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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 ‘Share your Memory’ page and send your contribution.

WBS Memory Wall

Thandiwe Peach, PDM, 2014-2016

My WBS story is one that will be forever fulfilling; it was full of goodness, headaches, hard work, and in the end strong corporate networks …

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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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Nthabeleng Likotsi

The most defining moment in my life was when I realised that black women could own a bank that focuses on entrepreneurs, but most importantly it was having my own people affirming my dream by supporting it financially.

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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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Lauren Jankelowitz

I was a really good social worker. I loved working in a community, doing long-term development work with individuals and groups. However, because I was a good social worker, I quickly became a manager of peers, then teams and projects, and ultimately organisations.

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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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Ntombifuthi Taiwe, MAP, 2018

Our journey to C-suites

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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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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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Diane Radley

When I was growing up I feared failure and the devastation I thought would ensue. I wanted to be perfect and felt any form of failure was letting me and other people down, particularly my mother who had made tremendous sacrifices in bringing up three children alone on a music teacher’s salary.

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Tebogo Immaculate Raaleka, MBA, 2017

Honoured to be part of this prestigious institution

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Refiloe Seseane

The best career decision I have ever made was starting 18twenty8® – a non-profit organisation that empowers young women between the ages of 18 and 28.

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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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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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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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Allen Pillay, MBA, 2009-2011

What a Class!

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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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Ebrahim Kharsany

As an activist and a businessman, I experienced several defining moments in my career. I completed my MBA at Wits Business School in 1971. I could not find any meaningful employment as the predominantly white corporate business sector would not employ people of colour in senior management positions.

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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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Zaheer Laher, PDBA, 2018

Being sculptured into a global leader!!!

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Paul Ballen

The glow of the newly installed blue iridescent Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream logo on the opening of our first the store in The Zone, Rosebank, in December 2015, was a moment that brought with it an understanding of where my career was rapidly moving.

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

Five WBS qualifications are more powerful than one.

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Vuyo Gumede, 2017

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Nomusa Mazonde

Passing my PhD and graduating was a defining and memorable moment for me. A great sense of accomplishment, it was both the ‘Mama, I did it’ feeling and the ‘coming of age’ feeling which came with the sudden realisation that I could do that and more. 

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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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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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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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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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Nozuko Mbalula

My career-defining moments involved starting long processes with a payoff coming much later. One most important career-defining moment for me was when I realised the power of making the right choices and displaying my risk-taking characteristics.

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Liora Gross, MBA, 1999

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

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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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Kenny Fihla

My experience in the City of Johannesburg (COJ) in the late 1990s involved the restructuring of the institution to avert a financial meltdown.

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Wayne Holt, MBA, 2005

What an awesome adventure… changed my life forever!

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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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Richard Manzini, MBA, 2018

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

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Nhlanhla Dlamini

In February 2015, one month after getting married and two months after my best performance review at McKinsey & Company, I decided to end my career as a management consultant to pursue my lifelong passion of being a social entrepreneur.

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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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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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Ciko Thomas

I had just started working for M-Net where I took my marketing knowledge to the entertainment and content-creation space.

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Madelein Roos

Having always had a deep interest in science, I first qualified as a chemist, and thereafter at a later stage as an engineer. In order to broaden my capabilities, I started to lecture evening classes at the Vaal Triangle Technikon, now the Vaal Institute of Technology.

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Nkosinathi Sipho Shongwe, PDM, 2016

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Deon Opperman

The defining moment of my career happened when I was 12 years old. My father was the managing director of Glenton & Mitchell in the Eastern Cape, the company that launched Joko Tea during the first half of the 20th century. 

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