Monthly Archives: August 2015

PRESS RELEASE: First Cohort of Da Vinci BCom Students to Graduate

The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management is a private higher education provider that contributes towards socio-economic development and transformation. The Institute’s purpose is to cultivate managerial leaders through the core principles of work-based action learning by offering students a personalised journey of self-discovery and co-creation.

The Da Vinci Annual Graduation Ceremony will take place on Thursday 10 September 2015 at The Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg. As The Institute’s 15th Graduation Ceremony, it serves to celebrate the accomplishments achieved by Da Vinci students as they arrive near the end of their learning journey, walk across the stage and collect their qualification of which they have sacrificed for and worked tremendously hard for.

This year’s Graduation serves to be an auspicious and momentous occasion as the first cohort of Da Vinci BCom students stand in line to graduate. For the first time in history The Da Vinci Institute will award the BCom (Business Management) qualification to eleven individuals on 10 September 2015. Nine of these individuals are IRCA Global students and started their BCom programme in 2012. The other two individuals are Status Aviation students and started their programme in 2013.

When asked how this achievement made him feel, Mr Thrishan Naicker, Key Account Manager for undergraduate studies responded, “This is one of the highlights of my Da Vinci career. We started this programme in 2012 and have had the privilege to watch these students grow as managerial leaders.”

One of the students in line to graduate in September is Tristan Keeley who is one of the Status Aviation students. In response to how his experience has been at Da Vinci, Keeley replied, “Through doing this qualification it has afforded me the opportunity to expand my knowledge into these different fields and also become much more aware of the operations of business…I am very pleased that I studied at Da Vinci and have been taught by some of the best facilitators in the industry.”

As the countdown of mere weeks begin, the anticipation and excitement is no doubt alive as students and stakeholders of Da Vinci, look forward in celebrating this wonderful achievement at the Da Vinci Annual Graduation, taking place on 10 September 2015 at the Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg.

The Institute is registered as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act 1997, registration no 2004/HE07/003. The Institute is also accredited by the Council of Higher Education (CHE) and its qualifications are recorded with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

Curiosita: 28 July 2015.

Curiosita is one of the Da Vinci principles referring to an insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.
The Curiosita forum is a monthly colloquium for contemporary thinking on the Management of Technology, Innovation and People in a systemic context, hosted by the Academic faculty of The Da Vinci Institute. For the month of July 2015, a colloquium was held at the Da Vinci Hotel in Sandton on 28 July 2015.
The Curiosita forum involves a community of enquirers including PhD students who raise burning issues concerning their work based challenges and application as experienced during their PhD research journey or are interested in supporting their co-researchers in their journey. Debates include experts from the business environment; Da Vinci staff and other interested individuals who assemble to present and discuss interesting topics, and to provide mutual support in the quest for continuous learning.
The Curiosita forum strives for enhanced participation and discourse for greater experiential learning rather than just “death by PowerPoint” – to capture Aristotle’s notion of Dialectic rather than that of Rhetoric speech.
The Guest Speaker for the day was Franklin Pieterse who is the Chief Executive Officer of Tedcor Waste Management. His topic of discussion was, “The Business of Waste”
Franklin explored the following aspects as related to effective waste management. These aspects served to cover the imperative for sustainable waste management. Successful Enterprise Development, through waste management. Waste to energy solutions, of which could complement the energy mix of South Africa and of societies at large. The challenge of policy and practice disconnect, as it relates to environmental policy and sustainable waste management practices.
The PhD student was Joseph Molapisi who is the Director: Emerging Research Areas at the Department of Science & Technology (DST). His topic of thesis is tilted, “University-Industry interaction in South Africa’s National System of Innovation: A framework for enhancing its effectiveness.”
The session was facilitated by Da Vinci Alumnus, Dr Shirley Lloyd: Class of 2014.

Mr Hendrik Nel successfully defends his MSc Dissertation

The final Oral Defence for 2015 took place in the late afternoon of 3 August 2015. Da Vinci MSc student Mr Hendrik Nel successfully defended his MSc Dissertation to an academic panel.
Mr Nel’s Academic supervisor is Karel Gevers and his Field Supervisor is Mr Salegh Williams.
The Title of his MSc Dissertation is : “The benefit of a Centre of Excellence in Maintenance Management for Eskom’s Generation Division.”
Congratulations on this great achievement Hendrik and we look forward to seeing you at the Da Vinci Graduation.

Dhanum Bangaar successfully defends her MSc Dissertation

The final Oral Defence’s for 2015 were held on the 3rd of August 2015 at the Da Vinci House.
Dhanum Bangaar successfully defended her MSc Dissertation in front of the panel including Mrs Carin Stoltz-Urban Registrar, Mrs Karen Verster Assistant Registrar and Mr Simon Gathua Key Account Manager for postgraduate studies.
Dhanum Bangaar’s Academic supervisor is Andre Vermaak and her Field supervisor is Alexander Georgiev.
The Title of her MSc Dissertation is, “Near Field Communication (NFC) payment system implementation: An innovation perspective.”
Congratulations on this wonderful achievement Dhanum and we look forward to seeing you at the Annual Graduation.

PhD student Mavis Nyatlo successfully defends her PhD thesis

Congratulations to Da Vinci PhD student Mavis Nyatlo who successfully defended her PhD thesis orally on Thursday 30 July 2015. Mrs Nyatlo’s oral defence took place in front of a panel including Registrar Mrs Carin Stoltz-Urban, Key Account Manager: Postgraduate studies Simon Gathua, Academic Supervisor Prof Roy Marcus and invited external guests.
Mrs Nyatlo’s PhD Thesis title is, “Creating an implementation framework to improve the effectiveness of technology transfer offices at South African Universities.”
Well done on this great achievement and we look forward to seeing you at the Da Vinci Annual Graduation.

The Da Vinci Institute experiences high growth in 2015

The Da Vinci Institute focusses on the cultivation of managerial leaders by providing Certificate, BCom, Master and Doctorate programmes. These qualifications are awarded within the pillars of the Management of Technology, Management of Innovation, Management of People and Management of Systems (TIPS™). As a Mode 2 institution, the primary characteristic is the work based application of the knowledge creation. This allows Da Vinci to engage, align and become agile in co-creating new workplace realities with students and sponsors.

The first half of 2015 saw an increase in workshops being held as new students enrolled at Da Vinci. The students who enrolled came from various companies such as Saepa, JP Morgan, Investec and FNB. These new groups also included the Da Vinci Leonardo programmes which cater for students enrolling within their personal capacity. These groups focus on both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications such as Certificate, BCom, Masters and PhD.

The Institute made an announcement recently after their second quarter report which took place at the end of June 215. The report revealed a significant increase in the amount of workshops held at the Da Vinci Institute measured from the period of January 2015 to the end of June 2015 and was compared with the same period in 2014.

The month of January in year 2014 and 2015 were identified as having 32 workshops. There was an increase of 10 additional workshops in February 2015 with an overall total of 25 workshops compared to 15 workshops in February 2014. March 2015 saw a total of 35 workshops compared to 24 workshops in March 2014. The months of April, May and June 2015 increased considerably in terms of workshops, also taking note of the majority of new workshops started.


The Institute is registered as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act 1997, registration no 2004/HE07/003. The Institute is also accredited by the Council of Higher Education and its qualifications are recorded with the South African Qualifications Authority.

An interview with Technetium, TT100 2014 Award winner

Technetium is a specialist tracking technology company and solutions provider with extensive international experience in the physical asset tracking and management work space across multiple industries. They were recently awarded the award for the Management of Technology in the medium size category in the 2014 TT100 Awards. Through the use of its award-winning TeamTrak© suite of asset management software solutions, together with leading technologies, including RFID, Barcode, GPS, GPRS and the Internet, Technetium assist diverse corporations and organizations to manage and maintain full visibility of their various asset pools and fleets as well as providing intelligence for utilization, alerting and performance. Technetium offers asset management, related services, security, information technology and technology integration for the assets of value, of a client. This is achieved through the deployment of a comprehensive, business-rules based generic tracking engine, allowing asset owners to track, locate, manage, measure and optimise utilisation of all uniquely identified resources, irrespective of asset type, industry or location. Value-added benefits include improved security, staff productivity, associated business processes and customer care.
The TT100 adjudicators awarded the Management of Technology award to this innovative company with this accompanying comment, “Not only does Technetium deliver innovative technology solutions for mobile resource management (MRM) and security, it does so across multiple industries, while also providing intelligence on utilisation, alerting and performance. Most crucially for this particular category, the business is able to demonstrate a clear and definable technology strategy that adopts a unique approach to the market, one that has clearly had a positive impact on sales and customer acquisition.”

The values of the leadership of a business always shapes its success and the Chief Technology Officer of Technetium, Craig Jansen had the following answers to the questions as outlined below:  
What is your favourite saying about innovation?
“There’s a way to do it better – find it.”- Thomas Edison. “We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created the problem.”- Albert Einstein.

What is your motto in life?
“For the concert of life, nobody receives a program.” – Dutch Proverb

Who is your role model?
“Life – Lord and Saviour Jesus, my father, Bruce Lee. Business – Carlos Ghosn, CEO and Chairman of Nissan and Renault.”

What top 3 values are important to you?
Integrity, innovation, excellence.”

How do you drive these values in your organisation?
“Innovation is fostered primarily through a collaborative approach, involving both structured sessions related to the company’s products and services, as well as informal sessions where “any idea is game”.

Excellence is ensured through appropriate training, formal Q&A structures and innovative incentive schemes. Primarily though, the pursuit of the ethic of “consistently challenging self” is urged throughout the organisation.

Integrity is developed and encouraged through an approach of personal and shared accountability.”

Why did you enter the TT100 awards program?
“To test our strategic and tactical business approach and holistic solution approach, against the TIPS model and other companies (thus learning in the process), and improve corporate branding and visibility within the South African context.”

Is there a current innovative project or idea that stands out to you in life?
“The staff at Technetium, mindful of the need and desire to give back to the community at large has been, over the last three years, running an internal internship/employment program for previously disadvantaged individuals with only a matriculated pass, i.e. those people with no resources to take their academics further than high school. This at minimum, allows selected school-leavers to gain substantive work experience for a future career and in some cases results in the furthering of a career specifically in technology.”

What do you want it to stand out for?
“Technetium should be seen as a company providing world class asset tracking and management solutions, tailored to the needs of the client, thus providing true value to the client. This will always be done in an ethical and meticulous manner.”

Da Vinci PhD student Ronewa Mulea successfully completes his Oral Defence

On Wednesday 29 July 2015, Da Vinci PhD student Ronewa Mulea successfully completed the Oral Defence of his PhD Thesis.
The session was chaired by Registrar of Da Vinci, Mrs Carin Stoltz-Urban and Academic supervisor Prof Roy Marcus, Field supervisor Dr Rabelani Dagada and external guests were present.
The title of Mr Mulea’s Thesis topic is, “The repositioning of Telkom SA in view of competition forces and regulatory constraints in the ICT industry.”