USB Executive Development Ltd (USB-ED), the executive education arm of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), celebrated the official opening of its new offices in Gauteng at a cocktail function at the Westcliff Hotel.
The USB-ED team in the new Gauteng office are (from left) Carina Loubser, marketing consultant, Belinda Knight, director: business development, Amanda Kulati, personal assistant, and Dr Bernie van Zijl, director: business development.
The new USB-ED office is situated on the IGH premises on the corner of Leeukop and Witkoppen Road in Sunninghill, Rivonia.
The staff members who will man the Gauteng office are, both responsible for business development; Carina Loubser, who will drive the marketing; and Amanda Kulati, who will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the office.
Frik Landman, CEO of USB-ED says, “Owing to a spurt of growth within the last few years, we have realised the need not only to have a presence in Gauteng, but actually to open a physical office. We also believe that opening an office will enable us to serve our clients in this region even better.”
USB-ED has over the years developed and facilitated well-attended leadership and management interventions from its head office in Bellville, Cape Town, for leading companies based in Gauteng, as well as throughout South Africa and in neighbouring countries. These companies include Telkom, Hollard, Wesbank, Massmart, Naspers, Toyota SA, Mr Price, the Department of Agriculture and the Pan African Parliament to name a few.
Earlier this year USB-ED drew attention by being the first organisation of its kind to announce a black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction with both a prominent black company, WIPHOLD, under the leadership of CEO Louisa Mojela, and a businessman, Vincent Raseroka.
USB-ED has recently been ranked among the world's top business school providers for open programmes in the Financial Times
executive education rankings for 2007. Its open programmes were ranked in the 46th place .
According to Landman, USB-ED uses a unique collaborative and partnership approach when working with clients. Programmes are therefore designed with a systems approach, a personalised touch, an experiential component and real participation and connectivity in mind.
“USB-ED gets involved in social matters and sees an active role for itself in grassroots education, specifically as far as the establishment of an entrepreneurial culture for the development of SMMEs is concerned,” he added.
USB-ED currently delivers over 70 non-degree management, leadership and discipline specific programmes as open or company-specific courses. USB-ED also provides open and customised parternship programmes to leading conglomerates and governments all over the world with a strong strategic focus on Africa.