Oct 16

Teen Suicide

By Matome T. Aphane According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, about 31% of teen suicide attempts required medical treatment and 17% of teenagers have attempted suicide with 15.6% having made a plan to do it. In addition, 9% of all teen deaths are caused by suicide and this figure is increasing. Suicide is …


Oct 16

Reflections on #SwitchSeminar2017

This past weekend, 56 delegates attended the annual Switch Seminar held at the Standard Bank Incubator in Johannesburg. Upon reflecting on the seminar, this is what several Switchers had to say: Prudens Mtsweni “The Switch programme has taken my mind and put me on a journey where it shifted my thinking to an innovative person …



Oct 10

Peer Education Easily Explained

Peer education is a process or communication channel that can be used over trainings, teachings or sharing of information. Educating people on values and behaviour whom may share the same background or experience. Peer education seek no have impact on behaviour through peer interaction Peer education best happen at colleges, schools, workplace, clinic, in the …


Oct 9

Pro-choice is Pro-life

By Nomtika Mjwana Why does it cost people with uteri their lives to have a choice? Why is the abortion conversation so mystified and highly contested when people die every year, when the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that globally every 8 minutes a woman dies from causes related to unsafe abortion? That makes it …


Oct 6

Koketso Marishane 2030 brand ambassador

By Ramadimetja Makgeru South Africa’s National Development Plan, launched in 2012, is a detailed blueprint for how the country can eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by the year 2030. On the 28th of September, minister in the presidency, Jeff Radebe, hosted  the official NDP 2030 Brand Ambassadors launch which took place in Rivonia. The ambasassadors, …


Oct 3

The Igniter Of Hope

By Action Setaka A typical ex-offender struggles to reconnect with the world. Battles to bear the pain and suffering that comes with stigmatisation, but in the midst of all Activator Vuyo Nekile is during on all cylinders to make South Africa a better place to live in. He rose above pain and despair to become …


Oct 2

Gift Methule: Across The Border

My mind is constantly on the move. Boarding planes, buses and ships across the world. There’s a revolution of the voices that bring change. Cynthia Untamed has finally crossed the border over to South Africa. It’s amazing to bring these stories to life. Gift Methule is from Mpumalanga Province in South Africa and is currently …


Sep 28

Dressing up the African woman

By Kay-Dee Mashile From the very beginning of time, women have been a fascinating topic of discussion. Yet defining a woman is proving to be mission impossible. From biblical texts when Adam met Eve, the very first woman in recorded history, he seemingly could not find the words to describe her and instead recited a …


Sep 26

Improving and preserving languages

By Bongo Hlongwane  This past weekend, young people in 5 provinces inspected heritage as a significant part of who they truly are. They did this by delving into the importance of literacy and by indulging in each others cultures and traditional songs. The event was held at Intuzuma F library convened by the ACTIVATE! Change …


Sep 26

Ilokishi le iligugu okanye ilishwangusha?

“Mna andifundeli ukuphuma elokishini, ndifundela ukuzifaka zitshone iingcambu zam elokishini kuba kulapho lemfundo yam idingeka khona” Liyibeke olohlobo ityendyana laseBhayi xa lalizazisa kwintlanganiso eyayibanjelwe kwidyunivesithi iNelson Mandela. Kuthe kanti lentetho yalo izakuvusa  eyona yakhe yankulu ingxoxo-mphikiswani ngendima yeelokishi kweli loMzantsi Africa, nto leyo eshiye umbuzo omileyo othi iilokishi ezi ingaba zinako ukubalwa njengamagugu esizwe okanye …


Sep 21

Syabamunca Movement: Nipping Drug Abuse In The Bud

By Khaya Memela This September, #Syabamunca movement, which was established by 2017 Activators hosted their first event in Hammarsdale (Sankontshe). Syabamunca is a movement with a vision of stimulating youth self-development and awareness. It was formed after module 1 of intake 1. The event was to raise awareness about drugs abuse and crime within the …


Sep 19

Activators Celebrating Heritage Month

By Gladys Nomvuyo Sebeko When we talk about heritage we talk about what we embrace as human beings. In South Africa we have different cultures but one heritage which is respecting each other’s beliefs. In South Africa, we have the joy of having more than just one heritage which makes us such a unique country. …


Sep 13

Hein Scheepers – Guidy Worx

Guidy Worx George, Western Cape Hein Scheepers 084 7878 033 mr7Hein@gmail.com Web: www.activateleadership.co.za/blog/opportunities-for-underexposed-artists IG: Ras_Hein Twitter: Ras_Hein Guidy Worx provides a platform for under-exposed Artists in the Western Cape by organising arts-based events, such as concerts, exhibitions, open mic sessions and festivals. The project works to mainstream arts and arts-based community development, with the belief …


Sep 13

Duane Kok – Students Lead

Students Lead Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal Duane Kok 0735225739 duanekok@gmail.com Facebook: studentslead   Students Lead recognises the issue of low academic performance and the lack of career development guidance for vulnerable youth in grades 9-12. The organisation addresses this gap by running after-school support programmes where youth have access to Academic Coaches who facilitate further learning …


Sep 13

Aloma Malgas – Rea Thusa

Rea Thusa Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Aloma Malgas 0732560639 alomamalgas3@gmail.com Rea Thusa is an NPO operating in a community where substance abuse, crime and a lack of infrastructure leave youth vulnerable and without direction. The organisation seeks to address this problem by providing youth with educational support, hope and guidance through campaigns, fun fares and …


Sep 13

Quote a Poet

By Bongo Hlongwane More than 50 artists attended Quote a Poet Chapter 4 event which was held at Denis Hurley centre in Durban. UBI (Ubuciko Bomlomo Infortainment) is a youth initiative which was established in 2012 by Ntuzuma youth. Their objectives include promoting social talents, hosting youth dialogues on sensitive issues affecting the youth sector. …


Sep 12

Emulating the Values of Biko 40 Years Later

By Tshepo Wilfred Mabuya   “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” Stephen Bantu Biko: Founder of the Black Consciousness Movement During the month of September, we join the Pan African Movement, the masses of South Africans and the world in commemorating 40 years since the …


Sep 12

Bulumko Gana – Genius at Work

Genius At Work Gugulethu, Cape Town, Western Cape Bulumko Gana 0642834925 kingbulumko@gmail.com FB: Bulumko Stifler Gana IG: bulumkogana bulumkogana.wordpress.com With the aim of combating youth unemployment by providing capacity building for content creation, Genius At Work introduces Photography and videography as an extramural activity to youth ages 13-18, living and attending school in the townships …


Sep 12

Deep Roots or Beat Roots?

By Paul Mabote Bob Marley, the reggae legend from Jamaica, once said that if you do not know where you are coming from, then you will not know where you are going to. Heritage, is defined by some as the big and little things one carries from where he comes from, and passes down to …


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