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 …


Aug 29

The Mighty African Goddess

By Kumkani Matosa The mighty Afrikan Goddess. ‘’ Dipped in chocolate, bronzed in elegance, enameled with grace, toasted with beauty…’’ Thixo wam she’s an Afrikan woman. A famous African proverb says, when you educate a man, you educate an individual when you educate a woman you educate a generation. “Whatever you give a woman, she’s …


Aug 23

Young female entrepreneur fighting for her start-up

As part of our digital youth supplement, Uncensored Voices, Activator Sebina Ramaseli looks at women in entrepreneurship and why it is difficult for them to thrive. The small business sector contributes to job creation and economic growth. However, South Africa’s 2016 National Small Business Survey found that 76% of businesses under 5 years cited access …


Aug 21

The woman I met yesterday

By: Gladys Nomvuyo Sebeko LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE WOMAN I MET YESTERDAY She had a smile of a queen and the breath of a princess Her face was like an ocean with hair like the sunset Her body so perfect like the clear blue sky LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE WOMAN I …



Aug 17

The commodification of youth unemployment

By Action Setaka In many platforms where I am invited to speak on socio-economic issues, I always argue that we live in a money-orientated world. “Our poverty, miseries, traumas and even simple acts of kindness are converted into business for making money. If plans to make money are not found out of any of our …


Aug 17

Literacy should be a lesson first administered at home

By Zilungile Zimela Contrary to popular belief- the black nation IS a reading nation. From the elementary ages of reading Chappies Bubble gum wrappers, we have been reading. The scourge of illiteracy among the marginalised groups is wide spread emanating from a myriad of reasons one of which is the availability or the lack thereof- …


Sign up for our newsletter

Our newsletters are a round-up of the actions, conversations and thoughts of the ACTIVATE! network. Keep up with what’s happening in our network by reading our newsletters. Sign up here to receive them directly in your mailbox and read more stories of South African youth doing amazing work in their communities. This is the fabric of inspiration for a nation, the catalyst of youthful energy, understanding and action.


Co-financed by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW and the DG Murray Trust.

All copyrights reserved for. The data presented here is from a sample of the Activate Change Drivers Network surveyed in 2017. Though efforts were made to make the sample representative of the Network, normal limits of sampled data should be considered in the use of this data. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by Siyashesha Leadership Incubator, the managing entity of the A! Change Drivers programmes and A! Change Drivers Network. While we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or any benefit arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.