To explore is to experience

Mmeza Gaborone from Upington who participated in the Gauteng leg of the ACTIVATE! Journey, reflects on what the journey meant to her.  

My experience on the A! bus journey with fellow Activators from different provinces was immensely exciting. The journey came with cleansing, clarity and closure of Activating2030. I marveled at the sublime peace which the journey brought to my soul. The combination of nature and learning created a sincere and calming duet. The initiative was a testament to the possibilities of realising a better South Africa by 2030, as contemplated in the National Development Plan (NDP). I was also able to observe personal behaviors from my fellow Activators and our guests during the Gauteng leg of the A! Journey. Although my way forward comes with limitations, my experience during the journey will benefit my path.  

The first day started with profiling of Activators and ascertaining what country we imagine in 2030. Shooting a television series in front of big cameras was a great experience. On the second day, the adventure began to The Cradle of Humankind, Sterkfontein Caves where we spent our day with Dr Nonhlanhla Vilakazi. We spent the day engaging and interacting with each other about Roots and Identity. Where do we come from? What does it mean to be human and why does it matter?  Many of us were confused and could not immediately differentiate between the two. The A! Journey was remarkable and unforgettable as memories were made.

On the third day we made our way to the infamous John Vorster Square, a place that was used as a detention centre mostly for political activists. Those sent to “detention” were not allowed to have any contact with family members. We were privileged to meet and engage with former detainees, Dr Prema Naidoo and Dr Elizabeth Floyd who shared with us their views on the current state of our nation. The mood was somber as many of us we were touched by the stories we heard. We also visited John Vorster SAPS to meet South African artist Mr Pat Mautloa who explained the inspiration behind his sculpture, “Simakade” the big beautiful rock.

As I reflect on the last day of the journey, I became more excited and was in high spirits imagining the future of South Africa by 2030. Our journey continued to Soweto where we were joined by Seth Mazibuko, a student leader at the forefront of the June 16, 1976 student uprising. During his speech, he touched our hearts with the horrific story about how he was tortured at the age of 16 years. Visiting the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum held significant importance in the political history of South Africa. For many of us, it was the first time we visited the historic site which was an honor. I extend my gratitude and well wishes to my beloved Activators who joined me on the A! Bus in Gauteng. God bless our hustle. I’m honored and humbled to be part of the A! Bus Journey. #Activating2030

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