🎉FAMILY FUN VIRTUAL QUIZ🎉 with Comedian 🎤Nelson de Gouveia🎤

We are sticking to our Covid-19 regulations, however we are missing out on some good memories – so we have decided to join forces with the Youth in Cape Town (Portuguese Youth Association) and host a Virtual Quiz Night:

🎉Family Fun Virtual Quiz Night with a Portuguese twist🎉
Price: R150 per Household
Date: Friday, 28 August 2020
_Space is limited_
Use Google Forms to RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSewcjnJ2FlCHAXR1J9Fxl4DKn2A_6qMiQ_STLZXhXDx-H7YDw/viewform

All proceeds go to Lar Rainha Santa Isabel Portuguese Old Age Home Johannesburg.

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As we near the end of South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown, we would just like to let all our members know that we have had you all in our thoughts and prayers, this crazy time has been a very special yet strange opportunity to reconnect with family and appreciate the times when we didn’t have to practice “Social Distancing”.

Although, the lockdown has dampened our plans in 2020 as set out below, we will communicate with you all on the way forward when things become clearer.

The safety of our community is of utmost importance, so we will wait for the call to come out again to continue with the plans. Following an update by our President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on the COVID-19 lockdown, it was decided that beyond Thursday, 30th April 2020, South Africa will gradually phase out of the country’s lockdown based on five-phases. 
For ease of reference, the levels of alert are defined as per the below table:

Level 5Drastic measures are required to contain the spread of the virus to save lives.
Level 4Some activity can be allowed to resume subject to extreme precautions required to limit community transmission and outbreaks
Level 3Easing of some restrictions, including on work and social activities, to address a high risk of transmission.
Level 2Further easing of restrictions, but the maintenance of physical distancing and restrictions on some leisure and social activities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.
Level 1Most normal activity can resume, with precautions and health guidelines followed at all times.

Report back from YAPS AGM 2020
Thanks to Voz Portuguesa for attending and their full page article on us below!
Young Adult Portuguese Society (YAPS) held its Annual General Meeting last week Thursday at the Consulado-Geral de Portugal – Joanesburgo.
Guest Speaker for the evening, in a TED Talk setting, was Portuguese/Spanish Pop Artist born and raised in South Africa, former soccer, Miguel Pregueiro. Discussing the importance of a healthy mindset in reaching for the impossible, Pregueiro’s talk left the YAPS executive committee confident that they could face any challenges which lay ahead.
The new executive committee for 2020 was elected at the AGM. They are Ricardo de Freitas (Chair); Nelson Cabanita (Vice-Chair); Claudio de Sousa (Treasurer); Dominic Pais (Head of Outreach); Micaela de Freitas (Social Media Representative); Antonella Giuricich (Social Media Representative); Roger Cabanita and Roberto Sumares.   
YAPS is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Starting out as a social cultural group of 11 close family friends in 2008, YAPS caters to the cultural, educational and social development and strengthening of the Portuguese culture among the South African community. Our roots are in Portugal, but our branches stretch throughout South Africa.
Our work and events focus on three main pillars:

  • Educational
    • We organise Portuguese lessons at the Wanderers Club, Illovo, every Tuesday at 7pm for R100 every 2-hour lesson – we would like to expand this to Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban – Please contact us if you are interested.
    • We organise an annual Youth Leadership Summit for high school and university students called JuÍzo na Cabeça focussed on career and soft skills development.
  • Charity
    • Fundraiser events for charities
    • Annual Charity Soccer Tournament
  • Social
    • Viewings when Portugal’s national soccer team plays matches
    • Portuguese socials

YAPS is interested in broadening its scope by brining portuguese youth together in other cities around South Africa and would like to start partnerships in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. Please contact us if you are interested in joining.

If you would like to join YAPS, please visit any of our social media platforms or our website yaps.co.za for more information about how to register and get involved.
A big thank you to the Consulate General and the consulate staff Adalberta Coimbra and Manuela Fonseca for hosting the event; Miguel Pregueiro for sharing his insights and everyone who joined us on the evening.
Thank you also to those who continue to support the portuguese youth, we especially appreciate the support from the SA Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (SAPCC) and the Academia do Bacalhau.
We are still looking forward to an exciting 2020.

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Olá amigos!

2020 is flying and it is already time for the YAPS Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will be held on the 12th of March 2020.

We will assess 2019 and what we achieved, what we could do better going forward and what to expect for 2020.
We will also be electing a new executive. If you are interested in joining the YAPS executive don’t be shy to put your hand up. Nominations and elections will be done at the AGM.

We will also have a guest speaker this year,Portuguese/Spanish Pop Artist born and raised in South Africa, former soccer player turned singer, Miguel Pregueiro.

Anyone is welcome and if you not yet a YAPS member you can sign up on the night. 
BECOME A YAPS MEMBERIf you are not yet a YAPS member and would like to be part of the YAPS family. Membership is just a a once off fee of R100. 
Click here for more information or visit our website.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Date: 12 March 2020
Time: 19:00 for 19:30
Venue: Consulado-Geral de Portugal – Joanesburgo
15 Ernest Oppenheimer Ave, Bruma, Johannesburg
RSVP: By 6 March 2020 to info@yaps.co.za or DM  on any social media platforms
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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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3 years ago

Ola! Just a quick reminder that if you want to skip the queue on Friday you can book your tickets by mailing info@yaps.co.za

See you this Friday at Movida Johannesburg!

3 years ago

Our big bash for the year is THIS Friday! All proceeds go to Joshua's Journey.
Come through, enjoy a fun night out. YAPS members can pre-book to save and jump the queue ????

3 years ago

Happy Friday! Here's a fun look at cool things about Portugal for those of you that haven't visited in a while or have never been ??

3 years ago

Hi guys

We know the bad weather yesterday prevented some of you from attending the induction night for Portuguese lessons but don't despair we have all the info for you.

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