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: Sthembiso Tshabalala
Entrepreneur and JASA Alumnus 2004
JASA Head Office 6th floor Mathomo House 134 Fox Str Johannesburg
I took part in the JASA Mini Enterprise Programme in 2004 when I was in grade 10. I was the general manager of our company which was called Teen T's. Our business sold personalised printed t-shirts. Out of all the MEP teams running at the time, our team had the most innovative product, at least I thought so. Despite the unique idea at the time and the huge demand for our product, our group just managed to break even at the end of the MEP.
In 2004 I decided to start my own business, Texta Print. The business lead to me being chosen as one ABSA's Top Five Entrepreneurs in 2005.
Just like other entrepreneurs, I experienced the hurdle of a lack of capital when I started the business. To overcome this I convinced my customers to pay me either all or half of the money up front. I rounded up my friends to be my employees. I also paid my employees on a commission basis. This, for me, was the beginning of my business journey.
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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.
Listen to the podcast of our Managing Director, Linda McClure's interview on the David O'Sullivan show on 702 here
As much as I love telling my story, I think that JASA's role in my growth is the more important story.