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 News from Botswana

2013-03-18 00:00
Anne Engelbrecht
USB Executive Development (USB-ED) held its 2012–2013 certificate function in Botswana at the Lansmore Hotel in Gaborone. Participants who successfully completed the Open Management Development Programme (MDP), Open Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP) and joint venture Management Development Programme (MDP) with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning received their certificates on 20 February.​
At the event, Darlington Hukuimwe, the head of Human Capital Management at EOH, welcomed the graduates and their HR managers and said, “Go forth and make a difference in your companies and become mentors to others.”
In his opening remarks, Kenneth Molosi, the CEO at EOH, said the company valued its partnership with USB Executive Development.  “In organisations we often promote a person and we forget to empower them regarding leadership and management,” Molosi stated. “Often we lose a good technical person and he or she becomes an inefficient manager. By sending people on training we equip them and they are committed to the process.” Molosi is at the helm of a company that specialises in management consulting, with a focus on Human Resources, Strategy and Technology.
Frik Landman, the CEO of USB-ED, was the keynote speaker and gave some background regarding the University of Stellenbosch and the accolades received for research.
USB falls under the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences of the University of Stellenbosch, and 11 years ago USB-ED was founded and became a public company focusing on executive education and consulting.
Stellenbosch University, the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) and USB Executive Development Ltd share the Triple Crown accreditation: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.
According to Landman, the lessons learned in Botswana were taken back home and enriched the learning both in South Africa and in the rest of Africa.
“The wisdom of Africa needs to be shared,” said Landman. “If we look ahead and realise that one manager is needed for every ten people, it becomes clear that we are going to need at least 11 million managers in Africa. The time has come to upgrade the decision-making skills of our leaders. We need to change mind sets. Therefore we have management development institutions to nurture better decision makers and leaders.”
Ntsholetsong Ikgopoleng, who was honoured as the top Senior Management Development student, said she enjoyed the incredible journey of learning deliberation which she received from lectures and group discussions. It was a moment of truth when she received the assurance that what she was practising was indeed best practice.
How to contact USB-ED in Africa

Jimmy Linskey is the General Manager: Africa for USB-ED Ltd, and can be reached at
For more information on the programmes that USB-ED presents in Africa click here

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