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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

Takeshi Kimura

There is no doubt that applying to business school can be a very stressful undertaking. However, even after my graduation more than ten years ago, I can say Wits Business School was a great fit and special for me with quality time spent.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Vuyo Gumede, 2017

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Mamello Mafisa, Fast Track Leadership Development, 2015

Reflecting on leadership…

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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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Papi Lidovho, Case Competition, Tel Aviv, 2014

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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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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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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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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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Danny Koppel

My career-defining moment presented itself in the form of a blessing in disguise. In 2001, after having graduated from WBS, I resigned my nine-to-five office job and decided to pursue my music passion.

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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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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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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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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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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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Jovana Korać

It is my fundamental belief that social entrepreneurship is the future of doing business. Shared value equates to shared growth – across industries and communities.

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GRAHAM GAULT, MBA, 1990

Awesome Course, good as post Graduate, and overall experience was great…….Sets you up well for future career I felt…

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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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Tebogo Immaculate Raaleka, MBA, 2017

Honoured to be part of this prestigious institution

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Noeline Oakes, Digital Marketing, 2018

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

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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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Ntombifuthi Taiwe, MAP, 2018

Our journey to C-suites

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Adrian Hersch, HDPM, 1980

The HDPM gave me a very good background into the world of business, thanks WBS.   I was in the HDPM (as it was known …

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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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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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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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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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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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Elaine Ferraris, PDM, 1994

Both practical and professional, the PDM is a solid and sought after Post Grad choice.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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