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J2Ex Conference called a benchmark in South Africa’s Sunday Times

Posted on November 25th, by Nina Mapili

Yashivan Govender, founder of, was interviewed recently by South Africa’s Sunday Times on the topic of what it takes to make a great conference. We were pleased to see that he mentioned the recent J2Ex Conference “Creating a Mindset for Growth and Development” as a benchmark!
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Sunday Times, 23 Nov. 2014. Find on page 17 of the BusinessTimes section.

CONFERENCES can lack direction, with the after-hours events being more memorable than the formal programme. However, a recent conference run by the Journey to Excellence programme with the Southern Africa Initiative of German Business, held in Antananarivo,Madagascar, provided an example of a conference that worked, said Yashivan Govender, founder of

“There was almost a year of planning, with the key delegation being flown into Antananarivo three days before the conference began to go through practice sessions and dress rehearsals for … Read More »

The role of business in the development of southern Africa

Posted on July 17th, by Nina Mapili

J2Ex Developer Nina Mapili joined discussions with 22 students in a seminar hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim, a German pharmaceutical company, and organised by Studienförderwerk Klaus Murmann. The students, who come from a variety of disciplines, were all interested in better understanding the role business can / should play in development.

Development in Africa – Workshop bei Boehringer Ingelheim

From the Facebook page of Studienförderwerk Klaus Murmann

Mit Fragen der Entwicklung des südlichen Afrika und der Rolle des Privatsektors beschäftigten sich 22 Stipendiaten auf Einladung von Boehringer Ingelheim in Mainz. Gegenstand der Gruppenarbeit war das Afrika-Bild (Klischee versus Daten und persönliche Einschätzungen) sowie Ansätze für Social Entrepreneurship als wichtigem Bestandteil der Entwicklungshilfe.

Left to right: Nina Mapili (Mapili GmbH), Dr. Michael Rabbow (Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH), Patience Chingombe (derzeit über “Afrika kommt!” bei der Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH), Manuela Pastore (Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH), Diketso Mogano (derzeit über “Afrika kommt!” … Read More »

Big Things Clothing is going places!

Posted on April 5th, by Nina Mapili

In 2012, Wesley T. Chimuti attended a “Take Charge of Your Life!” workshop organised by EDCA in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He made reference to that in this article from Sept 24th, 2013. See him in a video from 2012 here:

TCYB Workshop featured in the Times of Swaziland

Posted on November 13th, by Nina Mapili

In August, 2013, REDI, a Swazi consulting company and long-time J2Ex partner held a “Take Charge of Your Business!” workshop for clients of Fincorp, a Swazi Development Finance Institution. The workshop was facilitated by REDI founder and MD Dr. Sikhomba Gumbi, with J2Ex Program Developer Nina Mapili and Lungi Mareka, a J2Ex facilitator from Namibia assisting. Special guests from Germany, both internationally experienced trainers, were also in attendance to learn more about the J2Ex Program: Klaus Schuler and Martin Holzmann.

SAFRI Sec. Gen. with J2Ex in Zimbabwe

Posted on November 11th, by Nina Mapili

In February of 2013, SAFRI Secretary General Andreas Wenzel came to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to meet local businesspeople, J2Ex partners, and J2Ex workshop participants.