Nov 20

Applications for Switch 2018 are now open!

SSEP APPLICATIONS OPEN 20 Nov 2017 – 19 JAN 2018 The applications for Switch Social Entrepreneurship Programme are now open! Please read the attached brochure and below information to ensure you fully understand the programme, its offering and what it expects from you. The SSEP accepts 60 candidates a year. Due to limit spaces, we are …


Oct 30

Introducing the A! Health Champions

Pssss…. have you heard? ACTIVATE! has a new focus group where all their focus will be on the #YouthHealthMatters. Over the past 5 years, the ACTIVATE! has had Activators that have been working in isolation in various health initiatives. Well, this year we are happy to introduce the A! Health Champions that are Activators that …





Sep 24

Inaugural Switch Weekend Seminar Kicks Off

On 23 September, young leaders from across the country came together to connect and exchange ideas at the first national SWITCH weekend seminar in Johannesburg. Specializing in areas like youth development, community development and women empowerment, the group participated in various strategic activities.


Sep 23

PRESS RELEASE: Ambassadors of Change Driving Heritage Day

Formally known as Shaka Day before 1995, Heritage Day is a national holiday and gives South Africans a chance to pause and take stock how their diversity can contribute to building a better South Africa.This day brings different forms of cultural appreciation and celebration nationally, as the young and old embrace their cultural identity in …


Aug 1

Social Change Drivers Making Local Government Work

One of the easiest ways young people can be involved in local government is by building relationships with their elected officials in areas where they live; run social media campaigns to initiate conversations on accountability and active citizenship. This is the backdrop of the Swing Your Vote campaign. An initiative started by a group of …



Jun 20

#OrlandoShooting: Let me add another HashTag

For the record, this is not about #OrlandoShooting, this is about the ‘daily discriminatory shooting’ that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) community experience daily. The #OrlandoShooting is a reflection of the societies we live in, whether it’s in the US, South Africa or Brazil.  Give me a chance to share my …



Jun 15

The Future is Inevitable

In a country where the majority of the population are below the age of 35, one cant help but wonder what are we doing with this potential? Youthfulness should be associated with energy and creativity. The youth voice should be prominent in media and shaping narratives around what it means to live in a free and democratic South Africa.



Jun 10

Stations: Innovate Revolution of Bright Minds

In most ACTIVATE! sessions, gatherings, Facebook pages, WhatsApp groups and even informal meetings, there’s always a question posed: “Why doesn’t ACTIVATE! opt to be a political party?” or a suggestion of “let’s rather be a political party”. These suggestions or questions are not normally based on a true sense of a political party, but are …


Jun 8

Stories Competition finalist: Action Setaka

When I applied for the ACTIVATE! Change Drivers programme in 2012, I had a cocktail of expectations.  All  these  expectations  were  based  on  personal  development  that  had nothing to do with others or thoughts of meeting any person that may possess superior intellectual prowess which may surpass mine. Not that there is an element of …






May 26

Driving Change Through Sport

I am from Cosmo city, and I believe the government can use the open spaces in my community to build more sporting facilities so that all sporting codes can be accommodated. The government also needs to educate young people and the rest of the community on how they can access the facilities for usage.


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