News — March 27, 2014
2014 National President\'s Message
2014 National President Linda Ben shares her words of welcome to a new year of impact through education.
Dear JCI Members, Senators and Alumni, Let me start by wishing you all a happy new year, as we have crossed the threshold into 2014. 2013 was a year of tremendous progress for JCI South Africa. We are proud to have one of our members, Mr Tshepo Thlaku being elected the 2014 JCI Vice President. I???m sure you are aware that JCI South Africa last held this position in 2003. We look forward to flying the JCI South African flag even higher. In addition, many planned initiatives were well executed, enabling the organisation to once again fulfil its mandate of aiming to positively change the world around us. To this I say well done. We adopted the 2014 ??? 2018 JCI Strategic Plan, at the World Congress in Rio, Brazil, that shifts the organisation to unite all sectors of society, including government, business and civil society to create sustainable impact in our communities. In line with the strategic focus of JCI, this year, JCI South Africa will embark on an exciting and ambitious journey of making sustainable impact in the challenges that are facing the youth of South Africa. We will use education to address the challenges of drug abuse, children and women abuse and the high rate of youth unemployment, which will be our key focus areas for the year. I therefore call on you to critically think of solutions to these issues. As we start this New Year, we are still coming to terms with the death of our first democratically elected State President, Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, whose passing is still fresh in our minds. This world icon was a true example of an active citizen, and we should be proud that he was an honorary JCI Senator. Let us strive to follow in the principles through which he lead his life and run impactful projects to achieve his profound words that ???education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world???. We should also ask ourselves, how do we want to be remembered as fellow active citizens? Everybody can and must take responsibility for the future of JCI South Africa. Let us build it together. I must take this opportunity to state that it is not often that someone receives an opportunity to lead a community of young talented individuals united by the same beliefs and mission. I must express my deepest gratitude to you for affording me, as well as the Board of Directors the opportunity to steer the mission of JCI forward. I look forward to spending this year working hard together, as we unite to impact our communities through education. Warm Regards, Linda Ben 2014 National President