Thabo Malefane, JA Alumnus and business owner of Glowhouse Lighting
“In 2000 I participated in the Junior Achievement Enterprise Programme, where we made a substantial profit from selling the gel candles we manufactured.
Upon completion of the programme I continued manufacturing candles at night after I had finished schoolwork, sports and extra-mural activities.
“It wasn’t just making money that drove me. I thrived on the creative element and felt a great sense of fulfilment. After I finished school I put all my efforts into turning my enterprise into a business, discovering that my levels of motivation, faith and hope were infinite.
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“I draw inspiration from what John C Maxwell said, “Success is when you have added value to yourself; its significance, however, is when you add value to others.” I find fulfilment in creating opportunities for others by running a thriving business.
“The first business training programme I attended was the Junior Achievement Enterprise Programme, which broadened my perspective on how to run a business and gave me the hunger to learn more. I’ve since attended numerous other programmes and as a development practitioner, I also facilitate a few myself.
“Without a doubt, JA’s EP remains top of my list of comprehensive enterprise development programmes.”