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 USB-ED's International Programme for business management of projects bears fruit

2015-02-06 14:30
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Frik Landman, CEO of USB-ED, Dr Eric Khoza, General manager of the Transnet Academy and Ms Nonkululeko Sishi, 

The Group Executive: Human Resources of Transnet

The Transnet Centre for Business Management of Projects , one of USB Executive Development’s Centres of Excellence, has recently successfully completed its first international programme  with the involvement of three highly esteemed overseas business schools and thought leaders in project management.
The aim of the programme is to allow delegates an opportunity to experience the most current international thinking in Business Management of Projects.
After an initial two days at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS)  in Stellenbosch, the international part of the programme commenced in mid-September last year at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management  at the University College London, in the United Kingdom. This was followed by a third study school at Cranfield University School of Management  in Bedfordshire. A fourth study school took place with Independent Project Analysis Inc.  in The Hague, Netherlands.
Each of the delegates was required to present a framework for assessment to be converted into a reflective essay with lessons learned and action plans for institutionalising these lessons in their own organisations to be evaluated prior to final completion of the programme.
Transnet Academy hosted a private certificate ceremony  on 4 February 2015 at the Transnet Corporate Centre in Johannesburg for the first participants who successfully completed the programme. Handing over the USB-ED certificates, the Chief Executive of Transnet Capital Projects, Herbert Msagala, said that according to the NDP R837 billion is to be spend on infrastructure development in SA over the next 7 years. Transnet is to contribute R312 billion or about 40% to this spending.
“One of the five pillars of this infrastructure development is skills development. The partnership with USB-ED is part of this and are now starting to bear fruit,” Msagala said.
USB-ED CEO, Frik Landman , said that with this programme we are bringing the business component into project management and are pushing it to the front end.
“We believe the programme is on the right track and we thank Transnet for being part of it,” Landman said.
The Group Executive: Human Resources of Transnet, Nonkululeko Sishi , echoed the expressed sentiments that the programme is starting to yield results.
She urged participant not just to keep the learned skills on the wall as a certificate. They should also teach others and pass on the skills. The programme is also going to be presented to other business units in Transnet.   
Director of the Transnet Centre for Business Management of Projects , Willem Louw, said that the programme will now be moving outside the incubator stage and will also be aiming in the direction of business managers to be part of the project management process.
Dr Eric Khoza, general manager of the Transnet Academy had the privilege of visiting some of the classes to assess the value-add to Transnet and said the he is looking forward to a long and healthy business relationship with USB-ED.
The Transnet Centre for Business Management of Projects  was established in April 2014 with Transnet SOC Limited (Transnet), the South African rail, port and pipeline company, joining forces with USB Executive Development (USB-ED) in a sponsorship agreement of R2 million per year over three years. USB-ED is the public executive development and training company of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB).
The International Programme for Business Management of Projects  will run again this year from 13 to 27 September 2015. For enquiries and more information please contact Claire Sissing (Centre Manager) on 021 918 4222 or or visit the programme page .
1 Comment
This is an exciting venture as it enhances leadership skills to our managers who have a responsibility to make these parastatals a profitable companies. Extend to other parastatals like SAA so that they will be able not to rely heavily to Public Enterprise Department. We believe that if they take these companies forward, that will create employment for unemployed youths. Those managers who have been exposed to these programmes need to transfer that knowledge to other employees.
Posted by Thembani Mnconywa on 11-02-2015 7:58 PM


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