Activators make the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans List

30 June 2017

For Immediate Release

 RE: Activators make the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans list

 On 30 June, Mail & Guardian released their list of the Top 200 inspirational young people who are doing amazing work to better the lives of ordinary South Africans. This year is particularly special because five young people from the ACTIVATE! Change Drivers Network have made the list. Their contribution to the Network and country has been commendable and their zeal remains consistent. While we celebrate this milestone, we do not forget that great achievements originate from small actions. It is these small actions that occur every day by young people within the Network which also need to be celebrated.  

Activators Kwandile Skhosana, Nkosikhona Uzzi Mpungose and Paris Makaringe demonstrate that positive ambition coupled with hard work and determination are needed for progress.

These Activators have remained steadfast in the face of challenges because ultimately their mandate is for victory to have the last word. Kwandile Skhosana from Daveton in Gauteng runs a book club and feeding programme for homeless people called Feed A Homeless Homie. The passion that drives him to do this is the poverty stricken background from which he comes.

Nkosikhona Uzzi Mpungose is a youth community leader and activist who is the founder and chairperson of Youth Inter-Active (YIA), a platform that facilitates peer education and career guidance.

Paris Nyiko Makaringe hails from the community of Eldorado Park and runs an NPO called Lonwabo Lwesizwe which collects blankets and clothing for underprivileged people in his community.

Nosiphiwe Ngqala is a lecturer in the pharmacy department and researcher at Rhodes University with a passion for biotechnology and environmental health concerns who now supervises other PhD, masters and honours students. 

Patrick Eric Bongani Mcobothi is an active role player in the area of developing young people in the areas of lifeskills, leadership development and equipping young people on how to start-up SMME’s. He has worked with World Changers Academy and through that journey has been able to train and reach out to a total of 4000-6000 young people in rural, urban and peri-urban spaces. 

The ACTIVATE! Change Drivers Network is proud to conclude youth month with such inspiring stories of everyday youth who are changing their communities. This is how they demonstrate their longing for a better country and their commitment to change, #CommittedToChange.   

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About ACTIVATE!:

ACTIVATE! is a Network of young leaders equipped to drive change for the public good across South Africa. Connecting youth who have the skills, sense of self and spark to address tough challenges and initiate innovative and creative solutions that can reshape our society. 

 

For media related queries, please contact:

Communications:

zilungile@activateleadership.co.za

 On social media:

Facebook: Activate Change Drivers

Twitter: @ActivateZA

Instagram: @Activate_ZA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 June 2017

For Immediate Release

 

RE: Activators make the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans list

 

On 30 June, Mail & Guardian released their list of the Top 200 inspirational young people who are doing amazing work to better the lives of ordinary South Africans. This year is particularly special because three young people from the ACTIVATE! Change Drivers Network have made the list. Their contribution to the Network and country has been commendable and their zeal remains consistent. While we celebrate this milestone, we do not forget that great achievements originate from small actions. It is these small actions that occur every day by young people within the Network which also need to be celebrated.  

 

Activators Kwandile Skhosana, Nkosikhona Uzzi Mpungose and Paris Makaringe demonstrate that positive ambition coupled with hard work and determination are needed for progress.

 

These Activators have remained steadfast in the face of challenges because ultimately their mandate is for victory to have the last word. Kwandile Skhosana from Daveton in Gauteng runs a book club and feeding programme for homeless people called Feed A Homeless Homie. The passion that drives him to do this is the poverty stricken background from which he comes.

 

Nkosikhona Uzzi Mpungose is a youth community leader and activist who is the founder and chairperson of Youth Inter-Active (YIA), a platform that facilitates peer education and career guidance.

 

Paris Nyiko Makaringe hails from the community of Eldorado Park and runs an NPO called Lonwabo Lwesizwe which collects blankets and clothing for underprivileged people in his community.

 

The ACTIVATE! Change Drivers Network is proud to conclude youth month with such inspiring stories of everyday youth who are changing their communities. This is how they demonstrate their longing for a better country and their commitment to change, #CommittedToChange.   

 

Ends

 

About ACTIVATE!:

ACTIVATE! is a Network of young leaders equipped to drive change for the public good across South Africa. Connecting youth who have the skills, sense of self and spark to address tough challenges and initiate innovative and creative solutions that can reshape our society. 

 

For media related queries, please contact:

Communications:

Zilungile Zimela

078 255 3378

zilungile@activateleadership.co.za

 

On social media:

Facebook: Activate Change Drivers

Twitter: @ActivateZA

Instagram: @Activate_ZA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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