JA in Numbers 2018

Here is a complete list of all the schools and community centres where programmes were hosted in 2018:

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Diepsloot Combined School

Elethu Themba Public School

Liberty Community School

McAuley House

BGCSA Centre Pimville

BGCSA Centre Protea Glen

Les Coaching Development Centre

Love Life Youth Centre

Molo Africa

Olieven Development  Association

Outreach Foundation

Phakamani Young Minds

Riendzo Development NPC

Siyafunda CTC Palm Ridge

Beretta Primary School

Bonwelong Primary School

Chartwell Primary School

Diepsloot 4 Primary School

Ekucathuleni Primary School

Ekuphumeleleni Primary School

Govan Mbeki Primary School

Greenfield Primary School

Hlanganani Primary School

Langalibalele Primary School

Madume Primary School

Matlhasedi Primary School

Mveledzandivho Primary School

Realeboha Primary School

Reamohetsoe Primary School

Reshomile Primary School

Setshabelo Primary School

Xhobani Primary School

Zonkizizwe Primary School

Eqinisweni Secondary School

Forest Town School

Fundulwazi Secondary School

Immaculata Secondary School

Khanya-Lesedi Secondary School

Lamula Jubilee High School

Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School

Ratanda Secondary School

Ratshepo High School

Relebogile Secondary School

Sandtonview School

Thuto Ke Maatla

Waverly Girls High

Wedela Technical High School

North West

Khuma Community Centre

Ledig

Masibambaneni Care Centre

Bakgofa Primary School

Bakubung Primary School

Batlhalerwa Primary School

Bothibello Primary School

Kgetleng Primary School

Leema Primary School

Maologane Primary School

Morongwa Primary School

Mperebere Primary School

Tshwara-O-Dire Primary School

JM Ntsime Secondary School

Moedwill Skool

Oom Paul Skool

Sedibelo Secondary School

Limpopo

Civil Society Development Initiative

Matlala Community Centre

Thakgalang Primary School

Bjatladi High School

Kgakoa Secondary School

Mokwadibe Secondary School

Ngwanamala Secondary School

Mpumalanga

Vulamasango Primary School

Boschrand Primary School

Lekazi Primary School

Shishila Primary School

Mandlesive Secondary School

Mayibuye Secondary School

KwaZulu-Natal

Cato Manor Municipality

Merebank Secondary School

ML Sultan Secondary School

Eastern Cape

Buffalo City Metro Municipality

BJ Mnyanda Primary School

Dalukukhanya Higher Primary School

Ebongweni Public Primary School

Erica Girls' Primary School

Fanti Gaqa Primary School

Henry Nginza Primary School

Inkqubela Primary School

Sipho Hashe Primary School

Douglas Mbopa Senior Secondary School

Ngwenyathi High School

Vulamazibuko High School

Western Cape

Eureka Training Centre

Leiden Training Centre

De Duine Primary School

Die Duine Primary

Highlands Primary School

Imperial Primary School

Kannemeyer Primary School

Leiden Primary School

Lotus River Primary School

Southfield Primary School

Square Hill Primary School

St Augustine's RC Primary School

Beacon Hill Senior Secondary School

Kensington High School

Spine Road High School

Northern Cape

Alpha Primary School

Flamingo Primary School

Roodepan Primary School

St Johns Primary School

Willie Theron Primary School

Zingisa Primary School

Boresetse High School

Emang Mmogo Comprehensive School

Orion High School

Free State

Reahola Secondary School

Mmathabo Secondary School

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Mastercard-funded YEDP participants finish mentorship phase and continue developing businesses

Many fledgling businesses came out of the Mastercard-funded Youth Enterprise Development Programmes 2018

In 2018, Mastercard funded six Youth Enterprise Development Programmes targeting young women, which were hosted at four centres in Gauteng, one in Limpopo and one in the Western Cape.

After the 20-week incubator phase participants were then offered mentorship for a further six months. Learners who completed the programme, and were assessed as competent, received Services SETA NQF level 4 accredited certificates.

The aim of the mentoring programme is to further assist the students with establishing sustainable businesses and link them to support structures and opportunities that will help grow their aspirations, such as gaining access to business finance as well as study and placement opportunities.

Ivory Park, Gauteng

In Ivory Park, Sibusiso Mkhwanazi mentored 16 students who had collectively created six businesses. One participant created Ladies on a Mission, with the aim of providing ready-to-cook meals. This entailed doing research and networking with suppliers and farmers to engage on pricing and shape a viable business model.

Another entrepreneurial endeavour, The Ambassadors, are in the process of researching organic products to nourish hair. Mkhwanazi recommended that the team apply to SEDA’s Soshanguve Manufacturing Technology Demonstration Centre programme for small-scale manufacturing assistance. This SEDA incubation centre could provide help with blending their products and gaining market access.

Fat Cakes and Chicken Dust are in the process of applying for funding from the SEDA Technology Programme (STP) which provides up to R200 000 for the purchase of machinery so they can buy a food trailer and other equipment to make food and could also assist with other services, such as technology transfer.

Mastercard volunteers spent time with the students.

  

Olievenhoutbosch, Gauteng

Part of the process of shaping a business is to create a vision board:

 

Heidelberg

At Les Coaching Development Centre, in Heidelberg, 17 participants continued with the mentorship phase and within this group, they had eight operational businesses. Programmes Coordinator Bonga Khumalo ran the mentorship sessions.

Some participants had teamed up to form businesses making and selling cakes, muffins and juice. At the start of the mentorship phase some of the challenges identified by company team members were lack of commitment from some members, poor communication and poor financial reporting and accounting.

On the positive side, the company Mvelo, which was formed as a breakaway from the initial business Ubiciko, had designed a logo for their juice, made some profit from sales, and were targeting funeral parlours to supply refreshments during funerals.

As the mentoring phase continued, Mvelo set a turnover target of R60 000, which would entail selling 6000 units of ginger beer and juice. The team managed to secure a loan of just under R2000 for production. In order to register their product with the SABS they will need to register their company and copyright their product, as well as procure a barcode. Their plan is to gain more clientele in the funeral parlour industry and market their business on social media.

Palm Ridge

  Team Flavour are utilising their sewing and knitting skills to make blankets using cotton, fleece and wool and they aim to expand with bed sets and matching curtains. Ginger Babes have found a way to cook chicken without the risk of burning it, through a strategy of soaking the chicken in salt water.

Reselling is one of the ways to shape a business. The company Achievers opted to buy and then resell tights, stockings and winter beanies while Next Owners have started to turn a profit from the resale of soft, fashionable face cloths and towels for babies. Scorpions buy watches and resell them.

There were many challenges that the companies have had to face, such as some team members not pulling their weight or some owing money, which had a negative impact on cash flow. Rising above these difficulties to pull together in a more professional and cohesive manner has been an invaluable learning curve for team members.

 

Matlala Community Centre, Limpopo

The seven companies created during the programme were quite diverse, including African Women Services, which provides a gardening service and TTSKK Enterprise, which runs a car wash and trades livestock. A local entrepreneur was invited to a session to share some lessons with the learners.

Delt, Western Cape

Field trips provide an inside glimpse into how established businesses run and the group from the Masakhe Centre in Leiden, Delft had the opportunity to visit the Coke Factory. Facilitator Jo-Anne Dreyer reports that the women were interested to see the production line, which brought home how important this aspect is for any business. They could not resist asking some questions about the syrup (though of course no details were forthcoming about the recipe.) Mastercard volunteers Thaakirah van der Schyff, Letitia Solomons and Sam Elsmorecary joined the women on the tour.

The participants created six companies that sold a range of goods from food items such as takeaways and samosa to accessories, clothing, and detergents.

The Mastercard volunteers also visited some of the other sessions and shared some important information about running a business. These interactions also provided the participants with the opportunity to recount their business journeys as the course progressed and to reflect on the lessons they learned in each of the modules.

Facilitators also helped the companies to work on their portfolios of evidence, which was a requirement to receive the accredited certificates.

 

WiSTEM2D activations with Johnson & Johnson

Over 1500 primary and high school learners exposed to WiSTEM2D careers

Recognising that the need for STEM skills is rapidly increasing, and that people employed in STEM careers earn 26% more than other workers, J&J has partnered with JASA in 2018 to provide Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design (WiSTEM2D) opportunities for school learners in Gauteng and the Western Cape. Their aim is to inspire more girls to pursue studies and careers in WiSTEM2D.

Learners at Square Hill Primary and South Peninsula High School in the Western Cape and at Bonwelong Primary School and Eqinisweni Secondary School in Gauteng had interactive classroom sessions with J&J volunteers from all three business in South Africa. J&J also funded excursions to  the Science and Technological Advancement Centre and Sci-Bono Centre in Gauteng, and the Cape Science Centre.

Through this experience, the learners have been inspired by the diverse and exciting careers that could open up for them if they pursue studies in STEM2D fields. Thank you to J&J for the funding and thanks to all the volunteers who spent time with the students.

     

  

Catch Team Meraki’s presentation at Africa Regional COY 2018 here

Catch Team Meraki’s presentation at Africa COY 2018 here

Filmed by JASA MD Nelly Mofokeng, who was in the audience, the team ended with the wonderful advert they created for their magnifier screen and the audience was clearly engaged. Team Meraki are representing South Africa at the Africa regional Company of the Year Competition 2018, which is hosted by JA Ghana. The presentations took place yesterday, Thursday 6 December, and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony this evening. We are holding thumbs for you Team Meraki!

Citi-funded Digital Enterprise Programme enlists students from three schools

Students from three high schools meet on Saturdays for successful Digital Enterprise Programme

Funded by Citi, students were pooled from Willomead Secondary in Lenasia, Nova Pioneer High in Ormonde and Curtis Nkondo in Soweto for a Digital Enterprise Programme that ran on Saturdays.

The sessions were held at Curtis Nkondo, which was the first of 27 schools of specialisation to be opened by the Gauteng Department of Education. The aim of these schools is to offer technical and vocational skills to high school pupils with a keen interest in engineering, math, science, ICT and commerce, entrepreneurship as well as performing arts and sports.

Learners formed three companies and were initially taken through the comprehensive Lean Canvas Model, which highlights the importance of problem solving in the process of developing products and services.

One of the participants in the programme, Celokuhle Ncayiyana, a student at Curtis Nkondo, who belonged to the company called Creative Legacy, explained that his team first wanted to make a photo booth but in the end decided to provide a photographic service. As stock controller he was responsible for trying to procure the materials needed but there were differences of opinion in the group as to what material would be best so in the end they decided to rather take pictures.

“I learnt that in life people are either with you or not with you and in our company everyone wanted to be a boss and give orders. No one wanted to do the work but at the end of the day everyone wanted to see the work produced. With that said I ended up creating a business selling snacks and a business where people can record in my studio.”

Ncayiyana went on to explain that the decision was made to liquidate the company at the end of the programme since not everyone was pulling their weight, which meant some members would have to take on several positions while others didn’t participate. The experience provided valuable lessons on the importance of choosing your company partners well and on what it takes to build a team.

One of the other companies, Oricals Corporation, developed a shock bracelet, which lightly shocks the wearer if they start drifting to sleep, which is particularly useful for academic and work environments. According to their company report: “The shock will not be painful and uses mostly short bursts of vibrations rather than comprising solely of actual electricity. This creates an actual shock rather than hurting the wearer.”

Is there anyone willing to test wear this self-correcting accessory?

The group was fortunate to have Rooksana Modan , CEO of Apex Development, attend some of the sessions to provide valuable insight into how to be successful in business.

Amahle Makwela is one of the students on this programmewho also joined the Molo Africa project, where 20 students spent 10 days building the body of a Sling 4 light aircraft, which has a capacity of four. The students are learning to fly and if sufficient funds are raised then the Molo Africa team plan to fly from Cape to Cairo, You can follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildmyplane/ 

On the left he is pictured with Programme Manager Terence Modiba and below is the plane body they built.

Annual Report 2018: Joint Message from MD and Board Chair

Joint message from our MD and Board Chair

     

The year 2018 has been one of transition for JA South Africa, following purposeful shifts in terms of sustainability and growth priorities. This has required different approaches for the organisation, including adopting dynamic programme roll-out strategies and developing complementary initiatives.

Through the sustainability lens, it is more evident that empowering young people to acquire skills that will help them to continuously adapt to the changing demands of today’s world of work requires a consistent and collaborative approach.

As an organisation we are really excited to be pioneering a pipeline for continuous learner development, where we are engaging a number of partners and working with a single cohort of learners as they move from Grade 7 to Grade 12, using the Opportunities Out There programmes that focus on entrepreneurship, technology and work readiness.

Over this period of six years, selected learners from Gauteng, the Free State and Mpumalanga will be exposed to the concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Manufacturing (STEAM2D), with the aim of inspiring and motivating them to take up STEAM2D subjects as they proceed through high school and to tertiary studies.

These learners will explore the world of work, focusing on the employment realities and the possibility for self-employment in STEAM2D fields. As part of their training they will go on study visits and job shadows to innovation centres and companies active in the tech space. They will also attend innovation camps and generate ideas for businesses they will set up when they get to grade 10.

Another initiative we have introduced this year is the school enterprise club, where high school learners do not liquidate their businesses at the end of the programme but are encouraged and supported to continue as enterprise clubs and hand over the businesses to the next cohort of learners as they leave school. These enterprise clubs will also participate in competitions including the JA Company of the Year Competition; the Youth Entrepreneurship Exchange Programme, in partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network SA; and the School Enterprise Challenge, managed by Teach a Man to Fish, where students can invest their prize money into growing their businesses.

In 2018, we have increased our student reach by 60% (2017: 6 661; 2018: 11 046) with more impactful interventions that go beyond the normal programme time. Nurturing entrepreneurial thinking at an early age was taken to another level when we reached more than 7 000 primary school learners through the More than Money programme, where students learn to earn, save and spend responsibly. More than 5 000 of these students took part in the post-programme Savings Challenge, where the top nine savers across the country had their savings matched up to the value of R2 000.

We continue to gain traction on our Youth Enterprise Development Programme, with more young people choosing entrepreneurship as a viable option for economic success. This year more new businesses started during the programme and more students signed up for the six-month post-training mentorship programme, where they are supported to start or grow their businesses, study further or gain employment.

Women graduates from the programme had an opportunity to pitch their businesses at the WEConnect Conference SA, with the top three winning cash prizes to the combined value of US$5 000.  First prize winner – 2017 JASA alumnus Nthabiseng Tomotomo – was also the guest speaker at the Gauteng Youth Enterprise Development Programme graduation ceremony. There, she explained how being an employee had been frustrating for her. Wanting to start a business, she joined the closest JASA programme, which meant commuting from Soweto to Katlehong to attend classes. Though she had to take two taxis to get to the programme, she never missed a single session! Her commitment has paid off as she builds her business Baby Sonic, which delivers baby and personal hygiene products to busy mothers, as the primary target market.

It is a great pleasure to welcome Collen Ngundu who joined us as Finance Director in April 2018. He brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of financial, HR and programme management combined, with international experience in the management and real-time oversight of multi-million dollar grants.

The year 2019 marks 100 years of achievement for JA Worldwide, JA South Africa also celebrates four decades this year! As an organisation we can only continue to make a sustainable impact through our collaborations – we are truly grateful to our sponsors and partners for the continued and enthusiastic support.

In line with building on Sustainable Development Goal four, which seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and equal learning opportunities for all, we do look forward to continue working with you in 2019 to prepare the 21st century learner for economic success.

 

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Company of the Year winning team attend Youth Entrepreneurship Exchange

Meraki, school company team from McAuley House in Jhb, attended the Youth Entrepreneurship Exchange (YEEP)

 Thanks to generous sponsorship from Law Trust (@lawtrustinfosec), the Meraki team, who won the national Company of the Year competition 2018, could attend YEEP. This camp assisted them in their final preparations for JA Africa regional Company of the Year, which kicks off this Wed 5 December, in Ghana.

Over three days the participants, which also included @JASwaziland alumni, converged at @GEN22OnSloane to be exposed to design thinking, branding, finance, teamwork & pitching skills. They were divided into teams and had to come up with an idea that they pitched to a team of judges, with mentoring and coaching built into the programme.

JA South Africa MD Nelly Mofokeng and Programme Coordinator Elias Sebola were on hand to support the team and Nelly was also a member of the judging panel.