Civil action groups are vital for bringing about change. The cellphone-based app amandla.mobi allows people to flag important issues and campaign for change.
Senior campaigner Tlou Seopa researches and listens to community concerns, designs community-driven calls for action, liaises with other organisations and submits petitions to decision-makers.
The app turns individual users into a collective voice for maximum impact; it has run hundreds of campaigns, spanning gender-based violence, economic justice, police brutality, corruption and climate change.
“My proudest moment was getting an opportunity to work on a campaign demanding an increase of the child support grant to help put enough food on the table for children while they stayed at home during the Covid-19 lockdown,” Seopa says.
“When not only the child support grant was increased but other grants as well, it was a powerful reminder of what’s possible when we come together.”
“The only way true change can happen is by working with others, bringing together our different expertise to collectively make change possible.”