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

Tebogo Rakhudu, MBA, 2015-2018

MBA 2015-2018 PT Class Rep. Many great memories were created. WBS is trully outstanding! The MBA brought about a lot of career and personal growth. …

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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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Lulamile Stuurman, CPIR 1995, MAP 1999, MM – P&DM 2012

Syndicate Group Work was central in fostering positive students peer influence to learning from and supporting one another. It has been the source of my …

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Rob Croll, MBA, 1974-1975

The life skills learnt, in-particular from Dave Cawood, have stood me in good stead throughout my working life.

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Takeshi Kimura

Takeshi Kimura Current title Executive Officer, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2007   A defining moment in ...
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Richard Manzini, MBA, 2018

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

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Don Scott, MBA Full Time, 1975-1976

My MBA totally changed my life. Prior to my studies at the Business School, I had been a technical manager for a chemical company. After …

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Maurice Goodman

Maurice Goodman Current title Chief Medical Officer, Discovery Health   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 1987   A defining moment in ...
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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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Blazius Kwakwala, MMFI, 2014-2015

The MMFI afforded me the richest learnings ever. It made me blossom into a fully fledged operations/support services practitioner/business partner. Memorable moments were Prof. Malikane’s …

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Adrian Hersch, HDPM, 1980

The HDPM gave me a very good background into the world of business, thanks WBS.   I was in the HDPM (as it was known …

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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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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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Adv. Letsepe Thubakgale, Making the Market Work & Executive Development Programme, 2003-2004

One Memory that stands out, the Syndicate meetings before classes.

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Thando Ntsinde

Thando Ntsinde Current title Account Manager, Edelman South Africa   Course at Wits Business School Women in Leadership, 2017   A defining moment in my ...
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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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Papi Lidovho, Case Competition, Tel Aviv, 2014

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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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Diane Radley

Diane Radley Current title Non-executive Director, Murray & Roberts Holdings Ltd, Transaction Capital Ltd, Base Resources Ltd (ASX); Trustee, DG Murray Trust   Course at ...
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Dieter Nolte, MBA, 1977

At age 36, I was the oldest member of the 1976/77 full-time MBA class. What I lacked in youthful energy, I could make up with …

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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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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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Paul Bacher

Paul Bacher Current title Founder and Joint Chief Executive Officer, National Mentorship Movement   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 1995   ...
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Taofeek Adejare OWOSENI, PhD, 2018

Coming to WBS for my PhD was a highly significant and rewarding decision I made in my career. Coming to WBS for my PhD was …

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Judy Dlamini

Judy Dlamini Current title Founder and Executive Chairman, Mbekani Group   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 1999   A defining moment ...
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Elaine Ferraris, PDM, 1994

Both practical and professional, the PDM is a solid and sought after Post Grad choice.

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Jerry Mabena

Jerry Mabena Current title Chief Executive Officer, Thebe Services Division; Chief Executive Officer, Thebe Tourism Group   Course at Wits Business School Certificate Programme in ...
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Affiong Williams

A defining moment in my career has been the realisation that my purpose as an entrepreneur is far reaching, not just to create jobs and wealth, but also be a leading example of charting a path others can follow, especially women.

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Noeline Oakes, Digital Marketing, 2018

Helga the lecture was awesome, she was a real Motivator & Inspirer. – Thanks to her

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Barry Greyling, MBA, 2012-2013

Awesome experience!   PS: The WBS and I are the same age 🙂

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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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Blazius Kwakwala, MMFI, 2014-2015

Great camaraderie in the whole MMFI class of 2014.

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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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Nazli Jugbaran

Nazli Jugbaran Current title Director, Divine Intervention Holistix (Pty) Ltd   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2014   A defining moment ...
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Andrea Armstrong, PDM, 2013-14

I remember being so excited to receive an offer from the Wits Business School for the PDM 2013 – 2014. It felt so prestigious to …

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John Lewsen, MBA, 1975

The MBA program was a pivotal learning experience in my life, and I still draw on insights and tools that I learned.

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Jack Bloom, MBA Full Time, 1984-1985

I benefited immensely from my interaction with older and more experienced students and it was good background for my subsequent career in politics

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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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Danny Flax, PDM, Part Time, 2013-2014

Graduation and Celebrating at Mike’s Kitchen after the ceremony.    

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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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Ismail Lambat, MBA, 2010

I recall the second day of my MBA when my first child was born and then while in China completing my final elective, I received the news of the birth of my second child and had to fly back immediately…. An amazing two years of learning and personal growth.

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Allen Pillay, MBA, 2009-2011

What a Class!

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Nkocy Mdunge, Management Accounting, 2014

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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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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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Refiloe Seseane

Refiloe Seseane Current title Founder, 18twenty8®   Course at Wits Business School Management Advancement Programme, 2011   A defining moment in my career The best ...
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Christin Mueller

Christin Mueller Current title Director: People Development, Scout24   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2006   A defining moment in my ...
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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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Jovana Korać

Jovana Korać Current title Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Nandi Pads   Course at Wits Business School Master of Management in Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation, ...
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Muvhango Lukhaimane

Muvhango Lukhaimane Current title Pension Funds Adjudicator   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2013   A defining moment in my career ...
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