May 9

Pursuing freedom

During the first seven years (1978 1985) of my life, I had no idea what apartheid was. Let alone the fact that it existed. Where I lived, in Manse, where my grandfather was a minister, I lived and played with other children from different race groups…


May 5

Activator Story: Planting Seeds

Having lived all his life in Bonteheuwel, 31-year old Dean Jates says his activism not only seeks to transform the area, but also the residents. But for now hes planting small seeds, hoping that soon they will blossom into tall trees, which will eventually bear fruit.


Apr 16

#JUSTBECAUSE for Human Rights

Following the launch of the #JUSTBECAUSE campaign headed by Thabo Horings, Tholakele Molelekwa, and Lebohang Ratje to confront societal issues in South Africa earlier this year, the initiative used Human Rights Day…



Mar 27

Diary of An Activator

Nazareen is an Activator, a member of the ACTIVATE! network. Here she shares her experience during Module One of the residential training in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal…



Mar 19

Tshepang Mokgatlas winning words

Activator, Tshepang Mokgatla, held his audience of 150 young delegates from the greater Gauteng region captive with his words of wisdom and encouragement at the Raymond Ackerman Young Leaders Engagement held at the University of Johannesburg earlier this month.


Feb 27

Innovation from the ACTIVATE! network

The one thing that connects Activators is their drive to contribute meaningfully towards addressing many of the challenges that face South Africa. Activators are inspired youth who want to see their ideas come alive…




Feb 26

Make your voice count

This years elections are more than ever focused on the youth vote with all political parties excited and optimistic with the large youth turn out for the final registration weekend held on 8 and 9 February 2014.


Feb 11

Nothing for us without us

Youth in South Africa and the rest of Africa need to begin defining what Youth Service means to them and what the broader aim of youth service programmes should be in addressing the high levels of unemployment in Africa.


Feb 3

ACTIVATE! takes action for 2014

The Innovation Showcase was more than just a gathering of 350 Activators from across the country. It was also an opportunity to plan a course of tangible action around pertinent issues that the network can put its weight behind for this year.


Feb 3

Activators campaign on redefining race

A vast majority of social development programmes in developing countries are aimed at shifting mindsets, which consequently will lead to a change in behaviour if the intervention is deemed to be successful. The vision of ACTIVATE! Change Drivers finds itself squarely in this position.


Jan 23

Who is fooling who?

Mr. Government let’s talk unemployed youth. Unemployment in South Africa not only affects the adults but also, us, as the youth as well. A lack of unemployment opportunities has caused many to fall into poverty.





Nov 19

Walking For Wheels

On Sunday 18 August 2013, thousands took the streets of Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town for the annual 10km Bidvest Unity Walk which takes place in the four cities simultaneously. The walk is in support of the quadriplegic and paraplegic from the rural and disadvantaged areas who cant afford to buy their own wheelchairs.


Nov 11

Join the Crazy Challenge in a city near you

Activator Vusi Tshabalala, from Tzaneen, and Samuel Ntswanisi have made it their mission to inspire fellow youth to reach their goals by running/cycling 1850kms. The run/cycle will start from the Parliament buildings in Cape Town to Nkowa-Nkowa Stadium in Limpopo.


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