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Successful MBA Winter Study School at NWU

During the week from 19 to 23 July, NWU Business School hosted our annual MBA Winter Study School, with extra emphasis on our Prestige Day on 21 July. At the beginning of this week, we engaged with several speakers to provide our MBA students with the best opportunity to make the most of their studies. On Monday, we welcomed Mr Willie Bezuidenhout, Chief Financial Officer at Buffalo Coal Corporation to speak about Peninsula Energy. On Tuesday, our students were addressed by the North-West University’s Prof Henri Bezuidenthout, talking about the different opportunities and challenges of doing business in Africa. This was an exciting week for us with many specialist participants contributing to the excellent teaching of our MBA students.

The Prestige Day experts discussed ‘Navigating the new normal to a sustainable new future’, truly a day filled with some of the best business minds in South Africa. One of our guest speakers was Mr André de Ruyter, known for stepping in as Eskom’s CEO at the beginning of 2020. Mr de Ruyter has extensive experience nationally and internationally, he spent some time in China as President of China Ventures and also in Germany in a business turnaround and management capacity. It was an honour to have listened to his business advice and expertise.

Mr Thomas van Zyl is another one of our prestige guest speakers that we welcomed. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the ZZ2 farming group. He completed his studies in agriculture and commerce at the University of Stellenbosch and completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Florida in the USA. ZZ2 have farms stretching from the Limpopo province to the Western and Eastern Cape, Gauteng, North West and Namibia, known for their tomatoes, but is also a significant producer of onions, avocados, mangoes, cherries, almonds, blueberries, dates and cattle. The MBA students listened fervently as he explained that he believes that farming in South Africa has a bright future, provided that changes are managed purposefully and thoughtfully. He believes that innovation and entrepreneurship is imperative for the creation of sustainable economic value.

We were also honoured to have Mr Craig Lemboe who addressed our MBA students. Craig consults on macroeconomics to several private and public sector entities and lecturers on construction economics in a number of professional programmes most notably the Construction Management Programme (CMP) co-ordinated by the department of civil engineering at Stellenbosch University and the management development programme presented by Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA). Craig is also responsible for analysing and forecasting trends in fixed investment and has extensive knowledge of the Western Cape economy.

The prestige address of Ms Mahlatse Mahlase was unquestionably one of the highlights of the MBA Winter Study School. As the Group Editor in Chief at Eyewitness News, Ms Mahlatse could give first hand insights on the recent looting and disturbances in KZN and Gauteng as well as expert opinions on Covid-19 pandemic related matters. Ms Mahlatse obtained a national Diploma from Peninsula Technikon (now Cape University of Technology), and has worked as a producer, general news reporter, senior health reporter, and worked across the African continent covering major historical events with a stint as a correspondent for the SABC based in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. She then furthered her studies with a B-Tech qualification from Tshwane University of Technology. Her career has progressed upwards, before she was appointed as Editor in Chief for Eyewitness News, she was Political Editor for Africa’s biggest online publication - News24.

We ended our Winter Study School with addresses by Mr Pieter Geldenhuys, a futurist and strategist on the global stage, and Dr Peet Roos, who gave some insight on how to conduct your professional CV in order to land your dream job, a truly viable skill for our students.

Me Sandra Noppe Taljaard also joined in and gave some insight on personal style, fashion, and motivation, and Dr Dayalan Govender, a leading partner at PwC, gave his guest lecture about the workforce of the future.

We believe that our MBA students enjoyed their programme and gained value in their quest for progressive management and leadership enrichment.

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