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					   The UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) has a vision to be the leading African
business school of choice offering internationally recognised leadership and management
education. As such it plays a vital role in developing the business leadership of the future and
impacts the degree of transformation seen in South Africa and on the African continent.
   The new global village needs a new kind of leader and business managers who are equipped
with the requisite skills sets and capabilities to lead private and public sector organisations. SBL’s
award-winning academic offerings align the theoretical foundations of business and leadership
to the practical demands of a hypercompetitive business environment. The flagship programme,
the Masters of Business Leadership (MBL), enables managers and executives at senior and top
level to enhance their global and professional perspective as well as their strategic leadership
skills in order to lead and bring about change in their organisations.
   SBL’s track record, which spans four decades of producing some of the top business leaders
and policy makers in South Africa and on the African continent, is a testimony to its capabilities,
and the organisation counts many titans of transformation among its alumni. The following
article introduces a few of them.
                                                                    few years before I got involved in the mobile communica-
                                                                    tions arena.” He is clear on the benefits: “Without a doubt
                                                                    my MBL helped me to run Vodacom successfully, espe-
                                                                    cially because I was an engineer and had no background
                                                                    in finance. But I discovered that finance is a language like
                                                                    any other that you have to learn. It was a revelation to me
                                                                    to understand how accounting can shape a business to
                                                                    be successful. It was a very valuable insight to apply to a
                                                                    new network operating company.”
                                                                         After retiring in October this year, the way he ran Vo-
                                                                    dacom is now the stuff of legend, not to mention the envy
                       Dr Alan Knott-Craig, Founding CEO            of network operators worldwide. Dr Knott-Craig built
                                - Vodacom Group                     Vodacom from nothing to a group of companies with a
                                                                    unique 14-year track record of consecutive double-digit
     Dr Alan Knott-Craig                                            growth and profits, annual income of R48.2-billion and 35
         Putting cellular phones in the hands of South Africans     million customers in five countries.
     has helped to transform the country, the economy and,               Unisa recognised his achievements two years ago
     of course, the telecommunications industry. One person,        when they awarded him an honorary doctorate in busi-
     more than any other, is recognised as the architect of the     ness leadership for his ‘remarkable contribution to the
     cellphone industry, making Dr Alan Knott-Craig a true ti-      world of business’.
     tan of transformation.                                              Dr Knott-Craig is a leader who has used his personal
         As the founding CEO of the Vodacom Group in 1993,          power to inspire others and benefit many. He set up the
     Dr Knott-Craig’s vision of cellphones in the hands of the      Vodacom Foundation to make sure that Vodacom invest-
     people has added value to millions of people’s lives. The      ed in the communities in which it does business, knowing
     35 million cellphones in South Africa today have helped        that if those communities thrive, so would Vodacom.
     people become entrepreneurs, run their businesses,
     saved lives and kept families in touch. Dr Knott-Craig         Brian Gilbertson
     had the hallmark of a titan even at a young age. His fa-           As chance would have it, Brian Gilbertson became Ex-
     ther remembers him building an intercom system for             ecutive Chairman of Gencor in 1992, just as the Apartheid-
     the house when he was still a young boy, making voice          era was ending. The Group thereafter led the restructuring
     boxes for each room in the house so the family could           of the South African mining industry into the new politi-
     talk to each other.                                            cal landscape. Major initiatives transformed Gencor into
         At university he graduated cum laude with a BSc hon-       a focused mining group, with the industrial and financial
     ours degree in electrical engineering from the University      interests being “unbundled” to shareholders.
     of Cape Town in 1974 and won the Ormson Smith prize for            Large new capital investments (including Colum-
     academic achievement three times. He joined the SA Post        bus Stainless Steel and the Hillside Aluminium Smelter)
     Office as a bursary student and was soon flying through        were successfully implemented. The Group entered
     the ranks of the Post Office and then Telkom.                  the international arena, notwithstanding the barriers of
         “One of my best career decisions ever was to enrol         South Africa’s exchange controls, via a global explora-
     for a Master of Business Leadership degree at the Unisa        tion programme and the US$1.2-billion purchase of the
     Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) in 1984,”         mining interests (the Billiton assets) of the Royal Dutch/
     Dr Knott-Craig says. “It also came at just the right time, a   Shell group.


01       ceo sa’s titans of transformation agents of change
             Brian Gilbertson, Executive Chairperson                           Dr Claudelle von Eck, COO
                            – Gencor                                        – Institute of Internal Auditors SA




    In July 1997, Gencor sold its non-precious metals in-        Gilbertson has said that Unisa SBL’s MBL helped him
terests to a new London-domiciled corporation, named          engage on near-equal terms with specialists in other dis-
Billiton Plc to reflect the historical origins. An ideally    ciplines; and that it sensitised him to the importance of
timed IPO took Billiton into the FTSE100.                     stochastic processes in business situations.
    Billiton prospered thereafter, its sound financial per-
formance permitting a series of good investments and          Dr. Claudelle von Eck
acquisitions (the Mozal aluminium smelter, the Worsley             Dr Claudelle von Eck is currently the Chief Operating
alumina plant, and the take-over of Rio Algom). On 1          Officer of the Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa
July 2001, Billiton merged, at a significant premium for      (IIA SA) and Chairperson of the SBL Alumni Association.
its shareholders, with BHP Ltd of Australia, to create the    She has experience in various organisations including
world’s premier resources company.                            the Small Business and Training Academy, RMSA and
    There have been many other industry-transforming          SAICA. Her academic record includes a BA degree, a 3-
initiatives in which Gilbertson played a leading role in-     year business management diploma, an MBL obtained
cluding the following:                                        through the UNISA SBL and a DPhil in Leadership Per-
 In October 1997- the merger of the gold operations of       formance and Change.
    Gencor and Gold Fields of South Africa, creating Gold          Dr von Eck’s commitment to transformation can be seen
    Fields, a leader in the world gold mining industry;       by her continuous involvement in transformation projects,
 In December 2003 - the first primary listing of an In-      including leading the transformation process within a com-
    dian company, Vedanta Resources Plc, on the LSE via       pany, involvement in employment equity programmes and
    the second largest IPO of the year (US$876-million);      active involvement in the Student Sponsorship programme.
 In September 2004 - the formation of Incwala Re-                 It is no surprise then that she serves one of the profes-
    sources, a pioneering black economic empowerment          sions that have made the most significant strides in terms
    initiative in South Africa;                               of transformation. She believes that internal auditors play
 In October 2006 - the merger between SUAL (the              a major role in contributing to transformation as they, in
    smaller of Russia’s two aluminium producers), RUSAL       their capacity as consultants to the leadership in their or-
    (the larger one) and the alumina assets of Gencor, to     ganisations, keep a constant eye on their organisations’
    form the world’s premier aluminium company.               commitment to employment equity.


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         Dr von Eck believes that the key success factor for          Brian Molefe
     true transformation is education and training and be-                Brian Molefe took charge at the Public Investment
     lieves that the MBL was a crucial step in preparing her for      Corporation (PIC) soon after completing his MBL with
     her current role in leadership, giving her the confidence        UNISA SBL in 2003. He had considerable experience in
     and capability to give back to society.                          asset management having previously served as Deputy
         “The depth and breadth of the programme prepares             Director General responsible for asset and liability man-
     students for leadership positions like no other,” she says.      agement at the National Treasury.
     “The MBL opened endless possibilities in my mind and                 The MBL qualification gave him the insight into lead-
     at the same time equipped me to turn those possibilities         ership and people management that he needed to cor-
     into reality. It gave me wings to fly, increased my ability to   poratise the organisation and helped him develop strat-
     have foresight and provided me with enough substance             egy around what was relevant. Today the PIC, which is
     to deliver with confidence. In addition to capacitating          dedicated to fulfilling public sector needs, has assets un-
     me, it has added immense credibility to my profile as it is      der management totaling R786-billion, representing one
     a degree that is well respected in the market place.”            of the largest asset bases on the African continent.
                                                                          In the past year Molefe’s principal focus has been on
                                                                      corporate governance, both within the Corporation itself
                                                                      and the entities in which its clients have a presence. PIC
                                                                      holds a unique position in the economy and the funds
                                                                      managed on behalf of PIC’s clients touch the lives of mil-
                                                                      lions of citizens.
                                                                          As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, Molefe en-
                                                                      sures the corporation adheres to the code of corporate
                                                                      practices and conduct within King Code II and advocates
                                                                      responsible governance and sound management in the
                                                                      entities in which it invests. For consistency PIC developed
                                                                      a comprehensive Corporate Governance and Proxy Vot-
                                                                      ing Policy which details the principles and practices it
                                                                      considers desirable on the part of all stakeholders. Vot-
                                                                      ing decisions have been published since April 2008.
                                                                          Molefe aims to ensure that the entities in which the
                                                                      PIC invests on behalf of clients are well managed, ac-
                                                                      countable and transformed. PIC representatives attend
                                                                      AGMs and focus on issues of importance to sharehold-
                                                                      ers, such as management accountability, shareholder
                                                                      participation and executive remuneration. PIC has led a
                                                                      number of public debates on corporate governance mat-
                                                                      ters and participated in the refinement of various sector
                               Brian Molefe: CEO
                        - Public Investment Corporation               charters on black economic empowerment.
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           SBL’s award-winning academic offerings align the theoretical foundations
           of business and leadership to the practical demands of a hypercompetitive
           business environment.




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