Remember the days when you shook hands enthusiastically with clients and colleagues just before sitting down together at the meeting table? Sharing pens to scribble down ideas during a brainstorming or team building session? These kinds of interactions are what kept businesses moving and made us feel alive.
Humans are sociable creatures, and how we interact and engage with each other is what defines our organisations and how successful they are. But social distancing has fundamentally changed the way we engage and interact with each other in our professional lives, just like it has in our personal lives. For organisations to survive and thrive in 2021 they need an appropriate people strategy. So what does this entail?
Lester speaks to Azvir Rampursad, Corporate Partnerships Manager at the UCT GSB is here to share some insights.
Kieno speaks to Aunnie Paton-Power lectures at the UCT GSB on Innovative Finance, Impact Investing and Technology for Impact.LISTEN TO PODCAST
This past weekend, the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship partnered with global non-profit, Build Up to host the Build Peace 2020 conference, which is an annual global gathering of activists, academics, artists, policy makers and technologists, to share and advance knowledge on emerging challenges to peace in the digital era.
This year’s conference focused on social justice and the coronavirus pandemic in the digital age as this plays out across three relevant sub-themes: identity polarisation, urban space and surveillance capitalism.
Fergus Turner, programme manager and advisor at the Bertha Centre, is here to tell us a bit more about it today.
Today we’re talking to Lee-Hendor Ruiters, who is a Bertha Scholar at the UCT GSB on the MPhil programme. He is also the Western Cape Regional Manager at the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), which is a programme of the Department of Trade Industry and Competition (DTIC) that is hosted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).LISTEN TO PODCAST
October is mental health awareness month. Mental health concerns were on the rise before the COVID-19 pandemic, with depression being the leading cause of incapacity to work. Unfortunately, the financial burdens, pessimism, loss of loved ones, and demands of a brisk change in the way we live our lives to ensure our survival has placed immense burdens on all of us.
Today we’re talking to Dr Babar Dharani, a senior lecturer at the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the UCT GSB. One of his areas of expertise is emotions and wellbeing at work
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted almost all industries. The future worker and workspace has evolved considerable and there may be no going back. Will remote working become the norm after COVID-19? What should companies be doing to prepare for the new normal? What are the key trends and skills that are going to be in high demand?
These and other questions will form the basis of a dynamic four-part series of interactive webinars on the Future of Work hosted by the UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) in partnership with Accelerate Cape Town.
Here to talk to us about this today is Ryan Ravens, CEO of Accelerate Cape Town.
According to hospitality data analytics company, TREVPAR, the hospitality industry has lost hundreds of millions of Rands in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic over the last few months. Some reports say that around 438,000 jobs are threatened in the sector, with a 75 percent revenue drop forecast for 2020.
Jonathan Steyn, course convenor for the Business of Wine and Hospitality short courses at the UCT GSB will be part of a webinar in the upcoming weeks that looks to interrogate the effects of the pandemic on the industry. The webinar will attempt to shed some light on the state of tourism and hospitality in light of all that has happened.
Koketso joined by Jonathan Steyn Convenor Of The Business Of Wine Programme at Uct Graduate School Of Business.
The UCT GSB’s Solution Space recently hosted a virtual Future of Tourism Bootcamp where participants were given the opportunity to develop innovative solutions to solve challenges amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic within the tourism industry. The Bootcamp aimed to reimagine what the future of tourism looks like post Covid-19.
Here to talk to us about it today are Shiela Yabo, Programme Manager at the UCT GSB’s Solution Space, and Gomolemo Lolo Madikgetla, who, together with her teammate, Adam Mukuddem, won the Bootcamp for their mobile art exhibition experience, DriveThroughArt.
Research shows that up to 3 700 000 schoolgirls in South Africa cannot afford sanitary pads. Here to talk to us today is Euodia Naanyane-Bouwer, the owner of Gracious Nubian, a social enterprise based in Bloemfontein that designs, develops and manufactures an innovative washable sanitary pad that can be reused for up to 2 years. Euodia is one of the speakers at the UCT GSB’s Annual Women in Business Conference which takes place this coming Friday, 21 August. This year, the conference will be going virtual for the first time in its 21 year history, which means anyone can attend, no matter where they are in the world. Tickets can be booked via the UCT GSB’s social media platforms.LISTEN TO PODCAST
Today we’re going to be talking about employee wellness which is predicted to become one of the most important parts of workplace strategy going forward. Millennials and Gen Z are health-conscious employees who are choosing to work at companies that care about their well-being. That’s not going to change after the COVID-19 crisis is over; it will only intensify.
We’re speaking to Khavitha Singh, who is an alumna of the UCT GSB’s MBA programme and is currently Academic Head: Lean Management at Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies.