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    Masanda Magaqa, Sole Director, MasMag

    Masanda Magaqa, Sole Director, MasMag and JA South Africa Alumnus 2007

    In business it’s never smooth sailing but hard work pays off.

    “I come from a family of business people but I had to find a way to kick-start my own path into business. I participated in a Junior Achievement programme in 2007 where I filled the role of Financial Manager on a project to sell lip balm to our teenage peers. This was the stepping-stone that sparked my interest in the business world.

    “The programme exposed me to what has to be considered when setting up a business and the trials and tribulations to get your product to market. When we started we faced many problems including failed products and mistakes in ordering packaging, which required immediate action.

    “It is through this programme that I experienced the difficulty of having to come up with an original and creative business idea, formulating a business plan and how to effectively deal with group dynamics. I have recently registered my own company and believe that the knowledge I gained from Junior Achievement and my studies thus far will see me make a great success of it.

    “I include my JASA certificate in my CV as Junior Achievement is an internationally recognised programme that is renowned for building young entrepreneurs that are ideally positioned to make an indelible mark in the business world. I am proud to count myself among its alumni.”