Has Mazibuko made a meaningful impact on SA Politics?

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If we are to celebrate 20 years of democracy, we need to credit all those who contributed and who have continuously redefined our spaces. Such praise should not be limited to be people who hold the same views but should acknowledge those that have kept our democracy alive.

Pursuing freedom

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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...

Activator Story: Planting Seeds

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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.

#JUSTBECAUSE for Human Rights

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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...

Volunteering + Crowdfunding = New age community service

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Lezerine Mashaba is changing the way we look at fundraising and community activism. Soft-spoken Mashaba uses the power of the internet to change the lives of those who are most vulnerable in Cape Town's most populous township, Khayelitsha.

Diary of An Activator

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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...

4 Activators, 4 reflections on being members of the ACTIVATE! network

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For some ACTIVATE! is just a training programme, for some it is a space to connect, a place of belonging, for some it is part of their journey as agents of change four Activators give us a window into their lives and how being part of this network has touched their lives.

Tshepang Mokgatlas winning words

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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.

Innovation from the ACTIVATE! network

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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...

How ideas have changed the world

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Edward de Bono says, There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.

Innovation = a change in thinking

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The dictionary definition of the word innovation can be broadly understood as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs or existing market needs.

Make your voice count

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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.

Nothing for us without us

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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.

ACTIVATE! takes action for 2014

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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.

Activators campaign on redefining race

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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.

Who is fooling who?

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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.

Nothing about us, without us- BRICS Youth Consultative Forum

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This was a strong sentiment echoed by the 150 delegates at the BRICS National Youth Consultative Forum held in Tshwane on 01 November 2013. This gathering was hosted by the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, in partnership with the Presidency and the National Youth Development Agency.

Activator Nolwazi Ntshingila: winner of MISA Woman of the Year Award 2013

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The MISA Woman of the Year Award recognises women in the motor industry with the potential to develop beyond their current position. More than that, it recognises her contribution to others through community involvement, or simply by touching and enriching the lives of colleagues at work.

Opinion: Youth In Rural Areas

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Rural areas are usually remote residential environments on the outskirts of towns with scattered dwelling units. They are traditional heritage communities that are subject to traditional authorities.

Walking For Wheels

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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.