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LATEST ARTICLES

Post Covid Blog by Dr Dzingai WEBSITE
17 Nov: Innovating your business for agility post the Covid-19 pandemic

Innovating your business for agility post the Covid-19 pandemic: Reflections by our Dean of Innovation and Technology, and Head Adjudicator of the tt100 Business Awards, Dr. Dzingai Katsamba. The Covid-19 pandemic has left many companies seeking to adopt new ways of working at speed. Executives are also interested in transforming to flatter, non-hierarchical structures, assuming more radical approaches to decision making and ways of executing work. The old norm of waiting around for best practices to emerge can no longer yield any results. Business leaders recognise the compelling need to shift from adrenaline-based speed during COVID-19 to speed by design and for long-term survival. The real winners are now experimenting boldly. Outlined below are eight actions to unleash sustainable speed through organisational innovation. Delegate decision making with agility The pandemic has demonstrated that it is possible to make decisions faster without destroying the business. This, therefore, compels leaders to assume…

FELLENG WEBSITE
16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Dr Felleng Yende

Alumni Talk: Meet Dr. Felleng Yende, who is at the helm of the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&MSETA), and our remarkable alumnus   (Image supplied) Dr. Yende is on the rise – her patience, perseverance, resilience and humility give her the momentum to move forward.  In addition, she also attributes her remarkable strides largely to the helpful liveliness of those she is closely associated with. That is, family and her supervisors, as well as The Da Vinci Institute’s team, for always being there throughout her research journey when needed. Dr. Yende’s academic curiosity and journey undertook a critical reflective work-based challenge, as articulated in her thesis, after having realised that the nexus of leadership and the 4th Industrial Revolution have been under-researched within the context of organisational adaptability – thus her thesis titled: “Enhancing public sector leadership in the age of the 4th Industrial Revolution…

HENRIETTA WEBSITE
16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Henriette van Twisk

ALUMNUS ALERT: Henriette van Twisk, Da Vinci Institute’s Master’s Degree Alumnus (2021)   (Image supplied) Henriette, through dedication and commitment has uniquely placed herself as an expert aspiring to make a long-lasting contribution to the field of education, a crucial area towards sustainability. Now armed with a master’s degree from The Da Vinci Institute, and even prior to her having obtained the mentioned qualification, Henriette has been confronting some of the burning issues in recent times – conundrums within the education sector and specifically at the college level. Her dissertation, a diagnostic study, is titled: Summative Evaluation of a Foundational Learning Programme for Technical and Vocational Colleges in South Africa. Henriette states that its chief aim “is to answer the question: Can a foundational learning programme create a learning foundation that will facilitate better pass rates when students enrol at TVET colleges?” A corollary to this question is, “to design,…

MARCUS WEBSITE
16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Marcus Desando

Marcus Tebogo Desando: The Man and His Work We are joined today by The Da Vinci Institute’s Masters alumnus and Doctoral candidate, Marcus Tebogo Desando – the outgoing CEO of Arts & Culture Trust. Now, newly appointed as the Director of Prince Claus Fund (Amsterdam). He is a constant fixture of South Africa’s cultural and operatic scene.   (Image supplied)   In briefly tracing back the origins of Marcus’ artistic journey, he began as a chorister, thus an operatic singing career inevitably ensued, usually a path not abnormal among choral singers, especially here in South Africa. As the years passed, Marcus started to consider charting a career path in operatic stage directing, following advice from his mentor Prof. Angelo Gobbato, to which he moved apace and, over-time, an artistic occupation he became renowned for in the country. He was first an assistant to local and visiting international directors, where he…

DaVinci Book Talk
16 Nov: Virtual Book Talk: Prof Ben Anderson & Jared Diamond

Join The Da Vinci Institute’s Virtual Book Talk, with our Executive Chairperson Professor Ben Anderson! We are delighted to invite you to The Da Vinci Institute’s Book Talk hosted by Professor Ben Anderson and featuring a book by American geographer, historian, and ornithologist – Jared Diamond. The Institute seeks to foster curiosity within our community. We encourage this through our series of book reviews/talks, with the purpose of motivating others to delve into selected literature and probe these texts. Diamond’s book being reviewed is titled: “Upheaval”, and largely based on “how nations cope with crisis and change.” We look forward to you joining us to hear Professor Anderson himself discussing his chosen book, as well as some leadership thoughts thereof. EVENT DETAILS Thursday 2 December 2021 15:30 to 16:30 REGISTER: https://zurl.co/66Wt

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15 Sep: Some thoughts on South Africa’s unemployment

A faculty member at The Da Vinci Institute, Mixo Sweetness Sithole reflects… Unemployment continues to be a crisis in South Africa, and we should be wary about its negative effects on people and society in general. Socio-economic impacts society at the micro, meso, exo and macro levels.  Melinda Du Toit, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Social Development in Africa (University of Johannesburg) indicates that, “[u]nemployment has both individual and social consequences that require public policy interventions. For the individual, unemployment can cause psychological distress, which can lead to a decline in life satisfaction. It can also lead to mood disorders and substance abuse. Unemployment can affect one’s social status ascription as well, which manifests through stigmatisation, labelling, unfair judgement, and marginalisation.” Furthermore, unemployment can result in increased crime rates, as well as socio-political unrests – as witnessed recently in South Africa. According to a recent publication by…

Wenzel website
05 Sep: Student Showcase: Mr Wenzel Kotze

  It’s a journey . . . that I propose . . . I am not the guide . . . nor technical assistant . . . I will be your fellow passenger . . . (A Journey – By Nikki Giovanni)   Wenzel originally comes from the construction industry, where he co-created for several years. Over time, according to Wenzel, “I was afforded an opportunity to start a new venture in Europe”, and for almost two decades, I then decided that my time rather be divided between Europe and my manufacturing operation in South Africa.” In the year 2016, he reinvented himself again and decided to concentrate all his energies on a management-development consultancy. It was through and during that process that his keenness for furthering his education became palpable – The Da Vinci Institute was his first option. Then the journey began, and Wenzel kept his head high…

Shannon website
26 Aug: Remarkable Alumnus Shares Insights – Dr Shannon Nell

In women’s month we continue to showcase some of our remarkable female alumni and today we profile one of our recent Doctoral graduates – Dr Shannon Nell This work is dedicated to nursing leaders – whoever and wherever you may be. I honour you. By Dr Shannon Nell Dr Nell comes from the health fraternity and has been a nurse for four decades. She has co-created in a multitude of clinical areas, including maternity, paediatrics, adult intensive care, and paediatric oncology, as well as in nursing education. Currently, Dr Nell serves as the Director of Nursing and Nursing Education at Netcare, a position she has held for the last seven years. We salute our remarkable Davincian, for all that she has done and continues to do on the frontline in our country, giving daily of herself to the betterment of others. Besides her extensive experience, Dr Nell also holds several…

DA VINCI EVENTS

DaVinci Book Talk
16 Nov: Virtual Book Talk: Prof Ben Anderson & Jared Diamond

Join The Da Vinci Institute’s Virtual Book Talk, with our Executive Chairperson Professor Ben Anderson! We are delighted to invite you to The Da Vinci Institute’s Book Talk hosted by Professor Ben Anderson and featuring a book by American geographer, historian, and ornithologist – Jared Diamond. The Institute seeks to foster curiosity within our community. We encourage this through our series of book reviews/talks, with the purpose of motivating others to delve into selected literature and probe these texts. Diamond’s book being reviewed is titled: “Upheaval”, and largely based on “how nations cope with crisis and change.” We look forward to you joining us to hear Professor Anderson himself discussing his chosen book, as well as some leadership thoughts thereof. EVENT DETAILS Thursday 2 December 2021 15:30 to 16:30 REGISTER: https://zurl.co/66Wt

DaVinci Dimostrazione
03 Nov: Dimostrazione: 28 October 2021

The Dimostrazione is a round table opportunity for our business leaders to give expression to their voices as a topic is presented and debated. It offers business leaders, who are also Da Vinci alumni, the platform to present, argue and debate the innovations they put into practice, and what they have learnt from their implementation. Dimostrazione is about learning from experience. This is about cultivating one’s own independent, original thought and thus it offers the panelists the opportunity to share their experiences so that others may learn from them. Our panelists who sat around the virtual table and debated the theme were: Dr Premie Naicker; Bram Meyerson and Tharshan Moodley. Dr Premie Naicker Dr Premie Naicker has over twenty-five years’ experience in the IT industry and has experience across a range of various senior executive roles for multinational technology, software and cloud services companies. Premie holds an MBA with a…

DaVinci Curiosita
29 Oct: Curiosita Colloquium’s in 2021

Curiosita is one of the Da Vinci principles referring to “an insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.” (Gelb, 1998) ABOUT 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 Da Vinci Institute. The forum takes the form of a robust and vibrant round-table discussion that consists of two parts. Firstly, a Doctoral student who is also a business leader in his/her own right presents their research to those in attendance, with the aim of receiving input through debate on their research. Then a guest speaker for industry who is also a societal influencer engages the audience on a particular topic, which connects to the TIPS™ Managerial Leadership Framework. The various speakers’ insights and thought-provoking ideas provide our audiences with an engaging experience. Topics discussed are transdisciplinary in nature,…

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02 Dec: Da Vinci Unlock Lockdown Webinars 2020

The Da Vinci Institute in conjunction with the tt100 business innovation awards programme, hosted six, one hour, webinars. The weekly webinars explored how to overcome the challenges we all face in the next 18 months, by unlocking your ability to become more agile, aligned, engaged leaders and enhancing business performance. The webinars explored topics and frames that will catalyse you and your business to emerge from this pandemic re-ignited and re-imagined. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/Eds7wCoMWn4  We had the opportunity to be joined by the talented Lita Currie from 3Stickmen.com, who drew visual maps of each webinar. 18 May 2020 25 May 2020 1 June 2020 8 June 2020 15 June 2020 22 June 2020

ALUMNI IN THE NEWS

Felleng Yende
16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Dr Felleng Yende

Alumni Talk: Meet Dr. Felleng Yende, who is at the helm of the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&MSETA), and our remarkable alumnus   (Image supplied) Dr. Yende is on the rise – her patience, perseverance, resilience and humility give her the momentum to move forward.  In addition, she also attributes her remarkable strides largely to the helpful liveliness of those she is closely associated with. That is, family and her supervisors, as well as The Da Vinci Institute’s team, for always being there throughout her research journey when needed. Dr. Yende’s academic curiosity and journey undertook a critical reflective work-based challenge, as articulated in her thesis, after having realised that the nexus of leadership and the 4th Industrial Revolution have been under-researched within the context of organisational adaptability – thus her thesis titled: “Enhancing public sector leadership in the age of the 4th Industrial Revolution…

Henriette van Twisk
16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Henriette van Twisk

ALUMNUS ALERT: Henriette van Twisk, The Da Vinci Institute’s Master’s Degree Alumnus (2021)   (Image supplied) Henriette, through dedication and commitment has uniquely placed herself as an expert aspiring to make a long-lasting contribution to the field of education, a crucial area towards sustainability. Now armed with a master’s degree from The Da Vinci Institute, and even prior to her having obtained the mentioned qualification, Henriette has been confronting some of the burning issues in recent times – conundrums within the education sector and specifically at the college level. Her dissertation, a diagnostic study, is titled: Summative Evaluation of a Foundational Learning Programme for Technical and Vocational Colleges in South Africa. Henriette states that its chief aim “is to answer the question: Can a foundational learning programme create a learning foundation that will facilitate better pass rates when students enrol at TVET colleges?” A corollary to this question is, “to…

Marcus Desando
16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Marcus Desando

Marcus Tebogo Desando: The Man and His Work We are joined today by The Da Vinci Institute’s Masters alumnus and Doctoral candidate, Marcus Tebogo Desando – the outgoing CEO of Arts & Culture Trust. Now, newly appointed as the Director of Prince Claus Fund (Amsterdam). He is a constant fixture of South Africa’s cultural and operatic scene.   (Image supplied)   In briefly tracing back the origins of Marcus’ artistic journey, he began as a chorister, thus an operatic singing career inevitably ensued, usually a path not abnormal among choral singers, especially here in South Africa. As the years passed, Marcus started to consider charting a career path in operatic stage directing, following advice from his mentor Prof. Angelo Gobbato, to which he moved apace and, over-time, an artistic occupation he became renowned for in the country. He was first an assistant to local and visiting international directors, where he…

Ansie Prinsloo
02 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Ansie Prinsloo

We celebrate with our alumnus, Dr Ansie Prinsloo by sharing her journey to remarkability (Image supplied) Dr Ansie Prinsloo is a Da Vinci Doctoral Degree holder who embraces the notion of seeking her truth and treads the path of remarkability, by continually thinking outside the box and garnering her own relevant truths, in her quest to make abundant improvements within the healthcare sector. On speaking of her Doctoral thesis, Dr Prinsloo explains that her thesis, titled, Enhancing healthcare delivery through a framework that integrates inclusivity and quality improvement science, “describes not only my academic work as it plays out in practice but also my passion. The research journey started as an academic inquiry about efficiency and effectiveness in my workplace. At the onset, I thought of myself as the author and creator of the content and learning. During the journey, my perfunctory understanding transcended and grew into an increasing awareness…

Notius Tarisai
02 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Mr Notius Tarisai

It is with great excitement and pride that today we showcase the remarkability of Mr Notius Tarisai, a Master’s alumnus of The Da Vinci Institute. His is a tale we would like to share as he is one of our paragons at the home of remarkability – a place he speaks fondly of. Notius attributes his learning journey at The Da Vinci Institute as being an intellectual metamorphosis for him. He states that, “prior to my enrolment at The Da Vinci Institute, I understood the role of technological innovation in various industries and sectors; through The Da Vinci Institute, however, I was educated on social innovation. I then applied the theory I had learnt to bridge the gap between rural farming systems and commercial farming methods and reconnected the learning outcomes with my rural upbringing and influences in my dissertation.” Having work experience that spans over three decades, says Mr….

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…

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