Jul 19

Nelson Mandela: a figure of literary inspiration

By Ace Moloi Not only has President Mandela lived a life of political interest, but of literary inspiration too, writes Ace Moloi. The launching pad of writing careers President Nelson Mandela has been a subject of literary interest throughout his life and beyond his lifetime. His life and career launched many writers politically and creatively, …


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 …


Aug 10

ACTIVATE! Men celebrate women

By Gladys Nomvuyo Sebeko In 1956 20 000 women took to the streets to fight an oppressive government. They did not focus on colour or status. The unity they shared made the oppressor listen and make changes. 64 years later we see women in high positions and some even in Parliament. The government is even trying …


Aug 7

When the power of our vote counts

Democracy in South Africa flourishes and reinforces our important role as activists to safeguard the future of South Africa The year was 1994 on a sunny day on the 27th of April when the future of South Africa would be determined and indeed the sun would not have chosen a better day to set on …


Aug 3

Sanitary Towels, a Right or a Responsibility?

In a country where some people barely have enough water to live from while others have more than enough to waste; the government really needs to be held accountable for not delivering for the rights of its people. However, with a constitution that has so many rights to cater for, what is it that the …



Jul 31

A male is born, but a man is built

Did you know that 63% of youth that commit suicide are from fatherless homes and 71% of all high school dropouts grew up without a father? Activator Bongo Hlongwane attended 2016 Activator Snqobile Mkwanazi mens seminar where they unpacked what it should mean to be a man in society.



Jul 25

Red Africa – #RIPPhilela #RIP_Philela

It is with great sorrow and broken hearts that the students of the University of the Free State, and the rest of Azania, say goodbye to a freedom fighter our time. The sharp knife of Philela Gilwa’s short life cuts very deep and calls to young leaders to continue where he left off. Philela will surely be missed, yet his words and works will definitely outlive him!

Lala ngo xolo Son of the Soil! ‘Till we meet again…

Sincerest condolences to his family, friends and comrades.

#MayibuyeiAfrika
#RIPPhilela”


Jul 17

Another article about RAPE!

Following the trending case of Xola and Kamvelihle #WeBelieveYou, Kay-Dee Mashile writes that society must educate young men from as early as preschool on how to treat women. The same way little girls are taught to cover up, little boys must be taught to respect women.





Jul 5

Youth employment: Uncertainties, gaps and A! potential

As part of a digital youth supplement, Uncensored Voices, Activator Nomtika Mjwana takes an introspective look at herself as a change driver and what is possible within the Network. She shares her experience of how three members of the Network worked together in coming up with ideas.



Jun 22

Fight for job creation not free education!

As part of our digital youth supplement, Uncensored Voices, Activator Kay-Dee Mashile takes a critical look at the plight of the youth in the country and their incessant call for free education. She argues that the fight for employment is more significant and educating ourselves on the latest format of a CV, we should look into educating each other on the latest format of a business proposal


Jun 22

Owning our struggle 23 years later

Activator Tshepo Mabuya states that the June 16 commemorations should enable young people to redefine their generational obligation. He says,”Although South Africa has as a youthful population, it has the lowest entrepreneurship levels in the world according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.”





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