The Phila Festival of Inclusivity

By Kanyisa Booi “Have you ever seen a gay member of parliament?” *Zazi asked impassionately. I rummaged through my memory to see if a name came up and to my own recollection…dololo! He went on to ask, “Is it is because being gay makes me any less capable?” I knew the answer was no, it’s more […]

Switch Seminar 2018

By Paul Mabote Switch it up! Switch is a 10 month Social Entrepreneurship programme powered by Activate! Switch works to connect Activators who are social entrepreneurs to relevant stakeholders and information, while opening doors for collaboration opportunities. The 2 day annual Switch seminar took place in Maboneng, Johannesburg, which saw over 70 Switchers convene there […]

VBS Doing Mary Go Round on Poor South Africans

By Koketso Marishane   The South African public sector under the ANC government has become a nuisance, characterised by corruption among other malicious things. Seemingly, those who are connected to authority, will reveal how the country got to be where it is now. Indeed, it seem the politicians in the ANC have read less of […]

SWITCH ANNUAL SEMINAR 2018

“Exploring the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in a South African Context” 13 – 14 October 2018 at Workshop17 Maboneng DAY ONE Saturday 13 October SE Ecosystems & Financing Time Session Facilitator 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome! Why Workshop17 Maboneng? Why Switch? Westleigh – OPEN Nhlanhla, Claire – SSEP 9:15 – 9:45 Plenary: “Exploring Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in […]

The Great Depression – The Death of the African Child

By Tlotliso May Depression has become a newsworthy issue. I have noticed, with time, that a lot of people have started talking about depression, and how a lot of young people are dying when they could easily get help. I have, sadly, at the same time noticed that there is an exponential rise in the […]

#ActivateSIS Launch

In 2017, ACTIVATE! participated in the SA Innovation Summit (SAIS) and as a result of our presence and impact last year, ACTIVATE! returns as an official partner to the summit, hosting Africa’s first Social Innovation Summit (SIS). ACTIVATE! believes that social innovation is a tool that young people can use to empower and help communities. […]

Activator Thabo Pitso – A selfless force to be reckoned with

By Tlotliso May Activator Thabo Pitso is a Free State born Activator who, among other things, is very passionate about literacy and unemployment that has plunged our young people. He has collaborated with other Activators to ensure that they do the little that they can in their respective corner of South Africa, the Free State […]

2x Call Centre Agents for Recruitment of Activators

Opportunity closing date: Saturday 18 August 2018 Employment: Fixed term from 1 September to 14 December 2018 Siyashesha Leadership Incubator NPC is a non-profit, dynamic organization that develops skills, builds opportunity and connects young leaders from across South Africa through the Activate programme. These incumbent will be reporting to the: Recruitment Coordinator at Head Office […]

Tribute to Africa’s 2nd Saint

Imagining Women Inclusion for Women’s month By Koketso Marishane Once upon a time there was a lass named Manche Masemola, and she stood her ground in her conviction for social, cultural and religious justice. In her final words as a teenager, she said briefly: “I will be baptised with my blood”. To date, the world […]

Social Innovation- Making Ubuntu Fashionable

By Anele Gcwabe In a world where there is a new buzz word every day, it is easy to get caught up in the hype of using trendy words. We often find ourselves going to extremes, overusing this “up-to-date’’ jargon in an attempt to remain current, we end up neglecting the essence behind these “new” […]