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Are these all just words or can we really make a difference by being Active Citizens… and how exactly do we do that? Well, we’ve put together ten tips on how to do this and how to start creating positive change in South Africa.

 

Johannesburg, South Africa (16 March 2023) – Active Citizenship is crucial for creating positive change in South Africa. Being an Active Citizen is about taking responsibility for the well-being of our community, working towards a common goal, and making a difference.

But what does it really mean to be an Active Citizen?

Being an Active Citizen means taking an active role in our community and society, and making a positive impact through our actions. It means being aware of the issues that affect us, our neighbours and our country, and taking steps to address them, rather than just being a passive observer or relying on others to take action. Active Citizenship involves participating in the democratic process, volunteering, advocating for causes, and making positive contributions to society in any way possible. It means being engaged, informed, and proactive, rather than apathetic or disengaged.

Are these all just words or can we really make a difference by being Active Citizens… and how exactly do we do that? Well, we’ve put together ten tips on how to do this and how to start creating positive change in South Africa:

1. Educate yourself: Knowledge is power. Learn about the issues affecting your community, country and the world. Read newspapers, attend community meetings, and research online. Be informed about the challenges and opportunities in your community.

2. Volunteer: Giving back to your community through volunteering is an excellent way to become an active citizen. Look for opportunities to volunteer in your community, such as at a local school, hospital or shelter. Volunteering is not only an opportunity to give back, but it also helps you to develop new skills, make new friends and network.

3. Start a community project: If you have a passion for a cause, start a community project to address it. It could be anything from cleaning up a local park, to running a literacy program, to organising a fundraising event for a worthy cause. Starting a community project is an excellent way to bring people together and make a positive impact.

4. Support local businesses: Supporting local businesses is an easy way to be an active citizen. By purchasing from local businesses, you are helping to support the local economy and create jobs. It also promotes a sense of community and builds relationships.

5. Join a community group: Joining a community group is an excellent way to become an active citizen. There are many community groups that work towards various causes such as environmental conservation, social justice, and education. Find a group that aligns with your interests and values, and get involved.

6. Be environmentally conscious: Being environmentally conscious is a crucial aspect of being an active citizen. Reduce your carbon footprint by recycling, using public transport, and reducing your use of plastic. Take care of your environment by planting trees, cleaning up litter, and conserving water.

7. Be an advocate: Speak up for causes that are important to you. Use social media, attend community meetings, and write to your local representatives to advocate for change. Be an active voice in your community and help to raise awareness of issues affecting your community.

8. Practice kindness: Kindness goes a long way in creating positive change. Treat others with kindness and respect, and be compassionate towards those who are less fortunate. Small acts of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s life.

9. Vote: Voting is an essential aspect of being an active citizen. Use your voice to influence the decisions made by those in power. Participate in local and national elections, and vote for candidates who share your values and beliefs.

10. Be a role model: Being a role model is a powerful way to inspire others to become active citizens. Be a positive influence on those around you by leading by example. Show others that being an active citizen is not only fulfilling, but it also helps to create positive change.

Becoming an active citizen is essential for creating positive change in South Africa. By educating yourself, volunteering, starting a community project, supporting local businesses, joining a community group, being environmentally conscious, being an advocate, practising kindness, voting, and being a role model, you can make a difference.

Take action today and be the change you want to see in your community and country.


Sources: Brent Lindeque | Good Things Guy 
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Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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