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

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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Linda Adams, MBA, 1992

Class Reunion on our Graduation Date – 24 years later, and we’re still as young as ever and absolutely fabulous people serving the economy proudly …

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Tracy Rushton, PDM HR, 1988-1989

We were the first class to complete this course part-time. A real challenge and motivated me to become a life long learner.

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John Caesar Mwangi, MBA, 1994

I had arrived from Kenya at WBS on February 17th 1993 to join the full-time 1993-94 MBA class. As the first Kenyan student to enrol …

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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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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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Liora Gross, MBA, 1999

A school of excellence that stimulates change through courage, conversation and debate.

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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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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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Lauren Jankelowitz

Lauren Jankelowitz Current title Chief Executive Officer, Southern African HIV Clinicians Society   Course at Wits Business School Management Advancement Programme, 2004 Master of Business Administration, ...
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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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Tebogo Immaculate Raaleka, MBA, 2017

Honoured to be part of this prestigious institution

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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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Barbara Queally

Barbara Queally Current title Managing Director and Owner of GMPF; Beyers Hospitality; Shareholder of QDB Holdings, Arrow Group   Course at Wits Business School Women ...
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Wendy Luhabe

Wendy Luhabe Current title Social Entrepreneur; Economic Activist   Course at Wits Business School Management Advancement Programme, 1985   A defining moment in my career ...
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Mathew Allan, PDM & MBA, 2013-2018

My abiding memories of Wits Business School were late nights, early mornings, the tough task of managing syndicates as well as the balancing of family, …

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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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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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Tebogo Immaculate Raaleka, MBA, 2017

Honoured to be part of this prestigious institution

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Aimee Thomas, PDM, 2014

During my time at WBS, I met incredible people and learnt the power of collaboration. These people included my peers; lecturers; administrators; class coordinators; and …

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Chaim Silberstein, MBA, 1981

Some of the best years of my life. We worked hard, had a lot of fun, and made lifelong friendships.

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Isaac Patsa, Master of Management, 2015

Wits Business School is an amazing place, you will be challenged beyond your wildest imagination. However, you will come out WBS a transformed and better …

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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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Noeline Oakes, Digital Marketing, 2018

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

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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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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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Mamello Mafisa, Fast Track Leadership Development, 2015

Reflecting on leadership…

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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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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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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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Charles O’Tudor, PDBA, 2013

Awesomely Awesome memories.   My time at school was value driven and content based. Will do it again.

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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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Pavlo Phitidis

Pavlo Phitidis Current title Chief Executive Officer, Aurik Investment Holdings   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2000   A defining moment ...
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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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Rrabana Seemane, MDP, 2013

I did not have any diploma or tertiary qualification and then I enrolled in 2012 through Learning Academy in Home Affairs for Middle Management Development Programme …

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David Smith, Exchange Student 2013

What truly set me on my path of enlightenment began at registration. I saw a self-identification box to check “Coloured” when I completed my registration form …

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Melinda van den Berg, MAP, EDP & PDBA, 1980

Five WBS qualifications are more powerful than one.

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Elena Gaffurini

Elena Gaffurini Current title Managing Partner, DEV Mozambique; Co-founder, Moz Innovation Lab   Course at Wits Business School Master of Management in Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation, ...
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Select Mphahlele, PDM, 2015

For the first time in my life, in 2015, I ascended the graduation stage and I was fortunate to embrace the Vice Chancellor of Wits, …

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Kenny Fihla

Kenny Fihla Current title Chief Executive: Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2005   A defining moment ...
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Steuart Pennington, HDPM, 1975

In 1975 I was one of the first participants in what was called the HDPM (Higher Diploma in Personnel Management) programme at the Wits Business …

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Shereen Cassim, MM – Public Development, 2001-2003

The most prominent memory is of studying and debating statistics in the courtyard with my ‘syndicate’ group.

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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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Faizel Mansoor

Faizel Mansoor Current title Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FresherBreath Dental Group   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2009   A ...
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Nkocy Mdunge, Management Accounting, 2014

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Richard Manzini, MBA, 2018

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

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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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Nicky Hambleton-Jones

Nicky Hambleton-Jones Current title TV Presenter; Stylist   Course at Wits Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, 1995   A defining moment in my ...
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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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