Raymond Ac​​kerman Programme

The Raymond Ackerman Aca​demy (RAA) was established in 2005 by the Raymond Ackerman Foundation and University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business to service local communities in the Western Cape. 
 From 2009, the program was adapted and expanded to service communities in and around Soweto through the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Small Business Development under the auspices of the Raymond Ackerman Academy-Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program.

The RAA implements a business start-up programme for young people from previously disadvantaged communities offered at NQF Level 4, which runs over five months. The programme involves training in business management skills, 12 month mentoring support, facilitation to ensure access to business opportunities and funding.

The curriculum includes a combination of classroom instruction, life skills and numeracy training, work based experience and business projects all leading to the ultimate objective of preparing a business plan and establishing a business.

The expected outcomes of the programme are business start-ups, job creation, employment, and further studies. Participants receive a certificate of attendance.

The programme consists of modules in business skills and personal development. This includes:
  • Innovation, business idea development and testing
  • HR, marketing, strategy, cost accounting and operations
  • Business numeracy and English business literacy
  • Workshops on time management, presentation skills, career readiness and professionalism
  • Entrepreneurial showcases and guest speakers
In addition, students are offered personal development through one-on-one ‘check-in’ sessions and support

Who qualifies?​​
  • Youth ages 18-35 years
  • Interested in starting a business or already in business
  • Programme Fee: R 1 950.00 commitment fee
  • The programme subsidised and is worth approx. R 20 000 per student​​​

Small Business Enrichment Programme

The Small Business Enrichment Programme is an accredited NQF level 5 programme aimed at supporting existing entrepreneurs in key sectors, such as, Manufacturing, Information and Communications Technology, Construction and Services and Green Economy. 

The programme involves the following:
  • A 12 Day Business Management Programme implemented over a 3 (three) month period. The programme covers among others, Market Research, Financial Management, Human Resource Management,  Marketing and Operations,
  • 12 month mentorship of entrepreneurs for at least 2 (two) hours per month where entrepreneurs are expected to be linked to business opportunities and funding, leading to business growth. 
  •  Opportunity identification which will lead to growth of business ventures.
  • Planning and managing growth.
  • Related marketing strategies for growth to include exporting.
  • Managing finance especially with the global financial crisis.
  • Regulatory compliance and human resource management   issues.
  • Information and technology including simple e mail, financial   spread sheets etc.
Who qualifies?
  •   Entrepreneurs who have been in business for a minimum of two years;
  • Business Plan with 5 years projections;
  • Annual Financial Statement for the last two years;
  • Certitied copies of Identity Documents; and
  • Affidavit confirming the company's B-BBEE status.
Contact details:
  • Programme Manager: Mr Vusi Mdima
  • Tel:011 559 5707
  • Email: vmdima@uj.ac.za

Financial Management and Costing

The Financial Management and Costing is an NQF level 4 accredited programme which aims to prepare the small business practitioner with the fundamental knowledge, insight and the skills needed to plan and implement an appropriate financial costing practice within their business.
On completion of the 5-day programme, with compulsory weekly class attendance, the University will issue a participation certificate to qualifying individuals.
The programme consists of the following modules:
  • What Is Business All About (an introduction),
  • Reasons Why Small Businesses Fail Or Are Successful,
  • Small Business Costing Principles,
  • The Break-Even Principle And Its Practices,
  •  Planning and Managing Income,
  • Planning and Managing Direct Costs,
  •  Planning and Managing Indirect Costs (Overheads) and
  •  Ensuring Correct and Relevant Costing Information to Measure, Interpret and Manage Costs.

R2 500.00 per person
Contact details

  • Programme Manager: Mr Vusi Mdima
  • Tel:011 559 5707
  • Email: vmdima@uj.ac.za

The Vice Chancellor’s UJ Students Innovative Business Idea

The Vice-Chancellor UJ Students Innovative Business Idea is aimed at developing the culture of entrepreneurship among students at the University of Johannesburg.
The programme run annually. The Top 10 most innovative business idea submitted by students receive prizes consisting of business skills training, incubation space, 12 month mentoring support, market access support and monitory prize to cover their start-up costs.
and involves an awards programme to recognise 10 students who submitted the most innovative business idea. The students will receive prizes consisting of business skills training, incubation space, 12 month mentoring support, market access support and monitory award to cover start-up costs. An additional 20 students with good ideas but would not have made it to the top 10 (ten) will also be trained in business management skills, and mentored for a period of 12 months through group mentoring sessions.
Target group
Full-time UJ students enrolled for formal qualification, excludes extra curricula students. 
  • Programme Manager: Mr Vusi Mdima
  • Tel:011 559 5707
  • Email: vmdima@uj.ac.za

Alumni Mentorship Progr​amme

The CSBD has for the past five years implemented various Business Management Skills Programmes and the impact assessment conducted on these various programmes revealed that mentorship is critical component for entrepreneurs to succeed.
 As a result, the Alumni Mentorship Programme has been designed to provide mentorship support through five hourly group mentoring sessions on a monthly basis, these sessions are coordinated by the CSBD.

Through the mentoring sessions, mentors will facilitate among other things new business establishments, growth of existing businesses as well as access to market opportunities and business finance. The mentoring sessions involve, gap analysis, problem solving, action planning and skills transfer.  


  • Programme Manager: Mr Vusi Mdima
  • Tel:011 559 5707
  • Email: vmdima@uj.ac.za