Civil society needs to be included in rebuilding SA

A year on after the Covid-19 pandemic reached South African shores, we have yet to see the full impact of lockdown on South Africans, especially on young people whose lives were largely paused. The economic and mental health challenges have been devastating and we need to be prepared to meet them in the years to come.
 
Activate Change Drivers, with a network of 4,500 young South Africans, needed to transform rapidly under lockdown. We had to provide Covid relief to the young people in our network - from meeting their immediate needs, such as electricity for their families, to providing them with PPE as many of our activators were on the frontline, helping their communities, or working from our youth hubs.

Much of our strategy and deliverables last year had to shift and change. That is the beauty of being an organisation that responds to its network’s needs. But there is no denying that the impact of lockdown was brutal to us as an organisation and to our base. We couldn’t meet some of our deliverables and we had to reduce our overheads.

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