Vanguards are people who are willing to put the needs of the people beyond theirs. They are people who are willing to work hard to see an idea flourish and their people prosper.
“You need to be doing what you love to really be living. The two have a way of bringing fore your own light so that it may shine into others.”
Fernando Visagie is a 2013 Activator with a passion for driving change. Here he chats about overcoming circumstances in his past and his efforts to uplift and revitalise his community.
With South Africas education system constantly making headlines for the wrong reasons, Activator Kefilwe Bopape is in the spotlight for making a positive difference in the lives of pupils from her hometown of Hammanskraal, KwaZulu Natal.
What is leadership? This is the question a group of youngsters from some of Cape Towns townships sought to answer as they spent a Saturday morning discussing leadership and the qualities that came with it.
Florence Malahela talks about her hopes and dreams. She explains how ACTIVATE! has helped her discover other young people who have the same sentiments as her.
Roxanne Denton is a second year Activator who is based in the Western Cape. We spent 5 minutes with her to find out what her passion is and how she has found ACTIVATE!.
An open air, free for all exhibition by Dean Jates at the Bonteheuwel Train Station garden on 01 June 2014. Dean Jates: The Active Citizenship Photography Exhibition provides the opportunity to reflect on the self in a society were negative imagery controlled by mass media TV news, newspaper has become a norm in communities.
Activator Ayanda Cokoto claims that she found joy in community activism more than she ever did with her nine to five job. She is involved encouraging women to tell their stories of strength through adversity.
Having lived all his life in Bonteheuwel, 31-year old Dean Jates says his activism not only seeks to transform the area, but also the residents. But for now hes planting small seeds, hoping that soon they will blossom into tall trees, which will eventually bear fruit.
Nazareen is an Activator, a member of the ACTIVATE! network. Here she shares her experience during Module One of the residential training in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal…
For some ACTIVATE! is just a training programme, for some it is a space to connect, a place of belonging, for some it is part of their journey as agents of change four Activators give us a window into their lives and how being part of this network has touched their lives.
Activator, Tshepang Mokgatla, held his audience of 150 young delegates from the greater Gauteng region captive with his words of wisdom and encouragement at the Raymond Ackerman Young Leaders Engagement held at the University of Johannesburg earlier this month.
On Sunday 18 August 2013, thousands took the streets of Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town for the annual 10km Bidvest Unity Walk which takes place in the four cities simultaneously. The walk is in support of the quadriplegic and paraplegic from the rural and disadvantaged areas who cant afford to buy their own wheelchairs.
Activator Vusi Tshabalala, from Tzaneen, and Samuel Ntswanisi have made it their mission to inspire fellow youth to reach their goals by running/cycling 1850kms. The run/cycle will start from the Parliament buildings in Cape Town to Nkowa-Nkowa Stadium in Limpopo.
BlaqApple Communications, in partnership with Constitution Hill, recently hosted the 2014 & Beyond Socio-Economic Development Engagement.This engagement formed part of BlaqApples mission of developing youth by creating spaces for them to engage key stakeholders and organisations.
I was just Tumelo Monakisi before ACTIVATE! Nothing was out of the ordinary, I was studying towards a Diploma in Youth Development. Life was good. I was comfortable with who I was.
A person’s heritage is made up of the practices and traditions that are passed on from parents to children and how we acknowledge one anothers identities as human beings.
In recent times, we have increasingly seen the narrative of development revolve around the economy and some or other form of industrialisation. This ignores the great value contributed to society through the arts.
Activator Khaya Phenduka, was unsure about how he would spend his volunteer day and where. Being as passionate as he is about soccer, he just couldnt find a way to figure out how his passion could be used for something greater…