Hard work pays off for a DCC member

By: Kgabo Mashamaite
Posted 04 June 2012

Perseverance and hard work paid off when a senior member in Defence Corporate Communication (DCC), received a Management certificate from the University of Pretoria on 29 May 2012.

Lt Col Lesley Rakhibane, SO1 Staff Support Service within the DCC, is the proud recipient of a Senior Management Programme (SMP) which was presented by the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria.

Said Lt Col Rakhibane, after being handed his SMP certificate. “The inspiration I got through studying SMP was to change the lives of the ordinary people to reduce the levels of unemployment. Unemployed people should also take charge of their destinies as there are a lot of untapped skills and, by using the right tools, we can bring them back into the economic mainstream of the country. As much as we believe that the sun will rise tomorrow, we must also believe that the unemployed can change the country’s landscape for the better.”

Lt Col Rakhibane’s sentiments were echoed by Mr Carlman Moyo, Chief Executive Officer of DuPont Africa, who challenged all the graduates to go out there and make a difference.

“The SMP class of 2012 should strive to work together to deliver solutions that will improve the lives of the African people. The continent is currently facing a series of challenges, and chief among these are the lack of resources and skilled people to help her to move forward. It is for this reason that such people should show up and implement a renewed commitment to an African solution,” Mr Moyo said, to the applause of the delegates.

The SMP programme falls under the School of Business Management and Entrepreneurship, a division of Executive Education, led by Prof Mike Ward. The course modules include Business in Context, Innovation Strategy, Strategic Finance, Leadership and Strategy.

Prof Mike Ward, the Course Leader, congratulated the receipients on their efforts, smart thoughts and ideas that helped them to pull through.

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