Mastercard-funded Youth Enterprise Development Programme is recruiting women 18-35 at selected community centres

Mastercard-funded Youth Enterprise Development Programme is recruiting women 18-35 at selected community centres in Gauteng, Western Cape and Limpopo

Do you have a great business idea? Do dream of becoming an entrepreneur?

  • Are you a woman between 18 and 35?
  • Are you out of school – unemployed or self-employed?
  • Do you have Grade 10 education or up?
  • Are you able to read and write in English?
  • Are you unsure of how to start a business but you have an idea>
  • Or, have you started a business but are struggling to develop it?

If this fits you, then Mastercard invites you to apply for the Junior Achievement South Africa (JA South Africa) Youth Enterprise Development Programme, in partnership with Siyafunda CTC.

This course will empower you to pursue your business ideas in 20 incubator-style sessions that take you through the process of starting up, developing, and managing your own business. The insights you gain into what makes a business successful will then be applied. You will:

  • Develop your product or service
  • Plan your business and create business functions
  • Carry out operations planning and management
  • Take control of the finances and learn about funding options
  • Create a strong brand
  • Learn to sell and market and how to apply market research
  • Improve your interpersonal skills
  • Gain confidence to pursue your dreams and become an opportunity maker.

…. and much, more.

You will also come away with basic computer literacy skills, taught by Siyafunda.

Graduates will receive an NQF level 4 Seta Accredited

Youth Enterprise Development Certificate and an

Intel Learn Easy Steps certificate.

The programme will be run at six community centres (see below) and applicants can contact facilitators to pick up application forms.


Ivory Park Riendzo Development Centre (@riendzo on Facebook)

8712 Freedom Drive Ivory Park Fire station, 1685,

Ishmael Sephiri, 083 660 2119 / 011 051 8801

Olievenhoutbosch - Olievenhout Development Association (

Ingrid Ramabu 082 972 9260

Palmridge SiyafundaCTC, Palmridge, Ekurhuleni (

72 Celtis Street, Palmridge, 1458  

Themba Itimu /Faiza Xaba 071 842 5079 / 082 947 8177

Heidelberg Lesedi Coaching and Development

2 Madagascar St, Obed Nkosi Section, Ratanda Heidelberg, 1441,

Sarah Mahlaba 076 794 9563


Limpopo (near Polokwane)

Ga-Matlala Setumeng Vexospark (, Moremi Sello 079 380 8282


Western Cape (Cape Town)

Mfuleni Development Centre, 6686 T Tokwana road, Ext 6, Mfuleni, Muneer Letlala 072 918 4935

Criteria for entry:

1.     Female between the ages of 18 and 35

2.      At least Grade 10 education 

3.      Read and write in English

If you have any questions please contact

“Throughout the 20-week programme I was implementing what I was learning. After the session on market research surveys I drew one up and got great feedback to improve our business. The course also taught me about business plans, finance and accessing funding.

Annwen Jordan, co-founder of Gauteng company Joe4Real Productions, which assists musicians and composers

Congratulations to graduates of Investec Properties-funded Entreprise Programme in Hammanskraal

Grade 12 graduates of the 2017 Investec-funded Academy Entrepreneurship Programme received JASA and Services SETA level 2 accredited certificates.

The classes took place at the Ratsepho High School in Hammanskraal, attended by 40 learners from four local high schools, PHL Moraka Secondary School, Ratshepo, Sikhululekile and Makgetse High Schools. One of the teams named themselves the YBE Mini Enterprise and produced two types of baskets made of wool and plastic, respectively.

My experience of this programme is beyond amazing because my company and I experienced many hardships but by working as a team we were able to conquer every obstacle that was on our way. I was able to lead and show people the way and able to learn about what goes into a fully functioning business. I intend on starting my own business one day and my goals seem to be getting closer every day. It is all thanks to JA South Africa, Investec, the national coordinator Mr Bonga Khumalo and someone who had faith in our company when times were hard, our facilitator Mr Kekana.

YBE General Manager Phenyo Mothobi


I am now business minded and know how it feels to be in the business world. My experience of being an accountants was so amazing because I was practicing my career. I am now able to communicate in different ways. Thank you JASA and Investec because I am a new person.

YBE Accountant Nothando Mmota


Being in the programme made me realise how much I am inspired by the business world, I can now see beyond my abilities as an entrepreneur.

YBE Admin assistant Reitumetse Mashishi


Graduation took place on January 21, 2018

A proud graduate

We are recruiting facilitators for 2018!

We are recruiting facilitators for 2018!

There are a few places left on our facilitator training for the Youth Enterprise Development Programme (YEDP) and Enterprise Programme (EP) for our 2018 intake.

  • Do you have Grade 12?
  • Are you fluent in English – speaking, writing and reading?
  • Do you have a valid driver’s license and your own transport?
  • Are you computer literate?
  • Do you have any qualification in Learning and Development and/or Business? (advantageous but not essential).

If yes to the questions above, please call Elias Sebola at the JASA office on 011 331 3150 or email him on, by Monday 8 January. The training takes place from Wednesday 10 January to Friday 12 January. 

Please note, however, that being accepted onto the training does not automatically mean you will become a facilitator. The telephonic interview is the first step in the selection process, which also involves an interview with a panel to ensure that interviewees fulfil the requirements of a good facilitator.

Mastercard-sponsored YEDP graduation in Segopye, Limpopo

Transnet-sponsored EP in Oom Paul School, Rustenburg, North West

YEDP session in Tshepo Themba, Soweto, Gauteng