Learners from Madiba Comprehensive School continue STEM2D journey

Learners from Madiba Comprehensive School continue STEM2D journey

In 2018, Standard Bank Tutuwa Community Foundation partnered with JA South Africa to introduce 379 grade 7 learners from Mathlasedi Primary School to foundation-phase Science, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing and Design (STEM2D) Programmes, with the hope that they will grow up to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.

Now in grade 8 at Madiba Comprehensive School, the same group of learners participated in the STEM2D phase two programme, which took place from 29 July 2019 to 31 July 2019. They were taught computer coding and given an assignment to produce prototypes of infrastructures that would make life easy for their communities.

Some of the innovative prototypes that the learners produced included a smart drain with camera and farmhouse windmill. To further enhance the experience the learners were also taught about entrepreneurship and work readiness.

A big thank you to Standard Bank Tutuwa Community Foundation for the funding and continued support, our key implementing partner Siyafunda CTC for providing the computer technology and coding expertise, and our team of JA South Africa volunteers for facilitating the programmes.

Financial literacy & entrepreneurship training for #MandelaDay2019

Financial literacy & entrepreneurship training for #MandelaDay2019

To celebrate Mandela Day this year, we mobilised our collective power and used education to empower young people throughout the country. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. We partnered with Gauteng Department of Economic Development, the Department of Basic Education and Marsh & McLennan Companies to deliver financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills to over 1000 grade 7 and 8 learners in seven schools across Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and the Western Cape.

Teamwork, decision making, learning to Earn, Save and Spend was the order of the day

“This was so much fun and insightful, I would definitely like to do more of this! If I had such opportunities at an early age, I wouldn’t have made some of the costly mistakes.” – Ms Zwile Nkosi, Marsh & McLennan Companies

“This programme is perfectly aligned to our Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) subject and has given our learners a head start in preparing for the school market day scheduled for September 2019,” said Mrs Phaka, grade7 Educator for EMS at Bonwelong Primary.

Ms Boipelo Setstwe a volunteer from Marsh & McLennan Companies said, “I’m really impressed with how the learners could quickly grasp the concepts and translate them to their aspirational businesses. At the end of the session they had positioned their product so well and were very clear about who their target market was going to be!”

A JA South Africa tree donated by the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment at Thuto-Lore Secondary School.

JA South Africa’s Programme Coordinator, Bonga Khumalo, explains the JA Wealth Creation Game to the learners, volunteers and Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment, Hon. Kgosientso Ramokgopa at Thuto-Lore Secondary School.

We would like to extend a big thank you our partners without whom this would not have been possible.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, facilitators and volunteers, Gauteng Department for Economic Development, Department for Basic Education and management at the following schools:

  • Gauteng: Bonwelong Primary School;
  • Eastern Cape: Dalukukhanya Primary School;
  • Mpumalanga: Buhlebuyeta Primary School;
  • Western Cape: Imperial Primary School;
  • Gauteng: Thuto-Lore Secondary School;
  • Gauteng: Nageng Primary School;
  • North West – Montsamaisa Primary School and Batlhalerwa Primary Schools;

Bonga Khumalo speaks financial literacy and entrepreneurship with SABC

Bonga Khumalo speaks financial literacy and entrepreneurship with SABC


Our national programmes coordinator, Bonga Khumalo, joins The Full View on SABC to talk about the importance of early introduction to financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and how it can vastly improve the savings culture in our country.

In the interview, he highlights the importance of teaching children of primary school age concepts such as earning, spending and saving through the JASA More than Money programme.

With the high unemployment rate in South Africa, the time has never been more critical to urge the youth to save and focus on entrepreneurship from an early age.

Watch full interview here:

Bonga Khumalo speaks financial literacy and entrepreneurship with SABC #SavingsMonth

JA South Africa Celebrates 40 years

JA South Africa Celebrates 40 years

Tipping the scale beyond 40: preparing for greatness

On 27 June 2019, over 100 entrepreneurs, JASA alumni, sponsors, supporters and business community members convened at Citi in Sandton for JA South Africa’s 40th anniversary gala dinner.

With the theme Tipping the scale beyond 40: preparing for greatness, the event was an amazing journey down memory lane and a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit that the JA South Africa team has helped promote over the years.

In her congratulatory remarks, Dolly Mokgatle, JASA Board Chair said, “the JA South Africa entrepreneurship model has without a doubt delivered success over the past 40 years.”

The organisation was established in South Africa in 1979 and for the past 40 years, JA South Africa has been providing experiential business, entrepreneurial and life skills to young people aged between 8 and 35 years nationwide in both rural and urban environments.

As part of its commemorative activities, awards were handed out to individuals and organisations that have played a pivotal role toward the success of JA South Africa.

  • Founder of JA South Africa, Dr Stephen Black (posthumously) was awarded for his foresight and unwavering commitment to the empowerment of every young South African has helped shape so many young lives.

The award was received by his son Greg Black and daughter, Bridget Thiselton

  • Founding sponsor, Board member & Trustee of JA South Africa, Mr Windsor Shuenyane. His outstanding contribution to the organisation as an executive at SA Breweries and in his personal capacity has paved way to economic success for many young people

The award was received by his wife Mama Essie Shuenyane and his Son Khumo Shuenyane

  • 1st Board member & Trustee of JA South Africa, Mr Ian Clark. For his invaluable contribution to the organisation and for remaining a close friend of JA over the years
  • Founding sponsor of JA South Africa, Barloworld. The award was received by Ms Gugu Sepamla the Executive for Corporate Affairs at Barloworld
  • Founding sponsor of JA South Africa, was awarded to SA Breweries
  • The most outstanding sponsor for the JA More than Money Financial Literacy Programme, HSBC. HSBC has been supporting JASA for 11 years. The
    Award was received by Ms Priya Surendra – the Head of HR and Ms Charmaine Pillay – CE: Marketing
  • The most outstanding sponsor for the Enterprise Programmes focusing on Women, Mastercard. Mastercard has been supporting JASA for 11 consecutive years!
  • The Award was received by Ms Kholo Kunene – the Director for Human Resources and Ms Birgit Deibele – Director of Communications
  • The most outstanding sponsor for the high school Entrepreneurship Academy Programme& the Junior Innovator’s Competition, Investec Private Bank. The award was received by Mr Setlogane Manchidi – Head of CSI and Mr Shaun Mallanna – CSI Manager
  • The most outstanding Sponsor for the Enterprise Programme & Company of the Year Competition, Citi Foundation. Citi has been supporting JASA for 23 consecutive years! The award was received by Mr Peter Crawley – CCO for Citibank Southern Africa and Ms Megs Naidu – Head of Corporate Affairs
  • The most outstanding partner for Enterprise Education in Schools, The Department of Basic Education has created an enabling environment for our programmes to thrive for 40 years! The award was received by Ms Juliet Namethe – the Deputy Chief Education Specialist

Board Member Recognition Awards for outstanding commitment and stewardship:

  • Mrs Dolly Mokgatle, Chairperson. She has served on the JASA Board for 12 years!
  • Mrs Humaira Choonara, Chairperson of the HR & RemCo of the Board, she has served on the JASA Board for 17 years!
  • Mr Eric Mabuza has served on the JASA Board for 14 years!
  • The most outstanding Associate for JA South Africa, Mr Abdul Rajah has served in the executive management of JASA for 26 years and continues support the organisation whenever he can.
  • The most outstanding JA South Africa alumni, Mr Sthembiso Tshabalala, continues to fly the JA flag while climbing the corporate ladder. He serves on the JASA Board and Chairs the Finance and Audit Sub- committee.

Long Service Awards presented to staff in recognition and appreciation of loyal and dedicated service to Junior Achievement South Africa:

  • Ms Nelly Mofokeng, for 25 years of service
  • Mr Bonga Khumalo, for 12 years of service
  • Ms Mpho Mcunu, for 12 years of years of service
  • Mr Shabir Ismail, for 11 years of service

HSBC continues to nurture a culture of earning, saving & spending at an early age

HSBC continues to nurture a culture of earning, saving & spending at an early age

JA South Africa is thrilled to partner with HSBC on the implementation of the JA More Than Money Financial Literacy programme for the 11th consecutive year!

This year again HSBC volunteers took time off their busy schedules to impart these lifelong lessons to learners at Sandtonview Primary School in Johannesburg, one of the 41 primary schools across the country where the programmes were implemented.

Through this year’s intervention, 4 744 students learned the key concepts of earning, spending, sharing and saving money. They also learned about businesses they can start or jobs they can perform to earn money.

This programme is very educational and useful to the learners it equips learners with knowledge of how to budget and save. It also helps the learners with practicality, for example, visiting the bank. Mr Siqwepu Mongameli, Educator at Sipho Hashe Combined in KwaZakhele – Eastern Cape

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