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We would like to congratulate one of our remarkable Doctoral alumnus, Dr Zain Reddiar who has been selected as one of the Global 200 Power Leaders in HR 2022-23, by White Page International. This is in recognition of Dr Reddiar's work and contributions to the field of Human Resource Management across the African and Middle Eastern continents.

Please join us in congratulating Dr Reddiar for his continued contribution to co-creating the landscape of people management and highlighting the importance of human capital contribution in business across continents.
If you want to change the result of something, you need to be open to not only viewing what is right in front of you but seeing the world through multiple lenses, realities and endless possibilities. It is about exploring things outside of the known and knowable and considering the unknown and even the chaotic. By doing this you can deconstruct and reconstruct things to have new meaning. Although it may feel risky and requires courage, remember some of the best leaders take risks courageously in the pursuit of a favourable end goal for all. Once you develop the ability to comfortably sit in the unknown and chaotic, as much as in the known and knowable, you will feel yourself transform into an agile, aligned and engaged managerial leader, able to influence the co-creation of more humane sustainable societies. Try it! The result will be worth the effort.
Plagued by memories of having to learn ‘off by heart’ at school? Terrified of studying as an adult?... 

The Da Vinci Institute turns this type of learning on its head, by flipping the classroom, and using the principles of Mode 2 Knowledge production. Say what? Now we got you thinking…. wondering what this means….  

Da Vinci Institute teaches according to the principles of Mode 2 knowledge production. This ensures a focus on the creation of knowledge that is:

Transdisciplinary in nature – this is all about looking at different views by engaging different disciplines. Why? Well, this way one can come up with more comprehensive and reliable solutions. The Da Vinci Institute recognises that in real-life authentic situations, business leaders and managers need to deal with a range of disciplines to solve problems and achieve organisational objectives.

Socially relevant – what you learn must matter, be relevant and impactful to society and have a social return on investment. Then as a leader you can have better impact and influence workplace realities and/or entrepreneurial activities.   

Actively promotes diversity and heterogeneity – people bring their own skills and experiences when producing knowledge and this must always be recognised. Your voice matters! Students are encouraged to draw from unlimited toolsets. Even in a workplace context, a team probing a problem may change over time, as requirements change, or some people are no longer part of the team. This allows for greater diversity in both the composition and structure, enabling a project team approach. Knowledge in this way can be generated in lots of contexts and for different organisations – meaning you will learn to be agile in any situation and work context.  

The intention of Mode 2 is to apply situated learning, problem-probing, and decision-making to address business- and community-based problems.  

To provide students with a remarkable educational experience, the Da Vinci Institute, as an online distance provider of higher education, makes use of ‘flipped classrooms’, an andragogical (adult learning) approach, where the primary educational material is prepared by the students before the tuition support session, and where the tuition support sessions are then used as spaces for co-operative engagements and the co-creation of knowledge. 

Interested to learn more? Click here: https://www.davinci.ac.za/
With the Higher Certificate in Management of Technology and Innovation, you can gain a deeper understanding of business and become a more effective leader. https://www.davinci.ac.za/
The purpose of this programme is to equip students with the required research acumen, knowledge, skills and competencies, to meaningfully contribute to new knowledge creation in the fields of Business, Commerce and Management Studies. Learn more: https://www.davinci.ac.za/qualification-dv/
The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management is a registered higher education provider offering accredited qualifications in the field of Business contributing towards socio-economic development and transformation by offering students a personalised journey of self-discovery and co-creation. See our qualifications: https://www.davinci.ac.za/
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STUDENTS & ALUMNI IN THE NEWS

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31 Oct: Vigenthren Pandaram: Turning The Tide Of Engineering Turnover

The Da Vinci Institute’s Master’s alumnus Vigenthren Pandaram has dedicated his life and career to engineering, a field in which he has an abiding passion. When tracing the start of his career trajectory in the field of engineering, Vigenthren Pandaram reminisces that working life for him began after graduating with a National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at ML Sultan Technikon (now called Durban University of Technology) in 1990. Following which, Vigenthren completed an apprenticeship in 1991. It was between 1991 and 1996 that “I worked in the gold mining industry as an underground fitter and later moved to the manufacturing industry as a fitter and turner”, Vigenthren says. With an engineering background and when a timely chance to make use for it came to pass, the year 1996 was a period in which Vigenthren decided to shift career gears and joined Eskom, where he was offered an opportunity to be…

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24 Aug: STUDENT EXPERIENCE: Q&A session with Khabazela Mkize

Recently, DaVinci had a catch-up with one of our gifted students Khabazela Mkize, who is currently completing the Higher Certificate in Management of Technology and Innovation, with elective modules in New Venture Creation (NVC) here at The Institute. Khabazela is a 26-year-old, hailing from Pollak Park in Springs and he shares his story…    | Khabazela reflects on his journey |  Tell us about yourself and a bit about your background.  My name is Khabazela Mpumelelo Mkize. I am a 26-year-old student and a diligent worker, trying to create a better future for myself and my family. I currently reside with my father at Pollak Park in Springs. We have been living together since I was 4-years old when my mother passed away after a horrific road accident. This difficult experience landed my dad and I in very tough financial situations. Consequently, there has been a lot of opportunities that…

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17 Aug: STUDENT EXPERIENCE: A Q&A session with Perciwell Van Staden

Meet Perciwell Van Staden, one of our students currently completing a Higher Certificate in Management of Technology and Innovation with electives in New Venture Creation | We sat down with Perciwell and engaged him about his journey and gained some insights about his hopes for the future. Here is what he had to say… | Tell us about yourself and your background. My name is Perciwell Van Staden, I am 29 years old and currently live in Actonville, Benoni. I come from the humblest of beginnings, and from a big family of about 6 siblings, to be exact. Having said that, and as life is for most of us, assisting financially at home was more important than attaining a tertiary education. So, I have been doing odd jobs since matriculating. This New Venture Creation (NVC) programme sponsored by Gauteng City Regional Academy (GCRA) has been my first real shot at…

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10 Aug: ALUMNI ALERT: MASTER’S ALUMNUS, CHANTAL BALLA 

DaVinci’s 2021 Master’s alumnus Chantal Balla’s remarkability is magnetic. She is a natural problem solver, with a keen interest for making substantial improvements where she co-creates.    “My late parents whom I have dedicated my study to, your blood runs through my veins and your memory will always be alive in my heart forever.”     | This is our recent Q&A engagement with Chantal, to find out more about her journey at DaVinci |    Please give us a brief overview of your career to date.  My short-term insurance career spans over 19 years and encompasses experience in personal, commercial, corporate and the public sector spheres. Being promoted to a management position in 2005 has exposed me to all facets of business operations. Furthermore, I am a qualified Accounting and Business Management teacher by profession, coupled with an associate degree qualification in the short-term insurance industry. I have a…

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03 Aug: Refilwe Moreetsi: A Journey of Taking to the Skies

Refilwe Moreetsi, who is one of our BCom graduates from the class of 2021, is a Senior First Officer at South African Airways (SAA). A fascinating woman, Refilwe is such an inspiration, and she exudes remarkability about her.    | In this recent catch-up, Refilwe shares her love of taking to the orbit and how this aviation passion was realised | It is a journey of a young woman, whose passion for flying began at the tender age of seven, when she got the opportunity to take her first commercial flight to Durban, with her parents. Refilwe Moreetsi explains that she “got the opportunity to visit the flightdeck after landing. It was a memorable experience, and I knew then that I wanted to become a pilot.” Even in explaining this story, Refilwe’s passion can be felt, as she describes how intriguing her first flight was because it was something unique,…

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10 Aug: ALUMNI ALERT: MASTER’S ALUMNUS, CHANTAL BALLA 

DaVinci’s 2021 Master’s alumnus Chantal Balla’s remarkability is magnetic. She is a natural problem solver, with a keen interest for making substantial improvements where she co-creates.    “My late parents whom I have dedicated my study to, your blood runs through my veins and your memory will always be alive in my heart forever.”     | This is our recent Q&A engagement with Chantal, to find out more about her journey at DaVinci |    Please give us a brief overview of your career to date.  My short-term insurance career spans over 19 years and encompasses experience in personal, commercial, corporate and the public sector spheres. Being promoted to a management position in 2005 has exposed me to all facets of business operations. Furthermore, I am a qualified Accounting and Business Management teacher by profession, coupled with an associate degree qualification in the short-term insurance industry. I have a…

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03 Aug: Refilwe Moreetsi: A Journey of Taking to the Skies

Refilwe Moreetsi, who is one of our BCom graduates from the class of 2021, is a Senior First Officer at South African Airways (SAA). A fascinating woman, Refilwe is such an inspiration, and she exudes remarkability about her.    | In this recent catch-up, Refilwe shares her love of taking to the orbit and how this aviation passion was realised | It is a journey of a young woman, whose passion for flying began at the tender age of seven, when she got the opportunity to take her first commercial flight to Durban, with her parents. Refilwe Moreetsi explains that she “got the opportunity to visit the flightdeck after landing. It was a memorable experience, and I knew then that I wanted to become a pilot.” Even in explaining this story, Refilwe’s passion can be felt, as she describes how intriguing her first flight was because it was something unique,…

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22 Jun: ALUMNI ALERT: A catch-up with Dr Shina Akeem Oyewale, The Institute’s Doctoral alumnus…

  “… [To] the youths of Nigeria, those on the streets hoping strongly for opportunities and guidance to unleash their potentials. You are not voiceless. You are being heard. The Motherland needs you. You should also hearken to her appeal and hold your destinies in your hands. This work gives you a tool. Please use it.”  – A dedication, by Dr Shina Akeem Oyewale    Youth unemployment is a global issue and of enormous concern. It is even acutely pronounced in South Africa where youth unemployment figures are currently sounding critical alarm bells. The issue, however, and as aforementioned, is not limited to South Africa. Northwards, on the Gulf of Guinea, on the Western Coast of Africa, the Nigerian nation is faced with the same conundrum. Many a people have sounded suggestions that businesses or corporates could play a role in reducing unemployment figures. From the academic space, individuals have been researching…

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