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 …

Oct 28

Now that #FeesHaveFallen, what now?

Yesterday, parliamentarians were debating transformation at higher education institutions after the #FeesMustFall protests. Minister Blade Nzimande didn’t even mutter a word about the #ReleaseTheReport. Which raises the question, now that #FeesHaveFallen, what now?

Sep 5


Over 250 youth from across South Africa gathered at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria to participate in the inaugural Green Youth Indaba on the 31 July 2014.

Sep 5

5 mins with Fernando

Fernando Visagie is a 2013 Activator with a passion for driving change. Here he chats about overcoming circumstances in his past and his efforts to uplift and revitalise his community.

Sep 4

Activator Recognised for Driving Change

With South Africas education system constantly making headlines for the wrong reasons, Activator Kefilwe Bopape is in the spotlight for making a positive difference in the lives of pupils from her hometown of Hammanskraal, KwaZulu Natal.

Aug 12


What is leadership? This is the question a group of youngsters from some of Cape Towns townships sought to answer as they spent a Saturday morning discussing leadership and the qualities that came with it.

Aug 1

Championing the African Youth Charter

“Understanding the Economic and Political Landscape of Africa” was the theme for the recent African Youth Charter Summit (AYCS) hosted by Zayrah in Magaliesberg, South Africa. Zayrah is a youth led development agency focusing on socio-economic development in fragile states.

Jul 31

Spreading warmth in Standerton

Activator, Anele Cele, co-founder of Inhlosenhle Community Building (ICB), an organisation focused on broad-based challenges in the Standerton community, continues to put up a brave fight against Mpumalangas icy Highveld chill…

Jul 24

Dress Jozi 2014

More than 500 young people, including Johannesburg-based Activator, Mzwandile Msimang, joined forces to spread much needed warmth to the inner citys homeless as they took to the streets to hand out bags of clothing…

Jul 22

5 mins with Florence

Florence Malahela talks about her hopes and dreams. She explains how ACTIVATE! has helped her discover other young people who have the same sentiments as her.

Jul 15

5 mins with Roxanne

Roxanne Denton is a second year Activator who is based in the Western Cape. We spent 5 minutes with her to find out what her passion is and how she has found ACTIVATE!.

Jun 30

What makes a good leader?

The present generation of young people in South Africa has a responsibility, as tomorrows leaders, to re-write a narrative that is different from what existed before 1994. Young people are faced with a challenge of evolving a South Africa that is more open and more just, where people have equal access to basic needs…

Jun 27

Youth Month vs Youth Development

As much as we celebrate youth month and the impact the young people of 1976 made in South Africa, youth development is still a problem in SA, particularly in rural Eastern Cape. The Department of Provincial and Local Government defines youth development as…

Jun 19

Photo exhibition: Protest against the self

An open air, free for all exhibition by Dean Jates at the Bonteheuwel Train Station garden on 01 June 2014. Dean Jates: The Active Citizenship Photography Exhibition provides the opportunity to reflect on the self in a society were negative imagery controlled by mass media TV news, newspaper has become a norm in communities.

Jun 5

Inspiring stories, inspiring women

Activator Ayanda Cokoto claims that she found joy in community activism more than she ever did with her nine to five job. She is involved encouraging women to tell their stories of strength through adversity.

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