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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

Sanam Shree

The most defining moment in my career so far was the critical decision that I made to transition from the corporate environment to the family business ...
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Dr Manny Pohl, MBA, 1976

Herbert Sichel made maths and statistics come alive!
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Tebogo Immaculate Raaleka, MBA, 2017

Honoured to be part of this prestigious institution
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Zaheer Laher, PDBA, 2018

Being sculptured into a global leader!!!
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Francois Moreau

Now an international consultant supporting sustainable democratisation, he is presently working with Aung San Suu Kyi to overcome the military legacy in Myanmar, but usually ...
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Blazius Kwakwala, MMFI, 2014-2015

Great camaraderie in the whole MMFI class of 2014.
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GRAHAM GAULT, MBA, 1990

Awesome Course, good as post Graduate, and overall experience was great…….Sets you up well for future career I felt…
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Nkocy Mdunge, Management Accounting, 2014

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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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Pavlo Phitidis

Late one Thursday night, as I walked past my library, an epiphany struck me. I realised, just then, in that moment, what the purpose of ...
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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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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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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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Thando Ntsinde

The day I gave birth to my son, who is five years old now, was the day my career focus changed. That day I realised ...
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Dino Rech

It’s not easy to pinpoint one defining moment. There have been a number that has shaped the person and professional I am today. One person ...
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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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Molefi Trinity Makola, PDM, 2014

Syndicate group teaching was just the best!
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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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Mamello Mafisa, Fast Track Leadership Development, 2015

Reflecting on leadership…
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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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Shakeel Ebrahim, MBA, 2016

The MBA was truly a defining moment in my career!
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Takeshi Kimura

There is no doubt that applying to business school can be a very stressful undertaking. However, even after my graduation more than ten years ago, ...
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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 ...
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Gillian Teixeira, NMP, 2015

The beginning of a mind transformational journey with world class lecturers…!
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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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Melinda van den Berg, MAP, EDP & PDBA, 1980

Five WBS qualifications are more powerful than one.
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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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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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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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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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Nazli Jugbaran

Heraclitus said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” My entire life and career have been and continue to be defined by a series of radical ...
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Odongo Kodongo

Bali Island, Indonesia, was in its usual element in December 2013 - beautiful and tranquil with the warm Indian Ocean waters and hospitable local inhabitants blending seamlessly with ...
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Papi Lidovho, Case Competition, Tel Aviv, 2014

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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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Ntombifuthi Taiwe, NMP, 2017

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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 ...
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Thanusha Govender

During the summer of 2003, a lifelong dream materialised that resulted in an inspired trip to Paris, which put into motion a plan that would ...
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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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Bernice Samuels

I was in the hot seat in the M-Net boardroom packed with suits. At the end of the presentation, he asked me two simple questions - ...
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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’ ...
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Nicky Hambleton-Jones

The most defining moment in my career so far was the opportunity to present and be a style expert for the global hit makeover show ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Barbara Queally

Independent from a very young age, I had one life plan, ‘to own my own knives and forks’ and never to rely financially on anyone else. After ...
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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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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 ...
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