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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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.”
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.”