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.

Learn to manage and lead a team with confidence

The New Manager online course at the UCT GSB is designed to equip first-time managers, or experienced managers wanting an update, with practical managerial skills and business acumen that can be implemented immediately in the workplace. 

The challenges of the work environment in 2020 and practical strategies to address them will be specifically addressed.


Four modules
Starting 9 September 2020


17 August 2020


R30 750


The course covers core business fundamentals and provides the self-knowledge and personal growth essential for building the leadership capability to manage, lead and motivate a team with confidence. We will include a focus on managing and leading remotely and on working in a fast-changing environment. One of the fundamentals of the course is to enable managers to "speak the language of leadership." A post-course assignment is designed to help delegates entrench what they learn by applying that in the workplace, providing an opportunity to add value back to their organisations.

The UCT GSB is a globally-ranked business school with a world-class reputation and is one of less than 100 business schools in the world to be triple-crown accredited.


It is an immersive experience of intense study, blending theory and practice to allow participants to assimilate what they learn.


Block 1:  9 – 11 September
Block 2:  30 September – 2 October
Block 3:  28 – 30 October
Block 4:  18 – 20 November


“We not only get people from South Africa but also a significant number of people coming from outside South Africa who sign up for the course” 

Jenny Boxall, Course Convenor of the New Manager Programme

“This course prepares individuals to step into a role with the baseline management skills to position them in a space where they can lead their teams” 

Kumeshnee West, Executive Education Director

“Overall the course is brilliant, it gives you everything you need to be equipped with… to be the best manager you can be” 

Achmat Osman, Operations Manager at the Table Bay Marine, New Manager Graduate


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.

You will benefit highly from this course if you are:

  • A first-time manager
  • An entry-level manager
  • An individual with management potential
  • An experienced manager in need of a boost or updated skills

Students on The New Manager course will gain:

  • Core business skills in strategy, marketing, finance, operations, and the management of complex projects
  • The basics of good business communication
  • Practical skills to develop, manage and motivate a team
  • Self-knowledge, personal growth and personal mastery
  • Insight and experience through networking with fellow delegates from diverse industries
  • Added value for your organisation – a post-course assignment helps you apply what you’ve learned in the workplace

Jenny has designed and facilitated professional development programmes, on behalf of the UCT GSB, for various organisations in South Africa and neighbouring countries, such as Old Mutual, NIPC, Rainbow Farms, Pam Golding Properties, Richards Bay Coal Terminal, and Southern African Customs Union. She is course convenor for The New Manager and for Programme for Management Development – both are UCT GSB flagship Executive Education short courses. She has also codesigned and is co-facilitator of the UCT GSB’s Developing Women in Leadership short course.

Jenny has a BA (Hons) and an MBA from the University of Cape Town. Specialising in marketing and strategy, before joining the UCT GSB she worked in a variety of environments such as a research unit at the University of Cape Town, the motor car industry, the clothing industry in Cape Town, and financial services, where she gained valuable corporate experience at Old Mutual, Southern Life, and Woolworths Financial Services.

Jenny’s current focus is executive education and coaching within professional development; she is particularly interested in understanding how adults learn, and what provides the greatest leverage in developing confidence in leadership. She is an accredited Insights Discovery Practitioner.


The New Manager course can be customised to suit your organisation’s learning and development needs and can be delivered anywhere in the world, wherever it is convenient.