Compassionate leadership

Name: Singata “JOLA” Dabata     

Province: Eastern Cape

Singata describes himself as a reliable, loving, soft spoken individual who likes to help others in need. He furthermore explains that he is goal orientated, full of charisma, gentle in heart and brilliant. 

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

The decision was made based on various aspects, looking at my involvement in leadership and there was a gap that needed to be bridged which was expanding my horizon. Furthermore, there was a need to trigger the spark within me to execute and be involved in my community while trying to find solutions on the socio-economic ills that we encounter in our day-to-day lives.

What did you enjoy the most about training?

In module 1, I enjoyed the session of a past collage which taught me to be at peace with my past and be able to let go. The importance of knowing your identity and being able to rely on your principles and values as you progress in your life is important.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

The training helped me in many ways on how to navigate in solving the problems using object cards, also to scrutinise the situations you come across and not forgetting to look at the background where most solutions lie.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

It is high time for the government to give the youth a chance to be part of democracy and policy making as I believe that the youth are the future engines that will build, mould and bring life to South Africa. Young blood is needed in all spheres of government and society to move forward. The country needs young intelligent people filled with great ideas that will enable the development of the country. 

What is your field of interest?

Leadership. I am passionate about leadership and what I have discovered is that leadership is not just about being a leader and have followers, but it’s about collaborating your vision and goals together with those whom you lead. Another thing is that we need to listen to our people and not to think, on their behalf but have a joint venture and to ensure that all goals are achieved at the end of the day. We need leaders that are not self-centred who think of themselves but leaders that will give all to his/her masses.

How are you driving change in your community / How would you like to drive change in your community?


I believe change starts within. It has come to my attention that we need to start having conversations on where our starting point is. In my community, we started a cycling club targeting the youth to keep them active and stay away from drugs and alcohol and in that way we foster leadership, communication workshops and life skills development. In the long run, this will have a positive impact on the community with regards to dropping drug abuse and alcohol abuse thereby grooming future leaders that will steer the nation forward.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

 I plan to collaborate with other Activators and get involve with projects that comes up.

What are your plans this year?

 I plan to enrol for SWITCH and Community Development Course. Start my own company/NPO.

How will you be involving the network in your plans?

I will be inviting Activators and publicise the working that I do through social media platforms. I will also reach out to Activators that would like to collaborate on projects of common interest and most of all be the marking agent for ACTIVATE!

Facebook: Singata Titsi Dabata

 Twitter handle: @SingataDabata


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