In response to COVID-19, this Executive Education course has been developed according to our emergency teaching protocol framework which includes a blend of synchronous (online face to face) and asynchronous (in your own time) teaching methods.

Maximise your management potential

Acquire new competencies and move your career to the next level

The UCT GSB Programme for Management Development is a dynamic short course designed to equip middle managers with the key competencies and skills to manage themselves and others more effectively both remotely and face-to-face, and to solve complex problems creatively and sustainably

The challenges facing managers in the current environment are unprecedented. This programme will give delegates the opportunity to develop the skills, mindset and networks necessary for sustainable success. 


Block 1: 4 - 6 Aug 2021
Block 2: 8 - 10 Sept 2021
Block 3: 6 - 8 Oct 2021
Block 4: 10 - 12 Nov 2021


R72 000


5 July 2021

Bulk discounts available


The Programme for Management Development blends theory and practice in an easy-paced way – there are plenty of spaces in the curriculum to give you time to assimilate what you learn. You will also be challenged and stimulated by group learning and discussions. The goal is to deliver actionable knowledge. You will leave with a commitment to work on a real organisational challenge in your workplace, ensuring a return on investment.

The content and delivery of the programme have been adapted to the current situation.  PMD will be delivered remotely over four short blocks.  During these blocks, delegates will be fully engaged with the programme and with interacting with other delegates.  Between the blocks there will be structures in place to ensure engagement and learning continue.  

The UCT GSB is a globally-ranked business school with a world-class reputation and is one of just 89 business schools in the world to be triple-crown accredited. Established in 1967, the PMD is the oldest continually running short course in South Africa and has graduated over 5 000 well-rounded managers who have gone on to make an impact in their organisation.


Leadership is not a state - it's a journey, and at the UCT GSB, it's a journey we understand. We know that each leadership stage requires not only a different skill-set, but also a different mind-set and the matching value-set that will help you transition with clarity and confidence. 

On the Programme for Management Development you will explore the 5 key mindsets: self, organisation, context, relationships, change. Find out more.


If you have made your decision and you are ready to apply for this course, please click here.

If you’d like more information or if you have any further questions, please click here. You will receive an email with our course brochure along with a link to apply to this course.

This course is designed to support middle and senior managers working across all industries and sectors and give them the skills they need to maximise their effectiveness and move to the next level. Middle management is a critical component of any business and it deserves a very specific focus. In belt tightening times, middle managers are often squeezed with increasing responsibility from the top and less support from below. The Programme for Management Development will build your confidence and give you the skills boost you need to navigate this terrain successfully.

Students on the Programme for Management Development will gain:

  • An opportunity to network and debate with delegates from different industries and functional areas from across sub-Saharan Africa
  • Practical on-the-ground experience with a post-programme assignment which ensures that learning is implemented back in the workplace
  • Key competencies in managing self, managing others and managing relationships within and beyond the organisation through a combination of experiential and interactive learning
  • Access to the UCT GSB’s global alumni community

The Programme for Management Development has been designed to equip managers with competencies that align to five critical focus areas: 

  • Managing self (Reflection)
  • Managing organisation (Analytical skills)
  • Managing context (Beyond global)
  • Managing relationships (Collaboration)
  • Managing change (Action)

15% for 3 - 6 applicants (discount applied from third applicant)

10% for 7+ applicants (discount applied to all applicants)

10% for alumni of UCT GSB academic and Executive Education courses

Course Convenor

Brian has worked in a number of companies and industries as an accountant and later on as a consultant. He did his articles at Deloitte and worked in finance at various roles within the finance and accounting departments of Motorola and the CentraTel Group. He also ran his own accounting firm (SwitchMark CC) for 7 years. As a consultant he has worked with corporate giants like Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, AutoDesk, Tiffany & Co and many others around the world. He has also done work within the public sector through his lecturing at the business schools for entities like Rand Water, Legal Aid, COJ and Transnet.

Brian also spent some time working in the US as a consultant from 2007-2009. He specialises in business simulation development and facilitation, game-based learning and Entrepreneurship Development.

He is the Managing Director of Learning and Simulations (Pty) Ltd – a company that develops innovative learning solutions and business simulations. 


The Programme for Management Development can be customised to suit your organisation’s learning and development needs and can be delivered anywhere in the world, wherever it is convenient.