Monthly Archives: October 2013

Young Unemployed Youth Graduate from Experiential Skills Development Training Programme

30 October 2013, Today, 31 unemployed Johannesburg youth will graduate from the Immersion Training Strategy: Targeting Young Marginalised Youth (ITS TYME) programme, a 20 week long incubator style entrepreneurship skills programme for out of school youth between the ages of 18 and 35. The project also includes traditional workplace readiness skills, life skills, financial literacy and banking and saving. The ITS TYME Programme is made possible by generous funding from Absa.

The graduates from the Hillbrow and Alexandra ITS TYME Programmes will receive their certificates of completion during a certification ceremony held in Alexandra today. In total 17 ITS TYME programmes have been facilitated this year, in Gauteng, Western Cape, North West and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

During the programme students are introduced to social innovation, business case studies and relevant guest speakers, and are exposed to other young and successful entrepreneurs, while running their own businesses, either in teams or as sole proprietors. Research has shown that entrepreneurs who team up in groups of two or more are more likely to sustain their business in the long run.

Some of the types of businesses that the graduating students have started are t-shirt printing, fruit and vegetables, cleaning materials, fast food and customized clocks. The company that performed the best during the programme was Spotless Hygiene, a cleaning material company. They managed to generate a net profit of approximately R3500 during the first few weeks of business.

“I am very proud of this group of graduates. All of the businesses are performing well and there is no reason why the businesses should not continue now that the programme is complete. Over 300 youth will have completed this programme, in 2013, which is also being run in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. Junior Achievement Africa plans to reach 4 050 unemployed youth through the ITS TYME Programme over three years,” said Bonga Khumalo, National Programme Coordinator for Junior Achievement South Africa.

After completing the ITS TYME Programme, the graduates receive mentoring support for a period of six months after the programme completion, ensuring that they receive as much support as possible. The programme has proved to be extremely effective, with a high percentage of programme graduates being actively engaged in the economy upon completion of the programme.

Alex Cert Pic Alex Cert 1


JASA to win in Sunshine Tour Media Challenge

The 2013 Sunshine Tour Media Challenge will be hosted at The Els Club Copperleaf for the third year on Monday 14 October. 40 members of the media will take on 40 Sunshine Tour professionals at match play with the R5 000 at stake in each match going to charity.

In addition, the media and professionals will be competing for the Khan-Winter trophy. This trophy is named after two of South Africa’s veteran golf writers Iqbal Khan of the Daily News, KwaZulu-Natal, and Grant Winter of the Star, Johannesburg.

The R200 000 stake in the Sunshine Tour Media Challenge has been sponsored by Investec. If a match is won by the member of the media, the R5 000 will go to the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) Maths and English Programme. In partnership with the Department of Basic Education, the programme aims to develop high quality teachers of Mathematics, Science and English through a school-based training model located in ISASA schools. In the end, the goal is to broaden the pool of quality teachers.

If a match is won by a Sunshine Tour professional, the R5 000 will go to Junior Achievement South Africa. JASA is a nationwide, non-profit organisation that offers experiential entrepreneurial business, financial literacy and workplace readiness programmes for young people. JASA is a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, one of the largest business education organisations in the world, operating in over 120 countries globally, including 17 in Africa.

The Sunshine Tour Media Challenge started in 2011, and the professionals won 45 of the 50 matches. Things were a bit closer last year, when the professionals pulled off a closer victory, this time by 32.5 matches to 17.5.

The professionals will have to play the four par-fives on the tough Els Club Copperleaf layout as par-fours, which means the amateurs will have their handicaps as well as four more strokes at their disposal.

Investec's Setlogani Manchidi showing off the Sunshine Tour Media Challenge Trophy

Investec’s Setlogani Manchidi showing off the Sunshine Tour Media Challenge Trophy