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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

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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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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Robert Johnson, MBA, 1972

We had a small class of 13. Herbert Sichel was the stand out Professor

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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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Papi Lidovho, Case Competition, Tel Aviv, 2014

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Tracy Rushton, PDM HR, 1988-1989

We were the first class to complete this course part-time. A real challenge and motivated me to become a life long learner.

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Zanele Hlatshwayo

I have always believed in creating opportunities for myself. These opportunities do not only have to be self-serving. We should also strive towards improving our society in building a legacy that will outlive our generation.

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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 (and series of events) that stands out was a young patient of mine during my internship year as a junior doctor.

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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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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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Takalane Khashane, PDM 2000, MBA 2006

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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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Vuyo Gumede, 2017

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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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Alison Kimble Fry, HDPM, 1981

Great times with a great bunch of fellow students!

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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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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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Tebogo Immaculate Raaleka, MBA, 2017

Honoured to be part of this prestigious institution

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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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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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Norman Chorn, MBA, 1981

I remember the day I finished my MBA…

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Barry Greyling, MBA, 2012-2013

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

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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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Jerry Mabena

Two events forged my career path. When I was 29, I came up with a concept that I sold to my then employer, Telkom. I used to run the advertising and promotions department for Telkom when I started working on a plan to pitch selling advertising space on phone cards.

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Ntombifuthi Taiwe, MAP, 2018

Our journey to C-suites

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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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Gail Kelly

Connecting the dots of a career with the benefit of hindsight, the pivotal elements quickly become apparent. One of these was my Wits Business School MBA

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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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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 it was having my own people affirming my dream by supporting it financially.

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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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Christin Mueller

After coming back from South Africa to Germany I started my career at Mercedes. I had the great opportunity to work for a well-known company and brand. I made a corporate career by going through different projects, functions and divisions. But after some years I had doubts that the corporate career path was the right one for me.

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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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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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Paul Bacher

Since leaving Wits University, my life revolved around being an entrepreneur, co-founding NetActive, Call Centre Nucleus and NetFlorist.

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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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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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Liora Gross, MBA, 1999

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

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Vuyisile Zondi

A defining moment in my career has been the ability to start a business and sustain its growth in a highly competitive market.

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

Five WBS qualifications are more powerful than one.

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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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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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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 two years of pursuing a business degree at university, I dropped out.

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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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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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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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Zaheer Laher, PDBA, 2018

Being sculptured into a global leader!!!

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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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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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Thomas Lewis MBA, 1971-1972

I think back very fondly to those couple of years. And it is very gratifying to see that the school has developed so impressively in the years since then.

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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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