By Mokgubi Kgaphola
On the 25th April 2018, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers made history by delivering its’ first ever Information & Communications Technology (ICT) packages in the deep village of Mphanama, Ga-Kgaphola. This comes shortly, after lengthy negotiations that begun in 2015 when ACTIVATE! Change Drivers first visited the community for a roadshow led by Koketso Marishane.
ACTIVATE! Change Drivers is on a continuous mission of recruiting to train young people between the age of 20-30 years, who have a sense of self and ready to tackle the national challenges in their communities.
“We’re indeed delighted to witness the miracles made by ACTIVATE! Change Drivers. It’s evident that, our young people don’t just talk for the sake of talking, but talking for action. We’re proud of the breed Activate! Change Drivers has produced for our community” said the Mphanama Ward Councillor, Mr. Klaas Diphofa Klaas.
ACTIVATE! Change Drivers has already trained more than 2000 young people across South Africa. Some of them are already making global history through their activism.
“Our presence here today, serves to re-affirm our commitment that we have made days ago when our national team led by our CEO launched the station, that indeed, we’re serious about the development of our people, the Activators residing in rural South Africa. We’re aware that ICT plays an integral role towards the realisation of people becoming global citizens thus we’re continuously making efforts to leave nobody behind. We’re particularly proud of the kind of leadership that the community is producing and on behalf of our CEO, Mr. Chris Meintjes, this is our way of saying, we’ve noted the needs of our people in Sekhukhune District and we’ll continue supporting them in their drive towards positive change”, said the ACTIVATE! Change Drivers National Stations Manager, Mr. Baxolise Dlali.
ACTIVATE! Change Drivers has been in existence since 2012 and it aims to train 5000 young leaders in South Africa by 2021.
“We’re immensely delighted by the deliverance our ICT tools. We now feel empowered, strongly enabled to tackle global challenges from our local community to better ourselves”, said ACTIVATE! Sekukhune District Managers, Mr. Wellington Makanatleng and Ms. Initia Mogosoane.
“We’re happy for our kids, both Activators and those who’ll be joining the organisation. Indeed, change has come”, said the station patron, Mr. Powder Kgaphola.
“In an attempt to combat unemployment, bridge the inequality gap and reduce poverty that exist in this province and elsewhere in the country, we deemed it fit to motivate for the project implementation of this nature in Mphanama as part of our National Development Plan 2030 Vision”, said SA’s Youth Ambassador in The Presidency, Koketso Marishane.
“We’re honoured by the affirmation ACTIVATE! Change Drivers has shown to our community and our people. Were already seeing the fruits of their sweats and yes indeed, we remain proud of their actions. Our kids are in safe hands and the future of the country looks bright” concluded the Chief of Kgaphola Royal Council, Hon. Mr. Mpho Kgaphola.