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 USB-ED and Transnet join forces in Project Management

2014-04-15 00:00
USB-ED and TransnetFrom left to right: Liza Govender (Head of Leadership School and Business Aligned Learning, Transnet) Oupa Radise (General Manager, HR TCP), Nonkululeko Sishi (Group Executive Human Resources Transnet), Willem Louw (Director: Centre for Business Management of Projects).

USB Executive Development Limited (USB-ED) and Transnet SOC Limited (Transnet) have joined forces with a sponsorship agreement of R2 million per year over three years from the South African rail, port and pipeline company for the establishment of the Transnet Centre for Business Management of Projects within USB-ED.

This means that the existing Centre for Business Management of Projects will change its name to reflect the Transnet association with Willem Louw as the Director of the Centre and MC Botha as the Academic Head.

USB-ED is the public management development and training company affiliated to the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB).

Unveiling the new partnership with Transnet at a function on the USB campus in Bellville, Louw said project managers should also rethink their identity, actions and exploits, quoting from a message that Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency for National Planning, delivered at the recently held Civilution conference for engineers in the country.

“Our partnership with Transnet is precisely about that,” Louw said.

USB-ED CEO, Frik Landman, said that USB-ED will at the end of the year have a presence in between 12 to 16 African countries.

“With the help of partnerships, we want to establish an advanced network of learning right through Africa. Project Management and particularly the business management/ project management interface during the front-end of projects is part of this and a USB-ED specialist area through which we want to make a difference in Africa, to upgrade infrastructure and in so doing so help to grow the African economy.

“We are delighted that an organisation such as Transnet has decided to partner with us,” Landman said.

Group Executive Human Resources of Transnet, Nonkululeko Sishi, said in addressing the issue of skills development, Transnet has partnered with various institutions of higher learning. “We are delighted that USB-ED is one of our partners in finding a solution for skills shortage for Transnet and the country.”

The memorandum of understanding and sponsorship agreement outlines two critical areas that define the partnership. Firstly the establishment of the Transnet Centre for Business Management of Projects (TCBMP) and secondly to create a pool of project management skills and knowledge directed at the specific needs of the greater Transnet business environment.

“As Transnet, we are entering our third year of execution on our Market Demand Strategy. We have invested millions in our employees – spending approximately R2.5 billion on training during the last 3 years - and in the future a key focus of development will be on critical and priority skills areas including business and project management,” Sishi said.
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Partnerships; Project Management