31 March 2017
The audience in a contemplative mood at the Main Auditorium, REGENT Business School during the Opening Night of the Critical Conversations in Sustainability Seminar Series. Picture by Viva Productions
Held last Wednesday evening at REGENT Business School in Durban, The Critical Conversations in Sustainability Seminar Series Opening Night showcased a stellar line-up of speakers, and provided a raft of provocative ideas on what the Corporate Sector can do to mitigate the excesses of climate change. The inaugural session for the seminar series provided a gathering place for individuals from private, public and non-governmental sectors and highlighted the need for a seismic shift in the mind sets for global sustainable development.
The session opened with a minute of silence in respect for fallen hero and icon of the liberation struggle in South Africa, Mr. Ahmed Kathrada. The Programme Director, Professor Marvin Kambuwa then introduced the major objectives of the seminar series and urged representatives and delegates from partnering organisations and the corporate, public and civil society sectors to make concerted efforts to realise the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Managing Director of REGENT Business School, Ahmed Shaikh said, “The Future of Earth will depend on the sustainable efforts put in by a collective of all stakeholders today”. “Within this context, the Critical Conversations Seminar Series in Sustainability” Shaikh said, “Reflects REGENT Business School’s commitment to help shape future business leaders who will be at the vanguard in encouraging the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ approach towards sustainability”.
Held at the main auditorium of the new Institute of Entrepreneurship Building, the event drew a record 150 delegates from across Durban’s socio-economic spectrum.
Councilor, Fawzia Peer, the Deputy Mayor of eThekwini Municipality delivered a stirring keynote address on ‘Responsive and Responsible Leadership in Sustainability’. She reminded those present that the Leaders from Corporate Sector had a responsibility to assist both government and civil society in achieving a sustainable planet, a notion that proved to be one of the seminar series’ motifs.
Indeed, Dr. Mahmoud Youssef-Baker, the chairperson of Iqraa Trust, an economist by profession and a former leader of an International Banking organisation the issue of corporate social responsibility has to be given the prominence it rightfully deserves. For too long the ‘profit bottom line’ dominated the narrative of business. In order to become responsible, leaders from the corporate sector had to play their part in sustainability. Representatives from NEDBANK and Indoni, a non-governmental organisation also passionately supported the need for sustainability.
All the participants condemned those denying the effects of climate change.
The programme director then handed the floor over to Fred Kockott who was assigned the position of moderator for the session. Fred informed the audience that he arranged for short video clips to be shown. The one was narrated by famous actor Morgan Freeman and was titled, “Our Future”. The other,”Business can play a Profitable Role in Combating Climate Change” was narrated by Andrew Winston.
However, prior to the screening of the videos, Fred Kockott In a presentation that encapsulated the spirit and intention of the conference challenged the audience to think about the welfare of generations to come, quoting 87-year-old, Native American, Oren Lyons.
“In our way of life, in our government, with every decision we make, we always keep in mind the Seventh Generation to come. It’s our job to see that the people coming ahead, the generations still unborn, have a world no worse than ours – and hopefully better. When we walk upon Mother Earth we always plant our feet carefully because we know the faces of our future generations are looking up at us from beneath the ground. We never forget them.”
Oren Lyons is a leading human rights and environmental activist, and author of numerous books.
Immediately after the showing of the video clips, the moderator engaged with the audience in meaningful banter. The session then came to a close after a vote of thanks was passed by Professor Anis Karodia who also reminded the participants that ““A shared view of where we are going will make it easier to overcome incumbency issues”. “It will also enable us to work with government on transition pathways to achieve sustainability.”
Dhiru Soni is the Director for Research and Innovation and the overall coordinator for the Critical Conversations in Sustainability Seminar Series at REGENT Business School
The Management and Staff of REGENT Business School are deeply saddened by the passing away of struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada who was also a friend to many at our institution. It is said that when a person departs from this earth, he or she never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. From the REGENT family, Barbara, please accept our condolences, Ahmed will not be forgotten. Our thoughts are with you. You can be proud that we stand on the shoulders of a man amongst men and can assure you that he will be truly missed. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, our most heartfelt condolences.
We pray that his soul returns to the maker.
Directors of REGENT Business School and colleagues in private higher education at a recent breakfast meeting with Ahmed Kathrada.
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On Wednesday, the 5th October 2016 REGENT Business School conducted their first ever Graduation ceremony held at the Westville Correctional Services centre in Durban to honour Graduands from the Medium E (female) section of the prison.
A similar graduation ceremony was simultaneously conducted at the Medium B (male) Prison.
Six students altogether from both sections of the Westville Correctional Services Centre, two female and four male students, had successfully completed their studies in one of the following programmes; the Higher Certificate in Business Management (CIBM), Higher Certificate in Islamic Finance, Banking and Law (HCIFBL) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PG DIM).
The Muslim Prison Board KZN played a supportive role in facilitating the communications between REGENT Business School and the officials at the Westville Correctional Services Centre.
The Department of Correctional Services staff who were present at the female Graduation ceremony had very motivating and supportive messages for the female Graduands and the inmates attending the ceremony.
The Durban Correctional Services Social worker at the Medium E facility, Mrs Dhlamini recognised the efforts of REGENT Business School in bringing the graduation ceremony to the students. She eluded to the fact that this was a very first such event held at a female correctional services centre. She said that historically students would study through a college and they would receive their certificates via the post. There was no ceremony to recognise the student’s efforts or to motivate the other inmates. She was direct in motivating the audience to make the effort and commit to educating themselves. She lauded REGENT Business School for being the only institution to recognise their students and for their commitment towards student’s success and achievements.
The head of the Durban Correctional Services, Mrs Mkhize expressed her heartfelt gratitude to REGENT Business School for making education accessible to the inmates of Westville Correctional Services Centre. She said that she saw the graduation ceremony as being an affirmation of the commitment and dedication the students had in completing their studies. She recognised the female offenders for their efforts and in achieving their qualifications despite the harsh conditions they found themselves in. Mrs Mkhize further indicated that the parole board looked favourably upon and encouraged students who had undertaken some sort of study during their time in prison. She finally expressed her pride in the achievements of all the students graduating.
REGENT Business school representatives addressed the audience of approximately 50 inmates on the study options available to them and received questions that the inmates had. The morning’s proceedings ended with refreshments for the inmates.
Reflective of the educational purposes that we espouse, at REGENT Business School (RBS) we began with the end in mind, building foundations of hope, nurturing aspirations of greatness and formulating dreams into reality. Efforts that culminated into a day that we were all proud of as the assembled audience gasped in awe and cheered from the heart as the hall echoed with names of future leaders, in confirmation of an achievement of a lifetime.
The 2016 RBS Graduation ceremony attracted some 2000 plus attendees from afar as Angola, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia, DRC, Lesotho, Tanzania and Nigeria. Students acknowledged every moment in celebration of their unique experiences of years of learning. The highlight of which, was when they crossed the stage to receive their award for their toil and sacrifices towards the achievement of academic success.
To make the graduation ceremony more reflective of RBS’s aspirations for all of its students, by acknowledging them in a meaningful way, we revised proceedings to focus on the individual students rather than formalities and speeches, thus allowing us to finish in record time, leaving graduates with time to revel in their achievement with fellow graduates, families and friends, over a scrumptious lunch. After 13 years of public schooling and 3 to 4 years of tertiary studies, a commitment of this magnitude deserves reflection.
All institutions of education publicly state and believe that every individual can learn, and have high expectations for all their learners to succeed and achieve. If this is the end we have in mind, then we are striving for a life of rich possibility for all. At RBS we want every graduation to have the capacity to contribute to the common good of society, by consistently producing graduates of exemplary caliber, accomplished by a student centric approach to teaching and learning together with establishing a bond with our students, as not only academic but as life coaches too.
To return to the point about ‘beginning with the end in mind’, these accolades achieved are a worthy end to keep in mind. Dedication and commitment from both Institution and learners towards a common goal, and the achievement thereof deserves this acknowledgement. We at RBS celebrate their achievements, appreciate them as unique individuals and speak with optimism of their future. RBS is proud to say that all of our graduates have achieved something of worth and meaning, for that is what we at RBS set out to do. Join us in this magnificent journey to consolidate, enhance and provide education in the Republic of South Africa.
The Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Local and Global Research Initiatives (ILGRI) at REGENT Business School in partnership with the South Africa’s Department of International Relationships and Cooperation (DIRCO), THE Embassies of the BRICS nations in South Africa, the Durban Chamber of Commerce, eThekwini Municipality, the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) and other Corporate and Public Sector Organisations is hosting a BRICS Masterclass on 16 September 2016. The occasion will also be used launch the BRICS and Emerging Markets Business Schools’ Association and provide an opportunity for delegates to interact with the Trade Missions of the BRICS countries.
Interaction and Trade between the BRICS Nations
Theme: Doing Business with the BRICS
Date: 16 September 2016
Venue: The New Centre for Entrepreneurship Building – REGENT Business
School – 35 Samora Machel Street – Durban
Time: 07h30 for 08h00 to 12h30
Cost: R500 per person
The morning will commence with a Reception and Welcome at 07h30 and a Breakfast at08h00 during which the BRICS and Emerging Markets Business Schools’ Association will be officially launched in South Africa. The Masterclass will commence at 09h30 and conclude at 11h00. Thereafter delegates will be able to interact with the BRICS Trade Missions. A Finger Lunch will be served before the event draws to a conclusion at 12h30.
The Andries Botha (South Africa’s World Famous Artist) Exhibition on Sustainability will feature throughout the day
Seating at this Prestigious Event is Limited. To reserve a seat and register for the event, please contact
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Finding information on accredited MBA programmes in Cape Town is not too difficult. In fact, with the huge volume of tips, advice and information available for prospective MBA students, the challenge lies in wading through all that info to find out what you need to know the most.
To help you understand exactly how the programme works, we have put together a short guide that gives you an overview and an indication of what to expect.
Top Tips for Pursuing an MBA in Cape Town
If you’re dreaming of getting an MBA in Cape Town, here’s what you need to know…
- Choosing a programme.
There are many MBA programmes in Cape Town. Not all of them are equal however. The best way to determine which programme is right for you is to consider a few important factors. Cost is one such factor – while you can expect to budget a fair amount for your studies, you should not be left bankrupt. Another factor is the learning methods used. Is remote study possible? How will you be assessed? How much work is typically required? You should also ensure that your MBA will be accredited, and also find out what the general success rate is of the programme. Check out testimonials from previous MBA graduates – this will help a lot to give you an idea of how successful the programme is from a student point of view.
- Applying for your MBA.
The things that you should focus on the most for the application process include your essay, interview, letters of recommendation, GMAT exam and financing. First things first, find out whether any preparation exams such as the GMAT are required. Next, begin preparing your application. Choose your essay topic carefully and enlist the help of a friend or family member to go over it for you afterwards to check that there are no errors. Do some reading to get examples of typical interview questions that you can expect. Think carefully about your letters of recommendation… it is far more valuable to get comprehensive letters from a small company for an important job you completed than it is to get a generic letter from a large company for a random part-time job. You should also start to think about financing options at this point.
- What to expect.
The MBA is hailed as one of the toughest courses out there. In many ways, this is true – the stress is very real and the pressure is very much on you from the very start. With that said, it is also incredibly rewarding, too. The course lasts around a year and consists of 12 course modules (one of which is an elective module) and a final research dissertation. Subjects within each trimester range from strategic management to marketing, finance, economics, operations, leadership and other subjects that relate to the broader business environment. Various sectors are also explored, giving graduates a holistic view of business and all of its facets.
To find out what it is like completing an MBA at REGENT Business School, view our testimonials to see what some of our former students have to say. You can also check out our MBA FAQs for further information on completing an MBA in Cape Town.