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JASA Alumnus Participates in The Power of 50


Keneilwe Motshoeneng is a vibrant young JA South Africa alumnus with a passion for entrepreneurship. She participated in the Mini Enterprise Programme when she was in Grade 10 and has gone on to complete several other JA South Africa programmes. Currently Keneilwe is studying towards her BTech and Business Administration degree and is running two companies: Keneilwe M Events and Pause Think and Reflect.

Recently Keneilwe identified an opportunity on the JA South Africa Facebook page. The opportunity was to participate in the Power of 50, an Umuzi Photo Club initiative, which aims to develop 50 talented young people to become the next generation of creative professionals. This innovative 12-month programme, combines essential artistic skills with on-the-job training and offers placement opportunities for all graduates within the professional, creative industry.

Keneilwe was inspired to apply for the programme as a result of the Film Making conference she attended in 2010 in Bulgaria with JA and the International Management Institute. Keneilwe says “The Umuzi Photo Club uses creativity to amplify the voices of the young and we, as the Power of 50, have the passion and creative drive to be the next generation of creative professionals. This is a 1 year course through Vega School of Brand Leadership, the Da Vinci Institute and Umuzi Photo Club. So far it’s been an enjoyable roll-coaster ride of hard work and fun. Our biggest project we are currently working on is the Ke Nna Mang exhibition which will be held on 23 October 2014.”


UPS Assists Gauteng Learners

UPS is currently funding six Be Entrepreneurial Programmes for Grade 9 learners in Gauteng. Schools participating the BE programmes are Bophelong Community School, Dawnview High School, McAuley House, Meyerton High School, Sandtonview Combined and Thembisa High School.

During the four day Be Entrepreneurial programme, learners are introduced to the business world through interactive games; through these games learners are taught how to compile a business plan, they learn about competitive advantage, ethics, financing, product development and social responsibility.

In total 267 learners will benefit from UPS’s generous contribution. “This is the second year that UPS has funded JA South Africa programmes, their contribution to South Africa’s youth is highly appreciated and the impact that their funding has on the communities these schools are in is clearly visible.” Said Linda McClure, Managing Director of JA South Africa.

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.

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Young Unemployed Youth Receive Experiential Skills Development Training

Junior Achievement South Africa and Absa have joined forces to combat South Africa’s soaring youth unemployment figures by equipping young, aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills and experience needed to build sustainable, successful businesses.

JOHANNESBURG, APR 19, 2013 – Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA) launched their Immersion Training Strategy: Targeting Young Marginalised Youth (ITS TYME) programme in January this year.  Absa has generously committed to funding the ITS TYME programmes in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia – reaching 4,050 unemployed youth from across the African continent over three years.

The ITS TYME programme is an intensive three to four month programme during which students meet once or twice a week for three hours.  ITS TYME is an incubator style entrepreneurship skills programme for out of school youth between the ages of 18 and 35 and is aimed at addressing the vast unemployment challenge facing young people in South Africa. The project also includes traditional workplace readiness skills, life skills, financial literacy and banking and saving.

All of JASA’s programmes involve real hands-on, experiential learning.  Participants form small businesses, elect managers, complete market research to determine a product or service that will sell in their community, manufacture the product and finally share in the profits. In so doing, they learn how to start and run their own business in a practical way.  The ITS TYME programme follows the same methodology, ensuring that students experience hands-on learning.  “JASA’s 33 years’ of experience running experiential programmes in the in-school market have provided a strong foundation in entrepreneurial education from which to expand into the out of school market.” Noted Linda McClure, JASA’s Managing Director.

ITS TYME programmes are already underway in Eersterus, Ivory Park, Kagiso, Khutsong, Heidelburg, Soweto and Thokoza and programmes are also planned in Tembisa, Rustenburg and Duduza in the near future.  Interest in the programme has been excellent in some areas, for example, in Khutsong there are already 45 students attending the programme and each week there are additional students wanting to join.

In total there are 17 ITS TYME programmes planned for the year, predominantly in Gauteng. Provision has also been made to run programmes in the Western Cape and North West Provinces.  The programme intends to reach 600 unemployed youth this year and JASA has partnered with several youth organisations including Siyafunda CTC, Khulisa Social Services, National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Youth Making a Difference (YMAD), Seed Container Park (SECOPA) and the Kagiso Multipurpose Community Centre (MCC) to ensure that we reach this goal.   These organisations are in regular contact with unemployed youth throughout the country and these partnerships will ensure that the ITS TYME programme reaches the youth that have the greatest need.

“Although the out of school market is a challenging market in which to work, the need for this programme most definitely outweighs the risk.  Junior Achievement’s main purpose is to shape young entrepreneurs and to nurture entrepreneurial thinking, and we believe we are perfectly positioned to make a positive impact on the lives of unemployed youth in South Africa.” Concluded Linda McClure.