WHAT IS LEADERSHIP

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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.

Championing the African Youth Charter

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"Understanding the Economic and Political Landscape of Africa" was the theme for the recent African Youth Charter Summit (AYCS) hosted by Zayrah in Magaliesberg, South Africa. Zayrah is a youth led development agency focusing on socio-economic development in fragile states.

Ubuntu is not convenient

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A friend of mine recently posted convenience doesn't work in humanitarianism. I took this to mean that being selective by what we can learn from Mandelas life...

Taking up the struggle against corruption

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Corruption is rarely ever seen as a youth struggle. Corruption Watch took up this challenge by bringing together young people from across South Africa to contribute to their youth strategy and take what they learned from their youth survey forward.

What makes a good leader?

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The present generation of young people in South Africa has a responsibility, as tomorrows leaders, to re-write a narrative that is different from what existed before 1994. Young people are faced with a challenge of evolving a South Africa that is more open and more just, where people have equal access to basic needs...

Youth Month vs Youth Development

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As much as we celebrate youth month and the impact the young people of 1976 made in South Africa, youth development is still a problem in SA, particularly in rural Eastern Cape. The Department of Provincial and Local Government defines youth development as...

On posing for Jodi Bieber: Q & A with Sabelo Mnukwa

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Fellow Activator, Sabelo Mnukwa, was one of the subjects in photographer Jodi Biebers breaking boundaries exhibition, Quiet, at the Goodman Gallery in April 2014. The exhibition examined conventional masculinity by confronting traditional representations of men...

Has Mazibuko made a meaningful impact on SA Politics?

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If we are to celebrate 20 years of democracy, we need to credit all those who contributed and who have continuously redefined our spaces. Such praise should not be limited to be people who hold the same views but should acknowledge those that have kept our democracy alive.

Pursuing freedom

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During the first seven years (1978 1985) of my life, I had no idea what apartheid was. Let alone the fact that it existed. Where I lived, in Manse, where my grandfather was a minister, I lived and played with other children from different race groups...

#JUSTBECAUSE for Human Rights

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Following the launch of the #JUSTBECAUSE campaign headed by Thabo Horings, Tholakele Molelekwa, and Lebohang Ratje to confront societal issues in South Africa earlier this year, the initiative used Human Rights Day...

Volunteering + Crowdfunding = New age community service

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Lezerine Mashaba is changing the way we look at fundraising and community activism. Soft-spoken Mashaba uses the power of the internet to change the lives of those who are most vulnerable in Cape Town's most populous township, Khayelitsha.

How ideas have changed the world

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Edward de Bono says, There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.

Innovation = a change in thinking

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The dictionary definition of the word innovation can be broadly understood as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs or existing market needs.

Make your voice count

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This years elections are more than ever focused on the youth vote with all political parties excited and optimistic with the large youth turn out for the final registration weekend held on 8 and 9 February 2014.

Nothing for us without us

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Youth in South Africa and the rest of Africa need to begin defining what Youth Service means to them and what the broader aim of youth service programmes should be in addressing the high levels of unemployment in Africa.

ACTIVATE! takes action for 2014

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The Innovation Showcase was more than just a gathering of 350 Activators from across the country. It was also an opportunity to plan a course of tangible action around pertinent issues that the network can put its weight behind for this year.

Activators campaign on redefining race

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A vast majority of social development programmes in developing countries are aimed at shifting mindsets, which consequently will lead to a change in behaviour if the intervention is deemed to be successful. The vision of ACTIVATE! Change Drivers finds itself squarely in this position.

Who is fooling who?

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Mr. Government let's talk unemployed youth. Unemployment in South Africa not only affects the adults but also, us, as the youth as well. A lack of unemployment opportunities has caused many to fall into poverty.

Nothing about us, without us- BRICS Youth Consultative Forum

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This was a strong sentiment echoed by the 150 delegates at the BRICS National Youth Consultative Forum held in Tshwane on 01 November 2013. This gathering was hosted by the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, in partnership with the Presidency and the National Youth Development Agency.

Activator Nolwazi Ntshingila: winner of MISA Woman of the Year Award 2013

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The MISA Woman of the Year Award recognises women in the motor industry with the potential to develop beyond their current position. More than that, it recognises her contribution to others through community involvement, or simply by touching and enriching the lives of colleagues at work.