about

Activate is an independent student news organisation based in Makhanda, Eastern Cape, South Africa. We strive to keep our community informed by producing fresh, cutting-edge online content. 

 

Activate was established in 1947. It circulated as a weekly newspaper with great popularity on Rhodes University (UCKAR) campus. Decades later, Activate operates on various online platforms. We encourage young journalists to get out there and pursue their passion.

MEET THE TEAM
SIAN WILSON

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

SOCIAL AWARENESS EDITOR

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Hi, my name is Sian. As your editor, my hope is to provide you with a supportive and encouraging platform to share your voice with the world. My talented team of editors and I are here to stir things up!

I am an avid reader, serial shopper and self-proclaimed film buff. Fashion, film and frantic media consumption (AKA fangirling) is how I waste my time.

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NAOMI GREWAN

DEPUTY EDITOR

WELLNESS EDITOR

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

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I’m a 21-year-old Pretorian driven by coffee and compassion. I like to consider myself an activist for people, the environment and pineapple on pizza. In a world full of turmoil; art, music and writing are my escape.​​

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PATRICK KIDD

SPORTS EDITOR

SOCIAL AWARENESS SUB-EDITOR

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A second year Journalism and Media Studies student hailing from Pietermaritzburg, I am the
Activate Sports sub-editor for 2020. I have a burning passion for writing and aspire to be a
working journalist for most of my life. I have been in love with sports, particularly football,
since I can remember and sport influences a significant part of who I am today. My interests
do not lie solely in the sphere of sport either, as I am also an avid cinephile and music
connoisseur. 

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LANGA MOHLALA

SOCIAL AWARENESS SUB-EDITOR

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I'm an ambivert, a Joburger and a proud member of the LGBT+ community. You can find me either fangirling, reading, writing, listening to music, singing or doing it all at once.
I pride myself in being a picky eater who loves to eat everything.

I always say that my dream job would be to make money by breathing, but I'll be happy if I get to write, help people and solve massive global issues

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TAURI KERR

WELLNESS CONTENT EDITOR

Learning to love life and subjecting you all to my little journey - I'm just a journalism student who is on a mission to change the world!

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JESS FREEDMAN

SOCIAL AWARENESS CONTENT EDITOR

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Hi, my name is Jess and I’m the Social Awareness content editor. I’m a feminist – but not the fun kind. I care about women’s liberation, the LGBTQI+ community, and disability rights, among other causes. Apart from social justice, I love music and alternative fashion. Writing has been an important part of my life since I was a child and I’m excited to keep sharing it. My biggest dream is to work in New York City.

DANIEL ROODT

SPORTS SUB-EDITOR

I'm a football fanatic and an avid consumer of podcasts and iced-coffee from the tiny town of Bathurst, near Makhanda. 

I am a huge sports fan in general, but football and Formula 1 hold a special place in my heart. I enjoy writing, thinking and talking about football with anybody who will listen and on my podcast. 

However, my interests are not solely centred around watching people kick a ball. I also watch a lot of series and I actually didn't hate the last season of Game of Thrones, so make of that what you will.

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CARMEN VISSER

WELLNESS SUB-EDITOR

I’m Carmen - imagine a confident and talkative Pisces, obsessed with music, food and anything sky-related. Yup, that’s me! I’m a passionate writer and editor who spends her days swimming, dreaming and adventuring with other little humans. Lovely to ‘meet’ ya :)

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OTSILE MABOTE

SPORTS CONTENT EDITOR

Otsile Mabote (OT) is currently a first-year student studying at Rhodes University (UCKAR) from Johannesburg, South Africa. He likes to think of himself as a reserved individual who lives by his own personal mantra “Say less and do more”. He is a lover of many things but music is what makes him tick. He takes pride in his music taste so If you see him around, don’t be shy to ask him to make you a playlist – he would be more than willing to ‘put you on’!

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NOSIPHO MATHABA

FASHION EDITOR

Nosipho is a 4th-year Journalism student with a love for writing and fashion. She describes herself as a young black woman who lives in a patriarchal world. She describes Fashion as her first love. For her, Fashion is more than just the clothes on your body; Fashion is expression, Fashion is activism, Fashion is political and there’s gender in Fashion. Nosipho loves to read, poetry and gender related issues.

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UNATHI NKHOMA

ART & CULTURE EDITOR

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Personality wise, I would describe myself as the love child of Issa Rae and Tracee Ellis Ross – so think goofy, fun, slightly awkward but with a fantastic sense of humour. In my downtime, I spend way too much time watching reaction videos on Youtube. I also enjoy film, music, sport, fashion and anything that allows people to have a creative outlet and I’m down for all forms of self-expression.

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CASEY LUDICK

FASHION FASHION SUB-EDITOR

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A second-year Journalism student. I love the smell of coffee, new books, and the ocean. My hair is a big part of my personality because it takes a lot of time and effort to style. As the Fashion sub-editor, I aim to improve my own understanding of fashion and style.

 

Let’s spread love and light, because we are trying to grow up and glow up.

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HERSCHEL MACKELINA

ART & CULTURE SUB-EDITOR

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Just a lil ol’ introvert trying to navigate this realm, discover more and spread alotta positive vibes! xxx

JADE RHODE

FASHION CONTENT EDITOR

Hello everyone! My name is Jade Rhode (pronounced "Rho-duuuh") and I am Activate's Fashion Content Editor. I'm a 20-something-year-old curly-haired Capetonian who has a passion for storytelling and all things social media. Give me The Real Housewives franchises, reality shows, anything to do with drag or celeb news and I'll be good to go! I'm also a proud dog mom to a pitbull named Sabre. After receiving my degree, I hope to work in the fashion and entertainment industry.

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PALOMA GIUSTIZIERI

MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

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I'm Paloma Giustizieri - a mouthful, I know. Johannesburg born and raised. As an Italian woman pizza, pasta and formaggio run through my veins. One day you will see my name under, "executive producer", on VICE's YouTube channel. 

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MAPULE MOKETE

MULTIMEDIA SUB-EDITOR

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I am a third-year Television and Anthropology student at UCKAR. I was born 20 years ago in Limpopo and grew up in Sasolburg. I started flirting with photography early in high school and I’ve been working on different photography projects with incredible people ever since. I am a content creator who puts effort in every piece of content I produce. My biggest dreams are changing people’s lives and telling stories globally.

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AARIFAH LOONAT

MULTIMEDIA

VIDEO SUB-EDITOR

Aarifah is a third-year television Journalism student who enjoys long walks to her fridge. She is a bibliophile, a home-cook and has had one viral tweet.

 

Aarifah hopes to one day make her own documentaries and own a cat. 

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NIENKE BOTHA

DESIGN EDITOR

Hello, I’m Nienke (Nix). I’m a 21-year-old, 3rd-year photography & psychology student from the coastal town of Port Alfred. I come from a big creative family of art lovers. So, other than being a complete photography geek, I’m a fashion-lover, self-proclaimed chef. And, when I’m not roaming around with my camera you can find me working on digital illustrations, while cuddled up with my cat - listening to Bob Dylan vinyls. 

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JOSH ETSIMAJE

MULTIMEDIA SUB-EDITOR

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Hi there, I’m Josh Etsimaje. I’m a 1st-year Journalism student and a lover of black and white photography and videography. I am also quite fascinated by architectural photography. Recently I have started to coin a liking for foreign films. I have had a few years of experience in the field of multimedia. My role within Activate is comprised of editing whether it be photography or videography.

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