Alumni Showcase

Ross Saunders

06 Jul: Book Review Insights: Ross Saunders

Dr Heather Goode provides some insights into Da Vinci alumnus, Ross Sauders book, titled: This is not what I signed up for: A survival guide for first-time managers Of course, no company intends to promote someone incompetent or to promote someone until they are incompetent in their new position (the Peter Principlei), nor is it any managers intention to promote someone likely to fail. At least not usually, and if it does happen, there’s a story to tell. The sad truth is, that being an accountant doesn’t actually prepare you to manage accountants. That being a good programmer doesn’t prepare you to manage programmers, projects or diverse multi-skilled teams. Similarly, no one works for promotion in order to fail in their new role. And yet, research conducted by CEB shows that 60 per cent of new managers fail within the first 24 months of their new position. In today’s increasingly dynamic time,…

Avesh Sundarlal

15 Jun: Alumni Showcase: Avesh Sundarlal

His measured personality exudes a serene quality about him, touched with a deep humbleness – this is how we describe our experience of Avesh Sundarlal’s character during his research period at the Home of Remarkability. Beneath the quiet demeanour in him is an unquenchable obsession for research, and his analyses are of a careful and even painstaking nature. These, perhaps, may be the sorts of qualities that could be associated with a mind that is constantly engaged in abstract matters of an academic kind and, by his own admission: “I love to learn … [and I am constantly] listening in to new ideas and simultaneously augmenting my own.” According to Mr Sundarlal, a day in his life without any learning engagement or new experiments is an opportunity wasted. The love for learning and the intellectual wherewithal that Mr Sundarlal possesses is something made evident in his research project titled: “A…

Yusuf Adeojo

15 Jun: Alumni Showcase: Yusuf Adeojo

Researching for, but not limited to, a Doctoral Degree, and timeously having it completed, is the culmination of years of toil and is no easy feat. The trepidation that comes with it, nonetheless, may also be the much-needed occasional reminder and motivation for the researcher to keep on track with the researching momentum, as the journey evolves and ideas flow over time. This is the process that one of our newest Doctoral graduates, Dr Yusuf Adeojo underwent, and was rewarded at our recent 2021 graduation ceremony when he was conferred with his Doctoral degree from The Da Vinci Institute. The path to the attainment of his apex qualification may have not been a walk-in-the-park, but Dr Adeojo marched on and saw the journey leading through to its ultimate maturity and fruition. Dr Adeojo likens his PhD journey to the DNA sequencing process that fellow researchers and scientists often use when…

Reginah Masete

15 Jun: Alumni Showcase: Dr Reginah Masete

Today we celebrate with one of our own, recent Doctoral graduates, Dr Reginah Masete. Dr Masete describes herself as a highly inspired and focused person, who has a tremendous zeal for whatever projects she takes on. She is also passionate about seeing those around her harness their remarkability, leading to their successes in both their lives and careers, as well as in Academia. Dr Masete’s passion and pride for education make her an ideal encouraging force to her own community, motivating those in her circle to further their studies, as part of their continuous learning and development. Today, however, is about Dr Masete, as we share her own stride in education. Having completed her apotheosis qualification, as one of The Institute’s newest Doctoral graduates. Upon completing her Doctoral thesis, Dr Masete in her own words expounds that she is “so excited and can finally be at peace with my [curious]…

Ntokozo Mahlangu

09 Jun: Alumnus/Vice-Chairperson of Council – Ntokozo Mahlangu

In 2017 Ntokozo Mahlangu graduated with a Master’s degree from The Da Vinci Institute. Little did he know at the time that two years down the line, after he had graduated, he would be appointed as The Institute’s Vice-Chair of The Da Vinci Institute Council. Sometimes meaningful engagements with brilliant souls tend to take their own direction and move swiftly at their self-regulated momentum – remarkably abiding, as it were, to their own accord. This, in fact, was how The Institute’s relationship with Mr Mahlangu began and over the years soared, and continues to do so, to this day. In his own words, “I [still] treasure my connection with The Da Vinci Institute”. The Home of Remarkability is a safe space, where all diverse minds merge in unity as one – as fellow Davincians. Mr Mahlangu’s energy and charismatic character have always led to wonderful and robust co-creations at The…

N M Alumni

09 Jun: Alumni Showcase: Nhlanhla Magubane

One of our alumni, a master’s degree graduate, is Nhlanhla Magubane who graduated in 2020 with The Da Vinci Institute. His dissertation is titled: “Emerging and disruptive phenomena in the South African energy system in the context of economic and environmental sustainability.”  When enquired about the aim of his study, Mr Magubane states that, “this study is to analyse the emerging and disruptive phenomena in the energy system in South Africa. Furthermore, it provides a critical analysis on the diversification of the energy mix associated with the use of renewable energy and natural gas to generate clean and secure electricity in a decentralised manner, thus effectively managing the inevitable climate change impacts and stabilising greenhouse gas concentrations.”  Mr Magubane feels both humbled and honoured by this journey, attributing his faith and ancestors for his ability to have completed the master’s degree journey with the home of remarkability. In an African praise and oratory, he says: “Ngiphakamise udumo, ngidlulise nokubonga kuso sonke isizwe samaNkomose. Nina ba kaMdumo wamankankane nezikhova. Nina bakaMashikiyane, umhlane obeleth’ithole, loyo uKhokho wethu ozalwa uPotolozi, uPotolozi ezalwe uBhiyane, uBhiyane ezalwe uNyosi. Ngiyabonga Ndlandla, Msenganduna Namathokazi.”  His education experience at The Da Vinci Institute is something he praises as an insightful, meaningful and remarkable journey, where…

Jacob alumni

09 Jun: Alumni Showcase: Jacob Lempetje Masoeu

Jacob Lempetje Masoeu is one of our master’s degree graduates and can be described as someone who embraces his ability to see the holism in any given situation, rather than only seeing parts or snapshots of the whole. He also believes that this is quite critical, especially if one wants to understand the patterns of influence and change, and how those could be embraced to avoid their spiralling downwards into undesired consequences.   Mr Masoeu gained this outlook when he began the research journey with The Da Vinci Institute, as a master’s degree student. He states that the journey that he undertook challenged his personal views, “and the management of my personal bias towards others completely. The fact that my truth is subjective and is born out of my personal experiences and realities of things as they evolve around me opened a whole new way of thinking and reasoning to me. I now approach and respond to the views and actions of others with greater care, respect and consideration”, Mr Masoeu accords.   His chosen research topic is…

Niradna alumni

09 Jun: Alumni Showcase: Niradna Bechoo

A profile of our alumnus, Niradna Bechoo, who is also one of the Programme Coordinators at The Da Vinci Institute.  One of Niradna’s primary roles is managing student relationships, a role she does with aplomb, as expressed by one of the BCom students who says that when speaking to Niradna, “it’s like playing upon an exquisite violin, and she responds to every touch and thrill of the bow effectively.” That is quite a metaphor for someone whose services are impeccable, accompanied by a sense of understanding of the needs of the students.  Niradna has been working in the education sector for the last decade in various roles at various providers – an experience she treasures, for it has prepared her for the current role she holds at Da Vinci.  Niradna is a curious being, and her passion for education has led her to become a master’s degree alumnus of The Da Vinci Institute. Her research project is titled: “Students’ perception of service quality at a private higher education institution in South Africa.” Niradna is…

Alumni test Mtho

18 May: In memory of Mthokozisi Ntumba

(The following is a showcase from last year which was shared upon the late Mthokozisi’s completion of his master’s degree.)  The great Albert Einstein once said, “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value”, and our student Mthokozisi Ntumba is that man of value.  Mr Ntumba recently completed his Master’s degree with The Da Vinci Institute – a journey, according to him, that has transformed his thinking and helped him to, “realise that my perceptions and preconceived ideas do not always reflect reality.”  Mr Ntumba continues; “My journey triggered a keen appreciation of holism, integration and cooperation amongst people. It aroused a renewed appreciation of [ubuntu], which relates to deliberate cooperation amongst people. The support and energy I received from my supervisor, family, colleagues and the Da Vinci staff is unparalleled. I would not have reached the end of this journey without this kind of support,” and he is grateful for all of them.  When asked about the purpose…