Team Meraki have a memorable time at Africa Regional COY in Ghana

Three Mc Auley House students represent South Africa at the Regional COY final in Ghana

The regional JA Africa Company of the Year 2018 was held Ghana in December. JASA MD Nelly Mofokeng, Programmes Manager Terence Modiba, Programmes Coordinator Elias Sebola and three members of the South African winning team  Meraki, who come from
McAuley House in Johannesburg, travelled to Accra to attend. Team member Mmatladi Laka shares her experience and photos from the event:

My experience at Coy was memorable. At first I didn’t know what to expect and so I was nervous. We had done a lot of activities as a team and met a lot of people with successful businesses. We had a lot of motivational speeches from the speakers and it motivated me a lot. This experience made me see that there are a lot of opportunities out there, that we live in a small world, and that it’s not easy to go out there and be what you want. But, by having hope and inspiration ,and applying yourself, you can make your dreams come true.


Ghana is a beautiful country. The people there are wonderful and very convincing. When we went to the market place, we watched how the sellers sold themselves and how they were convincing tourists to buy their goods and not giving up. The people from the hotel were very friendly and the food was outstanding – the chefs outdid themselves every day.

Meeting people from other parts of Africa was a great form of networking and a great opportunity because, as they say, you never know who will be your future boss or future employee.

COY was a wonderful experience and, with the knowledge and guidance that was given, I plan on taking my dreams to the next level. Thanks to JA South Africa for giving me the opportunity to do so.


JASA MD Nelly Mofokeng filmed their presentation from the audience, which you can view here.



Citi Foundation set to sponsor Mini Enterprise and Banks In Action programmes

Citi Foundation funds eight JASA Programmes for 2013

The Citi Foundation  announced its generous donation of US$50,000  towards eight Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA) programmes during 2012.  These programmes will consist of four Mini Enterprise Programmes and four Banks in Action programmes respectively.

The Mini Enterprise Programme is a 13-week intensive business programme where learners start up and run their own business after selecting a product or service, whilst the Banks in Action programme is a sixteen hour programme which explores the banking sector, how a bank functions and careers in banking with a computer simulation exercise of running a “real” bank.

“The Citi Foundation has been loyal supporters of JASA’s work in the entrepreneurship space for over ten years and we are extremely grateful for the support, both financially and strategically over the years.” Noted Linda McClure, Managing Director of Junior Achievement South Africa.  “Not only has the Citi Foundation funded numerous programmes throughout the years, their support on a board level both locally and internationally has been extraordinary.” She went on to state.

The 2013 Mini Enterprise programmes will be run in the same schools as during 2012 namely Sandtonview Combined School and Phoenix College, with the addition of two new schools, which will be determined at a later date.  The programmes will impact the lives of approximately  280 learners from four schools around Johannesburg.

“The Citi Foundation’s generous contribution will go a long way toward lighting the entrepreneurial spark in the learners and hopefully the learners will go on to become successful entrepreneurs with sustainable businesses, contributing to the economy and creating employment.” – Linda McClure