Testimonials

Value creation through work-integrated learning is phenomenal. It transfers the main learning experience from the ivory tower to our students' workplace. This creates unprecedented meaning. It releases skills training from being taught theoretically to the most valuable experience that happens on-the-job.

Also, work-integration shifts the traditional study focus from analysis to implementation. It is implementation that changes the world. This new dispensation allows students to experience that they are able to change their worlds at work.

Enjoy screening incredible feedback about real value creation that some students agreed to share publicly.

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Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

Human resource management

01.2020

HRM redefined. This residential made me realise that human resources management is not about a role and a department, but a very essential tool for me to develop my management skills and for myself and team to achieve our strategic objectives. I will be more effective after this.
Residential Period: Human Resource Management
Happiness Nesvinga
Happiness Nesvinga, Chief operations Officer at Nesch Mintech Tanzania Limited, Mwanza, Tanzania
Linkedin: Happiness Nesvinga

Human resource management

01.2020

What an eye opener!...... Very enlightening HRM Module presentation. Inspiring, captivating and thought provoking.

Introduced an entirely new and fascinating approach to HRM & HRD. Dr Jannie is amazing and energetic and knows his stuff. Amazing!

This residential made me realize that human resources management is not about a role and a department, but a very essential tool for me to develop my management skills and for myself and team to achieve our strategic objectives. I will be more effective after this.
Residential Period: Human Resource Management
Samantha  Kachikira
Samantha Kachikira, Process safety engineer at Ishecon cc, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Samantha  Kachikira

Human resource management

01.2020

"The conductor of an orchestra does not make a sound"

Thank you Dr. Jannie for enlightening us to focus on the talents of team members, and develop a possibility oriented mindset. People will not buy what we do but WHY we do what we do.
Residential Period: Human Resource Management
Wayne Mahachi
Wayne Mahachi, Financial Controller at Save The Children international Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Human resource management

01.2020

Thank you Dr Jannie for the insightful residential, which has really equipped me in terms of highlighting the areas I need to work on if I'm to be effective as a team leader, as well as in influencing the human resource policies in the organisations I will work for.

The session also helped me personally in how to structure communication in a way that will get buyin from the targeted customers.It also made me realise that to provide leadership one doesn't necessarily need to be occupying a formal position in the organisational hierarchy.
Residential Period: Human Resource Management
Stella Makoni-Rugube
Stella Makoni-Rugube, Managing Director at Stella and Associates, Sociedade Unipessoal Limitada, Tete, Mozambique

Human resource management

01.2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this residential and Dr. Jannie was  an excellent facilitator.

I enjoyed how he was able to take us on a journey whose lessons trascend beyond business and touch every facet of our lives. Jannie was humourous and his real life examples will remain with me for a long time. l am grateful for the DISC profile, Belbin roles and the Personal Mission Statement exercises. My letter to my great grandchildren has been filed and l intend to sic itur ad astra and carpé diem.

My greatest take aways are that leadership is the art of possibility, how to keep my team motivated and that l should practice self care.
Residential Period: Human Resource Management
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

Human resource management

01.2020

“The greatest danger is not failure, the greatest danger is being successful without understanding why ...”

I thoroughly enjoyed myself this week going through Human Resource Management and taking time to introspect on my leadership qualities and personal development. More so I have made new friends and new networks!
Residential Period: Human Resource Management
Alwyn Dzinamarira
Alwyn Dzinamarira, Finance Manager & Projects Co-ordinator at Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Operations management

01.2020

This assignment has helped me appreciate the BSC. It has also helped me appreciate that our company’s strategy setting, and monitoring process requires improvement. It was clear to me that we just “scratch the surface” and there is more depth that is required when we set and monitor performance objectives.

I am going to introduce this approach in our next management meeting.
Strategic performance management
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

Human resource management

12.2019

For over 15 years I’ve been in a managerial position and dealt with staff appraisals and setting of targets. While writing this assignment two areas became fundamentally clear and this is where I real value was created:

1.    A performance management system should always speak and contribute to the strategic objectives of the organization.
2.    To concentrate on the process of improving and developing staff.

A revelation was also that we shouldn’t award standard performance that’s already awarded through standard salaries.
Appraisal and Performance of HR
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

Human resource management

12.2019

This assignment has been quite insightful, particularly due to the fact that we are approaching year end and the HR is requesting that all line managers complete OGSM (objectives, goals, strategies and measures) appraisals with their subordinates.

Within the framework of my assignment I have managed to identify the gaps that are there in the existing system and recommend adequate action that will help the organisation as whole. I have learnt the importance of continuous development of my team members and how it directly relates to the achievement of my objectives.
Appraisal and Performance of HR
Tawanda Nyandimu
Tawanda Nyandimu, MEDICAL DIRECTOR at MBUYA DORCAS HOSPITAL, HARARE, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tawanda Nyandimu

Human resource management

12.2019

This course has deeply enlightened me on so many management skills that are necessary to equip me to be an effective manager and leader. After studying this course I realize I had a lot of gaps in knowledge and skills that I was not aware of before.

Of particular significance is the concept of delegation and empowerment where I have been set free from the need to control and now allow my subordinates to exercise their talents and gifts in relieving me of some of the duties, I held so strongly to myself. I feel I am now empowered as a manager to let go these responsibilities and allow my team to adopt them while I focus on other more important duties.
The different stages of team development were a huge eye opener. I was not aware of the dynamic nature of team formation and the skills and knowledge of how to handle each stage. I will now act appropriately and guide my teams accordingly without making blunders because of ignorance as before.

I also feel I am now empowered to nurture and lead positive change through the knowledge I possess. I can now coach my subordinates and build their confidence in doing their own work and may also be instrumental in giving them hope especially in these trying hard times that we are in when companies are failing because of economic downturn and many employees are fearing for their jobs.
Appraisal and Performance of HR
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

Human resource management

11.2019

This assignment has highlighted for me and my company the importance of having a sound management development program that is supported by top management.

We always thought that training and development only involved hiring of external training services providers. But through this module, supportive communication has opened up my eyes to the fact that the best development comes from employees being responsible for their own growth.
Learning and employee development
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

Human resource management

11.2019

This assignment has highlighted for me the problems faced by our HR Department in recruitment, selection and placement of new employees.

It clearly shows the effects of not applying proper human resources planning and the effect of not selecting and placing correct candidates on vacant positions. As a company we should aim at improving our recruitment policies to ensure attaining proper candidates that add to the value of the company. Failure to do so will result in positions being filled in by poor quality employees, which is currently the case.
Recruitment, Selection and Placement of HR
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

Human resource management

11.2019

This assignment has given me an appreciation of coaching, counselling and supportive communication when dealing with my team members.

As practical outcome, it has shown me a different dimension to motivating and getting the most value out of each member. It has been very helpful in guiding me also how to deal with a negative situation by being problem oriented rather than focusing on the person.
Learning and employee development
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

Human resource management

10.2019

Over a period of 10 years I have been fortunate to be involved in the recruitment, selection, training and placement of staff. It is so rewarding to see how fast a new recruit can excel in the organization if this is done correctly. However, we are dealing with a new brand of workforce, the millenniums.

This course made me realize that our HR processes are a bit out of date and do not correspond fully to the needs of our future employees (millenniums).
Recruitment, Selection and Placement of HR
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

Financial management

10.2019

With the outcome of this assignment I am able to pinpoint where my company and I can improve performance.

Looking at traditional financial statements, one does not get a clear picture of the performance that affected revenue. Finally, we understood why the GP/hr and GP/ton fluctuated such much. Having worked on this assignment, we discovered that employee performance impacted on this figure. The course enabled me to pinpoint unproductive people or areas in order to improve or eliminate them.

We obtained information, such as productivity, that we don’t find in our traditional financial statements.
Financial Planning 1
Tangeni Erkana
Tangeni Erkana, Project Leader: E-Commerce at Namibia Post Limited, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Tangeni Erkana

Competitiveness and IT

10.2019

I have been involved and exposed to developing strategy maps but was never aware of information capital portfolio until this assignment.

I am now able to develop an information capital portfolio and understand how a related investment strategy can be put in place. This allows me to best utilize both the IT and business skills that I have attained in the process. I can now look at IT from both perspectives.  
Managing IT and strategy
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

Entrepreneurship

10.2019

This module entrepreneurship has been the most difficult and the most rewarding at the same time as it has opened up my thinking and guided me to think strategically.

A special highlight for me was: Growth is not an objective; however, it is a result of an objective. Whilst working on the assignment I experienced that as an organization we must constantly be looking ahead to the future potential profit and objectives to will lead to achieving that point. Technology plays a major role in helping the organization achieve the point of future profit potential.
Strategic management
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

Financial management

10.2019

In the past, I’ve been involved in projects where we tried to track our success. But this was never linked with financial planning, apart fr om the operational budget that was in place.

The biggest surprise was how the financial planning process introduced in this assignment went to the heart of wh ere the project’s impact could be felt and how it impacted profit and loss statements, balance sheets and cash flows.
Financial planning 2
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, Chief Sales Officer at IoT Analytics GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

International business

09.2019

Unrelated to this topic, personally, I have learnt a lot from this assignment.

I think this week the reality hit me in regard to the size of the project I have taken on with my MBA and how difficult the next couple of years are going to be trying to juggle work, family and studies. I have realised that I need to get more organised, disciplined and structured to achieve the task at hand and in general develop better time management skills.
The Nature of International Business
Alwyn Dzinamarira
Alwyn Dzinamarira, Finance Manager & Projects Co-ordinator at Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Operations management

09.2019

This assignment taught me to look at issues and problems in a different light.

There is need to get to the root cause of a problem if it is to be addressed adequately.  In many instances, the tendency is to deal with the symptom of the problem.
This assignment taught me that dealing with the symptom will not make the problem go away.
Operations Processes