WBS Alumni Association

The WBS Alumni Association supports the WBS mission to be recognised worldwide as Africa’s premier business school. It upholds the WBS values as values of its alumni, which are: academic excellence; critical, creative and clarified thought leadership; personal accountability; a positive work ethic; mutual respect and support; the celebration, respect and recognition of diversity; and sensitivity to wider societal issues and a responsibility to society.

Our alumni committee memebers are:

Dr Jay Punwasi
Clinical Manager, Helen Joseph Hospital

Jay Punwasi is a medical doctor by training and holds the position of Medical Manager at a tertiary hospital in Gauteng. As an MBA graduate and a talented leader, she is well equipped to make a difference in South Africa in healthcare, public sector, business management and tertiary education.

Jay has a particular interest in strategy development, operations management, change management, organisational design and capability and competency development. Her motto in life is: "Be the change that you would like to see in the world" – Gandhi

Thato Moraba
Manager Integration & Business Improvement, South32

Thato Moraba holds a Master of Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Metallurgy and Materials Engineering) from the University of the Witwatersrand and has recently completed his MBA degree with the Wits Business School. He is currently studying for a Law degree with the UNISA. He is currently appointed as Principal Business Planning in the Planning and Development Function responsible for the Regional Business Planning for the South32 (S32) Africa Region. Prior to joining S32, He was also an Associate Consultant at Partners in Performance International in 2016.  Prior to Joining Partners in performance, he worked for McKinsey & Company as Consultant in the operations division focused on Capital Productivity and business improvement. His career started at Glencore where He Spent 4 years before leaving in a role of Process Superintendent in November 2014 to pursue postgraduate studies at Wits Business School. He is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa as a Professional Engineer (Pr.Eng).

He is a confident negotiator who is able to compellingly convey the message at hand to all levels of stakeholders. Thato was a founding committee member for the Wits Business School consulting club where he was also Vice-President of the Consulting Club (2015), The Young Professional Council (2014) where he also championed the Entrepreneurship portfolio and served as the Chairman for the Metallurgical Engineering Students Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2010. He is currently the President for S32 Toastmasters club in Melrose Arch.

Nomusa Ndwandwe (Treasurer)
Head of Internal Audit – Africa & India, First Rand Group

Nomusa Ndwandwe completed her PDM 2007/2008 (Dean’s List) and MBA both from Wits Business School. She has over 10-years of banking experience in both Corporate and Investment Banking and Retail Banking. Her various achievements include being recognized by the Business Women’s Association of South Africa as a 2017 Regional Finalist in the Professional Category.

She is a qualified Professional Business Coach with a passion for entrepreneurial development; and further has experience working with various Audit, Risk and Governance committees.

Dr Melissa Zulu
Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand

Melissa is a multi-skilled Strategic Marketer with an outstanding breadth and depth of marketing research skills. A researcher, social entrepreneur and an academic at heart, Melissa Zulu is a Marketing Strategist who partners with entrepreneurs of small to medium sized businesses to ensure that all communication and messages of a brand are implemented effectively and well understood. She has played a consulting role to business executives in developing and implementing successful strategies. Her strong marketing research and strategy skills has enabled business executives to make important decisions on brand positioning and strategic marketing planning tactics.

Melissa defines herself as a “pracademic”, with vast interest and passion in using theory to solve practical business and socio-economic problems. Melissa is currently a lecturer and consultant. Prior to joining academia, she worked in key areas such as marketing, client liaison, account management and project management both in education, innovation and social impact companies where she was exposed to dealing with the public and private sector. She also has a passion for entrepreneurship and SMME growth, especially in the township economy where her PhD study was centred around the economic development of townships on small independent retailers through innovation and consumer retention. She is also a co-founder of a township-based afterschool tutoring programme located in Daveyton, a township she grew up in, where she is the programme’s Markerting and Project Director, Tutor and Mentor.

Tshibvumo Sikhwivhilu
Co-founder & CEO, Lamo Solar

Tshibvumo is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lamo Solar. He is an electrical engineering graduate from Wits University with capabilities in design, analysis and problem solving as well as critical thinking. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Louvain School of Management, Belgium, in partnership with the Wits Business School and was investigating the economic viability of distributed generation of renewable energy in rural parts of South Africa. He is an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual who is open to new ideas and challenges whilst paying special attention to detail and is outcome-oriented.

He is also a volunteer and director of Thusanani Foundation (NPO) since its inception in 2010. His passions extend to the development of sustainable infrastructure in rural schools across South Africa in order to create environments that are both conducive and viable for learning.

Errol Goetsch
Lawyer, The Justice & Reconciliation Centre

Errol holds a BA law, LLB and PhD (from main campus), and MBA.

In his MBA report, he looked at tax reform and the focus of his PhD was on law reform in the field of child protection, marriage and divorce.