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;

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

From 1979 to 2019: Four decades of empowering youth

From 1979 to 2019: Four decades of empowering youth

Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA) was established in 1979 as a nationwide, autonomous, non-profit organisation, supported by Junior Achievement Worldwide (JA), which was established in the United States in 1919. Thus, 2019 marks our local 40th anniversary and global 100th anniversary.

Early days

JASA’s story began at the end of the 1970s, when Wits Business School was given the mandate to make some of the school’s resources available to the wider community. So, with funding from South African Breweries, Professor Jake Jacobs established the Centre for Developing Business (CDB) and a highly entrepreneurial innovator, Dr Stephen Black, was appointed as the first director.

 Aiming to make a positive contribution to economic and social transformation in South Africa, the help and guidance of business advisors was sought and young people from both the townships and white-only areas were brought together to gain business and entrepreneurial skills through practical, experiential programmes.  Through some very turbulent times in the history of the country, JASA has never ceased to offer young people alternatives to formal employment.

From its inception, “participants on the programmes represented every racial group in the country and for most this was their first-ever interaction with people from other races,” explains founding JASA Board member, Ian Clark. Here is an excerpt from his account of the early years:

In spite of a rather scary visit from the Security Police in the early 1980s, during which we were informed that they knew what we were up to but had decided to turn a blind eye, for now, the programmes were extremely successful. … In the mid 1980s, JASA was established as a separate Section 21 organisation. A very talented colleague, Eric Louw, and I were able to negotiate significant funding from USAID. With Steve as the Director, Norman Adami joined JASA as a founding member of the first Board of Directors and played an invaluable leadership role in giving direction and inspiration.

The real heroes in the early days were the business advisors – business managers who gave of their time and wisdom to support the achievers. They would go back to their offices after seven in the evening when the programme ended, to finish their work. The most dedicated and effective advisor was Barry Cook, who advised on every Johannesburg programme for many years. A very fine chemist and manufacturer, he increased the product range made by the youngsters – and significantly improved the quality of their products.

Chris Ball of First National Bank saw the finance potential of the advisor role as a highly effective management development tool and it became an integral part of the fast tracking of managers in the banking group. This managerial development aspect was widely promoted to other businesses and enabled a massive increase in activity and enhancement in the effectiveness of the advisor process. One of the most admirable qualities of JASA is its resilience.

Since its inception it has operated through very turbulent times that never affected its programme delivery. I recall a Cape Town awards evening in the mid-1980s where a young lady indicated that the JASA programme was the only education she had received that year (the schools had stayed closed) and that it had given her courage and hope. The sound financial management of JASA has contributed to its success. The twin philosophies of “get the money before you spend it” and “look after it well when you have it” was adopted by Steve and continued so very admirably by Abdul Rajah. Linda McClure was appointed as the Managing Director in challenging times and successfully consolidated the success of the organisation and, with the support of a very dedicated Board and staff, re-established JASA as an NGO of reputation, success and impact. The potential of JASA to transform the lives of young people is needed as much now as it ever was.

Over time, the number of programmes increased and the footprint expanded to a national reach, with the organisation being registered as a Section 21 Company. Since then JASA has continued to successfully deliver business and entrepreneurial programmes to learners in and out of school, across the country.

Milestones and highlights

The early years: 1979 to 1996

1979/1980  – JASA is founded and the first programmes are established. By the mid-1980s JASA becomes a separate entity from the Wits Business School’s Centre for Developing Business.

1993 – USAID funds facilitate the development and piloting of the first in-school programme: the Enterprise Dynamics Programme. A new format is introduced for administering the Mini Enterprise Programme (MEP), now known as the Enterprise Programme, which involves contracted co-ordinators supported by the national office. Despite problems of violence and poor school attendance in the black residential areas, programme attendance averages 91% nationwide.

By this year, JASA had delivered 1 000 MEPs and 30 000 students had benefited from attending JASA programmes.

The Centre for Opportunity Development, later known as Business Establishment and Sustainability – BESP, is established to offer a similar programme to disadvantaged, unemployed, out-of-work youth and receives a glowing report from Pro-Civitas Education consultants, who call it a, “pedagogic model which could well have a significant contribution to make, not only to youth development, but to education in the wider extent.” The BESP programme trains 6 500 youth and unemployed people in economic literacy and how to research their markets in order to establish a small business.

1995 –  BESP opens a new branch in Polokwane, with 70 teachers trained to deliver programmes to 4 350 learners, reaching a peak of 1 752 learners. South African achievers receive the highest percentage (95.4%) of pass marks in the Cambridge University enterprise examination of any country outside the United Kingdom.

Clem Sunter, author and then executive director of Anglo American Corporation, addresses the 1995 awards ceremony and says that JASA programmes go to the very heart of the South African situation. The GLOBE programme, introduced that year, initiates a group of high school pupils into the mysteries of foreign trade, exchange rates and the cultural problems inherent in the import-export business.

1996 – Excellent results are once again achieved by the record number of 245 South African candidates writing the 1996 Cambridge University examination.

A 95% pass rate is attained, with 9% of the candidates receiving distinctions.

The BESP programme is restructured at all branches, making it significantly more cost effective, attractive to donors and relevant to its target market.

JASA is publicly acknowledged by Britain’s Overseas Development Administration (ODA) as the funded project that brings the best return on investment. Dr Stephen Black retires and Abdul Rajah, Finance Director, takes on this portfolio temporarily. The JA Today journal is launched to raise public awareness of JASA.

Late 1990s – 2009

 2000 –  JASA textbooks and educator guides receive approval by most provincial education departments for use in Grades 4 and 8, in partnership with Vivlia Publishers. The MEP, a programme traditionally attended by Grade 11 learners, is offered to a group of unemployed graduates in collaboration with Absolute and Keyboards, and the impact is astounding. JASA achievers also make an impression when addressing the Global Summit for Women, held in Sandton.

The KwaZulu-Natal branch receives the Durban Mayor’s Award for Excellence. JASA secures funding for the national database from the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK. JASA hosts visitors from Namibia and USAID who are interested in setting up similar initiatives in their countries. Ernest Mchunu, a retired executive, joins JASA as MD and Chairman. Zanele Twala, one of our managers, attends a workshop on institution building in Washington, under the auspices of The Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA). A special training programme for unemployed graduates takes place in Observatory from October to December. More than 30% of the graduates participating in the programme are placed in permanent jobs. The initiative incorporates one of our business programmes, the MEP.

2001 –  Zanele Twala is promoted to the position of Managing Director. A function is held for 100 past achievers to form a JASA Alumni Association. Alumnus Nonhlanhla Masina, from Jeppe Girls High School, attends the Marion Group Global State Institution in Chicago. Khetha Mbatha from Hill High School and JASA Board member Phumi Siphayi attend the Global Summit for Women in Hong Kong.

JASA headquarters relocate from Parktown to The Business Place, 58 Marshall Street, Johannesburg. Zanele Twala attends international conferences: Junior Achievement Global Leadership Conference in Milwaukee and the Springfield Centre for Business Development in Glasgow. JA Africa Region is formed in Nairobi and Ernest Mchunu attends the meeting. The Banks In Action Programme development is completed, ready for pilot in 2002.

2002 – Thembi Khoza joins the Youth Development Network (YDN) delegation visiting Brazil to observe youth projects and observe what a country similar to South Africa is doing to address youth unemployment. The Youth Unemployment Summit in Egypt, which had 65 countries participating, provides a perfect opportunity for our MD Zanele Twala to share information with delegates from other developing countries.

Cyril Ramaphosa attends a breakfast session where JASA showcases a number of young entrepreneurs. Ten staff members attend a YDN conference on programme implementation. Vumile Msweli, a KwaZulu-Natal achiever, represents JASA at the Marmon Global Trade Institute Conference in Chicago, USA.

2003 – The Job Shadow and Banks In Action programmes are launched. Thembi Khoza and Abdul Rajah attend a three-week sustainable development programme in Glasgow.

2004 – Zanele Twala leaves JASA to fill one of the highest positions in the non-governmental sector in South Africa, becoming MD of the South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO). The MEP performs extremely well, surpassing targets set at the beginning of 2004. Significant progress is made towards aligning the organisation with the requirements for accreditation by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

JASA receives the Jet Club Community Award in 2003 and in 2004. A large-scale change occurs for JA International when it merges its operations with the head office of Junior Achievement Inc. in the US. The process involves some internal restructuring and results in a name change to Junior Achievement Worldwide.

2005 – A new strategy for JASA is developed and implemented and programmes identified as non-core are phased out. Based on the vision and mission statement, the major aims of the organisation are redefined. JASA provides a range of educational and business support services to a total of 6 038 young people. Dr Stephen Black, the founder of JASA, passes away in November. A Quality Management System (QMS) is introduced throughout the organisation.

2006 – JASA welcomes Linda McClure as the newly appointed Managing Director. Linda was the founding director of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, and her role was that of Director: Operations, Finance and Human Resources. Wendy Luhabe is announced as our patron at a function commemorating Youth Day on June 16. The Alumni Association is revived at a function in October to provide a network for JASA graduates who wish to continue their association with the organisation. JASA is awarded provisional accreditation with the Services SETA. A JASA Youth Council, on which selected MEP graduates sit, is established to ensure youth involvement in programme development.

Finance Director Abdul Rajah receives the Frances Hesselbein How to Be Award in July 2006, during the JA Worldwide Leadership Conference in San Diego, California. JA Africa regional directors meet for the first time, in Johannesburg, with future meetings planned bi-annually, to share best practice in programme delivery and organisational management.

2007 – As a result of the assistance and support of our patron Wendy Luhabe and the board, 15 new companies join the list of funders.

JASA successes include an increase in student numbers of over 60% from the previous year and an increase in the reach of our programmes.

The MEP receives the official endorsement of the Gauteng Department of Education. A total of 147 programmes are delivered during the year and for the first time are delivered in all nine provinces in both rural and urban areas.

 The MEP is piloted in a juvenile detention centre and a school for the physically challenged in Kimberley. The JASA Success Skills Programme, which was piloted in the previous year as a life skills programme, is successfully delivered in both Mpumalanga and Gauteng. Three Career Days, supported by the Bankseta, are hosted in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Linda McClure attends the International Young Entrepreneurs Forum in Cordoba, Argentina. Hosted by JA Cordoba, this forum involved over 600 students from mainly Latin American countries. It provides a model for a similar forum to be hosted by JASA in the future. Linda McClure attends the JA Worldwide Leadership Conference in Washington DC in August. The conference hosts JA members from around the world and provides an opportunity to interact and learn from JA operations in other countries.

A past achiever, Amukelani Shilubane, represents South Africa at the Road to Davos 2008 Summit, supported by the British Council, providing young people with the opportunity to present world issues to leaders of the G8. They initially meet in Greenwich UK as a preliminary to the actual G8 summit in Davos, Switzerland.

2008Our programme reach increases by 72% over that of 2007, bringing the increase in learner reach for the past two years to over 140%.

Three new programmes are successfully piloted and implemented – More Than Money and JA Titan in Gauteng and It’s My Business in Mpumalanga. In addition, the Travel and Tourism Programme is developed and delivered to birding guides, in partnership with Birdlife South Africa. The JASA Youth Council successfully hosts a debating tournament over two weekends. JASA successfully hosts the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) together with Endeavor and the Wits Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship. The GEW was hosted in the United Kingdom for the previous five years and was launched globally in 2008. In December 2008 JASA relocates to new offices in Kuyasa House near Ghandi Square in the Johannesburg CBD.

The information that relates to JASA’s history until 2009 was excerpted from the 30th anniversary commemorative book, which can be accessed here.

2010 – 2018

In progress… coming soon


“…the work of JASA has been a blessing for South Africa, to champion an institutional and systematic shift towards entrepreneurship in order to create the capacity necessary to both absorb those who cannot be accommodated in traditional employment and at the same time making a valuable contribution towards South Africa’s competitiveness.” – Wendy Luhabe, Patron, JA South Africa

“Although entrepreneurship is meant to form part of the secondary school curriculum, it is taught neither widely nor effectively enough – a situation which must be addressed as entrepreneurial education and training is one factor that has been shown to have a significant impact on entrepreneurial attitudes and aspirations. This can be addressed by improving the training in business skills offered at school level…” – Tracking Entrepreneurship in South Africa: A GEM Perspective (Herrington,M; Kew,J; Kew,P)


Mentor on a JASA programme

Sign up to become a JASA mentor

Please fill in this form if you would like to receive information about mentorship opportunities in the latter half of 2018 and for our programmes starting in early 2019.

Years of work experience:
None1-3 Years1-3 Years4-7 Years7+ Years

Are you an Entrepreneur?

If not your home language, what is your English-speaking level?

Do you have previous mentoring/ volunteering experience?

If yes, please give details:

I am interested in mentoring:
In-schoolOut-of-schoolNo preferenceField trip/ Job shadow

Availability (within a six-month period):
Once a weekEvery second weekOnce a monthOccasionalField trip/ Job shadow

Any additional comments?

May programme updates

Here are some highlights from the month of May

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 visited KwaBhekiLanga Secondary School in Alexandra

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.

Small beginnings can lead to great things, especially when it comes to saving!

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.

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