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Friday, 19 July, 2019

Public Dialogue: Disaster Management in Africa

The African Centre on Philanthropy and Social Investment (ACPSI) together with the Graca Machel Trust, the Mandela Institute for Development Studies and Wits Business School have the pleasure of inviting you to a half-day public dialogue on natural disaster management in Africa.The dialogue will focus on issues emanating from the recent devastation wrought by Cyclones Idai and Kenneth and the perennial flooding in Southern African countries.

09h00 – 13h30 Friday, 19 July, 2019

Tuesday, 11 June, 2019

Public Lecture: The Organisational Burden of Stress

Wits Business School invites you to explore the topic of stress in the workplace with health and performance facilitator Richard Sutton. Richard consults with leading companies on stress resilience, employee engagement and productivity, and has worked with many top-tier athletes, including Kevin Anderson, Martina Navratilova, Ryk Neethling and Maria Sharapova. He is the author of the book The Stress Code (Pan MacMillan).

17h30 for 18h00 Tuesday, 11 June, 2019

Thursday, 09 May, 2019

Public Lecture: “Implications of the Liquefied Natural Gas investment decisions in Mozambique”

Since 2010 over 150 trillion cubic feet of natural gas has been found in Mozambique. Two separate Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) developments are planned: Area 1 (led by Anadarko Petroleum) and Area 4 (led by ENI and ExxonMobil). Along with the under-construction Coral South floating liquefied natural gas plant, Mozambique could be producing 31.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG by the mid-2020s. Two onshore LNG final investment decisions are expected by the 3rd Quarter 2019.

17h30 for 18h00 Thursday, 09 May, 2019

Monday, 15 April, 2019

Public Lecture: The Intrapreneurship Empowerment Model – How Innovative Companies Can Drive Growth

“Perhaps the most under-utilised assets in companies today are the ideas in their employees’ heads.” Wits Business School and its Master of Management in Innovation Studies programme are very pleased to invite you to a public lecture by Hugh Molotsi Silicon Valley-based innovator, entrepreneur, author, and founder and CEO of Ujama.

17h30 for 18h00 Monday, 15 April, 2019

Thursday, 04 April, 2019

Public Lecture: “Brulpadda - An Example of the Exploration Risk/Reward Business and its Potential Impact"

Global energy giant Total and partners have announced a major natural gas and condensate find off the south coast of South Africa. Named Brulpadda (Afrikaans for bullfrog), this substantial find “could be around one billion barrels of hydrocarbon resources, gas and condensate light oil”, says Total. Wits Business School is pleased to invite you to a special public lecture by energy expert Ebbie Haan on the impact of this discovery.

17h30 for 18h00 Thursday, 04 April, 2019

Tuesday, 19 February, 2019

Lord Peter Hain - Public Lecture: Brits in a Mess: What to Make of Brexit

So far, ‘Brexit’ has not gone smoothly for Prime Minister Theresa May. As parliamentarians and lawmakers debate endlessly on the ‘divorce deal’, Britain seems to be spiralling into deeper chaos. And, with the deadline of 29 March looming and a ‘no deal Brexit’ still a possibility, Britain is facing massive uncertainty. To cut through the noise and to make sense of it all, Wits Business School is pleased to welcome back Visiting Professor Lord Peter Hain.

17:30 for 18:00 Tuesday, 19 February, 2019

Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

MAP Information Evening

The Management Advancement Programme (known as MAP) at Wits Business School accelerates your career in this ever-changing business environment. For over 35 years, our sought-after MAP has provided a platform for thousands of managers to advance their careers to senior level.

17h30 for 18h00 Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Energy Leadership Programmes Information Evening

Africa has vast, untapped energy potential, and yet the sector is beset by energy shortages and a scarcity of skills. This continent urgently needs a new generation of leaders in an industry which is of crucial importance to Africa’s development. To help address this need, Wits Business School, under the auspices of the new African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC)

17h30 for 18h00 Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Thursday, 27 September, 2018

PDM Information Evening

Are you a graduate looking to hone your business skills? The Wits Business School’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PDM) is the ideal bridge between undergraduate study and the world of work. The PDM is a generalist, one-year, full-time programme designed to expand your knowledge of the fundamentals of business. The PDM also offers students a two-month internship – perfect for giving you a taste the working environment and helping you make the right choice of career.

17h30 for 18h00 Thursday, 27 September, 2018

Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

South Africa’s Energy Transition

South Africa was recently ranked 113th out of 114 countries in the Effective Energy Transitions Index 2018, a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Index measures the ability of countries to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability.

18:00 for 18h30 Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Coming Back Stronger Presented by Robby Kojetin

Join us for a very special event with Robby Kojetin, Everest Summiteer, author and one of the most entertaining and inspirational speakers on international stages today. Robby will takes us on a journey from the depths of dispair having lost everything after a climbing accident sentenced him to a wheelchair for almost a year, to the summit of Mount Everest.

17h30 for 18h00 Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Public Lecture: A Lifetime in Property – Redefining Entrepreneurial Success

It was the wisdom of others that helped Marc Wainer, Chairman of Redefine Properties, grow the seeds of his entrepreneurial success. Armed only with a matric, Marc started his career as a shopping centre manager and, 40 years later, is acknowledged as one of the country’s foremost property practitioners and deal-makers. With a market value of approximately R65 billion, Redefine is the second largest listed property company in South Africa.

17h30 for 18h00 Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Wednesday, 09 May, 2018

Panel Discussion: Is Nuclear the Answer?

Nuclear power stations require significant long-term investment. Electricity demand, however, is flat – or even declining, which poses a risk for investors. Added to this is the fact that there are a number of new, low-cost innovations emerging in electricity markets which pose further risks to investments with long pay-back periods.

17h30 for 18h00 to approximately 19h30 followed by networking, snacks and drinks Wednesday, 09 May, 2018

Thursday, 15 February, 2018

Panel Discussion: Money Laundering, State Capture and the Role of UK Institutions

Lord Peter Hain, visiting professor at Wits Business School, British politician, author and activist, has been something of a thorn in the side of certain global institutions lately. Passionate about South Africa, the country of his youth, and outraged at the systematic looting of state coffers to benefit a “corrupt, crony, monopoly elite”, Hain has fearlessly brought the issue of money laundering and corruption in South Africa to the attention of the British parliament.

17:30 for 18:00 Thursday, 15 February, 2018

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018

Davos Deconstructed

Wits Business School is pleased to invite you to a discussion at which our panellists will share their learnings and insights from Davos 2018, implications for the future of the global economy and the role South Africa can play in a highly volatile and ‘fractured’ global context.

17h30 for 18h00 - 20h00 Wednesday, 14 February, 2018

Tuesday, 14 November, 2017

Global Entrepreneurship Week Conversations

Wits Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE) is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. Contributing to the spirit of GEW, which runs from 13 to 17 November around the world, the Centre for Entrepreneurship is hosting two important discussions

17h30 for 18h00 Tuesday, 14 November, 2017

Thursday, 31 August, 2017

Public Lecture: Give Up Control To Gain Control – Lessons Learnt Since Business School

Wits Business School invites you to an evening with Rael Bricker, a “serial entrepreneur” and business coach who loves sharing his unique perspective on building and growing businesses. Rael’s passion lies in growing small businesses into larger, more successful ones by enabling the business owner to see their business through new lenses.

17h30 for 18h00 Thursday, 31 August, 2017

Thursday, 24 August, 2017

Energy Seminar: Women entrepreneurs in the Energy Industry – celebrating successes and overcoming challenges

Over the past four years, Maurice Radebe, Executive in Residence at Wits Business School has hosted a series of seminars in conjunction with WBS. The seminars focus on energy industry matters, highlighting opportunities and challenges to address the major Sub-Saharan African issues of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

17:30 for 18:00 Thursday, 24 August, 2017

Friday, 28 July, 2017

Re-Imagining University Education for the 21st Century

Wits Business School, in collaboration with its Master of Management in the field of Innovation Studies programme, invites you to a special morning with Fred Swaniker, founder of the African Leadership University (ALU). With newly opened campuses in Mauritius and Rwanda – the first two of a planned 25 campuses across Africa – ALU provides a unique learning model and a completely fresh approach to tertiary education.

08h00 – 09h30 Friday, 28 July, 2017

Thursday, 06 July, 2017

How Disruptive Technologies and Innovation in this Digital Age is transforming Customer Service Operations

In the age of Uber, Airbnb and Amazon, traditional models of delivery and customer service are radically changing, while cryptocurrencies (such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple) are further driving disruptive innovation in financial services and beyond. In addition, the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics is changing the ways in which companies need to be organised for success in the 21st century.

17h30 for 18h00 Thursday, 06 July, 2017

Tuesday, 13 June, 2017

What does South Africa’s Energy Future look like?

Please join us at a public lecture by energy expert Jarrad Wright in which he will provide an overview of the energy sector in South Africa and the options available. He will look at the current electricity playing field in the context of the National Development Plan (NDP) and against a backdrop of more recent trends in the sector.

17h30 for 18h00 Tuesday, 13 June, 2017

Tuesday, 06 June, 2017

Public Lecture: Planning For Water Security

Wits Business School invites you to a lecture by Commissioner Sechemane, a member of the National Planning Commission and leads the task team on water. He is currently the Chief Executive of Rand Water. He will speak about the current water shortages and what can be done to plan for water security.

17h30 for 18h00 Tuesday, 06 June, 2017

Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

In Conversation with Tembinkosi Bonakele

Following on from our last successful ‘In Conversation’ evening with Professor Imraan Valodia, Wits Business School invites you to another informal evening of discussion, this time with Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner of the South African Competition Commission. Professor Valodia, Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management (CLM) at Wits University, will facilitate the evening.

17h30 for 18h00 Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

Tourism as a catalyst for economic development in South Africa

More than 10 million international tourists arrived in South Africa in 2016, 13% more than in 2015. This is good news for a sector that remains a key driver of South Africa’s national economy and a major contributor to job creation and employment. How can we keep the momentum going and ensure that the sector continues to impact economic development in South Africa?

17h30 for 18h00 Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

Wednesday, 26 October, 2016

Industialisation in South Africa, China and Africa – From mere suppliership to c

The strong political and economic ties between South Africa and China have greatly intensified in recent years, and not without controversy. China is South Africa, and Africa’s largest export, trade and development partner. The rapid industrialisation of China has accelerated growth in many African countries, particularly those rich in natural resources.

17:30 for 18:00 - 20:00 Wednesday, 26 October, 2016

Wednesday, 19 October, 2016

Master of Management Programmes Information session

These days everyone is an expert, so it’s even more important to cater for the increasing demand for specialist practitioners in business. We offer the widest selection of “specialists master of management programmes “ in any business school South Africa. The specialists’ courses include field of Strategic Marketing, Entrepreneurship and new venture creation, Business executive coaching and Innovation Studies i. Come and hear about our 2017 full-time Intake on these programmes

18:00 - 20:00 Wednesday, 19 October, 2016


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