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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

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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Lezanne Human

The defining moment of my career was when I left a successful career in the corporate world to join a few ex-colleagues and friends in starting a new bank. This was a daunting move after having spent most of my career in a world where complex challenges were sheltered by the relative security of size, then moving to another world of complex challenges with no security.

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Benny Hlengani, MAP, 2017-2018

I remember, spending late nights with syndicate members doing assignments, networking and sharing Ideas on various modules such as finance and strategy…. Rehearsing marketing and …

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Ntombifuthi Taiwe, MAP, 2018

Our journey to C-suites

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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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Jack Hochfeld, MBA, 1975-76

Tony Norton, MD of Standard Merchant Bank addressed our MBA class. He talked about merchant banking and corporate finance- stock exchanges, raising capital, mergers, acquisitions …

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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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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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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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Armstrong Ngcobo, MM–ENVC, 2015

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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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Don Scott, MBA Full Time, 1975-1976

My MBA totally changed my life. Prior to my studies at the Business School, I had been a technical manager for a chemical company. After …

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Boas Chauke, MAP 2015, MBA 2016-2017

Years to be remembered!

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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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Roselinah Hlelani, 2014

I graduated in 2014. The course had a positive impact on my life, especially in business and in the working environment in general. I had …

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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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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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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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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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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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Tebogo Immaculate Raaleka, MBA, 2017

Honoured to be part of this prestigious institution

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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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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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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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Aimee Thomas, PDM, 2014

During my time at WBS, I met incredible people and learnt the power of collaboration. These people included my peers; lecturers; administrators; class coordinators; and …

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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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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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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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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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Craig Yeatman

I believed that I could work hard enough to earn a fabulous early retirement. I started a retail company in 1989 and my optimistic best mate helped me raise ‘capital’ by polishing up and selling my Hi-Fi system.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wendy Luhabe

After spending about ten years in corporate South Africa from 1981 to 1991, I was overlooked for a marketing position that became available. The marketing manager would not even allow me to be interviewed.

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Takalane Khashane, PDM 2000, MBA 2006

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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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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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Wayne Holt, MBA, 2005

What an awesome adventure… changed my life forever!

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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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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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Jack Bloom, MBA Full Time, 1984-1985

I benefited immensely from my interaction with older and more experienced students and it was good background for my subsequent career in politics

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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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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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Faizel Mansoor

J.R. Morgan said, “A man always has two reasons for doing anything – a good reason and the real reason.” At the end of 2009, I found myself at a crossroad in my entrepreneurial journey.

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Bongani Mthimkulu, MAP, 2018

Success Crowned Labour

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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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