Will community service delivery be affected by climate change in the near future? Youth leaders in Mbombela debated how municipal service delivery planning will integrate with climate resiliency, as they celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the NGO which trains and supports them, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers.

The Activate network has been in existence for over a decade since its inception in January 2012. The organisation has trained 4,500 young people to be active citizens, involved in their communities: 39% of the youth network (called Activators) have their own businesses; 44% are involved with combating HIV/AIDS, and 87% are engaging with other youth within the society.

In September, Activators convened at the City of Mbombela to attend the NGO’s provincial imbizo and celebrate being part of its 10-year journey. Activators from across Mpumalanga came together under the theme of, “How climate change affects municipal service delivery”.

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