Fifty years is a long time and the School has seen thousands and thousands of students pass through its doorways… copious numbers of proud graduates who’ve gone on to do interesting things in their careers!  So many syndicate groups that have worked through the night, so many friends made and businesses started!

 

We set up this wall to provide an opportunity for students, alumni, staff and friends of WBS to share their messages or memories of WBS. We hope you enjoy them.

What are your memories?

If you would like to be part of our 50th celebrations and “write on the wall” we would love to hear from you.  Whether you are a student or alumnus, a current or past staff member or lecturer – why not add your name, an anecdote and/or a photograph?  Or even just a simple message.

Go to the ‘Submit your Memory’ page and send your contribution.

WBS Memory Wall

Paul Ballen

Paul Ballen Current title Director, Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream   Course at Wits Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Management, 2013   A defining moment in ...
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Lebogang Mashego, MBA, 2016

MBA Global Trip to China, Graduation Day & Graduation Dinner with Prof Alagidede!!! I want another MBA, I miss that place 🙂    

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Uri Marks, PDM 1996, MBA 2004

Most people will think back on their days at WBS and will reminisce about the stimulating academic challenges and the inspiring interesting social interactions. Many …

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Zukiswa Kulu, NMP, 2012

I did the New Managers Programme from September to December 2012, and our communications lecturer was a guy called Ron. At the end of the …

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Brad Kaftel, MBA Full Time, 1983-1984

Thank you to Wits Business School for giving me the education which assisted me to build up my own company – Hatfield Motor Group. Congratulations …

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Helene Smit

Helene Smit Current title Managing Director, Feather Learning (Pty) Ltd; Director, Depth Leadership Trust   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 1992 …

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Maurice Radebe

Maurice Radebe Current title Executive Vice President: Energy and Sustainability, Sasol   Course at Wits Business School Management Advancement Programme, 1991 Master of Business Administration, ...
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Danny Koppel

Danny Koppel Current title Chief Executive Officer of J23 Productions Publishing & Records CC; ‘Danny K’   Course at Wits Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Management, ...
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Thabo Mokwele

Thabo Mokwele Current title Broadcaster / Marketing Practitioner; Director, Tbose Productions; Director, Bosa-Mmogo Holdings   Course at Wits Business School Master of Management in the field ...
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Lauren Liebenberg

I used to try candy-coat things, but no longer: giving birth is less painful, less bloody and infinitely quicker than getting your first novel published. If you haven’t been smothered under the avalanche of “Dear Author, Thank you for your submission, but …” slips by the time you find a publisher, you and your manuscript will still have to face the pitiless glint of your editor’s scythe.

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Deon Opperman

Deon Opperman Current title Executive Director, Overberg Productions; Chief Executive Officer, Deon Opperman Productions (Pty) Ltd   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, ...
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Louise Lepan, MBA, 2004

I had asked Prof Patrick McGraw to borrow his teaching notes to copy, intending to return it the following week. Over the weekend my car was stolen, with his notes, my course materials, and text books. Thank you to Douglas Jung and friends who helped me with copies of their files so that I could prepare for the exams. The MBA program taught me that you can survive any hardship if you have a strong support network.

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President Ntuli, MAP, 2015

I am still applying the learnings daily.   I was part of the MAP 120 group. What a privilege to have been in this class …

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Geraldine Mamburu, MBA, 2018

What an honor it is to be joining WBS at this remarkable milestone.

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Lanre Banjo, MBA, 2016

I do not know how to begin but I would not be where I am today without the Wits Business School Education. I am actually …

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Sanam Shree

Sanam Shree Current title Chief Strategy and Investment Officer, Shree Property Holdings   Course at Wits Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Management, 2010 Master of Management ...
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Nthabeleng Likotsi

Nthabeleng Likotsi Current title Executive Chairperson, Young Women in Business Network   Course at Wits Business School Master of Management in Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation, ...
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Alison Foote nee Sharp and Dugal Sharp, MBA, 1990

The first brother and sister pair to graduate with an MBA on the same day

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Lebona Moleli, MBA, 1996-1998

The most challenging but rewarding 3 years of my life. The first time I studied whilst I had a full time job. I enjoyed the …

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Thomas Lewis MBA, 1971-1972

I think back very fondly to those couple of years. And it is very gratifying to see that the school has developed so impressively in the years since then.

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Armstrong Ngcobo, MM–ENVC, 2015

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Lauren Jankelowitz, MBA, 2007

I graduated with my MBA from WBS in 2007. The MBA changed my life, but in small ways, bit by bit, by ensuring that my …

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Priya Rowjee

As I continue on my journey, I have made self reflection my personal discipline – to remain true to my values as I seek to advance my unique strengths. On this path, I constantly remind myself of Nelson Mandela, who said that, “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up”.

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Dumi Mkwanazi, MBA Part Time, 2003-2005

I have fond memories of the Australian professor Gary Stockport who taught us Strategic Management. Anyone who was in that class would remember how he …

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Craig Yeatman

I believed that I could work hard enough to earn a fabulous early retirement. I started a retail company in 1989 and my optimistic best mate helped me raise ‘capital’ by polishing up and selling my Hi-Fi system.

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Nkocy Mdunge, Management Accounting, 2014

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Alison Kimble Fry, HDPM, 1981

Great times with a great bunch of fellow students!

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Thandiwe Peach, PDM, 2014-2016

Today I even have solid business partners from WBS. I have so many good memories of WBS Lecturers. I remember how I was blown away …

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Roy Raeburn, MBA, 1973

I was one of the early recipients of the of the new Wits Business School MBA programme. I found the whole executional and social interaction …

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Nhlanhla Dlamini

Nhlanhla Dlamini Current title Founder and Managing Director, Maneli Foods   Course at Wits Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Management, 2005   A defining moment ...
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Dino Rech

Dino Rech Current title Regional Chief Operating Officer, The Aurum Institute   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2014   A defining ...
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Jack Hochfeld, MBA, 1975-76

Tony Norton, MD of Standard Merchant Bank addressed our MBA class. He talked about merchant banking and corporate finance- stock exchanges, raising capital, mergers, acquisitions …

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Roselinah Hlelani, 2014

I graduated in 2014. The course had a positive impact on my life, especially in business and in the working environment in general. I had …

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Claire Beswick, HDPM, 1987

How fabulous to be treated like my opinions mattered and to be exposed to fascinating classroom discussion with a whole bunch of really sharp people. …

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Kathy Lewis, MBA, 1987

“The MBA was indeed an occasion in my life!”   I remember Buzz, the resident cat, who often adopted interesting poses at the front of …

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Craig van Wyk, MBA, 2002

I met many outstanding professionals at Wits. The part-time MBA was a memorable experience, and I met many outstanding professionals at Wits. I would particularly …

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Robert Johnson, MBA, 1972

We had a small class of 13. Herbert Sichel was the stand out Professor

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Ajay Jivan, Phd, 2017

The day I handed-in my final Phd thesis at 12:12pm…  WBS holds many dear memories for me. There were many days of toil, tentativeness, and …

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Vuyisile Zondi

A defining moment in my career has been the ability to start a business and sustain its growth in a highly competitive market.

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Odongo Kodongo

Odongo Kodongo Current title Associate Professor: Finance, Wits Business School   Course at Wits Business School Doctor of Philosophy, 2012   A defining moment in ...
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Dr Gerald Levin, PDM, 1993

Congratulations, WBS, on your 50th year celebrations! In 1992, events exposed our class to very exciting political events. We had two superb politics teachers. Prof Schlemmer and Prof van Zyl Slabbert!

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Deidre Proxenos, MBA, 1997

Whilst doing the MAP programme, I had this desire to do the MBA and with not having an undergrad degree – thought it was impossible. …

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John Livanas, MBA, 1982

Truly the most challenging and amazing 2 years which provided the foundation for my career. Many in our class excelled in business, all excelled as leaders of all kinds. I am honoured to be a Wits Business School alumni.

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Lindy Chabalala, MAP, 2015

The MAP program opened my understanding to the meaning of management/leadership. It helped me learn how to apply what I learnt and I continue to …

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Nozuko Mbalula

Nozuko Mbalula Current title Executive Director, Lesoba Difference   Course at Wits Business School Women in Leadership, 2017   A defining moment in my career ...
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Euphemia Godspower Akpomiemie, MMFI, 2012

Wits Business School sculpted the leadership skills in me during my MMFI program. Still sculpting, as I complete my PhD this year.

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Richard Manzini, MBA, 2018

Someday, I will make my parents proud. I promise. Thank you, Lord.

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Tebogo Immaculate Raaleka, MBA, 2017

Honoured to be part of this prestigious institution

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Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Sikonathi Mantshantsha Current title Deputy Editor, Financial Mail; Investment Writer, Business Day   Course at Wits Business School Management Advancement Programme, 2015   A defining moment ...
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George Tweneboah, PhD Philosophy, 2014-2016

The Wits PhD has inspired me and given me the opportunity to attain greater heights.

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