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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

Elena Gaffurini

I was a second-year Bachelor student of economics, working as the public relations manager of the largest world student-run organisation for youth leadership development and international mobility, AIESEC.

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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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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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Barry Greyling, MBA, 2012-2013

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

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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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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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Vuyo Gumede, 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Dr Manny Pohl, MBA, 1976

Herbert Sichel made maths and statistics come alive!

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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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Norman Chorn, MBA, 1981

I remember the day I finished my MBA…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ntombifuthi Taiwe, MAP, 2018

Our journey to C-suites

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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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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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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 – if we did this, what would be different the day after, and what is our right to win?

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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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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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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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Papi Lidovho, Case Competition, Tel Aviv, 2014

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Allen Pillay, MBA, 2009-2011

What a Class!

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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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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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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 forever shape my career path.

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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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Liora Gross, MBA, 1999

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

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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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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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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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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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Noeline Oakes, Digital Marketing, 2018

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

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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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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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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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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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Shakeel Ebrahim, MBA, 2016

The MBA was truly a defining moment in my career!

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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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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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