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 Stellenbosch again to host directors programme

2017-08-02 00:00
by MediaVision on behalf of USB-ED

adp.jpgProf Mervyn King SC, Adv Thina Siwendu (Judge of the High Court: Gauteng Local Division),and Prof Arnold Smit.

Stellenbosch will again be the host for the Africa Directors Programme (ADP) presented by USB Executive Development (USB-ED), the private executive development company of Stellenbosch University.

The programme, being presented for the third time by USB-ED, brings together prominent business people and leaders from all over the African continent with the aim to enhance the capacity for ethical and effective corporate governance and board leadership in Africa.

Designed and presented by governance and leadership experts with international experience, the programme has the Old Mutual Investment Group as corporate partner, as well as the involvement of the esteemed INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative with its world renowned International Directors Programme, the USB Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa and the IoDSA.

More than fifty business leaders have already attended the programme over the past two years. The first module for 2017 will be from 14 to 16 August at the Asara Hotel & Conference Centre, the second from 18 to 20 September at the Spier Wine Farm and the third from 16 to 18 October at the Asara Hotel & Conference Centre.

Programme facilitator of the ADP on USB-ED's behalf, Prof Arnold Smit, said the essence of the programme is for directors to govern with purpose, confidence and skill. The programme enables each participant to master the duties of a director with self-awareness, professionalism and sound judgement.

"In matters of corporate performance, strategy and risk management, directors become better equipped to exercise responsible leadership for sustainable business development. They become more confident in communication, open debate and decision-making in the context of board dynamics. These are important skills to have amidst the corporate governance failures that we see around us everyday."

Programme content ranges from The director as a person: practising governance with integrity and confidence, Governance processes of Boards: leveraging governance value in the boardroom and beyond and Board dynamics: working together in diversity. From these themes it should be evident that the programme is not about the nuts and bolts of governance, but about the wisdom and courage needed to fulfil the fiduciary duties of being a director.

Prof Smit emphasised that fact that it is not an "African" Directors Programme, but an "Africa" Directors Programme. "It is a programme for the continent of Africa and for the world. We have a gift to the world in a governance conversation that we want to share," Prof Smit said.

The content of the programme has been aligned to the IoDSA's Director Competency FrameworkTM. It therefore forms part of the CD(SA)® Career Path by contributing to the knowledge and skills required during the CD(SA)® assessment.

For enquiries about the Africa Directors Programme, please contact Zahn de Bruyn at +27 (0)21 918 4350 or USB-ED website:

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