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Innovative young social entrepreneurs win the 2012 JCI Best Business Plan competition

  JCI South Africa successfully hosted the 2012 JCI Best Business Plan Competition culminating in an awards ceremony on the 29th of March 2012 at the Gordon Institute of Business (GIBS). Three young innovative entrepreneurs received their awards in a packed auditorium, and in attendance were JCI International Vice President Mr Samuel Moyo, the Consul of the Kingdom of Monaco, Mr Francis Kasasa and a delegation from JCI Monaco, among other dignitaries.

Paseka Lesolang with a toilet cistern that has the potential to save at least 288 billion litres of water annually, Zandile Mabizela of MAG+ which aims to sell back-copies of reputable rich-content magazines to students at an affordable flat price, and Simphiwe Motsene of Zondi Buy Back Centre which has a mini plastic recycling plant that hopes to create employment opportunities for 30 people and over 500 beneficiaries (suppliers of recyclable material), received top honours.

JCI South Africa honours Anglo American’s enterprise development initiative, Zimele


JCI South Africa is honoured to announce that it has received both financial and non-financial contributions from Anglo American’s dedicated enterprise development arm, Zimele, in the 2012 JCI Best Business Plan Competition (BBP).

Zimele’s considerable support for the competition demonstrates its real commitment to helping build independent and sustainable communities throughout South Africa, with a particular focus on the communities in which Anglo American operates. Read more



Exciting business plans received – Entries are now closed


Entries have officially closed for the 2012 JCI Best Business Plan Competition for Social Entrepreneurs.

There has been a satisfactory response from young South African entrepreneurs, submitting innovative and community based solutions. This reflects the eagerness of young people wanting to be the solution to the social and economic challenges faced by our society.

Watch out for great news of submissions and winning entries, showcasing the future leaders and entrepreneurs that this country and the world needs. Potential investors are welcome to contact us and explore the possibility for providing further support to the entrepreneurs who entered the competition.



Kaello confirms mentorship worth R50,000 for the winner


Kaello Business Hub confirmed a prize sponsorship for the winner of the competition, in the form of mentorship to the value of R50,000 in man hours. This is part Hub's commitment to creating jobs by supporting entrepreneurs to be successful. The winner will be afforded guidance and support by Kaelo Business Hub mentors , that include Mr. Bonang Mohale (Chairman: Shell SA), Mr. Bongani Mageba (MD: Stanlib), Mr. Tshepo Phakathi (CE: Phakathi Holdings) and Mr Jabu Mabuza (CE: TsogoSun). The mentors participate in KAELLO in their personal capacities and not as representatives of the companies they own or control. Read More




Competition deadline extended to the 25th February 2012


JCI South Africa announces the extension of the deadline for entries of the Best Business Plan Competition for Social Entrepreneurs from the 10th to 25th February 2012. During the announcement, National President Ms. Lucia Motloung justified the decision by saying "this is to ensure that we afford many more young entrepreneurs, between the ages of 18 and 40, the opportunity conclude their business plans and enter the competition. We only launched the competition late last year and its only fair that we give people a bit more time to complete their entries considering the festive break"



JCI South Africa Launched the Competition


The 2012 JCI Best Business Plan competition was officially launched at Sci-bono Discovery Centre, in Newton, Johannesburg. At the event, attended by about 30 entrepreneurs, presentations on the UN Global Compact as well as the details of the competition were made.



The search for young entrepreneurs willing to create impact in their communities is now on


JCI South Africa invites young social entrepreneurs, to enter the JCI ‘Best Business Plan’ competition. The National President Mr. Tshepo Thlaku explains that, what the organisation is looking for are young people between the ages of 18-40 starting small businesses to submit compelling business plans that aims at addressing challenges within their communities. Read More