Testimonials

Value creation through work-integrated learning is phenomenal. It transfers the main learning experience from the ivory tower to our students' workplace. This creates unprecedented meaning. It releases skills training from being taught theoretically to the most valuable experience that happens on-the-job.

Also, work-integration shifts the traditional study focus from analysis to implementation. It is implementation that changes the world. This new dispensation allows students to experience that they are able to change their worlds at work.

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Nataliya Kot
Nataliya Kot, Project Manager at Loxoft, Kiev, Ukraine
Linkedin: Nataliya Kot

Human resource management

06.2019

This assignment helped me to take a fresh look at existing performance appraisal process in our company.   From one side we already have established process, but from other side we have got issues with implementation on the ground.  It was great opportunity for me to identify, understand our shortcomings and think about ways for improving existing processes.

People are our main value. Performance appraisal should help us developing and motivating them. Having finished this course, performance appraisal for me won’t be only a formal procedure but a way to develop the capacity of people to meet and exceed expectations and to achieve their full potential to the benefit of themselves and the organization.
Appraisal and Performance of HR
Chido Boka
Chido Boka, Managing Director at Boka Floors Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Chido Boka

Entrepreneurship

06.2019

This assignment was a real eye opener for me.

As a leader in my organisation, I have been focusing our strategy on what our competitors are doing and what we can do to increase revenues. I now realise that the most important thing in business is meeting the needs of our customers. The harmony between our strengths and beliefs and the needs of our customers will result in success in business.

Our strategy sessions will never be the same again.
Strategic management
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, CSO/Co-Founder at Service Management Consultancy Ltd, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

Entrepreneurship

06.2019

This assignment was very challenging and yet inspiring for me as it touched on some personal issues and forced me to analyse my failures and set recommendations for the future.

I thoroughly enjoyed working through this assignment, I have often reflected on my mistakes from the past however, the beauty of this assignment allowed me to put a theorical framework behind these failings in order to provide me with some greater clarity.
Principles of Effective Management
Charles Stols
Charles Stols, Project and Engineering Manager at Moov Fuel, Cape Town, South African Republic
Linkedin: Charles Stols

Marketing management

06.2019

The value of this assignment was immense for me. As engineers we have no clue about marketing. For me the course outcome was eye-opening as I was led to discover how my suggestions with regards to smaller changes and thinking changed my company’s approach to marketing.
Strategic Marketing
Vengai Madamombe
Vengai Madamombe, Support Systems Operations Manager at Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vengai Madamombe

Financial management

06.2019

There was a lot of learning points coming out of this assignment as l have realised the value that invoice analysis and business intelligence tools can bring to the organization as they accurately describe and interpret financial information for a mobile operator business.

I have learnt on how to discover the limitations associated with traditional financial statements in previous assignments as they lack some additional critical information that can aid important decisions of a business such as capacity utilization and efficiency levels.
Financial planning 2
Prosper Rugube
Prosper Rugube, Process Operations Manager at MINOPEX, Tete, Mozambique
Linkedin: Prosper Rugube

Competitiveness and IT

06.2019

It is amazing how IT and digitalization is fast becoming a key component into companies quest in their strategy for survival. The high amount of traffic/viewership makes it an attractive platform for business to showcase their products and service offering.

Whilst going through this assignment, I got to research more on web-based marketing, distinguishing between B2C and B2B marketplaces. Through the research, I carried out, I got to know more information on the IT platforms and strategies used by our organization.
Competitiveness and IT
Charles Stols
Charles Stols, Project and Engineering Manager at Moov Fuel, Cape Town, South African Republic
Linkedin: Charles Stols

Entrepreneurship

06.2019

The personal value created in this assignment was the focus placed on the future profit potential. It challenged me to discover possible future threats as the market changes over time. Traditional strategic management talks about this, but the application in the real world is rather theoretical.

I appreciated the down-to-earth approach to plan strategically and to also monitor our activities against plans set.
Strategic management
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

Entrepreneurship

06.2019

By comparing our existing mission statement with the one I developed in this assignment, I realised that a mission statement has to mean something. I realised that some of the strength we had identified, were not going to be strengths in the future. I have also learnt that these have to lead my company into achieving potential profitability.

My company benefits from this assignment as we now have a clearly defined mission statement and be able to formulate strategies and implement them.
Strategic management
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

Human resource management

06.2019

This assignment has introduced me to a hitherto entirely new concept of continuous performance management with performance agreements. It may seem like an obvious concept to an expert but as a lay person in human resources management, the content of the reading materials was very relatable and I could clearly see where we have been getting it wrong and the steps we need to take to redress the situation.

The value created will be for the benefit of our law firm where I cannot wait to introduce this concept to my fellow partners when we meet for our mid-year partnership meeting next week. Other than being of high pragmatic value, this was also a most enjoyable course.
Appraisal and Performance of HR
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, CSO/Co-Founder at Service Management Consultancy Ltd, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

International business

06.2019

This paper was very challenging to me as it was a completely new topic and as a result, I had to undertake a lot of wider reading.

With all that being said, to date this has been the most interesting assignment, this assignment challenge my normal thinking process and as I result, I believe that this is the best assignment I have produced due to the fact that I was relying on research as opposed to experience.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this assignment.
International Business Law
Prosper Rugube
Prosper Rugube, Process Operations Manager at MINOPEX, Tete, Mozambique
Linkedin: Prosper Rugube

Competitiveness and IT

05.2019

This course was a refreshing exercise for the writer. I got the opportunity and platform to analyze how digitalization affects our current and future profit potential. The most interesting part was going through the analysis using Porter’s five forces model and value chain analysis but looking at digital technology. Indeed, digitalization can make or break businesses in this day and age.
Competitiveness and IT
Takunda Togarepi
Takunda Togarepi, General Manager at Growmax Agrifertilizer (Pty) Ltd, Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Linkedin: Takunda Togarepi

Entrepreneurship

05.2019

Reviewing this assignment, I realise the principles of effective management, whilst some of them not entirely new, were not fully understood in the depth and magnitude as suggested and recommended.

Whilst I applied some of the elements in my workplace, particularly in this project, I realised I had not fully applied them, and as a result used good management principles poorly, reducing my efficiency and effectiveness. I would say this also adversely affected the performance and outcome of my work during the period of this project.

Thanks to working on this assignment, I was able to find ways how to use good management principles well that will improve my efficiency and effectiveness
Principles of Effective Management
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

International business

05.2019

It was an eye opener how cultural norms can influence business and subsequently doing business successfully in other parts of the world.

I was amazed how interlinked our legal and tax systems are. Searching for positives that will make my country attractive to foreign direct investment, I realized how tough the international economic environments are. I also noticed how easy it is if your country is politically stable and the rule of law applies. Investors see the immediate benefit of doing business in such a country. This is equally true for developing countries.
International Business Law
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

Entrepreneurship

05.2019

By analysing my performance, I realised that there are quite a lot of things I take for granted that can actually help me improve my effectiveness and efficiency.

Becoming an effective manager, I can actually add more value than I did last year for my company and client. I will apply the learning this year and compare the value I will potentially add with what I did last year.
Tasks and Tools of Effective Management
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

International business

05.2019

While reading the mandatory readings for this course and later applying it to my own life I made me realized, how quickly we can judge across cultural lines.  While it is our human nature that justifies our behavior, this model made me realize how dangerous it is to judge because of a lack of knowledge.

Having studies this course, I see how international business negotiations can be won: don’t be judgmental, know the culture of who you are dealing with and how they operate and want to be treated.
Cross-cultural Management
Noreen  Muchena
Noreen Muchena, Company Secretary and Legal Advisor at Microcred Zimbabwe (Private) Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Noreen  Muchena

Entrepreneurship

05.2019

All the principles learnt during this course were quite new to me.

This course enlightened me to management principles that are often ignored yet valuable. I shall definitely be making use of them in my upcoming projects.
Principles of Effective Management
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

Operations management

05.2019

This course has been eye-opening for me in many ways as I had hitherto thought that issues of processes management were just for businesses in the manufacturing sector or those who produce goods. I initially struggled to apply some of the principles of operations processes to service industry but thankfully, mandatory readings dedicated a lot of content to how operations management applies to businesses in the service industry, including professional services like ours.  

Even though it was not within the direct purview of this assignment, my largest take-aways from this course are content on core capabilities and quality dimensions. This resonated well with me in the professional services industry because it is often difficult to differentiate our service offering from that of our competitors who have the same level of expertise as we do but when looking at the service quality dimensions in the mandatory course readings such as responsiveness, aesthetics, humanity, flexibility, options etcetera, I got ideas of the precise features we need to include in our service offering in order to differentiate ourselves and give us a competitive edge over our competitors who have the same skill and ethical reputation as we do.

It may seem elementary to a skilled mind but to me, the light bulbs turned on quite bright and I am now working on coming up with a list of  service features that are aligned to our core capabilities which can help us define our competitive advantage and how our service is differentiated from that of our competitors – something which we have hitherto struggled to clearly define.  
Operations Processes
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

Entrepreneurship

05.2019

This concept of analysis of management as a profession was a new concept to me. I have never viewed management like this. All I have known is to try my best and do my work as is expected without realising that I can have a long-term plan that will not change regardless of whatever element comes my way.

I will take the learning gained and try build on them and get them to help me add value.
Principles of Effective Management
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

Human resource management

04.2019

The main value I have derived from this course is that is, strangely enough, not in the form of gaining new insights and knowledge on human resource management skills.

Whilst I have discovered a great and useful tool in the ongoing PMI that I will no doubt readily implement to improve my communication and relations with my subordinates, the greatest value creation has been in the form of self-introspection and stepping back to view the person I have become and how I have treated those subordinate to me. My biggest regret is that I perpetuated the treatment I had abhorred whilst I was on the receiving end of it onto those who were entrusted to me to facilitate their learning and development.

With due respect to those who trained me, the famous passage in George Orwell’s Animal Farm rings true: “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again, but already it was impossible to say which was which.” It is indeed sobering to realize how easily one can exude the same traits the abhor in others.

This assignment was on improving my own performance in facilitating the training of others but perhaps I need to start by working on what kind of person I want to be because the disposition of that person will inform the kind of manager I will be.
Learning and employee development
Perseverance Chavunduka
Perseverance Chavunduka, Production Superintendent at Bindura Nickel Corporation, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Perseverance Chavunduka

Operations management

04.2019

This assignment has been great in helping me put to use some of the Six Sigma tools that I have known to exist but had never put them to use. It also has helped me to introspect on how I can make a difference in the process efficiencies daily.
Operations Processes