On the 24th of November 2016, the ACTIVATE! Change Drivers Chief Executive Officer Christopher Meintjies accompanied by the ACTIVATE! Change Drivers Limpopo Provincial Acting Representative Koketso Marishane, visited Mphanama (Ga-Kgaphola) in Limpopo Province to meet with the Kgaphola Royal Council and the Tubatse Fetakgomo Municipal officials as part of the national tour to inspect how provinces are functioning.
“We’ve been working tirelessly with Koketso Marishane since ACTIVATE! Change Drivers visited our community. Our youth are very much excited about the program and they’ve joined in large numbers to express their hunger for development,” said Mphanama Community leader, Sir. S.P Kgaphola
ACTIVATE! Change Drivers, a free apolitical youth leadership development program represented throughout South Africa, trains South African youth on socio-economic and geo-political dynamics of the country and the world.
“ACTIVATE! has really helped me discover my leadership potential by affording me the platform to showcase my talents as a young person from rural Limpopo”, said Activator Mogau Kgaphola.
There are currently 2000 people in the ACTIVATE! network nation-wide and approximately 500 of them are from Limpopo Province and the program will be continuing for a brief while before it gets discontinued in the near future.
“I’m honoured to be accompanied by the CEO of the program to Mphanama, Ga-Kgaphola. But, I’m equally honoured to be welcomed and appreciated for the work we’ve been doing through the program in the community. Our visit here thus reaffirms our commitment to continue relations as we’ve started and we’re going bigger in terms of the work scope”, said ACTIVATE! Limpopo Acting Provincial Representative, Koketso Marishane.
Mphanama has been identified and acknowledged both at provincial and national level as one of the promising communities needing special focus for development. Through their efforts, reports show that the youth are serious about development hence other records of their predecessors are testimony to that.
“We are fortunate today to be receiving visitors from as far as Western Cape- Cape Town. We’re appreciative of their efforts, but most importantly, their interest in developing our people in this rural space. We promise and commit ourselves as the Fetakgomo-Tubatse Local Municipality to support the initiative for our development”, said the Mphanama Ward Councillor, Mr. S Kgaphola.
“I’m happy to be welcomed, acknowledged and appreciated by the Kgaphola Royal House in their community. I’m also happy to see the wonderful work done by our ACTIVATE! members in this community together with other young people within the Sekhukhune area. I am thus content to declare this venue, the ACTIVATE! Sekhukhune District Station and with that said, I look forward to strengthening relations with people within this area on future projects starting from 2017”, said ACTIVATE! Change Drivers CEO, Christopher Meintjies.
“Our people have for a long time been longing for services. We’re now happy that their cries will be a thing of the past,” concluded the Kgaphola Royal House Representative, Sir. M Kgaphola