On at the Baxter
The Baxter performances for March 2004 include:
For further information please contact Candice Petersen at the Baxter Theatre Centre on (021) 689 3962 or visit the website www.baxter.co.za.
Council has started the process for the reappointment of an incumbent vice-chancellor, opening the way for a possible renewal of Professor Njabulo Ndebele's contract for a second term. Professor Ndebele's current contract ends in 2005.
This process was started on the initiative of the Chair of Council. In terms of the process, if the vice-chancellor wishes, or is prepared to consider a renewal or extension of the contract, the Chair will consult informally and privately among members of the Council, the Institutional Forum, the Chancellor, the Senior Leadership Group and the office bearers of the SRC. After these consultations, a decision will be made by the Chair of Council as to whether to put a proposal for a renewal or extension of the contract to the Senate and Council, or whether a full selection committee process should be initiated.
Five-star staffers sought
Help! Our flow of five-star staff nominees is drying up. Please don't forget to send in your candidates for our regular column celebrating our stalwart colleagues, especially those who rise above the mundane to provide superlative service to the university. You can forward your nominees to Helen ThÃ©ron, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chilean economist for Baxter
The Faculty of Health Sciences and the Division of Occupational Therapy invite you to spend a day with Professor Manfred Max-Neef, world-renowned Chilean economist, author and creator of the principles of "Barefoot Economics" and the theory of human scale development. Max-Neef will be speaking at the Baxter Theatre on March 26 and the theme for the day is Poverty, Disability and Health. For further information and to register (limited spaces available) please contact Florence Curtis on 406-6043 or e-mail: email@example.com. The cost is R50 per person.
Sustainable development up a gear
The GSB's Elspeth Donovan and Professor Anton Eberhard attended the second annual Southern Africa Business and Environment Programme (BEP) executive seminar in Stellenbosch. What emerged from the conference may give rise to a greater focus on sustainable development in the school's programmes.
Donovan, director of the MBA programme, attended the four-day seminar as a representative of civil society and said she was left with a positive impression.
"I was particularly impressed by the strong focus on social issues by the delegates - I am sure this doesn't happen so readily in the US and Europe. Some of the dilemmas that businesses are dealing with here are very specific to our context and it was an eye opener for the non-Africans at the seminar," she added.
Eberhard said a number of interesting discussions had emerged that could have an impact on the GSB's programmes.
"These are issues that are no longer relegated to the corporate social responsibility portfolio of our leading companies. Increasingly they are being integrated into core business practices."
It would not be too long before far-sighted business leaders challenged business schools to incorporate these issues into their core courses.
New course for the water sector
A pioneering new short-course, Frontiers in Water Sector Reform and Regulation is set to play a major role in building capacity and best practice in the water sector.
On offer at the GSB from May 23 to 28, the new course aims to teach best practice in water sector reform and regulation in Africa and around the world. The course will also give leaders the opportunity to develop a peer network in Africa for ongoing knowledge exchange.
Course director Dr Rolfe Eberhard said South Africa needed to improve the way in which water services are run.
"Water sector reform is critical in South Africa. There is a need for basic facilities in many communities and a need to upgrade existing services and improve operational and investment efficiencies."
Eberhard said that there had been a lack of focused training programmes designed for water sector leaders to upgrade their skills and knowledge base.
"What managers need in the sector is to be empowered and to be able to share their experiences. This course not only enables this, but more importantly it gives them the knowledge about what can be achieved and the technical skills to achieve it," he said.
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