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Learners at Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School, who are participating in an Enterprise Programme supported by General Electric’s Londvolota Trust, have been working on creating tile cleaner, shoe polish and permanent marker cleaner as products for their team businesses.
Toyota employees met with JASA Digital Enterprise alumni at KwaBhekiLanga Secondary School. These learners completed the course last year, funded by Toyota. The company wanted to reconnect with the students a year later and to interview Programme Coordinator Bonga Khumalo and some of the student company CEOs about their experiences
Some of the learners who did the programme are running businesses on the side while others are too focused on completing Grade 12 to continue with their enterprises, for now . However, the entrepreneurial seed has been planted and many expressed interest in looking into entrepreneurship in the future.
Grade 5s at Chartwell Leadership School graduated after completing the five-session More than Money programme.
One of the learners commented that she thought the facilitator was good. One of the things she had learnt was that by saving it was possible to make enough money to start a little business and grow it from there.
Sponsored by HSBC, JASA is aiming to reach around 7000 primary school learners with this programme in 2018. JASA began a pilot earlier this year where all five sessions are taught in one day. The feedback from teachers trained to facilitate has been very positive since the material aligns well with the curriculum.
Students at Hlanganani Primary School in Khutsong, Carletonville, show their appreciation that JASA chose to come to their school. We’re glad too, thanks to the sponsor of the More than Money Programme in this school, HSBC.
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.
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