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Clerah Lerato Sethole has won the 2023 Activate Active Citizen Award, honouring the hard work she’s put into uplifting various communities!

South Africa (11 August, 2023) — Active Citizenship! It’s one of the most important ingredients to making a difference no matter the size of your community or the challenges faced.  Every year, an Activate Active Citizen Award is given to a change-maker and everyday hero dedicated to positively impactful actions and decisions, and this year’s recipient is a woman to know and look up to.

For 2023, the Activate Active Citizen Award went to Clerah Lerato Sethole from Mohlakeng in Gauteng.

Clerah is a UA YALI fellow (Young African Leaders Initiative), a Greenpeace Africa Volunteer and Youth Capital Campaigner. She has worked as a facilitator of the Lebogang Molapo Foundation and Adopt a Son AND is also the founder of the Precious Hope Foundation; focused on youth empowerment through peer education activations and career guidance.

If that wasn’t already enough of a tall order of goodness, Clerah also leads the Exclusively Inclusive Foundation which is all about supporting parents who have dyslexia and ADHD.

She now wears the sash of SA’s most Active Citizen, and we think all her behind-the-scenes efforts deserve a big round of applause.

What Does Active Citizenship Mean?

Being an active citizen means participating in your community from an informed and intentional place. If you see something that needs to be done to better your neighbourhood, school, or even municipality; learn about it and advocate for it!

This could mean mobilising community members to take action to better a space or several, tackling what needs to be done yourself (if possible), connecting with other agents of change, or simply raising awareness and coming up with a plan once you’ve done your homework.

Here’s how to be one yourself!


Sources: Greenpeace Africa; Clerah Sethole
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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