Our year ended on a high note by hosting the JA Africa Regional Competition of the Year in Johannesburg.
In 2017, JA South Africa adopted a strategy that:
• Prioritised brand management.
• Focused on the accreditation of our core high school and out of school programmes.
• Added significant value for participants through rigorous assessments and monitoring and evaluation.
We are pleased to have secured more than 70% of our 2018 budget and we are grateful to our sponsors for continuing to support our cause. In 2017 we managed to retain most previous funders while reintroducing funders on a larger scale and welcoming new funders.
We bid farewell to Chris Lister-James, who graciously provided guidance and financial support through Vantage Capital. We are also excited to welcome Peter Crawley, CCO at Citibank SA; Mark Elliott, Division President at Mastercard South Africa and Zodwa Pakade, CEO at Manati Alternate Student Funding.
The year 2018 promises to be exciting for the organisation, with upwards of 70% of the budgeted income already secured and good partnerships in the pipeline.
In total we reached 6 661 students with 152 programmes. Through the programmes completed we have reached out to students with 11 827 interventions on the three JA pillars of Entrepreneurship, Work Readiness and Financial Literacy.
A highlight was our collaboration with Soweto TV to produce a debating show USpeak. The JASA Youth Council were very busy helping Gauteng school debating teams to prepare.
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