Mar 22

The human right of rebuilding a new South Africa

By Dumisa Mbuwa As we celebrate human rights month, it is important that we take an introspective look at where we stand as a Nation in relation to realising the freedoms promised in 1994. Did we achieve the fundamental tenants espoused in our republic’s Constitution? Is socio-economic freedom finally within reach for all South Africans? …


Mar 19

Mining the gold we all have in us.

“Everyone has, in themselves, gold that is yet to be mined. And sometimes all it requires is for us to help them see it, in order to mirror it back to them. This is what helped me build my organisation, over the past 15 years, to what it now is.” said Marian Goodman at the …


Mar 16

Activator, dancer, choreographer and theatre practitioner starts a gym in Bloemfontein

By: Zilungile Zimela FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 16 MARCH 2018 Re: Activator, dancer, choreographer and theatre practitioner starts a gym- a safe space for the LGBTIA+ Community. Bloemfontein born Activator Sifiso Teddy Mhlambi, fondly known as the ‘Pink hustler’ has always aspired for only the best things life has to offer. A little over two years …


Mar 12

The Big 5 Sectors

Our primary focus this year is the BIG 5 sectors: A! Health, A! Literacy, A! Youth Economic Participation, A! Interconnectedness & Inclusivity and Active Citizenship. These sectors were chosen by the ACTIVATE! Network through a series of engagements held across the country in 2017. #BIG5Activated #PayingItForward #CommittedToChange South  Africa  has  the  most serious  HIV/AIDS  epidemic  in  the  world,  with  …


Feb 6

Towards a Cohesive Knowledgeable Nation

By Koketso Marishane   A prominent African Sociologist (Prof. Kwesi Prah) once said, “if everyone is an African, then nobody is an African”. Oh well, the question then is, what’s so African in South Africa? The land? The food? Any other means of production? For the sake of generating a dialogue around these important and …


Jan 8

My 2018

By: Nomvuyo Gladys Sebeko My 2018 My tears have formed a river that can’t be compared To any river that is known to be the biggest Or the Ocean which is praised to be the widest My 2018 Heart has be torn into so many pieces That it can feed the whole nation and still …


Nov 16

What role should the youth play to eradicate poverty in SA?

By  L.J   Poverty reduction is a subject that has attracted a lot of debate in the past three decades. Poverty is a global challenge that goes beyond social and political issues to include economic issues. Therefore, solutions aimed at breaking the vicious cycles of poverty cannot be limited to political and social policies, but …


Oct 31

We Should Not Be Punishing Drug Dealers in Schools

By Leander Julius I went to a rather standard high school in Johannesburg – but also a school with a reputation for its drug usage amongst the pupils. I remember one afternoon after “break time” the principal instructed me to ‘watch the criminals’ – the pupils caught selling dagga, until the police arrived – and arrive …


Oct 16

Teen Suicide

By Matome T. Aphane According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, about 31% of teen suicide attempts required medical treatment and 17% of teenagers have attempted suicide with 15.6% having made a plan to do it. In addition, 9% of all teen deaths are caused by suicide and this figure is increasing. Suicide is …



Oct 10

Peer Education Easily Explained

Peer education is a process or communication channel that can be used over trainings, teachings or sharing of information. Educating people on values and behaviour whom may share the same background or experience. Peer education seek no have impact on behaviour through peer interaction Peer education best happen at colleges, schools, workplace, clinic, in the …


Sep 26

Improving and preserving languages

By Bongo Hlongwane  This past weekend, young people in 5 provinces inspected heritage as a significant part of who they truly are. They did this by delving into the importance of literacy and by indulging in each others cultures and traditional songs. The event was held at Intuzuma F library convened by the ACTIVATE! Change …


Sep 26

Ilokishi le iligugu okanye ilishwangusha?

“Mna andifundeli ukuphuma elokishini, ndifundela ukuzifaka zitshone iingcambu zam elokishini kuba kulapho lemfundo yam idingeka khona” Liyibeke olohlobo ityendyana laseBhayi xa lalizazisa kwintlanganiso eyayibanjelwe kwidyunivesithi iNelson Mandela. Kuthe kanti lentetho yalo izakuvusa  eyona yakhe yankulu ingxoxo-mphikiswani ngendima yeelokishi kweli loMzantsi Africa, nto leyo eshiye umbuzo omileyo othi iilokishi ezi ingaba zinako ukubalwa njengamagugu esizwe okanye …


Sep 21

Syabamunca Movement: Nipping Drug Abuse In The Bud

By Khaya Memela This September, #Syabamunca movement, which was established by 2017 Activators hosted their first event in Hammarsdale (Sankontshe). Syabamunca is a movement with a vision of stimulating youth self-development and awareness. It was formed after module 1 of intake 1. The event was to raise awareness about drugs abuse and crime within the …


Sep 6

Using innovative ideas to give back to communities

Often innovation is associated with technology and the for-profit sector. However, in the ACTIVATE! network there are many young people using innovative thinking to address some of South Africa’s pressing challenges through social entrepreneurship. And this is what attendees at this year’s Innovation Summit will experience. The SA Innovation Summit as an annual flagship event …



Aug 1

Activator Aphelele Gumede’s super power is Compassion!

For Women’s Month we’re celebrating and showcasing the stories and strength of ACTIVATE! Women through a photo exhibition on Instagram. Activator Aphelele Gumede tells us what her super power is and what she thinks the essence of a woman is. Follow us on Instagram for more inspiring stories @activate_za


Jul 31

Meet Thulisile Bhuda

Thulisile Bhuda’s profile looks at the different ways she is driving change and giving to her rural community and how she is collaborating with local universities to realise the dream of the impoverished and disadvantaged African child who still lacks identity owing to varying conflicts of skin colour, origin and language.


Jul 25

A! Hackathon

Activate! Hackathon poster for 2017 that details the Hackathon experience and how Activators are having robust discussions on the burning issues in the country.


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