Monthly Archives: July 2015

Mr Lemone Seekoe successfully defends his MSc Dissertation

On Tuesday 28 July 2015 Mr Lemone Seekoe who is a MSc student at Da Vinci, successfully defended his MSc Dissertation. Mr Seekoe and his Academic Supervisor Dr Thakathi were available via an online Skype session, and Mr Seekoe presented to a panel consisting of the Da Vinci Registrar Mrs Carin Stoltz-Urban and Key Account Manager for Post-Graduate studies Mr Simon Gathua.
The title of his topic for his MSc Dissertation is, ‘Assessing challenges facing fruit and vegetable street traders within South Africa : The Buffalo City Metro Municipality Case Study.’

Ubuntu Intelligence (UbuQ) Master Class – Dr Dumisani Magadlela

An Ubuntu Intelligence (UbuQ) Master Class was held with Dr. Dumisani Magadlela at Da Vinci House in Johannesburg on Thursday 23 July 2015. 

An Overview of the Master Class

“Ubuntu Intelligence (UbuQ)” refers to one’s capacity and awareness to connect to others and to make personal, business and general decisions that are informed more by serving the greater good than by self-interest. It speaks to the essence of our humaneness and our ability to realise our humanity in connection with other beings.

Today’s organisations can be like the proverbial jungle, ruled by the old Darwinian principles of ‘survival of the fittest’ and a ‘winner-take-all’ approach. It has been scientifically proven for many years now that human beings have an innate capacity to connect to fellow humans and even with other natural beings.

Every employee in an organisation has the capacity to contribute massively towards building the organisation they desire to be a part of and to serve through. This session offers you a fresh perspective on human behaviour within organisations. It taps into ancient African and global wisdom of human connection that has been neglected which is making a powerful return into many organisations across the world.
By “integral” TCC means the developmental capacity to look at how self, others, cultures and systems (environment) show up (are expressed) in the way we feel, think, and act; the capacity to integrate disparate elements into a comprehensive whole; and the capacity to be inclusive yet also hold distinctions.

In this presentation attendees learn’t about:
• What are the concepts of Ubuntu and Ubuntu Intelligence (UbuQ)? 
• Unpacking Ubuntu Intelligence (UbuQ) in organisations: An old-age systems theory put into practice. 
• The Integral and Systems qualities of Ubuntu and Ubuntu Intelligence (UbuQ). 
• Learning and unlearning innovative ways to tap into our inherent wisdom of connection. 
• The power of new Mind-Sets and introducing the concept of “Heart-Sets” for UbuQ. 
• Common characteristics of Ubuntu Activators: We all have it. How to cultivate and harness it! 
• And much more!

About Dr. Dumisani Magadlela

Dr. Dumisani Magadlela’s work and business journey has taken him from being a cattle herder in a rural village through university teaching for over six years, to multiple senior management roles in the public and private sector. He has worked in the United Nations (UNDP) both as a consultant and an employee. He currently supervises and examines Masters and PhD students in universities across South Africa. Dumisani has recently worked as a knowledge management specialist, internal coach and organisational culture driver in the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). He is the Lead Coach and Founder of Ekhaya Consulting and is a senior member of faculty at The Coaching Centre (TCC). Together with Dr Paddy Pampallis, he founded the TCC Ubuntu Coaching Foundation. He is one of the founding Board members of the Africa Board for Coaching, Consulting and Coaching Psychology (ABCCCP), which is led by Dr Mongezi Makhalima. They have published the first issue of an African Coaching Journal.

Da Vinci PhD student Mary Ritz successfully completes her PhD thesis Oral Defense

Congratulations to Da Vinci PhD student Mary Ritz who successfully completed her PhD thesis Oral Defense on Friday 24 July 2015. The Oral Defense took place with Mary Ritz using Skype to video conference in from USA.

The panel that was present at Da Vinci House included Mary’s Academic supervisor Prof Bennie Anderson, Key Account Manager for Post-Graduate studies Simon Gathua and Registrar Mrs Carin Stoltz-Urban. Also present were external guests including Shannon Nel and Darlene Kalonji who are friends  of Mary and are also fellow PhD students at Da Vinci.

Mary’s topic for her thesis is tilted, ‘Customer Management: Creating a sense making framework for developing economies.’

Well done on this great achievement Mary and we look forward to seeing you at the Da Vinci Graduation.

Mr Bhebe successfully completes his PhD thesis Oral Defence

On Friday 24 July 2015, Mr Vulumuzi Bhebe successfully completed his PhD thesis Oral Defence.

As an entrepreneur, Mr Bhebe invited external guests composed of business partners as well as his life partner. Also present was his Academic supervisor Prof Richard Chinomona, his Field supervisor Dr M Ncube, Post-Graduate Key Account Manager Simon Gathua and Registrar Mrs Carin Stoltz-Urban.

Mr Bhebe’s topic of his thesis is, ‘Total early stage development of small, micro and medium enterprises: Creating a sustainability framework for emerging economies.’

Congratulations on this wonderful achievement Vulumuzi and we will see you at the Da Vinci Graduation taking place on 10 September 2015.

Dr Rica Viljoen (Faculty at Da Vinci) launches new book

On the 22nd of July 2015, a launch of a new title was held at Knowledge Resources Headquarters in Bryanston, Johannesburg. 

The new book titled, ‘Organisational Change and Development: An African Perspective’ was written by Dr Rica Viljoen. The launch allowed a narrated approach as Dr Viljoen shared with attendees, an overview of what the book entails. By walking through the various chapters of the book, Dr Viljoen called up the respective authors to elaborate on the structure of their contributed chapter.

Earlier in the day a seminar was held at KR Headquarters on Organisational Change and Development where the following issues were explored:

Organisational change and transformation in the new world of work

Spiral dynamics for Africa – Creating productivity at the bottom of the pyramid

Organisational development in practice – Influencing societal dynamics in an integral manner

Alternative OD modalities

Strategy and organisational change and development

The link between organisational change and development and consulting psychology

World Café exercise – conceptualizing the future of OCD in Africa

Through the optimalisation of individual functioning, leadership capacity can be built, and ultimately business decision-making can be optmised. Focused organisational change and development (OCD) interventions can significantly contribute to enhance individual dynamics, to increase functionality in teams and rewire organisational strategies, structures and practices to ensure congruence between what is happening inside the organisation and outside the system. An in-depth understanding of the social containing system in which the organisation is operating, ensure relevant and appropriate reactions to external impacts.

Organisational Change & Development (OCD) is designed to capture leading-edge thinking about OCD in organisations as it merges with traditional African wisdoms. It manifests in issues that differ from organisational effectiveness efforts to a highly individualised craft of catalyst practitioner. 

In an attempt to provide a solid conceptualisation of the field of study, a framework of inclusivity that can be followed, case studies and OCD methodologies, this book strives to combine some of the practices into reality.

Format: +-250pp (Soft cover) | E-version (available) 
Price: R375.00
Publication Date: 30 June 2015

Get your copy of Inclusive Organizational Transformation: An African Perspective by accessing the link below: 

(A Kindle-edition will also be available soon.)

Architecture of Innovation – Are you preparing for the participative economy?

This article was written by one of our past winners, Innovation Agency, Rory Moore….read on….
Architecture of Innovation – Are you preparing for the participative economy?
We’re entering an unprecedented era of collaboration and access to information. Business models are being overturned and assumptions about how the world works are being challenged as new businesses emerge and disrupt the status quo. Traditional boundaries are being blurred as people agitate for change through a desire to participate in an increasingly connected world. The ease of access and an ever growing desire to participate by people have radically altered expectations about participation. We now expect to be able to share our opinions, ideas and thoughts. Participation is shaping the future and fortunes of bands and albums as fans vote, collaborate and even fund the early phases of development. We expect to be able to engage with groups, organisations and communities. We expect to be able to participate in shaping the direction of our favourite brands and interests.
With the ease of participation and the correlating rise in expectation to participate we need to rethink the rules of the game. We need a baseline and framework that outlines a way forward. We need a way of modelling this new world as a foundation for participation. Drawing on architecture and design thinking we need to frame this new economy in a way that allows us to build a platform to participate. As a principle, we need to create an architecture of participation. We need to create a schematic of how individuals, teams, communities and organisations will participate individually and as collectives in a sea of possibility. New networks are emerging as people participate on an unprecedented level. Because we’re entering a new era of participation we can’t rely on best practice or old business models. We need to look at the world with a fresh perspective on everything from who we engage to how we engage. Participation is the new economy and we need to form a coherent viewpoint on how to participate. Do you have an architecture of participation
Rory Moore is the CEO of Innovation Agency a firm specializing in assisting organizations with delivering on their innovation mandate. Rory seeks to activate the untapped wealth of knowledge that resides within an organisation’s idea-sharing and problem-solving network.

Da Vinci celebrates Mandela Day

“Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes.”
The Da Vinci Institute celebrated Nelson Mandela day by spending 67 minutes of their time with their Corporate Social Investment Project Initiative, Iwasshot in Joburg.
The Iwasshot Foundation, situated at Arts on Main in Johannesburg provides Skills Development Programs, with photography as the medium, to children living on the streets of our Urban Centres. The Foundation is anon-profit, non-government organization aimed at strengthening the potential of individual lives – educating, recognising and caring for children who hold on to the smallest light of hope for a better future. The aim is to change the perspective of street children and re-empower them through innovative programs within their communities, to educate and enhance positive awareness. This platform provides for youth at risk to learn skills and generate their own income by creating personalised and local products including T-shirts, cushions, key rings, frames and journals, amongst others.
Da Vinci team members prepared a meal for the youth at Iwasshot and also had the opportunity to share 67 minutes with them by sharing this time together. As a farewell gift, each individual of Iwasshot received a Da Vinci bag for them to use in their every day lives.
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” – Nelson Mandela
The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”
The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.
The celebration of Mandela Day aims to serve as a global call to action for people to “recognise their individual power to make an imprint and help change the world around them for the better”, says the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
“Nelson Mandela has been making an imprint on the world for 67 years, beginning in 1942 when he first started to campaign for the human rights of every South African. His life has been an inspiration to the world,” the foundation said.
By devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.
Mandela said at the time of the campaign’s launch that he would be “honored if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace and reconciliation”.

Introducing PTIP Innovations

As part of our strategy for this year, we will be profiling our winners from 2014 and are pleased to introduce PTIP who were awarded the Management of System award In 2014.

The company PTIP Innovations, 2014 TT100 winner of the award for the Management of Systems in the medium size category was founded in 2005 and is headed up by Professor Vivian Alberts. It is involved in the research, development and production of thin film PV modules and systems. 

It was founded to facilitate the commercial exploitation of intellectual property (IP) and know-how related to novel and innovative semiconductor process technologies in the field of thin film photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The new and improved PV technology has been developed over a period of more than 20 years at the Department of Physics at the University of Johannesburg. The key strategic objective of the company is the world-wide licensing of turnkey PV plants and related products. Furthermore, the company also aims to facilitate the development of a highly trained and professional PV workforce in South Africa that will form a basis for the establishment of a competitive local PV industry.

The TT100 adjudicators awarded the Management of System award to this innovative company with this accompanying comment: “From a small university laboratory size breakthrough to a full-size pilot plant, this company is now a recognised global leader in solar voltaic technology. Together with local and global partners, they have been able to develop a fully integrated manufacturing process in which the full process from raw materials to final solar panels and waste removal have been integrated. The elegance of their process includes the downstream application of their products, which includes solar farms, roof top systems and a unique application for off-grid electrical energy supply and reticulation. This is systems thinking at its best. “

The values of the leadership of a business always shapes its success and CEO of PTIP Innovations, Professor Alberts had the following answers to the questions as outlined below:

What is your favourite saying about innovation?
“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old” – Peter F Drucker
What is your motto in life?
Passion for Innovation
Who is your technology role model?
Steve Jobs.
Is there a current innovative project or idea that stands out to you in life?
Modern energy storage innovations such as the grid-scale liquid metal batteries (LMD).
What top 3 values are important to you?
Innovation, Teamwork and Excellence
How do you drive these values in your organisation?

Innovative research and technology excellence is constantly pursued by a committed team that has extensive experience and a broad knowledge of technology and industry. The technology and commercial challenges are approached with dedicated international partner(s) that follows similar visions and values. Since our main business is about technology and product excellence, we continue to invest in technology improvements and internal training programs for all our staff. We constantly promote the highest level of professionalism and personal integrity amongst our employees. 

Other awards that PTIP Innovations have won include 2014 Frost & Sullivan, South Africa Solar Photovoltaic Technology Innovation Leadership Award. PTIP Innovations entered the TT100 Awards programme in 2014 to benchmark their technology and company against other industry/business leaders, and promote the company’s image internally as well as externally to potential customers of their technology and related PV products.

They are a business that are going places and would like to stand out as a company that are providing internationally competitive technology that develops products and services in order to improve the quality of life for people, both locally and internationally.

Dean: Academic Development and Research – Introducing Dr Linda Lunga Sibali

Dr. Linda Lunga Sibali (Pr. Sci. Nat.; MRSSf.; SACI)
BSc. (Hons.); MSc. (Chem.); D. Tech. (Env. Mangnt.)
The Da Vinci Institute wishes to advise you of the new appointment of Dr Linda Sibali who will join the Da Vinci team on 1st August 2015 as Dean: Academic Development and Research.
Dr Sibali has been married to Thulile Sibali for 3 years since 10 April 2012 and has two daughters aged 22 and 2 years old. He was born and raised in the rough and dusty streets of Kwazakhele Township in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. When he grew up he found that the youth had a certain perception about education and how to achieve what you really want. Education was perceived by the youth as the long route to achieve what you want to be in life, whilst doing crime was the preferred route as it was assumed to be a shorter journey. Hence, his passion in life is to continuously engage with youth on the benefits of education. He always wanted to be educated, achieve more in life and be a role model to the youth in his township.
Dr Sibali’s impressive repertoire consists of a published book titled, ‘Determination of selected endocrine disrupting Compounds in water and sediments from the Jukskei River Catchment Area.’ He has published ten manuscripts in various publications such as the American Journal of Analytical Chemistry (2015), Water Quality Research Journal of Canada (2010), Water SA (2010) and many more.
Dr Sibali obtained his Bachelor of Science in 2000 from the University of Fort Hare in Eastern Cape, majoring in Chemistry and Microbiology. In 2002 he went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science Honours in Chemistry from the University of Fort Hare in Eastern Cape. His research topic was titled, ‘Heavy Metal Toxins Analysis in Waste Water Treatment Plant in King William’s Town, Eastern Cape. In 2003, he continued his learning journey and obtained a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Fort Hare in Eastern Cape. His research topic was tilted, ‘Remediation of Heavy Metals (Cadmium and Lead) and Phthalate Esters in Contaminated Soil Treated with Composts.’
In 2008 Dr Sibali went on to obtain a Doctorate in Technology (Environmental Management, majoring in Analytical/Environmental Chemistry). His research topic was tilted ‘Determination of Endocrine-Disrupting Compounds in Water and Sediments from Jukskei River Catchment Area.’He is currently studying his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Tshwane University of Technology.
In his spare time, he likes to watch sport either live on TV or at a stadium. On a social level he likes to get together with friends. Dr Sibali is curious about life and finds himself drawn to the Da Vinci principle of Curiosita as he likes to read any interesting material and likes to explore the world through travel.
Dr Sibali began his working journey as a chemistry tutor and experienced growth in his career as a lecturer researcher and research administrator in a traditional public university. It was his interest to be part of the Da Vinci Institute as he considers it a top private school for managerial leadership and is eager to learn more about Da Vinci’s approach in higher education within South Africa and abroad.
When asked which managerial leader inspires him, Dr Sibali states that Mrs Yolanda Cuba-Mtyi stands out to him. She is a non-executive Director at Absa Group Limited and serves as a Director at various companies. She is a qualified CA (SA) and has served as Chief Executive Officer of Mvelaphanda Group Limited, where she became one of the youngest chief executive officers ever of a JSE-listed company.
Dr Sibali has the following views on higher education in a developing country:
“It is also a known fact that in many developing countries, the demand for courses and subjects of study has changed and public universities are unable to respond to this phenomenon.
The inability of the public sector to satisfy the growing social demand for higher education has necessitated the entry of the private sector in order to expand access conditions.” 
Based on the above, Dr Sibali thinks private institutions have a big role to play in developing countries as they are more needed by the market of the higher education sector for skills development and cross-border education which is offered mainly through the private sector.
When asked what value he hopes to bring to Da Vinci, Dr Sibali states the below:
“There are four key values that I try, to the best of my ability, to live my life by. Hopefully I can bring these values with me as I venture into my new role at Da Vinci:
·      Integrity – match beliefs, actions, and talk. Be a man that keeps his      word. Be honest and upfront with people.
·         Forward looking – set challenging yet obtainable goals for myself.
·         Competency – constantly learn. Become knowledgeable and great at   whatever undertaking I am involved in.
·         Inspiring – help others. Know that in order to find yourself; you must lose    yourself in the service of others. Become a merchant of hope. Be    patient, kind, and courteous.
These four values encompass everything I want to be as an organization member and person.”

Candidates successfully complete their Oral Defence

Monday the 13th of July 2015 served as the day for two PhD candidates and one MSc candidate to orally defend their theses and dissertation respectively.
Rashid Abrahams began his PhD journey in 2011 and successfully defended his thesis to a panel consisting of his Academic Supervisor, Dr Marthie de Kock (DLitt et Phil) and Mr DC Phiri (MSc), Mrs Carin Stoltz-Urban (Registrar), Simon Gathua (Key Account Manager: Post-Graduate studies) and invited guests of Rashid. The title of his tesis is, “Framework for Broadband Fulfilment and Assurance in the South African Telecommunications Environment: A Telkom Study”.
Well done on your achievements Rashid.
Jennitha Chinniah began her PhD journey in 2011 and successfully defended her thesis to a panel consisting of her Academic Supervisor, Dr Marthie de Kock (DLitt et Phil), Dr Henri Geldenhuys, Mrs Carin Stoltz-Urban (Registrar), Simon Gathua (Key Account Manager: Post-Graduate studies) and invited guests of Jennitha. The tiltle of her thesis topic is, “Data Privacy and the Energy Distribution Market: Revisiting implications of the SMART Grid Framework.”
Jennitha, Congratulations on this successful achievement.
Farouk Khan, an MSc student at Da Vinci successfully defended his dissertation to a panel consisting of his Academic Supervisor, Dr Marthie de Kock (DLitt et Phil), Mr Mehmood Haffejee, Mrs Carin Stoltz-Urban (Registrar), Simon Gathua (Key Account Manager: Post-Graduate studies) and invited guests of Farouk. His dissertation topic, “Capturing Critical Pipeline Failure Data for Optimal Maintenance Management of a Water Supply Network: A Rand Water Proposition.”
Farouk, well done on successfully defending your dissertation.