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Da Vinci Business School’s monthly Curiosita colloquium held on the last Tuesday of every month, is a forum for inquisitive minds to meet, as we explore various exciting topics from various industry opinion leaders and one of our Doctoral candidates.  

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At our July Curiosita, we had guest speaker Albert Janse van Vuuren, Head of Business Development at Andile Solutions, discussing expansion into new territories and we also hosted student speaker Yosheen Padayachee who is Chief Information Officer at Tsebo Solutions Group. Yosheen discussed her progressing thesis entitled: "A Conceptual Technology Adoption Framework: Africa Leapfrogging 4IR and 5IR Technology."

In case you missed the July session, watch it here: https://bit.ly/3bKzMR9 and https://bit.ly/3pulzuZ  

We are looking forward to you joining us on Tuesday, 30 August 2022. To register, follow the link: https://bit.ly/3pceM8N

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Meet one of Da Vinci's 2021 Master's alumni, Chantal Balla.

This is our Q&A engagement with Chantal, to find out more about her journey at Da Vinci. In her advice to a student embarking on this journey, she says: "You need to be dedicated, focused and resilient. There will be many speed bumps on the way to success, but you just have to persevere. Implement a study plan and be committed to it. That helps!"

Read more: https://www.davinci.ac.za/alumni-alert-masters-alumnus-chantal-balla/

 #Davinci #BusinessSchool #OnlineLearning #HarnessingYourRemarkability
Meet Botlebotlile Molaba, one of our business school’s remarkable students, completing the Higher Certificate in Management of Technology and Innovation, with electives in New Venture Creation (NVC).  

Botlebotlile shares his experiences in appreciation of the sponsorship received from Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA), to complete this programme.   

“My time at the Da Vinci institute has been more like a rollercoaster. It is a meaningful challenge and yet interesting. I am learning in this academic period, and most of my "first times", so to speak, are happening with this academic institution.  

Moreover, through this institution, I am having the opportunity and privileges of being taught by highly qualified lectures who also manage/own businesses.  

I also have a mentor (which Da Vinci has generously provided), and I am guided by kind programme conveners. 

Experiencing how to manage a business through a business simulation is one of the valued lessons from the programme, and most importantly, Da Vinci’s mode 2 learning.  

All this is making it approachable for me to understand the complexities of being an entrepreneur and being a better, agile leader. My learning journey is a great impetus in my growth in all spheres of life. Thus, my perspective of the world is different from what it was and continuously shifting.” 

#BotlebotlileMolaba #OnlineEducation #HigherCertificate #HigherEducationInstitution #DaVinciInstitute #BusinessSchool
Mr Jack van der Merwe, a Civil Engineer, was conferred with The Da Vinci Laureate award for Social Architecture in 2018, and in recognition of the services he has provided to the public transport sector for more than 4 decades. 

Today, on his day of birth, Da Vinci would like to extend birthday wishes to Jack van der Merwe and we wish him a most remarkable day ahead!

#JackvanderMerwe #DaVinciLaureateAward #DaVinciInstitute #BusinessSchool
Da Vinci Graduates are agile, aligned and engaged managerial leaders equipped to co-create humane sustainable societies.

Come join our #Galaxy of remarkability by doing one of our qualifications and choosing an elective that suits your needs...

> Higher Certificate in Management of Technology and Innovation
> Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management
> Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership
> Master of Business Leadership
> Master of Management in Technology and Innovation
> Doctor of Business Leadership
> Doctor of Management in Technology and Innovation

LEARN MORE: https://zcu.io/rw3u 

#Qualifications #Undergraduate #Postgraduate #BusinessSchool #ManagerialLeaders #Enrol #Remarkability
Don't underestimate or relegate those that are academics to 'just academia', writes Raymond Toga – DaVinci Programme Coordinator and Doctoral Candidate.

"One of the key skills of an academic is critical thinking skills, which could aid organisations, governments, and societies to flourish in ever-evolving eco-systems. Thus, including critical thinkers could add dynamism and systemic thinking to a work environment."

See the comments section to access Raymond's blog for further reading...
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ALUMNI IN THE NEWS

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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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08 Jun: Alumni Showcase: Meet with Therasinamurthie Perumal Govender

Getting to know DaVinci’s Doctoral alumnus, Therasinamurthie Perumal Govender from the class of 2021   Dr Therasinamurthie Perumal Govender, a seasoned and respected leader, is the current Managing Director at TEK-MATION Training Institute. Dr Govender, in a recent engagement, shared the tale of his remarkable journey…     Please give us a brief overview of your career to date. My name is TP Govender (otherwise known as Dave), a Managing Director at TEK-MATION Training Institute. My areas of specialisations are Process Automation and Control Engineering, Engineering Fabrication, Pulp and Paper Technology and Oil and Gas Processing. I have progressed through my career as an artisan, technician, and engineer from the factory floor to my present position. A call to academia was the next providential step for me and I spent the best part of eight years in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Durban University of Technology. I have…

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01 Jun: A Q&A with The Da Vinci Institute’s Doctoral alumnus Dr Renaldo de Jager

A Q&A with The Da Vinci Institute’s Doctoral alumnus Dr Renaldo de Jager   Please give us a brief overview of your career to date. I have just over two decades of work experience as an International Management Consultant, during which time I successfully delivered projects in most industries and in various countries around the world.   Your thesis is titled: “An integrated approach to management as a mechanism to enhance the efficiencies of manufacturing concerns in the Gauteng province.” Please provide us with a blurb on the purpose of this research and its contribution. The GDP [Gross domestic product] of South Africa has been decreasing year-on-year since 2012. Since the productivity of a country is measured by its GDP, statistics imply that productivity in South Africa is on the decline, and thus affecting the economic growth of South Africa, which has also been in decline year-on-year since 2012. Parenthetically,…

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08 Jun: Alumni Showcase: Meet with Therasinamurthie Perumal Govender

Getting to know DaVinci’s Doctoral alumnus, Therasinamurthie Perumal Govender from the class of 2021   Dr Therasinamurthie Perumal Govender, a seasoned and respected leader, is the current Managing Director at TEK-MATION Training Institute. Dr Govender, in a recent engagement, shared the tale of his remarkable journey…     Please give us a brief overview of your career to date. My name is TP Govender (otherwise known as Dave), a Managing Director at TEK-MATION Training Institute. My areas of specialisations are Process Automation and Control Engineering, Engineering Fabrication, Pulp and Paper Technology and Oil and Gas Processing. I have progressed through my career as an artisan, technician, and engineer from the factory floor to my present position. A call to academia was the next providential step for me and I spent the best part of eight years in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Durban University of Technology. I have…

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01 Jun: A Q&A with The Da Vinci Institute’s Doctoral alumnus Dr Renaldo de Jager

A Q&A with The Da Vinci Institute’s Doctoral alumnus Dr Renaldo de Jager   Please give us a brief overview of your career to date. I have just over two decades of work experience as an International Management Consultant, during which time I successfully delivered projects in most industries and in various countries around the world.   Your thesis is titled: “An integrated approach to management as a mechanism to enhance the efficiencies of manufacturing concerns in the Gauteng province.” Please provide us with a blurb on the purpose of this research and its contribution. The GDP [Gross domestic product] of South Africa has been decreasing year-on-year since 2012. Since the productivity of a country is measured by its GDP, statistics imply that productivity in South Africa is on the decline, and thus affecting the economic growth of South Africa, which has also been in decline year-on-year since 2012. Parenthetically,…

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25 Apr: COUNCIL CATCH-UP: A Q&A SESSION WITH DR PREMIE NAICKER

Dr Premie Naicker is one of The Da Vinci Institute’s Doctoral alumni, the Managing Director of FuseForward, and she serves as one of the members of The Da Vinci Institute’s council – offering her expert advice towards driving the strategy of The Institute.   Please provide us with a brief overview of your career to date.  My career spans over 25 years in IT and People Development. I have managed a few multinational software and IT companies in Sub-Saharan Africa. My current position is Managing Director at FuseForward (which is an AWS partner). In addition, I am also the Executive Director of an NGO called Computer Aid International.    What prompted your decision to become one of The Institute’s council members?  I am an alumnus of The Da Vinci Institute, and it is an honour that I now am one of the council members. Being a council member gives me…

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