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Press Releases - September 2017


Learning what makes alumni tick

Newly appointed GSB Alumni Relations Manager, Niven Maree, believes that researching alumni needs and expectations holds the key to building mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships. These relationships form part of the GSB's vision to build a strong presence in Africa.

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New business school Chair brings poetic vision to role

The new chair of the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the UCT GSB, Professor Kurt April, believes responsible leaders are vital for flourishing communities, strong companies and booming economies.

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A determined optimist

Dr Zameer Brey, TB Programme Lead South Africa at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, once wrote an MBA exam while in hospital recovering from typhoid and a gallbladder removal operation! Now he is putting this same quiet determination to work for the public good.

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Join the GSB Alumni Board and help us make a difference

The GSB Alumni Board is calling for nominations of individuals to serve on the Board in 2018.

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If SA is serious about growth it must be urban-led and private sector-driven

South Africa is taking the low road of stagnating growth, policy confusion and gridlock, rising social tension and uncertainty about the future, says leading development think tank.

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Lianne Du Toit, MTN Scholar & Business Network Director at the Young Presidents Organisation

Leaders create other leaders — and other tricks to support women in business.

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Rise of renewable energy is “disruptive moment” for energy sector

There is a window of opportunity for utilities in developing countries to build on international power reform experience and design future power markets and operating systems.

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UCT GSB case study on African Bank collapse wins international accolade

A case study on the governance failure at African Bank written by UCT GSB academic, Associate Professor Stephanie Giamporcaro and MBA student Matthew Marrian, has been recognised as one of the top 10 business case studies of the year.

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Lest we forget - lessons from African Bank

When African Bank Investments Limited was put under curatorship by the South African Reserve Bank in 2014, very few shareholders appeared to have seen it coming. It’s a cautionary tale that reminds us why it is important to properly scrutinise the state of a company's corporate governance.

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Saving the world through better choices

Innovator and thought leader, Roger Martin, named the third most influential business thinker in the world in 2013, chooses Cape Town and the Nasdak at Media24 to launch his latest book, which calls on managers and leaders to embrace integrative thinking to create new value for the world.

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UCT GSB centre only African business school on new UN Development Programme Research Council

The United Nations Development Programme announced a partnership with 9 leading universities to develop a research agenda to better leverage private investment to finance Sustainable Development Goals.

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Proactive reform of Eskom needed to ensure cost-effective prices and financial sustainability

Eskom's application to the regulator for a 20% tariff hike, plus the prospect of higher costs as the utility seeks compensation for lower sales in previous years, shows that its current business model is unsustainable.

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From the Director's Desk

Over the past few weeks I have been privileged to travel to Lusaka, Gabarone and Nairobi as part of the GSB Africa Roadshow 2017, where I have met many alumni and had several profitable conversations with business and other training stakeholders in these regions.

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Eskom’s reckoning must not be delayed further

The Eskom Inquiry may have been postponed, but the momentum that is gathering against the forces of state capture cannot now be stopped, say academics at the UCT GSB.

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In Vino, victory

Students from the GSB’s full-time MBA class were elated to win this year's Backsberg Vino Varsity Challenge.

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