#ActivateSIS Launch

In 2017, ACTIVATE! participated in the SA Innovation Summit (SAIS) and as a result of our presence and impact last year, ACTIVATE! returns as an official partner to the summit, hosting Africa’s first Social Innovation Summit (SIS).

ACTIVATE! believes that social innovation is a tool that young people can use to empower and help communities. As the population of the country comprises of 60% youth, we encourage young people within the A! Network to be active solution providers to the numerous social ills that plague our communities. ACTIVATE! believes that innovation should be about the people, for the people, by the people and with the people. From the smallest acts of kindness to large income generating streams that speak to socioeconomic ills such as crime, poverty and youth unemployment (among others); young people are at the heart of real innovation. SIS highlights these young innovators by providing a platform to expose them and their ideas to spaces where they can meet and interact with potential investors.

#ActivateSIS will see 50 social innovators showcase their innovations which seek to tackle a specific social ill in their community in the categories of Health, Literacy, Active Citizenry, Youth Economic Participation and Interconnectedness and Inclusivity. These young people, along with our network of over 3500 young people and our great list of speakers are proof that the youth is in the process of building the future worthy of our longing!

ACTIVATE! Ideas, ACTIVATE! Change

2x Call Centre Agents for Recruitment of Activators

Opportunity closing date: Saturday 18 August 2018

Employment: Fixed term from 1 September to 14 December 2018

Siyashesha Leadership Incubator NPC is a non-profit, dynamic organization that develops skills, builds opportunity and connects young leaders from across South Africa through the Activate programme.

These incumbent will be reporting to the:

Recruitment Coordinator at Head Office 2

  • Engage with applicants telephonically
  • Facilitate the completion of Activator application forms via telephone
  • Engage and communicate in a professional manner
  • Friendly and effective service when answering calls
  • Ensure that interaction within the call centre is demonstrated at high level on a daily basis
  • First call resolution – ensure that all incoming and outgoing calls are managed by first call as far as possible
  • Facilitate the completion of telephonic interviews
  • Facilitate the completion of follow-up/confirmation calls for interviews

Call centre admin

  • Complete daily call tracking log sheet as a measurement for tracking queries
  • Ensure all administrative duties related to call centre activities are updated via the relevant system (Salesforce and/ or Google sheets issued by recruitment coordinator)
  • Report on targets achieved daily
  • Report any red flags to the recruitment coordinator as they arise
  • Manage the integrity of the data a. Submit time sheets on a weekly basis to the recruitment coordinator. Time sheets should be in by 4pm each Friday.
  • Assist in allocating successful candidates to a nodal or roving intake based on area/location

Recruitment strategic deliverables

  • Ensure all daily targets as set by recruitment coordinator are met
  • Issue reports and data to assist recruitment coordinator in measuring interaction and trends within the recruitment process and engagement with potential activators on a daily/ weekly basis as prescribed by recruitment coordinator.
  • Be aware of team coordination and how one fits into the larger recruitment and ACD functions
  • Ensure that tasks issued are managed and completed within the stipulated requirements and time-frames
  • Ensure that you are trained and up to date with Salesforce and any other systems implemented by the organisation and/ or the recruitment coordinator
  • Team work and innovation
  • Participate in daily target meetings and weekly updates
  • Promote creativity in the team
  • Engage with other portfolios as required
  • Operations and Human Resources
  • Ensure compliance with all HR policies as set by the portfolio and the organisation
  • Ensure that all equipment in your possession is handled with care and that a Custody of Electronic Equipment document has been signed and a copy issued to you for your records
  • Comply with the Assets Management policy and report theft and/ or damage immediately to the recruitment coordinator and Operations director
  • Ensure all relevant staff information documents have been completed and supporting information submitted
  • Ensure employee wellness prevails
  • Attend employee wellness sessions as required
  • Ensure staff safety is maintained at all times
  • In terms of Occupational health and safety, report any faults / hazards to the recruitment coordinator
  • Report Injury On Duty incidences to the recruitment coordinator

CRITERIA:

  • Be proficient in English and at least 1 other official language
  • Computer literacy – intermediate. Must be able to use Google sheets. Prior experience with Salesforce advantageous. Fast typer.
  • Grade 12 certificate
  • 1 – 2 years call centre experience
  • understands the phonetic alphabet

 

A successful candidate should be:

  • able to articulate him/herself well telephonically and is able to convey the recruitment and application messaging simply
  • friendly and professional
  • able to communicate enthusiastically
  • able to transcribe telephonic responses meaningfully and with as much detail as possible
  • acquitted with the geographical understanding of South Africa
  • working hours will be Monday to Friday from 8:30 until 14:30 /9:30 until 15:30

Remuneration: R 6000 per month pending experience

To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter with the subject line: Call Centre Agents to: hr@localhost by no later than 18 August 2018 No late CV’s will be considered. Please indicate if you applying for the Cape Town of Inland post.

Should no feedback be received within two weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application was not successful.

 

Tribute to Africa’s 2nd Saint

Imagining Women Inclusion for Women’s month
By Koketso Marishane
Once upon a time there was a lass named Manche Masemola, and she stood her ground in her conviction for social, cultural and religious justice. In her final words as a teenager, she said briefly: “I will be baptised with my blood”. To date, the world continues to remember her from the different corners of communities.
 
I am a social innovator, and I spent most of my time as a facilitator. I currently facilitate social inclusion programs that bring youth across gender, race, and class together to bridge their differences and build communities through the core values of open-mindedness and understanding.
 
Now and then, during my practice, I encounter to some extend, peculiar behavioral patterns shaped by environmental contexts needing communal attention for resolve. These include, among others: 
 
  • Systematic shifts of the perception of the entire community, women and men, to adopt a more inclusive and holistic approach to development. Hence, empowerment and advocacy need to tie hand-in-hand. 
  • Economically empowered women are an embodiment to what change can look like for their community.  Women social entrepreneurs are the living proof of women’s ability to participate in the economic process while enhancing social capital. Change must happen not through other people, but organically within the members of the community themselves.
 
Because we don’t live in ideal communities, we must challenge ourselves to use both material and immaterial things to work towards achieving our set long term national agenda. And this will happen when women are given the chance at appropriate and relevant platforms to be able to unleash and realise their potential, self-worth and restore dignity. It will be beyond the output of enabling women to self-finance their families, but to shift the perception of fathers, husbands, brothers and certainly all men to engage more women to participate in the economic and social sphere. It will change family dynamics. 
 
Women will gradually have more decision-making and financial power in the household, more girls will be sent to schools, domestic violence will be eliminated, maternal and child mortality rates will be reduced, and fertility rates will be lowered. It will spark a ripple effect in an organic manner that will shift perceptions towards greater gender equality on a systematic level. Dare I say, if President Barack Obama could do, we too, can do it!
 
Practical philosophy: 
To realise this vision, we need to constantly use innovative methods and tools to organise ourselves as people in communities, and bring together everyone (high school pupils, university students, artists, engineers, non-profit professionals, public officials and business professionals) to participate in cross-disciplinary collaborations. We need to continuously promote the human centered design thinking approach, which is a form of social innovation, to generate feasible solutions to solve our social issues in our communities.
 
Public participation:
South African President, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa said the other time, that “the country needs national healing”. In order to make this healing process a success, we all need to ask ourselves the difficult questions: “what is my/ your/ our outrage?” What is an issue that me/ you/ we have always cared about? We need to develop a sense of self-knowledge of who we are, what our values, beliefs and strengths are in order to facilitate our inner capacity to transform change in the outer world. 
 
It doesn’t matter what we do, as long as we align our beliefs with our passion and expertise. Then, identify where we can fill in the gap within the wider society for that process of change to happen. We need to nullify the mythology that social entrepreneurs have to be founders because as research shows, people will eventually participate in the remaking of the field of social entrepreneurship when the value proposition is worthwhile.  
 
There is room for everybody. The bottom line is to do something we love, which will sustain our perseverance and strength to master it. We need to continue engaging in our communities and we’ll ultimately further our personal and communal growth. Because personal development and social progress is a mutually reinforcing process, we cannot exist without the other thus, like the former President of Ireland Ms. Mary Robinson has said in her book: My Life Giving Voice, everybody matters in the process of nation building as envisaged in the National Development Plan 2030 Vision of South Africa.
 
 
Koketso Marishane is the National Development Plan 2030 Vision Ambassador, founder of Marishane Youth Development Forum and writes as a concerned citizen.

Activator Sindisa Qeqe building Sisterhood Heroines in De Aar.

Wherever she is present, 2018 Activator Sindisa Qeqe is not only heard but felt. With a survival story that she uses to empower other women. On the 4th of August, she hosted an info expo for local learners and had fellow 2018 Activator, Neo Mogoje, there to represent the A! network.

Activators Sindisa and Neo handing out A! goodie bags.

“The aim of the event,” Sindisa says, “was to expose matriculants to information. Because while some of them know about different government departments, they don’t have an idea of what the departments produce in terms of educational and career fields.”

Sindisa’s concern is that some school kids are forced to reject their skills if the skills are seen as non-profitable, and that is why, she reckons, organisations like Activate! exist – to provoke a true leader in a person at a very early age.

As a young leader herself, Sindisa is living proof that there is more to a young person than what meets the eye. The challenges she has overcome give her a right to stand in front of other people to motivate them to become the best version of themselves. She says that she sees herself as a great example to talk about the saying that says “You can’t talk of a wheelchair when you were never in one,” because she has the same reality as the young people she seeks to empower.

On being an Activator, she notes that the Journey of being an Activator is inspirational. “We are to led and are made leaders by the leaders that we are taking along with us in this journey,” were her exact words.

It is the small drops in the ocean that create ripples of change!

A! Flag Flown High

By Action Sekata

 

The Activators who  represented ACTIVATE! at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam done so brilliantly. The influence of the network was felt and inspiring  stories were shared with the world. Gratitude to these Activators who represented the network wonderfully.

Activators gave their all in making their presence known and recognised by the 18 000 delegates of the 22nd international AIDS Conference. The ACTIVATE! delegates had various responsibilities, others were deployed as volunteers at the conference to assist with day to day operations, others were part of Global Youth Village, which is a space where young people all over the world gather and share their youthful projects.

As the beast in Youth activism and change driving, ACTIVATE! was invited to be among the panelist on the topic of  Global youth activism. The network voice was the articulate and well spoken Yolokazi Mfutho, 2016 activator from the historic province which gave democratic South Africa two Presidents, the Eastern Cape. ACTIVATE! was chosen among hundreds represented organisations at the headquarters of Youth Against AIDS. Wowing to debates was how Yolokazi shared the constructive character of her fellow Activators. “ACTIVATE! is a network where young people are not only anti-government but they work together with government and those in power to provide solutions rather than simply complaining.”

EL J Sebeo and Kholofelo  Baloyi were the ACTIVATE! face in the Global village connecting and making networks with the  youth global constituency. It was in this space were one can comfortably conclude that the future is promisingly bright. All the dreams of the desired future were perfectly practiced in this space, the energy and youthful innovations were shared here. Tolerance, equal and unjudging atmosphere was the livelihood of the area. Elias Sebeo had this to say, “The Global Village provided an opportunity to learn more about the challenges faced by young people in different countries and regions of the world. It challenged one’s ability and own beliefs to accepting that we now have a global character and identity to embrace. This is a space where everyone was free to be themselves without fear of being judged. Activator Kholofelo Baloyi, a calm thinker and an active activist in the African continent adds  profound remarks from Sebeo’s observation. “Global Village was insightful in many ways. It was a space where youth all over the world united over same challenges with bright ideas and sounds thoughts. It was an area where one felt really presented. A space for young people by young people who understand the world they live in and provide direction on how to deal relevantly with those problems.

Matlhogonolo Tlhomelang  was the ACTIVATE! agent at the Namibian  first lady conversation with young people. The first lady shared, in detail, the need of parents to come to the level of understanding languages and methodologies of youth, adamant that failure to do so may lead to youth not understanding the message, no matter how valuable it is. ” The first lady shared realistic approach in communicating with youth, if message are miles apart from young people way of doing things then we won’t get anywhere”

Nozipho Zungu was a permanent feature and ambassador at youth Against AIDS  headquarters. At all times this intellectual whom we pride ourselves with, wore her pan-Africanist lenses and provided protective membrane to African continent and blackness. Justice will be to quote her in communication with executives of UNAIDS. “UNAIDS and allies must stop giving HIV/AIDS a black face. When you read and view all mediums of communications, the face behind HIV/AIDS is black. This is not an innocent action but a propaganda to instill the idea that HIV/AIDS is blackish. If we continue this way, our objectives of finding cure won’t be realised because we distorted and operate on hidden agenda.

All the Activators present at this conference were overwhelmed and could not stop thanking ACTIVATE! Change Drivers for investing in them and dedicating resources to assist them in making the Amsterdam conference a problem-free experience.

 

ACTIVATE! partnership event with Cape Town Museum

We are working on a partnership with the Cape Town Museum and Western Cape Provincial Government on a social inclusion dialogue as one of the ongoing activities planned under Cape Town museum.

Cape Town Museum: a new Western Cape provincial museum. Though the museum’s programmatic focus is still being developed, it is envisaged that the museum will explore and reflect on Cape Town as a dynamic network of people, processes and natural and man-made features that extend beyond the official geographical boundaries of the City. The mission for the Museum include:

  • Being a public space that plays an important role in the development of social inclusion and cohesion, building a culture of active citizenship, reflecting on collective identities and fosters respect for human rights and gender equality, and
  • Being an inclusive public place that provides a platform to address social, economic and environmental concerns.

The museum does not have a building yet, the museum is active using its website as a virtual museum space and creating a physical presence through its network of partners and stakeholders. Our first engagements on Social Inclusion on 27 July 2018 is one of these projects undertaken in partnership with ACTIVATE! and Africa Unite. With this project, we would like to obtain a better understanding of the existence of networks in Cape Town and what divides us. Furthermore, we would like to explore how the Cape Town Museum can contribute to bridging gaps within communities and provide a public space for social inclusion initiatives.

We invite you to become part of this network and the Cape Town Museum space.

Date:     27 July 2018

Time:     9:00 – 14:30

Venue: Guga, S’thebe, Langa.

Click here to view >> Engagements on Social Inclusion provisional programme

Activators’ Strength Felt Globally

By Action Setaka

Youth Against Aids launched its AIDS Conference at its headquarters Saturday, 21 July 2018 where it officially welcomed over 200 young leaders from all over the world to its AIDS Conference operational centre. ACTIVATE! Change Drivers is one of the organisations invited under the Youth Against AIDS wing to be part of this international conference.  The ACTIVATE! Change Drivers delegation is led by Health Sector Project Coordinator, Rammolotsi Kgotso Sothoane, and it is comprised of Activators whose projects were chosen by Youth Against AIDS as innovative and deserving of a scholarship to attend the 8th International AIDS conference. These Activators include among others; Nozipho Zungu (Gauteng), El J Sebeo (Free State), Matlhogonolo Tlhomelang, Queen  Velaphi and Kholofelo Baloyi.

 

ACTIVATE!  is represented by the largest number of African delegation from a single organisation, this shows the respect ACTIVATE! enjoys globally for innovative thinking and their impactful projects. The day started with workshops on issues such as social media activism and different regional perspectives on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. Typical of Activators, they engaged energetically and fully participated in these workshops. “The workshops gave us an opportunity to learn and connect with other like-minded young people, as well as forge possible partnerships on projects and help us to scale our projects on global space. I’m happy and confident that we will come out of this conference as people who are ready to face challenges with more confidence and strength,” says Matlhogonolo Tlhomelang.

This official launch was graced by the presence of Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé. In his speech, the Executive Director did not mince his word in saying the cure of AIDS will come from young people. “When I decided to launch this idea of ending AIDS, it was just a dream to many people. But I’m convinced that with YOU we will end this epidemic” said Mr Sidibé who says he bases his reasoning on the energy and creativity which he sees daily in young people. He advised young activists to never settle on thinking that they are leaders of tomorrow but must start acting and claiming space to lead

Michel Sidibé further urged young people to use this energy and creativity on social media. He said that young people are advantageous in knowing how to relate and take message to their peers appropriately. “Fight injustices, stop violence against adolescent girls, and early marriage. Write about these injustices and use social media to break these barriers,” added Sidibé.

The day ended with a movie on LBGTIA+ and mental health problems associated with coming out of the closet. Activator Nozipho Zungu was among the panellists and shared stage with respected Netherlands and Germany influencers who are experts on issues of LBGTIA+. Nozipho Zungu believes that the first steps to accepting LBGTIA+ is educating parents and that they should be the. “We must focus on changing mindsets of parents.  It is them that need the understanding of sexuality because their support means so much when you are battling with coming out. Therefore, more projects should target parents,” suggested Nozipho who works with young women in Johannesburg assisting them to be independent by building their character and sex education.

On the 22nd of July, all delegates were taken for a sightseeing tour. The opening ceremony of international AIDS conference will be on Monday, 23rd July 2018.

 

YouCount 2018 Survey Competition Ts&Cs

YouCount 2018 Survey Competition Ts&Cs

Terms & Conditions

All participants during the term of the YouCount Survey agree to be bound by the following Terms and Conditions:

  1. The request to complete the YouCount Survey will be open to 2012 – 2017 Activators only.
  2. The YouCount Survey will be conducted from 13 July 2018to 23h59 on 15 August 2018(“End Date”).
  3. 5x Activators stand a chance to win a camera and all participants will receive 30MB data within 10 working days for completing the YouCount Survey (the “Competition”).  No voice or SIM included.
  4. To enter: 
  • Click on the survey hyperlink to access the YouCount Survey;
  • Upon completion of the YouCount Survey, respondents will automatically be entered into the weekly Competition;
  1. The winners will be randomly selected weekly. The verified winners will be notified within two weeks.
  2. The winner will be notified and announced weekly on our social media platforms.
  3. ACTIVATE! will use reasonable efforts to contact the winner telephonically on the mobile number associated with the Activator’s entry upon completion of his/ her survey as well as the 30 MB data reimbursement.

7(a). ACTIVATE! shall attempt to contact the winner for a period of 2 (two) normal working days after his / her name has been drawn and verified as the winner.

7(b)Should a winner not be available on the contact number provided during the timeframe stipulated above or rejects, forfeits or declines acceptance of the prize, that person’s right to the prize will be deemed to have been waived and the prize will be forfeited. ACTIVATE! reserves the right to then award the prize to the next randomly drawn participant.

  1. The prize is not transferable or exchangeable and may not be redeemed for cash.
  2. Employees, directors, agents, contractors and consultants of ACTIVATE! and all other participating companies and their immediate families, life partners, associates, or business partners and any person directly involved with the devising, producing, managing or marketing this Competition, are not eligible to enter the Competition. 

#Geleza4Life is a good place to start

By Nkanyezi Phephisile Mathizerd

This year ACTIVATE! launched what they refer to as The Big 5 Sectors. No! Not the lion or the rhino; keep reading, soon we’ll be on the same page. In the world of Activators, the phrase The Big 5 Sectors has a rather exciting and unique meaning; it refers to the 5 key sectors or focus areas that Activators have been seen to be the most active or rather driving the most change in. The sectors are as follows: A! Health, A! Literacy, A! Youth Economic Participation (YEP), A! Interconnectedness and Inclusivity, and lastly Active Citizenship.

This article zooms into the A! Literacy sector in reference to the #Geleza4Life webinar held this past Friday on the 6th July from 14:00 to 16:00 lead by Mzwandile who is the sector coordinator. An impressive number of 76 Activators, old and new, were in attendance but most importantly, actively participated. The objective was to gather insights into the thoughts of Activators on the research presented on the ACTIVATE! Literacy Sector inforgraphic interrogating realities of literacy in South Africa in reference to the world.

ACTIVATE! had already motivated the “why” behind the select focus on the chosen sectors; it would be rather interesting to find out or confirm if Activators agreed with the network or perhaps differed as far as the research was concerned; the need and relevance thereof.

Four Activators stood out for me as engagements started to gather momentum during the webinar. These are young people that not only participated but each one showed a deeper understanding, genuine interest and interrogation on the matter at hand and moreover, they also demonstrated an understanding of the importance and impact of literacy for our country.

2018 Activator Lillian Madubedube, aged 22 from Katlehong hit the ground running, as one may tell she is a recent recruit to the network but this did not seem to hold her back or slow her down. Lwando Fanana from Eastern Cape and Tshepo Moatshe from Gauteng, 29 and 24 respectively both 2017 Activators added perspective to the conversation; it became impossible to ignore, not least at all, Zamokuhle Gama 19 years of age another 2018 Activator based in Gauteng but originally from KZN shares her story of how she battled and conquered illiteracy as a young child.

Does literacy deserve to be one of ACTIVATE!’s focus areas according to Activators?

Before we answer this, here are some dictionary definitions for the words literacy and education. Education is the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university and literacy is the ability to read and write or competence or knowledge in a specified area. It becomes clear that these two are connected and have dependency, hence the common theme that most of the webinar participants showed i.e. to acquire an education one has to be literate. As a result Activators showed strong support and belief that literacy should be one of The Big 5 focus areas.

Did the literacy champs learn anything new?

Additional to the launch, ACTIVATE! needed unpack in order to understand why it is that Activators seemed to gravitate to these focus areas. This is why intensive research was conducted in support of this strategy and inforgraphics were produced for each sector. Literacy champions will hate to admit it (or rather did admit) but the webinar presented a lot of fresh and new information. A lot of learning took place- especially around the stats.  

Lillian, for example, experienced shock at the local versus international gap looking at literacy, “the international medium score for Grade 4 who can read with meaning is 80% compared to 34% in South Africa”. One of Tshepo’s points spoke to how necessary it is for parents to read to their children as this lays a needed foundation for teachers to take over and he was alarmed at how 95% of parents don’t read to their children. Another stats that got a lot of talking points is home languages where African home language speakers perform significantly worse than English home speakers, Fanana’s approach here was that the country needs to urgently implement diverse education systems and strategies where culture and mother tongue is prioritised.  

Should the country be worried and does this research fully capture the reality of literacy in South Africa?

A general consensus showed that Activators feel that our country is in distress. Most agree that our country’s literacy levels are very low and this is due to uneducated parents who struggle  to read to their children as well as a poor education system – specifically looking at ECD (Early Childhood Development). Evidence is seen in everyday life, mostly in the most poor and marginalised communities. For example; low rates of supervision of children, high dropout and unemployment rates and crime. Activators feel that the information or the facts given in the presented infographics present a very good place to start. Tshepo feels that by virtue of being in this sector and partaking in this webinar, he has learned so a lot. He says this research and the new focus will help strengthen clarity, informed decision making and approach selection in Activator projects.    

Did anything come out of this webinar?

More than anything Activators that took part felt a strong need to act, to do something. Some admitted that they have walked away with a mandate while others started to see loopholes in their current interventions and were adamant that this information will factor in to creating improvements to their projects.

What makes ACTIVATE! platforms work efficiently is the conducive and safe environments created that encourage sharing and genuineness. Zamokuhle shared her story demonstrating that every challenge can be a lesson learned.

Zamokuhle admitted to only starting to read and write for comprehension a bit later in her life and that is when she was in grade 4 to 5 just above the age of 7. This was because early in her life her education was mired; her early years of school were in the deprived deep rural KZN. Things took a turn when she moved to Johannesburg. Regardless of her humble beginnings, she says she was determined to improve so every time she come across an old newspaper or magazine, she would put her partial literacy skills to test. It. In high school she came in second place in a book reading and review completion and this was huge because it was a begging of new chapter in her life. She ended her story by saying that it does matter how you start but what matters more how you finish. To construe what she said; teachers are there to cultivate but the learning is up to you.

Life stories, ideas to actual interventions, to conclude this extract see below what literacy initiatives are run by Activators today and other activities they are part of:  

Lillian is a Journalism student at Rosebank College.

Lwando is the cofounder of Rural 200 youth communities (R200Y) a social entrepreneurial organisation which comprises of three departments (education, agriculture and technology).

Tshepo is a facilitator for an after-school literacy program at Sparks school in Bramely.

Zamokuhle recently started a women empowerment movement called #TheIdealWomanIsYourself encouraging girls to stay in school and pursue tertiary education.

 

 

Activator Vows to lead Limpopo youth to the promise land

By Lwazi Nongauza

‘’Promise land’’ is where the 2018 Activator Fhatuwani Raliphaswa is set to lead Limpopo youth during the community stock-taking summit at Sibasa Village, situated a few kilometres outside of Polokwane, on the 30th of June 2018.

In a bid to eradicate some of the current youth social ills, Activator and Farisanani Community Development Foundation founder,  Raliphaswa together with local government officials, business sector key captains and civil society stakeholders are set to use the relevance of Youth Month to launch a platform called “Youth with a Mission”. The platform seeks to empower young people who are pursing community and youth development through a sustainable skills transfer development programme.

The inaugural event is set to link the youth of Sibasa Ngovhela and Phiphidi nearby villages to ground-breaking opportunities that will transform their lives for good.

According to Raliphaswa, the event will not just link the youth to ground-breaking opportunities that will transform their lives for good but will also create unifying social ills advocacy strategies that judiciary, law enforcement institutions, rehabilitation practitioners and community residence can employ to keep peace and order in their communities. The social entrepreneur and social change driver founder explains what prompted staging the event during Youth Month:

“The best way to commemorate the progressive 1976 youth generation is to keep their dreams in our minds and take the current youth struggle forward by starting initiatives that will ensure that we as the country catch up with the rest of the world. Therefore, as one of the enlightened young people in my community, I thought one of the best progressive measures is to create community introspection platforms like the social entrepreneurship platforms like these.’’ said Raliphaswa.

‘’I started this initiative to ensure that my people’s dream for prosperous youths in Sibasa Village is not just restored but it does so in peace and harmony. Most importantly, I hope this initiative will revive a “never give up” attitude in the current youth generation, so that the upcoming generations can look at our strides and realize that life is worth a meaningful living despite all odds.’’ Raliphaswa emphasizes.

The event host said all activators and community members who are interested in participating in this local youth vision renewal initiative are welcomed to donate their skills, networks, resources, finances and time.

For logistics, you can contact the event organizers on their social media platforms or email Fhatuwani at raliphaswacandy@gmail.com

 

 

 

Kgatelopele Township Economy BootCamp

Afrika Mayibuye Entrepreneurship Hub Accelerator rolls out the Kgatelopele Township Economy BootCamp Series as part of its Enterprise Development

 

Strategy in the quest to lend a hand in Youth Employment Service and in the Development of Pan African Entrepreneurship

As part of the Youth Month Celebrations  and lending a hand in the development of Pan African Entrepreneurship, Afrika Mayibuye Entrepreneurship Hub Accelerator will be rolling out the Kgatelopele Township Economy BootCamp Series from the 18 June until the end of July in all central areas of Bloemfontein townships. The purpose of the camps are to create an ecosystem for entrepreneurs young and old so that they can co create and collaborate in the quest to address the socio economic Challenges that South Africa is facing.

Afrika Mayibuye Entrepreneurship Hub Accelerator is a Pan African Entrepreneurship Development Accelerator committed to dvrleopinv sustainable Pan African businesses that are aimed at creating value for Africa. The Accelerator works on providing mentorship and connection to opportunity for startups.

The BootCamps will be rolled out into cohorts in the following Manner:

  • Cohort 1: Batho Location and Surrounding areas
  • Cohort 2:  Rocklands and Surrounding areas
  • Cohort 3: Bergman and Surrounding Areas
  • Cohort 4: Lourier Park and Surrounding Areas

The purpose of rolling this programme in townships so that entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs are able to attend the training as they are hosted in their township.

For more information on how to be part of any of these camps please drop us an email on info@ameha.co.za  or a WhatsApp text on 0813959054

This project is made possible through a collaborative partnership between Afrika Mayibuye Entrepreneurship Hub Accelerator ran by Free State based Activator Tshepo MABUYA and Lenaka Media Group ran by Activator Lebohang Matlabe.

For more information about us please visit us on www.ameha.co.za and www.lenakamedia.co.za

Dedicated to Building Sustainable Pan African Busineses.

2 Winners Travelling to India for this year’s Startup Safari

Congratulations to Vusi Job Tshabalala & Makgonatsohle Tjale 🎉  the two winners who will be travelling to India for this year’s Startup Safari.

Well done to you both for your outstanding submissions! We look forward to following you on your journey to India and learning more about your experience at our annual Switch Summit in October.

We are also excited to announce the remaining Switchers in our Top 5, who will also be receiving prizes: Vuyokazi Ntlebi, Sicelo Mbonani & Hendrick Frans Swarts. Your prizes will be announced shortly so stay tuned and be sure to keep following the journey. A big well done to all those who submitted – you showed such innovation in developing your ideas and pitching them!

A huge thank you to our amazing panel who worked over 48 hours scoring all submissions and giving valuable feedback in supporting the growth of our social entrepreneurs: Caley Van Der Kolk, Oliver Bonstein, Bel Isa, Apoorv Bamba, Lufefe Nomjana & Adri Kiracofe.

Once again, Switchers have shown their incredible growth and dedication for driving change in their communities. Keep working hard, and by developing yourselves you are sending ripples and waves of change into your communities – and lastly, remember:

“WE SUPPORT YOU!” 💪

Meet Belisa Rodrigues one of the 24HR Challenge Panelist

Ms. Rodrigues, a South African native, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town where she was awarded the Old Mutual Gold Medal for academic excellence on the MBA programme. Up until recently, she worked as the Business Development Manager of the African Arts Institute, a South African based research and training institute.

She was previously the General Manager of the Arterial Network – a continent-wide advocacy body of artists, cultural activists and others working in the cultural sector in Africa (present in 40 African countries). She is well versed in corporate governance affairs, finance, operations and cultural policy development. She is currently running her own social enterprise consultancy called Belle and Co. offering business skills training, policy development and research services within the creative and cultural industries across Africa.

She is also the Programme Manager for the Klaus-Jurgen Bathe Leadership Programme at the University of Cape Town that offers financial support to young undergraduate students of African descent who demonstrate leadership potential. Ms. Rodrigues previously served as an elected member of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC); was a ministerial appointee serving on the National Arts Council (NAC) of South Africa; is currently the elected Treasurer on the Board of the Music in Africa (MIA) Foundation – a pan-African internet portal for African music archives; and is also currently a board member of the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Previously a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow for the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators and Cultural Leaders, Ms. Rodrigues was also selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow for 2016, as part of President Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) where she completed 3 months in the USA. She recently came back from Athens, Greece, where she participated in the second edition of the EU Cultural Diplomacy Initiative’s Global Cultural Leadership Programme.

Meet Oliver Bonstein one of the 24HR Challenge Panelist

Oliver is a Waste Management and Recycling industry analyst at GreenCape, working in Industrial Symbiosis. Oliver helps manufacturing companies to find new ways to divert their waste from landfill and to become more efficient in terms of energy, water and materials.

Oliver runs an Enterprise Development Programme through GreenCape to assist the startup of new recycling businesses. He is passionate about environmental conservation and people. His hobbies include surfing and scuba diving.

Meet Apoorv Bamba one of the 24HR Challenge Panelist

Apoorv’s passion lies in igniting ideas in the darkness of stereotypes. He is a true global citizen having worked with entrepreneurs across South Africa, Bhutan, Taiwan, India and Portugal over the last few years.

Deep down in his heart, he likes to think of himself as a struggling cricketer and a movie fanatic. He is determined to revolutionize the design of classroom education and influence the future of emerging market startup eco-systems.

Meet Adri Kiracofe one of the 24HR Challenge Panelist

The Almond Creamery was a dream realized and an eventual company founded by Adri Kiracofe, through humble beginnings in her mother’s kitchen in Cape Town in 2015.

As a postgraduate-trained Nutritional Therapist (CNELM), with a BSc in Biochemistry and Psychology which she completed at UCT, Adri has, for more than 10 years’, gained experience in and kept her finger on the pulse of the health food industry and has kept a close watch on consumer trends through her network.

Adri has always had a passion for delicious food and believes intrinsically, that what tastes good can, and should, also be healthy. She loves nothing more than to be in her kitchen, putting her love and passion into experimenting with new recipes and ideas, and wants to bring truly healthy milk alternatives to the rest of South Africa.

Adri is also an avid environmentalist and believes that the everyday choices we make as consumers have major consequences on the health of our planet, and this plays a major role in every aspect of the business from ingredients to packaging, the prospect of being mindful. She is on a mission to create a brand and product that is not only healthy for consumers but will also allow our children’s children to thrive on this planet we call home.

Lufefe Nomjana is one of the 24HR Challenge Panelist

Lufefe Nomjana is known to his community as ‘The Spinach King’ or ‘Popeye’.

Self-starter, Lufefe’s company, Espinaca (Spanish word for spinach) Innovations, started a health revolution in Cape Town’s townships by introducing spinach as an ingredient in bread and various foods.

What started with R40 and a big idea in 2011, has now become a successful and internationally recognized social enterprise, Health Foods Café & Bakery, based at the KTC Mall in Khayelitsha. By partnering with Virgin Active, Lufefe continues to educate his community on the importance of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.

Meet Caley one of the 24HR Challenge Panelist

Born and raised in a rural Xhosa village during the heat of Apartheid: Caley is intimately familiar with a side of South Africa – oblivious to many city-dwelling Caucasians. Her early years consisted of conversing in Xhosa (her first language) at the mission station up the road and playing with her friends in the rural areas. 

Caley’s unconventional childhood gifted her with perspective and empathy – the keys to a curious and open mind. She possesses a Business Science degree from UCT, where she attained Golden Key status and graduated top of her Honours class (2012). After working for 2 years as a strategist and researcher at key advertising agencies, she launched her yoga-centric Brand and e-commerce store. The entrepreneurial bug had bitten her and it was to stay. In 2013, she made it to the National Top 3 of the soccer World Cup presenter search. This show required running commentary in Xhosa, over a live soccer match. In 2015, she made it to the National Top 10 of the Presenter Search on 3 competition.

In both cases, ukuthetha isiXhosa shocked the judges and the PR machine exploded. How is it possible for a white girl to speak isiXhosa with such a rural accent?

This paradox provides a daily entertainment in RSA. It also offers the opportunity to drive significant positive change. Currently, she is tackling both facets through 2 separate projects: as CEO at artisansinafrica.com and as the prime anchor on the Heavy Chef ‘Raw’ show.

Artisans in Africa is a digital platform dedicated to integrating African bead artists into global commercial circuits. In late 2016, AIA made it to the National Top 5 of the International The Venture competition, and she was the sole female social entrepreneur to progress this far.

The Heavy Chef Raw playlist celebrates prominent people in the African continent via short, punchy interviews where Caley immerses herself in the world of the people she’s interviewing.

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First Resource A! Station in Kamiesberg, Namaqualand

The 2017 Activator Reagam Beukes is a social agent of change from the far north Namaqua region of Kamasies. As per his words, history was made, he with Activators, local youth and stakeholders launched the first resource A! Station in that area. This celebration follows after the station’s workshop was held earlier in 2018. The station, proudly named after the community from which he comes aims to be a resource hub for young people to meet, share ideas and conjure actions steps for the purpose of moving his community forward.

 

 

The station was officially opened today with Activators: Gregory Rooi from Springbok, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape Activator and ACTIVATE! Comms team member Zilungile Zimela. To kick-start his station, he was given branding, USBs, lanyards, newspapers, pens and bags as an initial starter pack. He is living testament of what we denote when we say we are a network that is #CommittedToChange and #PayingItForward.