Activator Story: Mokgadi Matlakala

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Activator Mokgadi takes us on a journey through her community as she explains how her community has shaped her.

The Possibility of the "Funding Crisis"

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The words competition and competitive are increasingly being used to address the non-profit sector, something which should both shame and alarm us all.

Dialogue: Do We Have A Culture Of Drinking?

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A part of the training programme Activators are taught how to run a dialogue session. There was live tweet session when the Gauteng group was practicing running a dialogue session.

Paperboy - Postboxes for Everyone

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Information thats not transmitted to its recipients is futile in a communication link. I have noticed that a lot of households in my community dont have post boxes, and this in turn results in a number of letters and responses...

Township Roots Project

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Township Roots exists to improve education in Nyanga, Cape Town. Through our programs we aim to help the young people of Nyanga stay out of crime and stay in school, all the way through primary and high-school and into university.

Liesbeek River Clean-up

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Activator Peter Atmore organised a clean-up operation of the Liesbeek River. He managed to get 20 volunteers with the Mowbray, Rosebank and Observatory area. Peter talks about the clean-up operation.

Africa's Greatest Entrepreneurs

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Activator Calvin has embarked on a project to document African entrepreneurs. He explains the reasons behind the project and why he feels that it is necessary. Africas Greatest Entrepreneur is a documentary series that comprises of profiles and in depth interviews with some of Africas greatest entrepreneurs.

The Social Entrepreneurship Incubator Model

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Activator Thabang has been hosting a few idea sessions in Joburg. At the beginning of the month he held a Dragons' Den/ ideas festival. He explains how the session was structured and what the outcomes were.

Lunch Box Project

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We are looking at the high number of learners who come from disadvantaged backgrounds to school without having eaten breakfast or without a snack for lunchtime. We see a decline in the number of children who queue for food that has been prepared for them as they are sometimes teased for having to do so. And so, although the learners are hungry, they are too embarrassed to be seen queuing and would rather go hungry..."

100in1Day Intervention

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100in1Day was about connecting people around their dreams for their communities, city and society, and then playfully manifesting them together. The concept was that over 100 urban interventions were...

Agape Youth Movement

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Activator Noko talks about the organisation he started with a group of people. Agape Youth Movement (AYM) was established by a small group of eight young people in a Gauteng township called Soshanguve which is located in the northern side of Pretoria the capital city of the Republic of South Africa.

Volunteer Day on Freedom Day

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Part of module 1 home task is to have a volunteer day. Bevin Reynolds shares her story of what she did for her volunteer day. "I held my volunteer day at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for abused women and children in Manenberg. For the day, I organised for friends of mine to share their skills and expertise with the women, and so create a day filled with a variety of transforming and empowering activities for them."

The role of memory in creating change

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Some Activators recently had the opportunity to attend a talk on Leadership and Innovation for Social Change and the role of Memory & Legacy. This talk was hosted by the Board and Alumni of the South Africa - Washington international programme. Below are some reviews from the Activators who attended.

Mocha Panda Movement

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Activator Kanyisa Booi started a youth movement called Mocha Panda. She explains what the movement is all about and what its goals are. Mocha Panda (Youth Forward) is a sturdy show of solidarity amongst youth. Activators will conduct jam sessions throughout South Africa. Symbolically this will be carried out the Youth Month (June) up to Mandela day (18 July) marked by a 67 minute peaceful Youth Attest walk to the Union Building.

"Civil society organisations need to prepare for new opportunities and challenges" says Activator Juzaida Swain

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In tough economic times, civil society organisations need to find new and innovative ways to cut costs, find resources and work more effectively, writes JUZAIDA SWAIN.

'Deforestation is dehumanization' says an Activator volunteering at Greenpeace Africa

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Amir Bagheri, an Activator who joined the network last year and who is currently volunteering for Greenpeace Africa, took part in an awareness campaign in Johannesburg recently that focused on the negative effects of deforestation for communities in a specific region in Cameroon.