RAA Soweto Class of 2012 graduates

      Class of 2012 graduates​ from the Raymond Ackerman Academy at CSBD on Soweto Campus

Determined to curb the high unemployment number in South Africa, the youth at the UJ Faculty of Management's Centre for Small Business and Development (CSBD) will help bring about solutions to the problem.

About 51 students graduated from the Raymond Ackerman Academy (RAA) at UJ on Wednesday, 6 February 2013, where the Founder and Owner of Pick 'n Pay, Dr Raymond Ackerman, was present to congratulate them and offer words of wisdom.

Dr Ackerman says although the country has too many challenges, he believes that South Africa is a place of opportunities for all people living in it. "The only things you need to go far in life is enthusiasm and positivity. What you learn at any education institution, will stay with you for the rest of your life. Take a stand," he said.

Each year, the Academy produces more than 40 students who are keen on becoming entrepreneurs. This business programme is made possible by Goldman Sachs 10 000 Women initiative and the RAA at UJ Soweto Campus.

Courses in the RAA Entrepreneurial Development programme include Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Marketing, Operation Management, Communication, and Business Numeracy and Strategy.

Congratulations to Moipone Malotsi and the CSBD team for contributing entrepreneurial future-fitness.

Prof Daneel van Lill

Dean: Faculty of Management

University of Johannesburg