The long walk to prevention: Every voice counts

Activator Thobani Zikalala speaks to fellow Activators Action Setaka and Nkosikhona Uzzi Mpungose who are currently attending the AIDS Conference in Durban about their thoughts on the conference and what it hopes to achieve.

Ukuhlonyiswa Kwabasha: Empowering our youth in South Africa

Activator Thobani Zikalala takes a look at what transpired at the HEaids conference and the important role that Activators like Lerato Morulane from She Conquers, Isa Mdingi and Scelo Sibi, among others play.

Is short-term employment a possible solution to SA's youth unemployment crisis?

Siyabonga Mahomba speaks to Activators Prince Charles, Dineo Segophiso, Lisa Silwana and Phetogo Kgosierileng about their thoughts around short-term employment. Although short-term employment opportunities such as internships, contract work and learnership programmes ensure that one receives much needed work experience and provide temporary relief to ones financial strains, there are however downsides.

Activators across South Africa are #CommittedToChange

As a network of over 2000 young people, Activators have an inherent commitment to change. For the month of June our campaign #CommittedToChange will showcase how Activators are and have been #CommittedToChange.

Frans Ntsoereng will be making waves in India!

On 8 May, a pre-registered group of SWITCH participants embarked on a 24 hour hackathon in a bid to win a trip to India with Startup Safari in July! We are delighted to announce that FransNtsoereng from Gauteng (2015 Switcher) will be going to India! Frans, congratulations on anamazing achievement!

How are Activators observing Africa Month this May?

Activator Thobani Mthobisi Zikalala reflects on ways Activators are observing their African heritage and ways in which they should be.

The Founding of the Organisation of African Unity

Happy Africa Day!! Activator and Switcher, Hein Scheepers penned this insightful piece on Africa Day.

Activating the employment industry

Activator Nomvuyo Sebeko speaks to Activators from around the country to find out how the network are assisting each other with employment!

Populist or Leader? An interview with Dr. Gavin Price

Activator Nhlanhla Ndlovu sits down with Dr Gavin Price from GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science) to talk about ethical leadership. This is what went down at the interview.

What are we eating?

Activator Paul Mabote discusses the causes of youth unemployment in South Africa, the attitude towards youth unemployment and possible alternatives to youth unemployment. It expresses the importance of strategic Activator partnerships in curbing financial inactivity.

Talking the future to life

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Three of South Africa's former presidents, and one former deputy president hosted a dialogue on the national crises facing the country. ACTIVATE! was represented by Activator Nhlanhla Ndlovu. This is what happened.

Reflections on my presentation at the Africa-China Youth Festival

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Activator Koketso Marishane recently spoke at the 2nd Africa-China Youth Forum about Youth in Business. Koketso contends that the overall socio-economic progress among our continents people first need sustainable jobs. In order to create these job opportunities and craft a significantly inclusive African society, he says we need to pursue socio-economic growth based on the strength of all sectors: public, private and civil society groupings.

Do journalists have journalistic privilege not to disclose their sources under South African law?

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In observing World Press Freedom Day today, Activator Qhawe Sosibo in his academic essay asks, Is the right not to disclose confidential sources of information which journalists claim to have, a legally protected right in South Africa? If not, should it be protected and to what extent?

After 23 years of democracy, can we say we have achieved a better life for all?

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Gladys Nomvuyo Sebeko takes a look at our 23 year old democracy and comments on the implementation of various programmes and policies.

It is my democratic Right

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Activator Unathi Snam says voting is not the only meaningful way to exercise his democratic right and influence justice. He wants the masses to be conscientised on how to play a meaningful role in their democracy.

The Meaning of Freedom & Democracy in our time

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Mbasa Gqokoma unpacks some of the challenges with Tsepo Ya Rona Mofokeng around how far we have come in sustaining our democracy and freedom.

Freedom and democracy, the relationship status

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With freedom day fast approaching, Zisekho Geza penned this opinion piece after a conversation with friends and asks,"Is freedom democracy?"

The power of the hashtag

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Activator Ramadimetja Makgeru explores how the internet, specifically the hashtag is used to address social and political issues.

The ACTIVATE! Network making democracy work

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Activator Themba Vryman discusses the concept of democracy which cannot thrive without the active participation of those who seek to build a truly prosperous country in making it work."As Activators the obligation to ensure that our South African democracy develops, matures and works for the entirety of the populace is much heavier," he says.

The ACTIVATE! network shares their views on the #CabinetReshuffle

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Today, thousands of South Africans will take to the streets in protest against corruption and governance following President Jacob Zuma's cabinet reshuffle. We looked at Facebook,WhatsApp and Twitter to gauge the responses from the A! Network around the reshuffle.