REGENT Business School proud member of Honoris United Universities announce that investor Actis sponsors international scholarships

REGENT Business School proud member of Honoris United Universities announce that investor Actis sponsors international scholarships


Actis, today announced that it will be providing US$100,000 in sponsorship for two Honoris United Universities graduates to complete a postgraduate qualification at the world’s leading educational establishments. The graduates will have the opportunity to apply for these scholarships to study at world-class institutions (such as University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, or a Russell Group University in the UK or at an Ivy League or similarly prestigious university in the US). The first beneficiaries of the scholarship are expected to start in October 2018.

Rick Phillips, a partner at Actis, said: “We are proud to provide this sponsorship. It reflects the calibre of Honoris United Universities’ graduates and the benefits we see in international mobility. Through the companies we have invested in, we employ over 100,000 people across Africa. We know that African businesses have international ambitions and we understand that they are looking for candidates with global perspectives who also understand the diversity of Africa and its local markets, while demonstrating the skills to operate successfully.”

Luis Lopez, CEO of Honoris United Universities, said: “These scholarships embody the international mobility and collaborative intelligence at the core of Honoris United Universities’ values. We are proud to be forming Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders by providing high quality, accessible education. We are delighted that our graduates will benefit from this opportunity to further widen their horizons and we firmly believe that they will also offer fantastic perspectives, forged in Africa, to these leading establishments.”

The eligibility criteria for the Actis International Scholarship are available at the Provost’s Office of each Honoris United Universities’ institution and at the following link: Actis International Scholarship


Eligibility criteria for the Actis International Scholarship

The student must satisfy the following requirements:

Step 1:

  • Be enrolled in a Master program at REGENT Business School or have completed a Master program at REGENT Business School;
  • Have an excellent academic dossier (top 10% of graduating class, with distinction/“mention”);
  • Demonstrate a record of extra-curricular activities in support of application for a specific program;
  • Exhibit maturity and sense of responsibility as assessed by a personal statement;
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation, at least two from academics or employers sources who know the candidate well;
  • Undergo an interview by a REGENT pre-selection committee;
  • Pass the chosen university entrance exams as required;
  • Pass all standardized tests required by the postgraduate programme
  • Applications must be received at REGENT Business School by 30 November 2017.


Step 2:

  • Students satisfying the above criteria will be pre-selected by Honoris United Universities Selection Committee.

Final acceptance is a prerogative of the chosen university.

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Dreaming of a Sustainable and Corruption-free South Africa

Professor Dhiru Soni - Director Research & Innovation

Professor Dhiru Soni – Director Research & Innovation

It was Michelangelo, world famous sculptor, painter, architect, and poet who once articulated that “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it”. All it required was imagination.

So join me in a journey of imagination in South Africa. The year is 2032 and things have changed for the better.

The era of corruption, state capture, cronyism and state plunder is now more than a decade behind us. Those responsible for such foul deeds have been brought to justice and are now serving ‘community time’. In terms of their punishment and rehabilitation, a truth and reconciliation tribunal has insisted that over and above their obligatory one year penal sentence, the children and grandchildren of these violators of crimes against humanity will be responsible for the offender’s re-habituation to a normal society. Community service for these miscreants is mandatory. The offspring of these offenders are held in high esteem within society and are specifically involved in education programmes that engender ethical behaviour. These children, the vanguards of a national societal renaissance are highly regarded and they destined to be change-makers and future leaders.

Indeed, things have ‘radically transformed’ in South Africa and we are now ruled by a coalition government, comprised largely of representatives from civil society organisations and a sprinkling of representatives from die-hard political parties of the past. The new dispensation has introduced an innovative model of democratic socialism into the governance equation. In essence it is truly a government of the people, by the people, for the people. The country is the new international benchmark for good governance, prosperity and peace. Undeniably, we are free, in every sense of the word. Our freedom fighters would be proud of the new South Africa.

We are standing on a hilltop admiring a scenic view of Shangrila, a sustainable and well-laid out city, formerly known as Soweto. It is no more the south western township of Johannesburg. The air enveloping this new digital hub is fresh and crisp and greenery abounds. Shangrila is the epitome of a Smart City in the fifth industrial revolution.

Suddenly we see some young children, both girls and boys, emerging from the doorway to a neat little cottage. They then exit through the garden gate and we decide to follow them to see the new South Africa.

They step out into a glorious sun-drenched day that is tempered with a light breeze. They happily walk on the pavement and the atmosphere is abuzz with laughter and gaiety as they discuss what they intend to buy from the local friendly cooperative. Democratically, they all decide to buy health lollypops with the budgeted money that they earned for their good deeds.

They eagerly tear the wrappers of their well-earned lollypops and search for the roadside garbage collection station where they carefully put the paper in a designated receptacle which was clearly marked as ‘recycled paper’. As they were mulling about the station to discard the wrappers, an elderly couple strolled by. An exchange of pleasantries followed between the children and the elders. The couple wanted directions to a neighbourhood supermarket and children obliged with the assistance of their smart phones. Judging from the tenor of the conversation as the elders left, it was quite obvious children felt proud that they provided service to senior members of their community.

Licking their lollypops, the children continue their walk on the pavement, not having to close their noses as vehicles passed by. The air was pollution-free. There were no open drains or piled up garbage to avoid. It was a clean and healthy environment. Even the neighbourhood dogs were friendly and wagged their tails in acknowledgment of the children’s greetings. No beggars were found at street corners or intersections. Poverty had been conquered, inequality was on the wane and crimes against person and property had almost been eradicated.

In their moment of joy, the children continued with their escapade and were even more adventurous. In their carefree abandon they decided to cross a bridge which spanned over a new stream that the planners of Shangrila had introduced to their new city from a nearby dam. They had no real intention or idea where they were going. They were on a journey to freedom.

As they crossed the bridge, they decided to look down at the stream and peered into the crystal clear water. The children did not even seem to notice the water’s purity. They simply enjoyed the distorted mirrored reflections of themselves as the stream’s tranquillity was disturbed by a stone thrown by one of their lot. They continued on their unchartered route, licking their lollypops. Further on they crossed the road at a zebra crossing just for the fun of seeing the cars pause for them. Public transport was battery powered and was driverless. Private taxi drones hovered above. Rules and regulations of road and air safety were electronically governed.

The children then skipped off and walked on the pavement of another winding street. They stopped at another garbage collection point which was almost adjacent to a humble-looking house, to throw their finished lollipop sticks into a bin. It was at this time they overheard the lady of the house saying to her husband how she had enjoyed her visit to the local Home Affairs office. She also talked about how just a decade ago it was almost like a visit to hell. It was only after she was able to bribe an official that her request for an identity document was finalised after a six month delay. She complemented the personnel at the office for their courteous behaviour and empathy in making her once more believe in humanity. In the new political dispensation civil service had been reclaimed as a calling.

The children were confused. They did not realise that years earlier such inhumane treatment at the Home Affairs office or any other government office for that matter had become a way of life.

The little ones began to hum their favourite tunes and saw a group of teenagers in their school uniforms in buses, heading to their schools with bright and cheerful faces. As they saw them, the children waved and they waved back, laughing at how adorable the little ones were, in their brightly coloured outfits. Overjoyed at being recognised by their elderly counterparts, they started to skip along the street once more, till they reached a statue. It was that of a skinny and frail child with unkempt hair and pitiful eyes. The effigy held a bent plate in his hand, and was gesturing his stomach, with tears in his eyes. The children were by now filled with curiosity and something akin to horror as they saw this statue standing there. As they lingered there, they heard another little one say, “Mama, why is that boy so sad?” to which the child’s mother explained about the history of poverty and begging and how it had been eradicated a decade ago.

The children went on, but no more skipping, as their hearts were heavy and their minds buzzing about that statue. They had never seen any child like that before. They walked on and came across a store displaying television sets. One set was tuned to the Mars where a new human colony had developed. On a news channel they watched the newsreader discussing with some government official cordially about the introduction of robotics in service delivery. Understanding little, they proceeded further and reached a park. There, they saw a girl talking to her friend about how she had taken environmental science as a career and why she had chosen so. In another bench, a few boys were discussing the recent international success of their national soccer team. Seeing no bench for them to sit on, they went over to the swings and glided to and fro, enlivened by all the greenery around.

Soon, the sun was starting to set and the children decided to head back home. But they had forgotten which way they came. They looked around. Everything seemed different in the dim light of the dusk. Just when they were about to panic, someone called, “Are you lost, little ones?” They looked up and saw a woman in uniform looking at them concernedly. Relieved to see a community-based policewoman, they all skipped over to her and informed her that they were lost.

Eventually, they all reached home, with the policewoman by their side, looking as cheerful as they had been when they had set out. They profusely thanked their rescuer and hopped into their respective cosy homes.

It was at this point a sudden thundershower had ended my imaginary expedition with the children of tomorrow and I was abruptly fast tracked to the realities of contemporary South Africa. Yet full of hope for our children and their future, despite the fact that we as an irresponsible generation had failed them.


Professor Dhiru Soni is Director for Research at REGENT Business School and writes in his personal capacity


Open Seminar Series on Critical Conversations in Sustainability

‘Critical Conversations’ is a series of transdisciplinary seminars in Sustainability hosted by REGENT Business School, the Mercury and other stakeholders. The year-long series aims to creatively engage in critical discussions, provocative dialogue and idea-sharing around sustainable questions that delve into novel and innovative ideas that may assist in mobilising changes necessary for our planet to become a better place for all who live in it.


Managing Director of the business school, Mr Ahmed Shaikh is of the opinion that the cross-disciplinary character offered by the Critical Conversations Seminar Series is a rare opportunity to learn how to talk to others in the spirit of the intrinsic values captured in a quotation by Bertrand Piccard, when he said “In the 21st century, I think the heroes will be the people who will improve the quality of life, fight poverty and introduce more sustainability”. Everyone who is concerned about the status of mother earth and the future of humankind has a role to play in these critical conversations.


The joint coordinators of the seminar series, Professors Dhiru Soni and Anis Karodia couldn’t agree more with the sentiments expressed by Mr. Shaikh.


Shaikh made a special appeal to senior representatives of the business community and especially those interested in implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to attend.


The official opening of the series held on Friday 29 March 2017 was attended by more than a 150 guests and dealt with ‘Responsive and Responsible Leadership in Sustainability’. The occasion also hosted a stellar line-up of speakers representing the partnering organisations, including the Deputy Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Councilor Fawzia Peer.


This was followed by a seminar moderated by freelance journalist, Lysse Commins, titled “Business beyond Usual – The SDGS and Inclusive Business”.


Leonardo Di Caprio’s awarding winning documentary – ‘Before the Flood’ was shown on 20 April 2017. According to Fred Kockott, a Roving Rovers reporter, the film categorically informed the viewer that Climate Change is happening. He said “It’s no coincidence that we’re seeing more news reports of horrible tornadoes at odd times of the year. So yes, climate change is happening and it’s terrifying. But what is there to be done about it?”


‘Before the Flood’ is very much an education and advocacy documentary. It’s a cliffs notes version of what’s happening to the world we live in, what going to happen to the world we live in and what we can do to prevent the worst possible outcome.


Viewers were really taken aback by what they saw. More discussions ensued after the film showing and Dr. Youssef Baker, the CEO of Iqraa Trust, a sponsoring partner of the series when asked to comment, said” “I am shocked, I didn’t realise that we have damaged our planet to such an extent. I believe we still have a chance to make reparations.”


On Wednesday 17 May 2017, the series features Bobby Peek and Desmond D’Sa and one other speaker yet to be named. Peek and D’Sa are two national environmental activists, well-known in local circles and recipients of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in a session titled ‘Raising Awareness, Engaging the Public through Activism and Changing Public Policy’.


When asked to comment, Professor Marvin Kambuwa a staunch supporter of sustainability and principal of REGENT Business School declared, “Environmental activism is important because our clean air, water, and earth can’t advocate for its own protection. But without a healthy environment, we can’t survive. So it is up to all of us to advocate for a better, more sustainable lifestyle. By bringing awareness of a better alternative, each of us can effect a much-needed change.”


World famous local artist and environmentalist, Andre Botha and his up-and-coming assistant, Jessica Bothma, an urban environmentalist in her own right will provide for an entertaining Colloquium evening (26 May 2017) when they present their work, ‘Rhino Burning’. Their session ‘Artists as Catalysts for Change and Sustainability’ will also feature an excerpt from a play on sustainability by local artists of the Sagiya Foundation. The CEO, Mr. Atlas Duma added that it will be a wonderful opportunity for his organization to test audience reaction to their play which was destined for major theatrical stages, nationally and internationally.


If you’re interested in learning more about Sustainability and the Global Sustainable Development Goals and how it concerns you, here is your opportunity to link-up with like-minded people and networks. The seminar series on Critical Conversations in Sustainability offers plenty of opportunities to get involved in the ‘sustainability debate’. The business community is especially encouraged to attend.

The seminars are free and open to the public. For entry, please send an e-mail to Ms Portia Ntetha or call 031-304 4626. Seats are limited, so book early.

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Sandra Dunn is social media and digital marketing coordinator, REGENT Business School

Opening Night for Critical Conversations in Sustainability Seminar Series draws a large audience

Dhiru Soni

31 March 2017

Sustainability Seminars

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

Message of Condolence for Struggle Icon and Friend Ahmed Kathrada

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.

The International Journal of Management Perspectives (IJMP)

The International Journal of Management Perspectives (IJMP) is an annual academic journal of REGENT Business School, South Africa. Manuscripts submitted for publication in IJMP should focus on management perspectives with a view to promoting research and discussion on issues relating to management and business in the context of regional and global development, and more specifically, issues related to the political, social and economic development. The journal encourages critical thinking and discussion.

Kindly click on the download link below to access the International Journal of Management Perspectives (IJMP).


RBS Graduation ceremony held at the Westville Correctional Services Centre.

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.