NWU PBS honours students during awards ceremony

Pertunia Thulo -- Mon, 02/24/2014 - 00:00

NWU PBS honours students during awards ceremony

Jaco Smit, marketing manager at Opti Feeds, a subsidiary of NWK Limited, was recently named the NWU Potchefstroom Business Schools’ best achiever for the Advanced Management Programme (NQF level 7).  According to Smit, who lives in Klerksdorp, the Advanced Management Programme is indeed a challenge, but not impossible.  “Other than other programmes, this course does not consume that much of your time.  I did, however, take thorough notes during the study school and studied extremely hard for the exams.”

What stood out for him was that he was privileged to be able to do the programme in his mother tongue.  Secondly, the applicability of the programme in the workplace was exceptional.  Thirdly, he praised the lecturers of the NWU PBS lecturers, and he was especially impressed with their subject knowledge as well as knowledge with regard to the application in practice.

For the Middle Management Programme (NQF level 6), Etzard Grimbeek was named the top achiever.

Etzard, a mechanical engineer and contractor for the Carab Tekniva Group, is currently employed as site supervisor at Eskom’s Matla power station.  “The Middle Management Programme has empowered me with the knowledge about how a business works, as well as how I as manager can make a difference to manage it more effectively”.

His first choice was to do an MBA; however, due to his work obligations it is difficult to tackle such a qualification without the necessary study time or study leave.

The top achiever in the Fundamental Management Programme, which is offered on an NQF level 5, is Ashmi Singh from Astral Foods.  For the programme in Business Management by the SBAB, Minette van der Westhuizen was named top achiever.

Prof Susan Visser, dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the NWU, during her speech, emphasised the necessity of continued studies: “You should never stop studying and never give up”.  She also said that each person receiving an award should be proud of him-/herself and that, for the Faculty, it is truly an honour to be part of this highlight.

These awards were handed over during the NWU PBS’s annual Executive Learning Programme certificate ceremony on Friday 2 February in the Sanlam Auditorium on the Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU.


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