Aug 3

Singayisusa Nanini Na!

By Kanyisa Kayise Booi On the 01 August 2018, I was in the front lines of #thetotalshutdown march that sought to bring the country to a standstill, to bring to an end to “the purging of womxn in Southern Africa and to stop Gender Based Violence towards womxn, children and the LGBTQIA community”. The struggle …


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 4

A Souljah’s Purpose

By Relo Malepe Who is Fikile Jimmy Souljah? The third son of four, parented by late Moola and Nomvulaza Mokae. I was named after my mom’s father, the late Fikile Jim November. I was born in Taung, in the North West, raised by my mom’s parents in the Free State in a small town, Hertzgvill. At …


Jun 29

Enabling Activator Motsatsi to continue #PayingItForward

  By: Baxolise Dlali Motsatsi Mola is a 2013 Activator from Enable Village, located in the outskirts of Tzaneen in Limpopo. She is a youth and community activist who wants to bring opportunities to her village, particularly for the young people in her village. At first glance, you would not understand what fuels her restless …


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 …


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