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

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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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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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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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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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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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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Wayne Holt, MBA, 2005

What an awesome adventure… changed my life forever!

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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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Rutendo Nxumalo, Marketing Manager, MM-SM, 2016

I had no idea how prominent the Wits and WBS brand was when I joined the institution. What was initially supposed to be a short …

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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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Danny Flax, PDM, Part Time, 2013-2014

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

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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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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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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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Robert Johnson, MBA, 1972

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

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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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Blazius Kwakwala, MMFI, 2014-2015

Great camaraderie in the whole MMFI class of 2014.

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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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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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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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Gillian Teixeira, NMP, 2015

The beginning of a mind transformational journey with world class lecturers…!

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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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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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Noeline Oakes, Digital Marketing, 2018

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

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Nomusa Mazonde

Nomusa Mazonde Current title Post-Doctoral Fellow, Wits Business School   Course at Wits Business School Doctor of Philosophy, 2016   A defining moment in my ...
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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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Bernice Samuels

Bernice Samuels Current title Executive: Group Marketing, MTN   Course at Wits Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Management, 1992 Master of Business Administration, 1993   ...
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Ntombifuthi Taiwe, NMP, 2017

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Benny Hlengani, MAP, 2017-2018

I remember, spending late nights with syndicate members doing assignments, networking and sharing Ideas on various modules such as finance and strategy…. Rehearsing marketing and …

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Gail Kelly

Gail Kelly Current title Board Director, Woolworths Holdings; Member of the Group of Thirty   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 1986   ...
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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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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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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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Allen Pillay, MBA, 2009-2011

What a Class!

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Dr Manny Pohl, MBA, 1976

Herbert Sichel made maths and statistics come alive!

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Takalane Khashane, PDM 2000, MBA 2006

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Lezanne Human

Lezanne Human Current title Co-founder and Director, Bank Zero   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2003   A defining moment in ...
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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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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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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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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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Madelein Roos

Madelein Roos Current title Group Learning & Development and Organisational Effectiveness Manager, Adcock Ingram   Course at Wits Business School Women in Leadership, 2017   A ...
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Derick Mahlo, Executive Education Student, 2014

I work for the Department of Home Affairs and our Learning Academy awarded me an opportunity to study at WBS in 2012. I was a …

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Mamello Mafisa, Fast Track Leadership Development, 2015

Reflecting on leadership…

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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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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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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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Armstrong Ngcobo, MM–ENVC, 2015

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Thanusha Govender

Thanusha Govender Current title Group Head of Corporate Strategic Planning & Strategy, Absa Group Limited   Course at Wits Business School International Executive Leadership Programme, ...
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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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Tebogo Immaculate Raaleka, MBA, 2017

Honoured to be part of this prestigious institution

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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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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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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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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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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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Dr Rene Albertus, MBA, 2007

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his …

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Molefi Trinity Makola, PDM, 2014

Syndicate group teaching was just the best!

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Francois Moreau

Francois Moreau Current title International consultant supporting sustainable democratisation   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2002   A defining moment in my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nkosinathi Sipho Shongwe, PDM, 2016

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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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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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George Cave, MAP, 2016

The MAP programme shaped my thinking and provided me with a platform to challenge myself. The programme also enhanced my business acumen and leadership competencies …

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Gail Kelly, MBA Full Time, 1986

Precious memories came flooding back to me as I walked through the grounds of our Business School for the first time since I graduated in …

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Zanele Hlatshwayo

I have always believed in creating opportunities for myself. These opportunities do not only have to be self-serving. We should also strive towards improving our society in building a legacy that will outlive our generation.

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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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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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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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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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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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Alison Kimble Fry, HDPM, 1981

Great times with a great bunch of fellow students!

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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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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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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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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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Vuyo Gumede, 2017

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Zaheer Laher, PDBA, 2018

Being sculptured into a global leader!!!

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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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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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Ciko Thomas

I had just started working for M-Net where I took my marketing knowledge to the entertainment and content-creation space. We had gone to the 1994 Promax International conference in New Orleans, which is an annual conference that brings together global leaders in creating, programming and marketing television and video content. The theme for the 1994 conference was “Reinventing the Rules” and TV maven Barry Diller was the keynote speaker, addressing us about the future of content. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ntombifuthi Taiwe, MAP, 2018

Our journey to C-suites

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Norman Chorn, MBA, 1981

I remember the day I finished my MBA…

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Richard Manzini, MBA, 2018

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

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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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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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Papi Lidovho, Case Competition, Tel Aviv, 2014

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Liora Gross, MBA, 1999

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

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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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Tebogo Immaculate Raaleka, MBA, 2017

Honoured to be part of this prestigious institution

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Bongani Mthimkulu, MAP, 2018

Success Crowned Labour

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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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Lebogang Mashego, MBA, 2016

[layerslider id=”6″] MBA Global Trip to China, Graduation Day & Graduation Dinner with Prof Alagidede!!! I want another MBA, I miss that place 🙂   …

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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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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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Mohammed Majam

Mohammed Majam Current title Technical Head: HIV Self-Testing, Wits RHI, University of the Witwatersrand   Course at Wits Business School Management Advancement Programme, 2008 Certificate Programme ...
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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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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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Ebrahim Kharsany

Ebrahim Kharsany Current title Research Analyst; Marketing Manager; Management Consultant   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 1972   A defining moment ...
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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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Richard Chiwa, Current MBA, Part Time, 2013

One of my best moments was doing a syndicate assignment video presentation for the Organisational Design and Development module, under the topic “Design of an Agile Organisation”, …

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

Five WBS qualifications are more powerful than one.

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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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Shakeel Ebrahim, MBA, 2016

The MBA was truly a defining moment in my career!

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Barry Greyling, MBA, 2012-2013

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

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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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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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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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Boas Chauke, MAP 2015, MBA 2016-2017

Years to be remembered!

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Nkocy Mdunge, Management Accounting, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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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Jerard Scorgie

Jerard Scorgie Current title Director of Operations and Client Services: Sub-Saharan Africa, Centre for Creative Leadership   Course at Wits Business School Management Advancement Programme, 2009 ...
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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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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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Geraldine Mamburu, MBA, 2018

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

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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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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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