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Beyond the Lemonade Stand – Teen Dragon’s Den

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The Teen Dragon’s Den Roadshow is an opportunity for teenagers to pitch their ideas/businesses to a panel.of established entrepreneurs. Deserving businesses/ideas also stand a chance to receive a cash injection.

We will be in Diepsloot and Alexander in April. Follow up with us for further details on:

Facebook – beyond the lemonade stand
Twitter – @btls_team
WhatsApp – 071 195 3115
Email: yves@beyondlemonadestand.com

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JA South Africa Youth Enterprise Development Programme – Impact Analysis and Report

Introduction

JA South Africa provides engaging entrepreneurial programmes, which foster confident and empowered young people who are possibility seekers and creators of opportunities. Through these programmes, JA South Africa aims to contribute to meaningful economic participation by nurturing entrepreneurial thinking among young people. Over the course of several months, participants in theJA South Africa programme in South Africa were exposed to programmes aimed at training them on the basics of conducting various small business enterprises in the Gauteng Province. During the Youth Enterprise Development Programme – a 20 session incubator-style programme spanning three months – students are required to start up and run a business that will be sustainable, through on-going support, mentorship, and financing upon programme completion. The programme includes site visits, case studies, guest speakers, and an introduction to micro finance.1 One hundred fifteen (n-115) different small business enterprises were followed to determine the challenges and successes experienced unique to each. The growth of each entrepreneurial team was tracked during a series of follow-up phone calls over 6-month post-exposure periods (July – December 2013; September 2013 – March 2014), which was then disaggregated into individual indicators such as financial profit and loss, contextual challenges unique to each team, loss of original team members (attrition), changes in marketing strategies, changes in business plans and ideas, and overall promise for future successes.

Read the reports here

IMPACT ANALYSIS AND REPORT – 2014

IMPACT ANALYSIS AND REPORT – 2015

 

 

New Year, New Opportunities… We Are Hiring – Receptionist and Admin Assistant

Are you an alum of our programmes? If so, you have first dibs on these two and all future job vacancies and other opportunities we will soon be announcing at JA South Africa!

So… if you 1) meet the vacancy requirements 2) are an alum of one of our programmes, then please submit a CV, contact details of three referees and a motivation letter detailing your interest in and suitability for the position to Lisa Sonnekus, lisa@jasa.co.za or fax to 011 331 0278 on or before close of business on 5 February 2016.

JA South Africa has, for the past 37 years been offering South African youth, aged between 10 and 35 a platform to create sustainable futures as opportunity makers and possibility seekers. We achieve this through our array of programmes, all experiential in nature where learners are required to actively engage in real business or financial activities. Follow us on Facebook; Junior Achievement South Africa or on Twitter @JASouthAfrica – hashtag #OpportunityMakers. JA South Africa is affiliated to JA Worldwide (www.jaworldwide.org), one of the largest business education organisations in the world, operating in over 120 countries.

JA South Africa seeks to appoint a full-time Receptionist and Admin Assistant based in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Purpose of the Job:
Serves as the first line of contact on behalf of the organisation – in person and telephonically. Maintains the reception area in a respectable and presentable state. Manages the stationery requirements of the organisation. Assists with learner transport arrangements and data processing. Assists with marketing administration.

Reporting Relationship:
Reports directly to the Managing Director

Required Minimum Education:
Matric

Required Minimum Experience:
At least 2 years of administration skills and experience

Key Competencies Required:

  • Ability to work fast and efficiently and patience
  • Computer literacy in word-processing, and spreadsheet programmes. Able to work with minimum supervision
  • Able to keep accurate records
  • Ability to create office management systems

Desirable Personal Attributes, Values and Attitudes:

  • Strong organisational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good communication skills

External / Internal Relationships:

Incoming Calls
Manage info mailbox
Suppliers
Support  JA South Africa team

Working Conditions:
The incumbent will be required to work in the office based in the Johannesburg CBD

Description of Tasks:

 

  • Assists the Managing Director with various administration functions such as filing, diary management and funder research
  • Assists the Managing Director with general typing and filing
  • Controls the switchboard and sending and receiving of faxes
  • Maintains the reception area in a presentable manner
  • Manages the supply of office stationery and orders requirements as necessary
  • Assists with the management of the stock of branded gifts and items
  • Attends to the maintenance of the photocopy machine, e.g ordering of paper, toner etc
  • Monitors postal items and collects post as necessary
  • Maintains and compiles the internal staffing list
  • Attends to and directs external queries (info mailbox/ calls / visitors)
  • Assists with data processing for the programmes team and Marketing and Communications Manager and M&E Coordinator
  • Assists with general communications administration as requested

To apply, submit a CV, contact details of three referees and motivation letter detailing your interest in and suitability for the position to Lisa Sonnekus, lisa@jasa.co.za or fax to 011 331 0278. Deadline: Close of Business on 5 February 2016. Please add the date, venue and name of the JA South Africa programme you attended.

New Year, New Opportunities… We Are Hiring – Monitoring and Evaluation Co-ordinator

Are you an alum of our programmes? If so, you have first dibs on these two and all future job vacancies and other opportunities we will soon be announcing at JA South Africa!

So… if you 1) meet the vacancy requirements 2) are an alum of one of our programmes, then please submit a CV, contact details of three referees and a motivation letter detailing your interest in and suitability for the position to Lisa Sonnekus, lisa@jasa.co.za or fax to 011 331 0278 on or before close of business on 5 February 2016.

JA South Africa has, for the past 37 years been offering South African youth, aged between 10 and 35 a platform to create sustainable futures as opportunity makers and possibility seekers. We achieve this through our array of programmes, all experiential in nature where learners are required to actively engage in real business or financial activities. Follow us on Facebook; Junior Achievement South Africa or on Twitter @JASouthAfrica – hashtag #OpportunityMakers. JA South Africa is affiliated to JA Worldwide (www.jaworldwide.org), one of the largest business education organisations in the world, operating in over 120 countries.

JA South Africa seeks to appoint a full-time Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator based in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Reporting to the National Programmes Manager and working with a team of agents, programme co-ordinators and facilitators, the incumbent will be responsible for the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation strategies, frameworks and tools that will ensure accurate and timely information and feedback to stakeholders, and for planning and conducting data quality assurance and monitoring activities and reports.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement monitoring and evaluation strategies and frameworks in consultation with EXCO;
  • Ensure that strategies and frameworks are implemented and coordinated across all programmes nationwide;
  • Oversee database setup and management in consultation with EXCO;
  • Work with the National Programmes Manager to design & implement data collection tools and forms;
  • Develop data collection procedures and ensure compliance with such procedures;
  • Train staff responsible for data collection and other key staff as required;
  • Supervise data collection staff, overseeing data collection activities and regularly monitoring data quality;
  • Oversee data processing including data transfer, entry, verification and cleaning;
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative data analysis;
  • Compile and present data for reporting of programme progress and impact to both internal and external stakeholders;
  • Capture lessons learned and best practices;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Managing Director
  • Work closely with other JA South Africa Departments to offer M&E Support, specific to department needs;
  • Analysis of programme interventions in relation to marketing communication efforts
  • Will be required to work closely with Marketing Communications Manager to monitor and identify opportunities to support brand building efforts.

Requirements:

  • Preference of a degree in demography, statistics, or social sciences
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and interventions;
  • Strong skills in Access, MS Excel Word and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated experience using data to inform decision-making, communication, planning, resource allocation and other strategic initiatives;
  • Demonstrated understanding of and familiarity with a range of applied research and monitoring and evaluation approaches in the development and social sciences sectors, with an emphasis on education,
  • Demonstrated understanding of data management systems;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical colleagues;
  • Fluency in English, including speaking, writing, and reading;
  • Valid driver’s licence.

Personal Attributes

  • Methodical and organised
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to prioritise and manage a number of projects simultaneously
  • Ability to show initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Confident in communication with people across all sectors of society
  • Systems thinking
  • Passion and commitment to development
  • Outcomes driven
  • Strong decision-making

To apply, submit a CV, contact details of three referees and motivation letter detailing your interest in and suitability for the position to Lisa Sonnekus, lisa@jasa.co.za or fax to 011 331 0278. Deadline: Close of Business on 5 February 2016. Please add the date, venue and name of the JA South Africa programme you attended.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted to attend an interview.

For more about the Junior Achievement South Africa, visit www.jasa.org.za

 

JA South Africa | Citi Company of the Year Competition 2015 Young business leaders from Qwaqwa, Free State Take First Place at the Inaugural Company of the Year Competition 2015

JOHANNESBURG – A group of 27 excited participants descended on Johannesburg on Thursday, 1 October. Two young business leaders from each of the nine provinces, accompanied by a chaperone all had one goal in mind – to be the winning team of the inaugural JA South Africa | Citi Company of the Year Competition 2015.

Prior to their arrival in Johannesburg, the business leaders used WhatsApp messages to submit their responses to challenges, were briefed about presentation content and marketing materials to prepare, and various other methods of support offered the teams. Nthato Malope (@Nthato) from Kairos, a business that works with entrepreneurs and helps them tell better stories about their businesses, guided the young business leaders through a series of workshops to refine their final pitches to judges.

In their exhibition shells, which served as their makeshift business for the day, teams engaged a panel of judges who assessed their trade booth, their company financial reports, their business presentation and their ability to answer tough business related questions posed by the judges. The judges identified a top 5 at the end of this stage of the competition. Teams in the top 5 were:

  • Innovative Minds from New Forest High, Mowat Park High School, Grosvenor Girls High, Durban Academy – Kwa-Zulu Natal (combined programme hosted at New Forest High)
  • Creative Artificial Jewelry from Motse Maria High School – Limpopo
  • Mfesane Innovators from Mfecane High School – Eastern Cape
  • Washer Washer from Clubview Secondary School – Free State
  • PMR Traders from Makgetse High, PHL Maraka High, Ratshepo High, Madisong Secondary – Gauteng (combined programme hosted at Ratshepo High)

The top 5 then presented to a final panel of judges on Saturday 3 October at a cocktail event hosted at Citi. Judges on the day were; Dennis Evans – CCO, Citi; Daisy Tlhapane – Head: Middle Market Segments, Multichoice; Karabo Denalane – MD, McCann Johannesburg; Siya Mapoko, Author and Speaker. Reaching a decision on the final top 3 was no easy feat as the judges deliberated for about an hour following the top 5’s presentations to them.

The final top 3 were announced as:

  1. Washer Washer
  2. Creative Artifical Jewelry
  3. Innovative Minds

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The winning team, Washer Washer from the Free State – Simphiwe Mokoena, Simphiwe Gumbi, and their chaperone Pontsho Kakuli are photographed here with Karabo Denalane, Dennis Evans and Daisy Tlhapane.

The winning team, Washer Washer from the Free State – Simphiwe Mokoena, Simphiwe Gumbi, and their chaperone Pontsho Kakuli are photographed here with Karabo Denalane, Dennis Evans and Daisy Tlhapane.

Prizes include a trophy for teams placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, a cash equivalent prize for the winning team’s school and flights to Gabon, West Africa for the winning team of four members plus a chaperone to compete in the JA Africa Regional Company of the Year Competition.

About JA South Africa

JA South Africa has, for the past 36 years been offering South African youth, aged between 10 and 35 a platform to create sustainable futures as opportunity makers and possibility seekers. We achieve this through our array of programmes, all experiential in nature where learners are required to actively engage in real business or financial activities.
Additional information may be found at www.jasa.org.za | Twitter: @JASouthAfrica | YouTube: www.youtube.com/JASouthAfrica | Blog: JASouthAfricaBlog | Facebook: www.facebook.com/JASouthAfrica

About Citi
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: http://blog.citigroup.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi

Meet Lawrence Tlhapane – Our ITS TYME Programme Facilitator

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Lawrence is a facilitator on the ITS TYME Programme since May 2014. Lawrence has extensive experience in training and development which is evident in the classroom where he engages the out of school learners using his own business experiences as a live case study in teaching the dynamic business principles of the programme. He started his facilitation expertise while still at university where he served as the AIESEC South Africa Vice President – Finance. This role saw him lead the organisation’s entrepreneurship workshops and leadership seminars offerings.

Following his success in this role, he was invited by the then-Director of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, Nick Binedell to join the GIBS Forums team with the mandate to providing topical business forums and conferences where top business leaders used the platform to share their business experiences and future endeavours.

He then joined South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) as Seminars and Events Manager.

Lawrence’s introduction to entrepreneurship came when he started Unsua Business Consulting which services black SMEs in the townships by training them on various business management skills, and offering them financial management support and advice. He also runs Electronic Kids Educational Program cc (EKEP) which provides curriculum based learning via the computer such as maths, language skills, life orientation, arts and culture, natural and social sciences, and technology from Grade R to Grade 12 and essential ICT skills to adults.

Barclays Funds the JA ITS TYME Programme for Three Years

The JA ITS TYME Programme 

This 20 session incubator style programme is targeted at out of school unemployed youth between the ages of 18 – 35 and is facilitated over three months. During this time students are required to start up and run a sustainable business. The programme is modelled on the highly successful Mini Enterprise Programme where students are introduced to business theory, after which they are required to start up their own businesses.

Programme objectives include:

–                 Students equipped with the necessary skills to establish a sustainable business

–                 Students start a sustainable small business

–                 Students made aware of resources available to support and advise them after completing the programme

–                 Students introduced to micro finance institutions as options for funding their business start ups

–                 Students assisted through a mentoring process for a period of six months after programme completion to ensure business sustainability

 

Student Selection

After intensive programme marketing, applications are received from interested students. A selection process is undertaken in an attempt to ensure the suitability of the applicants. The application process includes:

–                 An assessment of English literacy, both understanding and speaking

–                 An evaluation of propensity towards entrepreneurial activity

–                 Determination of the availability of the candidate to fully participate in the programme (they cannot be working or studying full time)

–                 Preference will be given to those candidates who have previously participated in a life skills or other business skills programme

–                 The candidates’ participation in and results of a small business exercise (the Ginger Beer Exercise)

As part of the selection process, students are required to participate in the Ginger Beer Exercise. In teams of 4 -5, students are provided with sufficient ingredients and a recipe to make up 20l of ginger beer which they are required to make and sell within a week. They are expected to learn quickly how to work effectively in a team, and to decide on their own on the selling price of the ginger beer, the marketing thereof and where they will conduct their sales.

During the next programme session, the teams report back on their sales and profits and any profits made are shared among the team. Those students who have not fully participated in the exercise are not accepted onto the formal programme.

Programme Content

The programme includes a community mapping exercise during which students are required to conduct a transect walk and map the assets, both physical and human, within their communities while identifying possible business opportunities where needs and wants are not being met.

In addition, they spend some time as individuals in mapping their own assets to assist them to identify their own particular skills and interests.

The first few sessions conclude with a session on trust, both among themselves and of the programme process and the facilitator.

The following 7 sessions relate to business theory and it is during these sessions that students are required to conduct and analyse their market research and finalise their product or service. Students may work individually or in teams of not larger than 5. Once they have confirmed the product/service, under the guidance of and with the support of the facilitator, the students launch their small businesses. During this process they also write up a fully comprehensive business plan for submission upon programme completion. Particular emphasis is placed on product/service costing and financial management and controls.

After completion of the formal structured programme, students are provided with comprehensive information on other business support programmes, micro finance opportunities and as well as interesting reading on small business management.

Business Financing

Prior to the launch of their small businesses, each student is required to invest R200 into their own business as start-up capital. JA South Africa is prepared to match that investment as a loan up to an amount of R1 200 to increase the available start-up capital. Students are also referred to micro finance institutions should more funding be required.

Mentoring

For a period of six months after graduating off the programme, the new business owners are supported through a mentoring process. This is conducted mainly telephonically and past experience has shown that even such telephonic mentoring assists the new entrepreneurs greatly. They value the support and advice provided immensely which motivates them to continue with their business ideas even through the most difficult times.

On 10 June, Tshepo Mdwaba and Anastasia Peters attended the ITS TYME Programme in Orange Farm where they met the 29 learners in attendance on the day and agreed, the programme is what is needed to create much-need entrepreneurs to bolster the South African economy and address the challenge of youth unemployment.

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