Jun 19

Community development is my passion- 2017 Activator Kgadi Mmanakana

By Puleng Portia Famously known as the “The Possibilitarian”, Kgadi Mmanakana has become a change driver in her community and the Limpopo Province at large. Hailing from Ga-Matlala small community named Ga-Ramalapa on the outskirts of Polokwane, her dream of becoming a change driver in her community was something that began when she was still …


Jun 15

Mordecai is passionate about the people and their betterment

Name:Sizolwenkosi Mordecai Ndlovu Province: Gauteng Facebook: Mordecai Ndlovu  Twitter handle: @Mordecai_Ndlovu Instagram: @mordecaistarz Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. Hi my name is Mordecai Ndlovu, from Gauteng, I’m a student at Vaal University of Technology.   Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network? I …


Jun 13

Mokgubi: Without education, I am nothing.

Name: Mokgubi Kgaphola Province: Limpopo- Mphanama Smart Village Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. I am Mokgubi Kgaphola, commonly described as a moving library and a standing bookshelf because whenever my mouth opens, you’d realise that I’m a creator of conflict, a sculptor drama, and inventor of character. …


Jun 11

Nonhlanhla Thrifts For Change

Name: Nonhlanhla Dube Province: Gauteng, City of Ekurhuleni Facebook: BlackBird Projects Instagram: dubenonhlanhla_ Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences. I am Nonhlanhla Dube, a community newspaper writer and a change driver. I’ve been volunteering since 2013 during varsity days. I’m a mother of 2 and believe this somehow …


Jun 11

Celebrating young leaders this youth month

By Nomvuyo Sebeko The month of June is all about celebrating the bravery of young people and how determined they are when it comes to improving their lives. We at ACTIVATE! have dedicated this month to celebrating all the young people in the network who are #payingitforward in their communities. We had an opportunity to …


Jun 8

Limpopo GBV tour actively against gender-based violence

By Tlotliso May South African men are on a killing spree. In the past ten years or so homosexual people were brutally attacked on the basis of their sexuality, in an effort to “Correct” their identity into one that society accepts. This behaviour was popular enough to even gain a term coined after it, “Corrective …


Jun 6

Mokgophi Kgothatso – An Activator Extraordinaire

By Tlotliso May Kgothatso has recently attended a business course from the British Council which was held in Diepsloot. It is evident from this that He shows the propensity of an extraordinaire- he takes every opportunity that he is presented with and ensures that he further grows and diversified his network, despite having one that …


Jun 4

Activators lead the African Youth Business Dialogue

By Lwazi Nongauza Five Activators are set to lead a global simulcast African Youth Entrepreneurship Day (AYED) conference. Young African people will pave a new African youth policy at Vaal University of Technology on the 3 June. Among other things, the fifth annual upcoming conference aims to promote social, economic, gender equity fair employment strategies …


May 31

Celebrating A!fricanness

By Melissa Nefdt Calling for a New African Masculinity Ntsikelelo Mzibomvu’s story is one we’re familiar with. Growing up in a household where there wasn’t much income, he developed his entrepreneurial talents early on. After a failed business venture, launched unfortunately during a global recession, that he asked himself: ‘What is the one product that …


May 23

Activator scoops international award in USA

By Lwazi Nongauza Activator Isasiphinkosi Mdingi has raised the African continent as she scooped the prestigious Young Emerging Leaders Award which was held at the Department of State in USA on the 2nd of May 2018. Mdingi is one of 10 remarkable young people who have received this prestigious award while crisscrossing the United States …


May 11

Mphanama station receives computers

By Mokgubi Kgaphola On the 25th April 2018, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers made history by delivering its’ first ever Information & Communications Technology (ICT) packages in the deep village of Mphanama, Ga-Kgaphola. This comes shortly, after lengthy negotiations that begun in 2015 when ACTIVATE! Change Drivers first visited the community for a roadshow led by Koketso …


May 4

4th Annual Matlhwaring Career Guidance Day

Matlhwaring Community Development Fund was founded in 2013 in the rural area of Joe Morolong Local Municipality in Kuruman. These areas include, but are not limited to, Galotlhare, Logobate, Mentu, Suurdig and Kortnight. MCD was founded by a group of young people trying to address the problems they were encountering in these areas. The founding …


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 …


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