Wits Business School opens its doors. The ﬁrst programme is a partnership with Stanford University: Executive Development Programme for Senior Managers.
The Prohibition of Mixed Marriage Bill is adopted.
Rev Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis.
WBS buys Outeniqua House from Wits University. Lecture theatres, an administration block & a library are built.
The International Olympic Committee expels South Africa.
US President Nixon orders an invasion of Cambodia.
Graduation of the ﬁrst MBA class of 14 students.
Ahmed Timol, political activist dies in detention. Apartheid government claims “suicide”.
The world’s ﬁrst microprocessor is launched.
Wits creates a separate Faculty of Business Administration.
South Africa is suspended from the United Nations General Assembly.
Mohammed Ali defeats George Foreman in Kinshasa in what was called “the greatest sporting event of the 20th century”.
MBA elective courses are introduced for the ﬁrst time. 3 black MBA students registered.
Hundreds of school children arrested under the Riotous Assemblies Act.
John Lennon is shot dead in New York.
Robert Mugabe is elected Prime Minister of Zimbabwe.
WBS has 48 full-time MBA students & 153 part-time students: Of the total, 10 are black, 6 are Asian & 29 are women.
The ﬁrst black MBA student, Sam Molebatse, graduates.
Bishop Desmond Tutu is arrested & his passport conﬁscated.
The Centre for Disease Control & Prevention recognises AIDS for the ﬁrst time.
Constance Nkosi becomes the ﬁrst black woman to receive an MBA.
WBS introduces first Certified Programme in Industrial Relations (CPIR).
Activist Ruth First is killed by a letter bomb in Mozambique.
Nelson Mandela is transferred from Robben Island to Pollsmoor Prison.
Times Magazine’s Man of the Year is given for the ﬁrst time to a non-human, the computer.
The ﬁrst IT course, Advanced Information Systems, becomes part of the MBA.
PW Botha declares a state of emergency in South Africa, then delivers infamous ‘Rubicon’ speech.
COSATU is founded.
Microsoft introduces Windows.
The hole in the Ozone is ﬁrst reported.
UK’s ﬁrst cellular network is launched.
A group of WBS alumni join lecturer Dr Frederick Van Zyl Slabbert & a delegation of 61 Business Leaders to meet underground members of the ANC headed by Thabo Mbeki in Dakar.
ANC headquarters in London bombed under orders from the SA government.
US President Reagan challenges Soviet President Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
Black Monday on Wall Street.
WBS establishes new Graduate School of Public & Development Management (P&DM).
WBS runs a joint executive programme with the South African Police & uMkhonto we Sizwe.
Chris Hani is assassinated.
Multi-party talks resume at CODESA.
Nelson Mandela & FW de Klerk win the Nobel Peace Prize.
UN lifts sanctions against South Africa.
COSATU is founded.
European Union formally established.
New MBA subjects include Labour Problems & Issues in African Management.
The new constitution is approved, guaranteeing equal rights for all races.
Truth & Reconciliation Commission begins.
Dolly the Sheep, the ﬁrst mammal to be cloned, is born in Scotland.
WBS & the P&DM are integrated into Wits University’s new Faculty of Commerce, Law & Management.
Aids activist Nkosi Johnson dies.
The UN World Conference against Racism, Xenophobia & Related Intolerance is held in Durban.
2,977 people killed in the September 11 attacks in America.
The Higher Education Quality Committee re-accredits the WBS MBA programme.
The Truth & Reconciliation Commission releases its final report.
Anti-apartheid activist Walter Sisulu dies.
The Iraq War begins. US forces seize control of Baghdad; Saddam Hussein’s regime falls.
The acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) spreads to 32 countries around the world.
Executive Education programmes are ranked No. 45 in the world by the Financial Times.
Jacob Zuma succeeds Thabo Mbeki as Leader of the ANC.
Steve Jobs unveils the Apple iPhone
Crisis in the mortgage market precipitates the Global Financial Crisis of 2008.
WBS holds its ﬁrst Careers Fair.
34 mineworkers killed & 78 left seriously injured by police at the Marikana massacre.
The European Organisation for Nuclear Research announces the discovery of a new particle after Large Hadron Collider experiments.
WBS establishes the Chair in African Philanthropy, the first of its kind in Africa.
Homo naledi unveiled by Wits Professor Lee Berger.
Refugee crisis in Europe, mostly from war-torn Syria.
South African Comedian Trevor Noah succeeds Jon Stewart as host of the The Daily Show.
WBS introduces a new MBA curriculum. First PDBA cohort.
BCX Chair in Digital Business is launched, another ﬁrst for Africa.
South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk wins gold, smashing the 400m world record at the Brazilian Olympics.
Britain votesto leave the European Union: “Brexit”.
Donald Trump wins the US presidency.
WBS establishes the continent’s ﬁrst African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC).
Severe drought in Western Cape.
Cyril Ramaphosa becomes President of the ANC.
North Korea conducts a number of nuclear tests.
The year of cryptocurrency, with Bitcoin’s value growing over 1000%.