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Impact in the South African Typographical Union

At DaVinci Business School, we are proud to have a diverse group of alumni who are making a significant impact in their industries. One such alum is Edward William de Klerk, who graduated with a Master's degree and wrote his dissertation on "Co-determination through an inclusive transformation process within the South African Typographical Union in collaboration with the printing sector: A case study."

Edward's career spans over 47 years, making him a seasoned professional in the field of work. He spent 4 years as an apprentice Coach Builder, 20 years as a constitutional elected leader within Transnet, and 23 years as a full-time employee of the Trade union movement. Today, he serves as the General Secretary of the South African Typographical Union, and has served on the South African Qualification Authority board and FEDUSA (Federation of Unions of South Africa).

The purpose of Edward's Master's dissertation was to establish an integral framework, through cooperative engagement, that would assist in redesigning the economic framework in which inequality and poverty can be eradicated, and where all stakeholders have a voice within a co-determination model.

Through his research, he realised that this inclusive transformation journey is a lifelong process and that cooperative engagement with stakeholders needs to be adjusted towards collectively achieving a preliminary framework for co-determination to become embedded within the culture of the organisation.

In his journey to completing his qualification, Edward came to the realization that all academic and knowledge socialisation is important to build professional mentorship and coaching where all information can be shared to create a learning organisation. He also realised that co-determination can promote collaborative consultation through a participatory process where decision-making can frequently occur.

Edward attributes his success to his resilience and capability to conscientise the evolving and adaptable co-determination framework. He also believes in the importance of servant leadership, joint policy making and creating equal job opportunities for all South Africans.

At DaVinci Business School, we are proud of our alumni like Edward, who are using their education to make a positive impact in their industries and communities. We are committed to supporting our students in achieving their goals and making a difference in the world. We believe that education is a powerful tool for creating positive change and we are honored to play a small role in our alums journey towards making a difference. We are committed to continuing to provide our students with the best education and resources to help them succeed in their careers and make a meaningful impact in the world.


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