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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

Takalane Khashane, PDM 2000, MBA 2006

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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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Tebogo Immaculate Raaleka, MBA, 2017

Honoured to be part of this prestigious institution

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Liora Gross, MBA, 1999

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

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Ntombifuthi Taiwe, NMP, 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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Alison Kimble Fry, HDPM, 1981

Great times with a great bunch of fellow students!

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

Five WBS qualifications are more powerful than one.

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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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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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Shereen Cassim, MM – Public Development, 2001-2003

The most prominent memory is of studying and debating statistics in the courtyard with my ‘syndicate’ group.

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Dr Manny Pohl, MBA, 1976

Herbert Sichel made maths and statistics come alive!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Papi Lidovho, Case Competition, Tel Aviv, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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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Armstrong Ngcobo, MM–ENVC, 2015

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Vuyo Gumede, 2017

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Lebogang Mashego, MBA, 2016

MBA Global Trip to China, Graduation Day & Graduation Dinner with Prof Alagidede!!! I want another MBA, I miss that place 🙂    

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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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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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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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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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Danny Flax, PDM, Part Time, 2013-2014

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

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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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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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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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Noeline Oakes, Digital Marketing, 2018

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

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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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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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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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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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Geraldine Mamburu, MBA, 2018

What an honor it is to be joining WBS at this remarkable milestone.

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Nkosinathi Sipho Shongwe, PDM, 2016

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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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Dr Gerald Levin, PDM, 1993

Congratulations, WBS, on your 50th year celebrations! In 1992, events exposed our class to very exciting political events. We had two superb politics teachers. Prof Schlemmer and Prof van Zyl Slabbert!

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