Lebogang Chaka’s keynote address at JA Africa Company of the Year awards dinner

Lebogang Chaka, Keynote address, JA Africa Company of the Year awards dinner

 

 

 

Lebogang Chaka, CEO of Afro Visionary Legacy, gave this inspiring keynote address at the regional JA Africa Company of the Year Awards dinner, which was held on 8 Dec 2017 at the Gold Reef City Conference Centre in Johannesburg. JASA was the host country for the week-long event.


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The indelible impression of JASA volunteers

Our corporate donors extend their partnerships with JASA in myriad ways. In 2017, many of our 117 volunteers were staff members of funders, who served as mentors on the programmes.

National Programmes Manager Terence Modiba explains: “The ideal is for volunteers to get involved on topics related to their field of expertise, which could range from financial management to marketing.” In this way, the material covered in the programme comes alive for the fledgling entrepreneurs.

In the Western Cape, around ten volunteers from 5one, a company owned by sponsor Mastercard, showed dedication by ensuring that at least two of them were present for every session of the Youth Enterprise Development Programme (YEDP). The venue was the Mfuleni Development Centre and the programme was targeted at women under 35. Having support throughout the programme, including the field trip and graduation, made a strong impression on the participants.

Each employee can spend five days a year volunteering and Thaakirah Van der Schyff opted to use these time to attend several YEDP sessions, where she not only shared her story but also assisted the participants with gaining mastery over business processes, particularly on how to manage profit and losses, and time. She even went so far as to co-facilitate in some sessions.

“I told my story since I also came from a poor background and I took the participants through my educational process and how I managed to go to university on a scholarship, with assistance coming from unexpected processes. It was good to be involved in this network of women who raise each other up. The power of this programme may seem small but it should not be underestimated,” explains Thaakirah.

Mastercard has chosen to fund programmes aimed at women, in recognition that they need support to better their lives, regardless of their background. “I would encourage everyone to go through a programme like this to understand how to run a business,” Thaakirah added.

She also went along on the field trip to a Pick n Pay distribution centre, which has sections that empower women. YEDP participants were introduced to the system and what it takes to be eligible to be a small supplier. To top it off, Thaakirah and her colleagues won the internal CEO Force for Good Award for their volunteering contribution and promptly donated the prize money of US$500 to JASA. Thank you Thaakirah and colleagues!

Thaakirah wears a red scarf

JA in Numbers 2017

Here is a complete list of all the schools and community centres where programmes were hosted in 2017:

Gauteng

Alexandra High School

Asisukumeni Youth Centre

Benoni Muslim School

Bethal Primary School

BGCSA Centre Pimville

BGCSA Centre Protea Glen

Bonwelong Primary School

Dalpark Primary School

Denver Primary School

Diepsloot Skills Centre

Ekukhanyeni Youth Centre

Elethu Themba Public School

Eqinisweni Secondary School

Ikhwezi Primary School

Immaculata Secondary School

Johannesburg Polytech Institute

Kaalfontein Secondary School

Lamlile Primary School

Lamula Jubilee High School

Liberty Community School

Magaliesburg Secondary School

Mamelodi Secondary School

McAuley House

MD Coovadia Combined School

Olieven Development  Association

Pace Commercial Secondary School

Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School

Ratshepo High School

Sandtonview School

Sinethemba Youth Centre

Siyafunda CTC Palm Ridge

Sunward Park High School

Tshepo Themba Development Centre

Tsosoloso Ya Afrika Secondary School

Westwood Primary School

North West

Bakgofa Primary School

Bakubung Primary School

Bothibello Primary School

Gatela-Pele Youth Skills Dev & Consultation

JM Ntsime Secondary School

Lerome Secondary School

Mperebere Primary School

Nthebe Primary School

Ofentse Primary School

Oom Paul Skool

Sedibelo Secondary School

Limpopo

Civil Society Development Initiative

Doasho Secondary School

Kgakoa Secondary School

Mokwadibe Secondary School

Musina High School

Ngwanamala Secondary School

Renaissance Secondary School

Segopye Community Development Centre

Mpumalanga

Mandlesive Secondary School

Mhlume Secondary School

Shishila Primary School

Somcuba Primary School

KwaZulu-Natal

Cato Manor Municipality

Ferrum High School

Grosvenor Boys High School

Hope High School

Kwa Myeza Primary School

ML Sultan Secondary School

Mowat Park

New Forest High School

Northwood High School

Eastern Cape

Buffalo City Metro Municipality

Douglas Mbopa Senior Secondary School

Ebongweni Public Primary School

Henry Nginza Primary School

Inkqubela Primary School

Ngwenyathi High School

Nompumelelo Primary School

Vulamazibuko High School

Western Cape

Battswood Primary School

Communiversity

Kensington High School

Lentegeur High School

Lourier Primary School

Malibu Senior Secondary School

Mfuleni Development Centre

New Dawn Community

Sophumelela High School

Steenberg High School

Northern Cape

Alpha Primary School

Barkly West High School

Emang Mmogo Comprehensive School

Orion High School

Roodepan Primary School

Tshwarelela Primary School

Willie Theron Primary School

Steenberg High School

Free State

Bethlehem Comprehensive School

Clubview Secondary School

Reahola Secondary School

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