Grade 7 learners in Diepsloot learn wise money habits and entrepreneurship

Grade 7 learners in Diepsloot learn wise money habits and entrepreneurship

AIG continues its global support of Junior Achievement through a generous grant with JA South Africa being chosen as one of the 22 recipients! Through this grant 412 grade 7 learners from Diepsloot Combined School and Reshomile Primary School were introduced to the JA More Than Money Programme on 26th April 2019.

JA More Than Money is a programme which teaches learners about earning, spending, sharing and saving money. This programme also teaches about businesses they can start or jobs they can perform to earn money.

This is the second year AIG has funded one of JA South Africa’s programmes, as well as recruited and trained employee volunteers to help students gain entrepreneurship, personal finance and work readiness skills. As part of the partnership, AIG employees have become dedicated classroom teachers and capstone volunteers, as well as supported other special events.

“I have been working at AIG for a year and half now and for what I have seen the experience has been amazing. I believe that companies should do their all to reach out to communities, it is not really about trying to make a profit but rather how we can all work together to bring up and uplift the community. I am glad that I work for a company who shares these values, the relationship between AIG and JASA is very extraordinary, amazing!”- Kagisho Kgaile Communication

Administrator at AIG

Bongiwe Ngobese, an Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) Educator at Reshomile Primary School, said she found the programme very helpful for the learners, especially in the EMS curriculum.

“What I observed about the programme is that it relates to the EMS curriculum. For example, the business planning is a module we are going to cover in the 3rd term. It is very helpful because some of the content they are learning today from the programme has already been done in class, so for those who had questions and uncertainty, I am sure they were covered today.” – Bongiwe Ngobese, Educator at Reshomile Primary School.

“What I have learned today is that money doesn’t grow from trees, you need to work in order to earn it.” – Andrew Khoza, grade 7 learner from Reshomile Primary School.


Motorola Innovation Camp Report


A total of 104 learners from Sefika Primary School in Molapo, Soweto, attended the Coding and Robotics Innovation Camp on 12 April 2019 at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, which was made possible by the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

Innovation Camps are Junior Achievement’s (JA) experiential programmes that build technical (coding and engineering) and soft skills (creativity, design thinking, teamwork and problem solving) of young learners.

Working in teams supported by VJ Robotics, as well as an amazing team of volunteers and JASA alumni, learners had to build a prototype that will help them survive on Mars and have at least one moving part. Their creative flair particularly stood out as they collaborated to complement each other’s prototypes and convince the judges on the best solution.

Learners had the opportunity to foster an understanding of the world of business and a spirit of entrepreneurship through the principle of ‘Learning by Doing’. They were able to develop their interpersonal as well as problem-solving skills and learnt to work under tight deadlines, as they would in a work environment.

Elizabeth Bintliff, CEO of JA in Africa, came to support the event and said learning by doing is a central tenet of JA’s approach.

“This is especially critical in Africa where young people are often taught how things are made rather than how to make things. We are truly grateful to Motorola Solutions Foundation for sponsoring this all-important initiative of empowering young people to make informed career choices,” she said.

“It is initiatives like these where learners are taken away from their normal learning environment and challenged to do things differently that really bring about the best learnings,” said Francinah Raseroka, Gauteng Department of Education - Johannesburg Central District.

Learners who participated in the interactive Innovation Camp added that it is such a great opportunity for learners from township schools as they are really not that exposed to such.

“I am very happy that I got the opportunity to be part of such a great programme. I was not aware that we came to do such a productive project and that there is also a prize!” said one of the learners who was part of the winning team.

Bagcinile Kwinda, a JASA Alumni who volunteered, said that she was over the moon to get involved.

“I know JASA from KZN long time ago, and couldn’t miss the opportunity to volunteer as I the skills learnt are invaluable. It is an inspiration to help learners see and experience more beyond what they know,” says Kwinda.


JA South Africa at the WeConnect conference 2019

JASA Alumni pitch their businesses to a panel at WeConnect

On Wednesday, 20 February JASA alumni had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a judging panel of WeConnect South Africa members and international guests. WeConnect helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains by linking their members to multinational corporate buyers.

Hosted by EY in Sandton, this year’s conference was themed “Collaboration for Business Growth” and focused on better equipping female business owners with essential tools and knowledge to adapt to an ever-changing, fast-paced business world.

Eight JASA alumni pitched their business ideas competing with nine other entrepreneurs from Gauteng, Free State and the North West Provinces. Nomusa Motsope of Mzube Eats was chosen as second prize winner for her business, which produces homemade chilli and cheese sauces. Third prize was awarded to Zinhle Nkosi for her lampshades made from recycled material. Both winners were awarded a cash prize of USD1000 and USD500 respectively, to reinvest back into their businesses.


Afternoon Express – 29 October 2018

SABC 3’s Afternoon Express featured WC JASA facilitator Joanne Dreyer and Kensington High
students Terri-Lee Heuvel and Reece van der Merwe. These students were Transnet Young
Movers Competition winners and presenter Bonnie Mbuli is also a JASA alumnus. See from 26


Three winners emerge from Transnet-sponsored Young Movers Competition

Transnet, in partnership with the SABS Design Institute and JA South Africa, selected three winners for the 2017 Young Movers Competition

Nationally, 20 JA South Africa Entrepreneurship Academy Programme learners from 10 high schools were selected as finalists of the Young Movers Competition, which is sponsored by Transnet.

The students attended Design Clinic sessions for two days in October 2017, hosted by the SABS Design Institute in Pretoria. Then they presented their innovative ideas to a panel of judges and three winners were chosen.

Sthandiwe Mnqayi from ML Sultan in Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal, received first prize for her Up-Lift wheelchair, which uses hydraulics to allow disabled people to access higher items. Her schoolmate Landiwe Nyamo was also recognised for her outstanding presentation of an App that assists students with correcting their English grammar.

Second prize went to Oyama Gola from Vulamazibuko Secondary School in the Eastern Cape for her idea for a solar-powered interactive scanner that attaches to shopping trolleys, which includes a calculator for consumers to tally the cost of their groceries, as well as a video game.

Mangale Lebeko from Emang Mmogo in the Northern Cape received third prize for his solar-powered cooker that stores energy for later consumption.

The competition – a joint initiative between Transnet, SABS Design Institute and JA South Africa – is aimed at building a culture of design, innovation and entrepreneurship amongst high school learners.

JA South Africa MD Nelly Mofokeng commented: “Nurturing entrepreneurial thinking at an early age and applying design thinking methods to encourage young people to come up with innovative ideas is yielding exciting results. Our experiential programmes run throughout the year and cultivate a culture of possibility seekers and opportunity creators than job seekers.”

Pictured with winner Sthandiwe Mnqayi is Gavin Mageni, Head of SABS Design Institute, Nelly Mofokeng, JA South Africa MD, and SABS Design Institute staff.


Mandela Day with ABSA

Mandela Day: Absa joins JA South Africa for a More than Money Programme at the Boys and Girls Club in Protea Glen, Soweto

ABSA staff volunteers assisted JA South Africa on Mandela Day 2017, where we partnered to implement the JA More than Money Programme, which teaches financial literacy. Together, we reached 90 Grade 5 to 7 learners at the Boys and Girls Club in Protea Glen, Soweto. Thank you to ABSA staff and our welcoming hosts at the Boys and Girls Club, who ensured that the students came and that everything ran smoothly.

ABSA staff arrived bright and early to be briefed on how to lead the teams in the entrepreneurship sessions for the day. The learners were divided into groups and first they came up with team names and war cries – one team chose Mandela Magic as their name and another the Nelson Mandela Crew. Each team enthusiastically belted out their war cry.

Then the learners were guided through a game that introduced the concepts of earning, spending, saving and investing. This was followed by a session where they identified problems they could be solved in society by applying their skills and talents. Through this process they came up with potential businesses and the ABSA mentors spoke to them about drawing up a business plan. Then they presented their business ideas and receive advice.

Far from being a once-off event, this is a milestone in the long-standing partnership with Junior Achievement, not only in South Africa but also in Africa through their parent company Barclays Africa Group. “This marks but one day of continued support of the sustainable efforts of community organisations,” says Tshepo Mdwaba, ABSA Head of Citizenship for Gauteng South. “Our citizenship strategy is based on the idea that communities must thrive and thus we focus on education, skills training, enterprise development and financial inclusivity.”

May our partnerships continue to plant seeds that enable youth to unlock their entrepreneurial potential.

ABSA staff of Gauteng South Region from left to right, Banie Claasen, Managing Executive, Tshepo Mdwaba, Head of Citizenship, and Paul Counihan, Head of Private Bank