From Head and Heart: Game-Changing Leaders


Aluta continua! Towards a generation of new young leaders that we believe in!

By Senzo Hlophe.  To read this article in isiZulu click here.   It is unfair to do a blanket comparison of young people of the 1976 generation with those of 2016.  The 1976 generation are generally seen as superhumanly inspirational, having achieved the impossible. Unfortunately, this type of comparison usually leaves us feeling disempowered, underperforming […]

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Posted on 4 July 2016

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Driving change: NERDAfrica’s advice for young people wanting to start social change initiatives

To grow economically, reduce inequality, and foster social solidarity so that we thrive as a nation, South Africa needs young leaders that will inspire innovation in both the public and private sectors.   Tumelo Motaung is precisely such a young leader. Having participated in a variety of youth leadership initiatives, including Activate!, Tumelo started the […]

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Posted on 29 March 2016

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New growth from old roots: Lessons in identity from the Klein Karoo

“I’m planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots.”  ― Andrea Koehle Jones, The Wish Trees  Sometimes the most helpful lessons are learned in unexpected and unplanned ways. This article tells the story of how Net-vir-Pret, a small NGO working with children and youth in the Klein Karoo town of […]

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Posted on 11 August 2015

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What promise does youth policy hold for transforming the situation of South Africa’s youth?

In October 2014, under the auspices of the United Nation’s Special Envoy for Youth, the First Global Forum on Youth Policies was hosted in Baku, Azerbaijan.[1] The aim of the conference was to bring together young activists and experts, development professionals, and government representatives to gauge progress made on the World Programme of Action for Youth […]

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Posted on 2 February 2015

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Activate! – Creating change by bridging divides

“There are white people on the trains, and maybe you want to talk to them, to be friendly. But what do you say to them?” Simamkele said. “You’re asking yourself, what are they interested in, what do we have to talk about?  “Sports? What sports do they like, do they like soccer or do they […]

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Posted on 15 September 2014

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Shaping conversations – a reflection on the Global Citizenship Education Guiding Framework Meeting, June 2014

The Peculiar Dance of Education for Social Change in Different Spaces… Injairu Kulundu, Western Cape Team Leader of Activate! – a network of young leaders equipped to drive change for the public good across South Africa – reflects on her participation at the recent UNESCO Global Citizenship Education consultations, which began to consider how best […]

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Posted on 28 August 2014

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Young white South Africans…where are you?

In 2013 Janet Jobson, who is driving our leadership development portfolio, wrote an article under the heading “Young white South Africans…where are you?” which was published on Mail and Guardian’s Thought Leader website in March (read it here).  In the article Janet reflects on the challenges that Activate!, “a programme that supports a diverse network of […]

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Posted on 29 January 2014

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TSiBA’s Leadership Development Perspectives: Wayne Blauw, Programme manager, Western Cape Education Foundation

By Jackie Lagus, based on an interview by Anna Morris. If there is a maxim that Wayne Blauw lives by, it is this: ‘A good leader inspires people to have confidence in them, but a great leader inspires others to have confidence in themselves.’ As programme manager of the Western Cape Education Foundation, a public- […]

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Posted on 30 October 2012

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TsiBA’s Leadership Development Perspectives: Pip Wheaton, Executive Director, enke: make your mark

By Jackie Lagus, based on an interview by Leigh Meinert. A personal call to action led Australian born Pip Wheaton to South Africa and the helm of an organisation that encourages young people, and those around them, to shift their perception of what young people are capable of achieving. Spurred by her studies in morality […]

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Posted on 26 October 2012

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TSiBA’s Leadership Development Perspectives: Patmanathan Pillai, Founder and CEO, Life college group, Ashoka fellow

By Karen Le Roux, based on an interview by Anna Morris With the view that “consciousness, mentality, mindset and attitude are elements that shape one’s self-concept and ultimately one’s behaviour, character and approach to life,” entrepreneur and committed social activist Patmanathan Pillai has embarked on a sustainable social business model that has his personal mantra […]

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Posted on 25 July 2012

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