international social entrepreneurship programme

By Lwazi Nongauza Social Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sicelo Mbonani, has been selected to represent South Africa at an international social entrepreneurship training programme, Dive Deeper into Social Entrepreneurship, in Iasi, Romania from the 3rd until the 8th of March 2018. Dive Deeper into Social Entrepreneurship, is a project supported by the EU Erasmus programme, and …


Feb 13

UBawowethu Jonas uthi Masincede!

By : Kay-Dee Mashile   2016 Activator Bawowethu Jonas is truly an active activist! Being born and bred in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, and raised by a single father who lived off a disability grant is one of the many motivations behind his newly founded NPO, Masincede. The circumstances of his upbringing often led him to feelings …


Jan 17

Activator Ashraf Kenny cycles for life

By Kay-Dee Mashile 2013 Activator, Ashraf Kenny, and 21 friends from the Islamic Relief Worldwide are embarking on a 200 kilometer cycling journey in Andalusia, Spain, from the 17th to the 20th of January 2018. The cycle challenge is aimed at raising awareness and funds for an Islamic Relief project that will produce and provide …


Jan 10

Education: A Fundamental Right

Education is a fundamental right for everyone and the key to the future of any country. Among the top ranked countries in education quality, South Korea tops the list. Meanwhile South Africa, one of the most lucrative economies in Africa, is ranked 61 globally. While South Korea’s economy is ranked the 12th largest in the world, …


Dec 14

Youth leading global anti-corruption campaign

By Lwazi Nongauza Dozens of Social Change Drivers, legal gurus, activists, thought leaders, civil society leaders and social pundits’ amplified South Africa anti-corruption strategies at Kippies Cultural Sight on the 9th of December. In a bid to raise awareness about corruption in the private sector, non-governmental organisations, media and citizens around the world, Corruption Watch …


Dec 8

Fighting the scourge of corruption

On the 9th December, Johannesburg based Activator and Corruption Watch leader and Youth Projects & Campaigns manager , Mzwandile Banjathwa  will be leading International Anti-Corruption Day. It is also an opportunity to reflect on progress made in advancing the anti-​corruption agenda, to share best practices, exchange ideas, and to stimulate a conversation about greater efforts to …



Oct 25

Follow-up on Activators who attended the Innovation Summit 2017

Activators reign supreme at the Innovation Summit Financial literacy activist from Butterworth, Xolisile Malgas and food security campaigner from Tsolo Nkululeko Ngqinambi along with anti-drug abuse Port Elizabeth based Aloma Malgas scooped entrepreneurial partnerships at the 2017 Innovation Summit that took place on the 6th to the 8th of September at the Cape Town Stadium. The …


Oct 6

Koketso Marishane 2030 brand ambassador

By Ramadimetja Makgeru South Africa’s National Development Plan, launched in 2012, is a detailed blueprint for how the country can eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by the year 2030. On the 28th of September, minister in the presidency, Jeff Radebe, hosted  the official NDP 2030 Brand Ambassadors launch which took place in Rivonia. The ambasassadors, …


Oct 3

The Igniter Of Hope

By Action Setaka A typical ex-offender struggles to reconnect with the world. Battles to bear the pain and suffering that comes with stigmatisation, but in the midst of all Activator Vuyo Nekile is during on all cylinders to make South Africa a better place to live in. He rose above pain and despair to become …


Oct 2

Gift Methule: Across The Border

My mind is constantly on the move. Boarding planes, buses and ships across the world. There’s a revolution of the voices that bring change. Cynthia Untamed has finally crossed the border over to South Africa. It’s amazing to bring these stories to life. Gift Methule is from Mpumalanga Province in South Africa and is currently …


Sep 12

Emulating the Values of Biko 40 Years Later

By Tshepo Wilfred Mabuya   “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” Stephen Bantu Biko: Founder of the Black Consciousness Movement During the month of September, we join the Pan African Movement, the masses of South Africans and the world in commemorating 40 years since the …


Sep 11

The Exclusivity Summit

By Zazi kaSintu Weyi Innovation is a beautiful concept and Theodore Levitt puts it beautifully: ‪”Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” From the 6-8th of September, one of the biggest spaces for innovators in their fields filled up the Cape Town stadium to demonstrate, share experience and network on ideas …


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