YAPS annual leadership summit

YAPS held its inaugural youth leadership summit – Juízo na Cabeça (JnC) last weekend.

Participants, made up of high school pupils and university students spent the day at Gold Reef city taking part in our very own Amazing Race.

Teams had a number of tasks to perform while they raced around the theme park enjoying the rides. The tasks related to different professions such as journalism, radio, medicine, law and business.

They also got to spend the day with professionals in their own fields, asking questions and getting some insight into the working world.

Guests speakers on the day were 5fm DJ Nicole da Silva, Business Day journalist Genevieve Quintal, Managing director of the OBC group and the Franchise Association of SA chairman Tony de Fonesca and  psychologist and life coach Tony de Gouveia.

Participants and mentors were privileged to listen to great motivational talks given by Tony de Gouveia and Tony de Fonesca on learning from your mistakes and succeeding in life and business.

A big thank you to our 2017 JnC participants who were enthusiastic, smart and engaged which helped make the day a success. 

YAPS would also like to thank to Linda Dias (Psychology), Liz Serrao (Law), Tyrone Dias (Banking), Bernie Jardim (IT), Nelson Egas (Property), Miguel de Freitas, Chris Sampaio and Ricardo de Freitas (Chartered Accountancy), Roberto Sumares (Financial Management),Micaela de Freitas (Actuarial Science) and Chantelle de Sousa (Law), who gave of their time and mentored these young minds. 

Without you the day would not have been possible.

Thank you also to those who sponsored the event – the SA Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (SAPCC), Deloitte SA and Sportmania Distributors.

JnC is now set to become a regular annual event for YAPS so if you missed out on this year, there is always next year.

Thank you for all the support.

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YAPS charity soccer tournament 2017

YAPS held its fifth annual charity six a side soccer tournament on Sunday, 13 August.

A big thank you to everyone who came out, from the teams who participated to those who came to support. 

This year we managed to raise R25 000 for Joshua’s Journey.  Joshua has been battling cancer since 2015.

Special thank yous go out to the Waverly Sport Club, which hosted us, OBC Kroonstad for their sponsorship of the chicken and meat for the delicious prego rolls, Belem Bakery for sponsoring the bread rolls and DJ Wojtek for the great music.

A big thank you also to Sporting CP Academy for donating towards Joshua’s Journey and supporting the soccer tournament and those individuals who made donations.

Congratulations to the winning team the Dangerous Darkies as well as The Pedros and Team Monkey who came in second and third respectively.

It is because of each and everyone of you that the day was a success. Thank you to everyone for helping us change someone’s life and give back!

We look forward to seeing you at our next YAPS event.

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Goreti Coutinho – Study opportunities abroad

Educational consultant Goreti Coutinho joined YAPS on Monday, May 8, to speak about study opportunities overseas and opened our eyes to some of the great opportunities available. She was friendly, approachable and provided great insight on opportunities available in countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, United States of America, Malta and Ireland.

Goreti is a consummate professional in the area of education and is dedicated to finding her clients the right study opportunity inline with their educational and financial needs.  She is able to be your “personal education solution shopper”.  It was a pleasure hosting Goreti whose presentation was beneficial and insightful. If you missed out and would like to contact Goreti for more information you can email her on goreti.coutinho@gmail.com, skype: goreti.coutinho1 or call on +351 91 402 1636.

YAPS would also like to send out a big thank you to Impello in Greenside for hosting us in their wonderful and welcoming venue. If you are looking for a work space in a great atmosphere to start your business please check them out at www.facebook.com/ImpelloSA.

Thank you to everyone who attended. We hope you were enlightened by the opportune possibilities abroad.

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YAPS social event to kick off 2017

YAPS held its first social event of the year, last week, and what a success!

Some of the regulars as well as new friends came together to enjoy a night of good food, drinks and company at Tigers Milk in Bryanston.

Thanks to everyone who came through to your first YAPS social event of the year. This was part of our promise to you in changing things up a bit and making 2017 GREAT.

If you didn’t make it, don’t despair, we have plenty more get togethers and events in store for you. We looking forward to seeing you then.

Checkout some of the pics…

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YAPS Network event – Nelson De Gouveia

Last week we hosted Venezuelan born Cape Town comedian, Nelson De Gouveia at our YAPSnetwork event at The Standard Bank Incubator in Rosebank. Nelson had the crowd in stitches and tears of laughter minutes into his story about how he got to be a Portuguese South African comedian complete with a skit about his dad at “the shop”. His talk was peppered with some of his stand up jokes and life lessons that brought his journey to life.

Thank you to all the new faces that attended as well as our seasoned YAPS members. We have one more YAPSnetwork event for 2016. Keep your eyes peeled for details.


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YAPSnetwork event with Marco Gomes

We hosted our most recent YAPSNetwork event last week at The Standard Bank Incubator in Rosebank with guest speaker Marco Gomes the bass player for local rock band Prime Circle. Marco shared his experience of starting a band, how the band progressed and Prime Circles future plans.

He had the crowd eating out of his hands with quirky stories of a group of young men out of Witbank trying to make it big in the music industry.

Thank you to everyone who attended and to Standard Bank for the catering. We’ll see you at the next one!


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YAPS faz evento com locutora de rádio luso-sul-africana

YAPS faz evento


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YAPSnetwork event with our guest Cindy Poluta

YAPSnetwork event with our guest Cindy Poluta – May 2016

We hosted our bimonthly YAPSnetwork event last week at The Standard Bank Incubator in Rosebank with guest speaker Cindy Poluta from EWN (702 & 947). Cindy shared stories from her Portuguese upbringing and career path that had the crowd clapping and laughing all the way through with her fantastic sense of humour and impersonations of her Vovo.

After Cindy’s talk there were heated games of Bisca between our old YAPS members with some new members learning the game for the first time.

Thank you to everyone that attended and Standard Bank for the catering. We’ll see you at the next one!

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There is the old adage: work hard; play hard. Well, YAPS and the South African Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (SAPCC) have managed to combine the two!

Yapsters, who are automatically affiliated with the SAPCC, enjoyed a bustling evening of networking with the leaders of Portuguese commerce. Entrepreneurs and corporate big guys were able to rub shoulders, mingle and forge new business alliances and relationships on the same playing field. This exchange of crucial details took place in 5 minute sessions of speed networking.

The evening was a huge success and was televised on RTP’s Hora dos Portugueses.
Click here to view

Obrigado to the SAPCC and Standard Bank for a prosperous evening!

SAPCC Networking Event

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YAPSNetwork AGM – J ‘Something

25 February 2016

Bem vindo to 2016! The year of happiness.

Our first networking event of the year has started the social year off with a grande bang!

Thanks to Standard Bank for their spectacular new professionals offering they put together for our yapsters – first world advanced banking now in reach of the youth – free data, personal banker, black cards and travel offers; need we say more?

We devoured the delicatessens and kept the barista busy all night! 

The only thing possibly smoother than Micasa is their lead singer J-Something! João is originally from Portimão in Portugal and arrived in ’95. Having adjusted to a plethora of diversity he has conquered – as the Portuguese do! – our land and hearts. This multi-talented marketing graduate, businessman, brand manager, singer song writer worked his way up from the bottom having started as a royalties sorter. 

He met the rest of Micasa by chance at a family engagement party. A DJ was DJ’ing and a trumpeter was trumpeting. The planets aligned and our shy guy grabbed the mic and that was the first performance!

He is proud to be Portuguese but more importantly proud to be human. “We should never forget where we come from but we should focus on where we are going – to a beautiful world filled with different cultures.” This is his message – to unite people and instil a message of love and hope.

We were further graced with the presence of the Academia do Bacalhau members. As their youth wing, it was a great moment for us to share our evening with them.

As a registered NPO it was time for our AGM.  2015 was our best financial year and that enabled us to help individuals in serious need and the shelter for abused women and children.

Congratulations to our 2016 Committee:

Chair lady
Claudia Moreira

Vice chair lady
Nicole da Silva

Claudio de Sousa

Amy Duarte

Board Members
Roger Cabanita
Nelson Cabanita
Rui Moreira
Chris Sampaio
Robin Robertson
Jacqui Caldeira

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