The Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) is committed to training and developing ethical leaders who are not only versatile and successful in all spheres of life, but passionate about social and local economic development. In order to fulfil this mission, the School hosts a series of guest lectures on topical issues by prominent leaders from the public and private sectors. The main aim is to merge theory with practical information from industry champions so that students can see how theories can be applied in the work environment.

A number of guest speakers have presented to students. Social and political analyst and PhD intern researcher in UKZN’s Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit, Mr Lukhona Mnguni, and Mr Jacob Twala, an economist in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury department, recently addressed MBA students taking the Economics for Management module. 

Mnguni spoke directly to the MBA group assignment on “Should Eskom be reconfigured and supported by National Treasury through taxpayers’ money?” and traced the state-owned enterprise’s history and current crisis.

Twala’s presentation focused on South Africa’s economic outlook, the national budget and the Provincial Growth and Development Plan. He analysed economic indicators at the global, national and provincial levels to help students to understand the current economic climate and challenges facing South Africa and KZN. Finally, he outlined the equitable share model that determines the allocation of provincial budgets and highlighted the reforms required to grow the economy. 

Other speakers have included the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry COO of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ms Zee Zeka-Ngcamu, and Sigma International CEO, Mr Akash Singh, who shared their experiences on Advanced Strategy with second-year MBA students. The CEO of Trade and Investment KZN, Mr Neville Matjie, and Mr Nahid Hussain, co-founder and Director of HMMI Consulting Group, addressed postgraduate students on the importance of research in business decision making. 

Ms Busisiwe Ramabodu, Director of HR Development at UKZN, delivered a guest lecture on Organisational Dynamics to students enrolled for the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership. Ms Vani Moodley, CEO of Vani Moodley & Associates, and Dr Augusta Dorning, Head of Business Africa at Lenmed Management Company, shared insightful thoughts on leadership. 

More executives are on board to deliver guest lectures in the second semester.

Words: Lungile Ngubelanga

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