18 November 2018


Zeerust-born activator empowers young boys

by: Obakeng Maje     date: 22 july 2018

A 29-year-old activator from Mosweu village in Lehurutshe is recruiting young boys to embark on various dialogues and discussions on how to become caring men who don’t hurt women and children. 
Itumeleng Mogajane said his project was inspired by the increasing incidents of femicide across the country and it will bring the necessary change and improvement in the society. Mogajane, who is the Young African Leadership Institute Alumni, said he could not fold arms despite the rampant killings of young women in the hands of their boyfriends and husbands.
“I have embarked on a project that can be termed ‘being there for the boys’. This campaign is a personal project that is close to my heart.
“It is our duty to stand up and play a role in building a better future with men who can protect and love,” he said.
Mogajane said donating uniform is just one phase of the project. He said it is important to keep boys in school, then create platforms for them to have dialogues and discussions about being better future men.
“For now I have launched the project in my home villages and other areas around Zeerust. The aim is to impact on many more young boys. 
“I would be happy if each one of us in our little spaces in our small communities tries to drive this campaign. This has been a personal project, then the support became so amazing from people like Thabang Mabuza of Ulwazi Resources, who donated R1000 to kick start the project,” Mogajane said.
He is also recruiting young people to be part of his activation project. Mogajane said those who want to be part of the project must be between the ages of 19 and 30.
“I need responsible and compassionate young persons who drive positive change in their respective communities. The aspirants must also be in possession of a matric certificate.
Being an activator means having a pool of network of other change drivers which is pregnant with opportunities to collaborate,” he said.
Mogajane added that those who are successful will have an opportunity to learn something new everyday and have access to platforms to interact with other young people.
“I am a reserved young man who loves reading and creating spaces for other young people. I was involved in peer education, guided by Neo Mabile at university. I also served as deputy secretary and deputy chairperson of the Peer education,” Mogajane said.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences Degree from North West University, where he specialised in Political Science and International Relations. 
He outlined the importance of education in the society. Mogajane said education gives knowledge of the world around and changes it into an important tool.
“I aim to impact on more than a 1000 young boys across the country. We will be donating school uniform to boys in Rustenburg this Saturday.
“On the 30th of June 2018, we will be hosting youth leadership talk. The one-day Rustenburg Youth Leadership Talk (RYLT) event is a replica of the Tshwane Youth Leadership Talk (TYLT),” he said.
Mogajane added that delegates of RYLT event will include learners in leadership positions, CSI managers, government representatives and NGOs with a focus on education.
To join Activate visit www.activateleadership.co.za and to apply go to www.yalisouthernafrica.melimu.com