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.
My experience in the City of Johannesburg (COJ) in the late 1990s involved the restructuring of the institution to avert a financial meltdown.
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.
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.
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.
Since leaving Wits University, my life revolved around being an entrepreneur, co-founding NetActive, Call Centre Nucleus and NetFlorist.
Reflecting on leadership…
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.
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 human resources syndicate presentation…..
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. Many strong bonds were forged. A strong support structure is paramount.
One Memory that stands out, the Syndicate meetings before classes.
Helga the lecture was awesome, she was a real Motivator & Inspirer. – Thanks to her
Honoured to be part of this prestigious institution
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 a highly significant and rewarding decision I made in my career. I love the environment, the top-notch researchers and the support structure for graduate programmes, especially for PhD. Proud Witsie!
Our journey to C-suites
The MBA program was a pivotal learning experience in my life, and I still draw on insights and tools that I learned.
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, friends, work and life in general. I came out the other side a bit wiser, a bit tougher and an enduring appreciation of the difference that make us so unique….
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.
A school of excellence that stimulates change through courage, conversation and debate.
Great camaraderie in the whole MMFI class of 2014.
Some of the best years of my life. We worked hard, had a lot of fun, and made lifelong friendships.
The most prominent memory is of studying and debating statistics in the courtyard with my ‘syndicate’ group.
Herbert Sichel made maths and statistics come alive!
I recall the second day of my MBA when my first child was born and then while in China completing my final elective, I received the news of the birth of my second child and had to fly back immediately…. An amazing two years of learning and personal growth.
I was one of the early recipients of the of the new Wits Business School MBA programme. I found the whole executional and social interaction highly rewarding. My MBA from Wits helped me when I was recruited by ITT in Europe where I spent a few years working for ITT in London. I remember my…
“The MBA was indeed an occasion in my life!” I remember Buzz, the resident cat, who often adopted interesting poses at the front of the lecture theater while grooming himself. Mark Addleson once commented during an Economics lecture, “Cats have no sense of occasion!” The MBA was indeed an occasion in my life!
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 as Wits MBA’s. [vc_row][vc_column width=’1/2′] [/vc_column][vc_column width=’1/2′] [/vc_column][/vc_row] [vc_row][vc_column width=’1/3′] [/vc_column][vc_column width=’1/3′] [/vc_column][vc_column width=’1/3′] [/vc_column][/vc_row]
The first brother and sister pair to graduate with an MBA on the same day
Syndicate group teaching was just the best!
Awesome experience! PS: The WBS and I are the same age 🙂
The life skills learnt, in-particular from Dave Cawood, have stood me in good stead throughout my working life.
Honoured to be part of this prestigious institution
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 like to mention Mike Pycraft, who lectured one of my favourite subjects (Operations) and who was a mentor and sounding board in the early days of me starting my business….
What a Class!
The MBA was truly a defining moment in my career!
Whilst doing the MAP programme, I had this desire to do the MBA and with not having an undergrad degree – thought it was impossible. Of the 30 students accepted onto the full-time programme, there were three places offered to students without an undergrad degree – I was exceptionally fortunate to be granted one of…
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 including how to be a well-balanced individual.
The most challenging but rewarding 3 years of my life. The first time I studied whilst I had a full time job. I enjoyed the syndicate projects the most as well as the opportunity to study subjects like Finance and Economics for the first time.
Awesomely Awesome memories. My time at school was value driven and content based. Will do it again.
The Wits PhD has inspired me and given me the opportunity to attain greater heights.
Being sculptured into a global leader!!!
What an honor it is to be joining WBS at this remarkable milestone.
Someday, I will make my parents proud. I promise. Thank you, Lord.
Years to be remembered!
Great times with a great bunch of fellow students!
We were the first class to complete this course part-time. A real challenge and motivated me to become a life long learner.
MBA Global Trip to China, Graduation Day & Graduation Dinner with Prof Alagidede!!! I want another MBA, I miss that place 🙂
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 lectures with his familiar refrain of “Woe Unto Thee” if ……
I benefited immensely from my interaction with older and more experienced students and it was good background for my subsequent career in politics