Release Date: 18 July, 2023

Wits Business School (WBS) launched the WBS Sustainability programme on Mandela Day

Johannesburg – Mandela Day is honoured annually on 18 July, and it has become tradition for individuals and organisations from both the private and public sector to contribute 67 minutes of their time towards a worthy cause.  As a leading business school, WBS officially launched its Sustainability programme on Mandela Day at the George Moragula Secondary School in Limpopo supported by WBS’s Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI). The launch day included the handing over ceremony of personal care products for school children.

“Today we are humbled and proud to have launched our Sustainability programme on Mandela Day at the George Moragula Secondary School.  The donation of hygiene products has certainly brought a ray of hope in the lives of the school children.  The Business School’s our focus is on developing future ethical leaders, and the collection drive was driven by our MBA students. Our leaders of tomorrow must also be able to lead with their “Hearts” which is part of our Head, Heart, and Hands leadership model at WBS and hence their involvement in such initiatives will bring in this element,” said Professor Maurice Radebe, Director, and Head of WBS.

The core team of the WBS Sustainability programme have concluded their due diligence and the mandate of the programme’s Charter is guided by the United National Sustainable Development Goals.  The Sustainability Committee has selected six of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and through the implementation plan will drive initiatives that are aligned to each of the SDGs which are as follows:

  1. SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (Environmental awareness, hygiene, and other related projects);
  2. SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (Water harvesting related projects);
  3. SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all (Embedded generation related projects);
  4. SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production pattern (Energy Efficiency and Demand Side management);
  5. SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact (Embedded generation projects and energy efficiency); and
  6. SDG 17: Revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development (required for universities taking part in the Impact Rankings).

“We are overwhelmed with a sense of joy and appreciation for the assistance provided by the WBS team.  It is such an honour for the Business School to have launched their Sustainability programme at our school, and even more special that it was on a day that we honour Nelson Mandela.  The children were overjoyed with the kindness that they received through the donation of hygiene products,” Ms Maitisa Kgabo, School Governing Body Chairlady, George Moragula Secondary School


About Wits Business School
Wits Business School is the graduate school of business administration of the University of the Witwatersrand, one of the top tertiary institutes in Africa.  The School offers a variety of postgraduate academic programmes and executive education programmes as well as weekly public seminars. WBS also designs tailor-made, in-company programmes, partnering with client organisations to develop management capacity.  With a full suite of programmes on offer, WBS delivers innovative, transformative, and immersive learning experiences using generative thinking methodologies.  The School’s aim is to deliver leaders who can fashion the future of Africa and raise the values-bar on how business is done on the continent. Learning is therefore relevant to the challenges and opportunities that we face on this continent, providing students with a deep understanding of the complexities of doing business in Africa within a global context.

Media contact:
Medupi Lamola
WBS Marketing & Communication Manager

Tel: 011 717 3627
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