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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

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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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 my life was.

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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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Molefi Trinity Makola, PDM, 2014

Syndicate group teaching was just the best!

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Zaheer Laher, PDBA, 2018

Being sculptured into a global leader!!!

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Barry Greyling, MBA, 2012-2013

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

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Nomaxabiso Mahlawe, MAP 26, 1996

What Wits Business School did for me was to spark an interest in creativity and invention. The highlight of my studies was Marketing. I had …

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Maurice Radebe

My appointment as managing director, Sasol Oil, in December 2006 was a defining moment in my career. Prior to this appointment, we had spent close to four years managing merger processes. 

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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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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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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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Judy Dlamini

My career started at KEH VIII Hospital in Durban as a medical intern. It’s been an exciting journey! The first milestone was opening my medical practice in eMlazi, the second biggest township in the country.

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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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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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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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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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Mohammed Majam

The Wits Business School has played an incredibly important role in shaping not just my career but also much of the person I am today. There have been several defining moments in my career, but undoubtedly the moment that stands out was when I was enrolled on the Management Advancement Programme (MAP) in 2008 with classmates a lot more senior and experienced than me.

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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 changes; a series of moments, based on numerous epiphanies that have led to an amazing journey of personal transformation and an exploration of experiencing the true nature of who we are.

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Tebogo Immaculate Raaleka, MBA, 2017

Honoured to be part of this prestigious institution

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Takalane Khashane, PDM 2000, MBA 2006

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Jerard Scorgie

In February of 2014, I joined a small consulting organisation as a senior project manager, immediately after I had completed my MBA. The organisation was in a start-up phase, had been in existence for about 18 months and formed part of a global corporation with the aim of establishing regional offices around the globe.

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Thabo Mokwele

WB Yeats said, “Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold,” which holds a harsh lesson for me. I took my radio broadcasting talent for granted. Because it came so easily, I began not to pay it attention and focused on what others considered important.

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Armstrong Ngcobo, MM–ENVC, 2015

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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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Danny Flax, PDM, Part Time, 2013-2014

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

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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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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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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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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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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 10 Years Younger which was broadcast at primetime on Channel 4 in the UK.

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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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Maurice Goodman

Looking back, two defining moments stand out for me. The first was enrolling for a Wits MBA as a result of the encouragement from my late dad. At the time it was very unusual for a medical doctor to do an MBA and I am indebted to the then dean, Prof Andy Andrews, for putting his faith in me and accepting me onto the course. 

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Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Every day is a great opportunity to claw one back for the ordinary person in a corruption-infested South Africa that is making every one of us poorer.

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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 the hot and humid weather. Yet, enjoying the warm Bali weather was only peripheral to my visit.

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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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Gillian Teixeira, NMP, 2015

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

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Nkocy Mdunge, Management Accounting, 2014

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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 as leaders of all kinds. I am honoured to be a Wits Business School alumni.

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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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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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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 founded by both my parents.

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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 that I not only need to talk the talk but also walk it in order to be the example that I want my son to follow.

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Muvhango Lukhaimane

It seems like just yesterday when I moved almost 2 000km from home, Thohoyandou in Venda to Bellville in Cape Town, left a secure comfortable job in academia and joined Sanlam as a research consultant in their employee benefits division.

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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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Helene Smit

There are many moments that felt important in my career, such as when I conducted my first leadership development course for the Chief Justices of the Southern African Development Community countries.

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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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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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Bongani Mthimkulu, MAP, 2018

Success Crowned Labour

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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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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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