In sickness and in mental health

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By Mbalenhle Buthelezi My grandfather says there is no handbook…

My 2018

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By: Nomvuyo Gladys Sebeko My 2018 My tears have formed…

Now that #FeesHaveFallen, what now?

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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?

GREEN ACTION

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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.

5 mins with Fernando

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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.

Activator Recognised for Driving Change

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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.

WHAT IS LEADERSHIP

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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.

Championing the African Youth Charter

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"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.

Spreading warmth in Standerton

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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...

Dress Jozi 2014

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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...

5 mins with Florence

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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.

Ubuntu is not convenient

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A friend of mine recently posted convenience doesn't work in humanitarianism. I took this to mean that being selective by what we can learn from Mandelas life...

5 mins with Roxanne

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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!.

Taking up the struggle against corruption

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Corruption is rarely ever seen as a youth struggle. Corruption Watch took up this challenge by bringing together young people from across South Africa to contribute to their youth strategy and take what they learned from their youth survey forward.

What makes a good leader?

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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...

Youth Month vs Youth Development

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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...

Photo exhibition: Protest against the self

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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.

Be28 Sets Out to Make a Habit of Success

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The Be28 initiative, based on the principle that positive behavior can be established by 28 days of repetition, has taken up the challenge of developing a nation of good habits.

Inspiring stories, inspiring women

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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.

On posing for Jodi Bieber: Q & A with Sabelo Mnukwa

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Fellow Activator, Sabelo Mnukwa, was one of the subjects in photographer Jodi Biebers breaking boundaries exhibition, Quiet, at the Goodman Gallery in April 2014. The exhibition examined conventional masculinity by confronting traditional representations of men...