Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA) provides engaging entrepreneurial programmes which foster confident, empowered young people who are possibility seekers and creators of opportunities. Through these programmes JASA aims to contribute to meaningful economic participation by nurturing entrepreneurial thinking among young people.
Success Story: Fulufhelo Miswe
Entrepreneur and JASA Alumnus 2006
JASA Head Office 5th floor Mathomo House 132 Fox Str Johannesburg
When I joined Junior Achievement South Africa it was actually by chance. The truth is I was not supposed to join the programme as at that time JASA did not work my school. I had a friend Sibusiso Dube who had in the previous year been part of the programme. He was selected to be part of the JASA Youth Council and I really envied the opportunity that he got, so much that when he made it onto the Youth Council, I asked him to help me be part of the initiative.
I finally made it onto the 2006 Mini Enterprise Programme sponsored by Danfoss; I was in grade 11 at Wendywood High School. I wanted to prove myself so much that I was 100% involved, I was dedicated and didn't miss a single meeting and that ensured my success. I was awarded best sales person for the programme selling bath foam packs for my mini-company: Exquisite gifts. I sold not only the stock I had but some of my teammates products as well, ensuring we made a great profit. The Mini Enterprise Programme was held at Liberty Community School and the facilitator, Katlego Moselekgomu,was very helpful, knowledgeable and insightful.
I firmly believe that we can create a stronger, more empowering nation by exposing more of our youth to these programmes.
Junior Achievement South Africa Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013
During one week each November, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors-introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities. This year, Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA) will be helping to inspire possible entrepreneurs with a range of events designed to highlight the importance of entrepreneurship in South Africa.
The launch of JASA's GEW efforts took place on 18th November 2013 and brought together Junior Achievement stakeholders and other organisations dedicated to increasing entrepreneurship in South Africa. The event, hosted by Carol Ralefeta, a successful entrepreneur in her own right, highlighted several of Junior Achievements up-and-coming alumni, allowing them to share their entrepreneurial journey and how their Junior Achievement experience made it possible.
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