Graduate School of Business and Leadership Hosts Key Manufacturing Sector Stakeholders

Mr Faizal Chavoos (left) and Professor Job Dubihlel
Mr Faizal Chavoos (left) and Professor Job Dubihlela at the professional development training workshop.

Southern Africa’s sole manufacturer of aluminium zinc-coated steel coils Safal Steel organised a professional development training workshop at the Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) as a first step towards building a relationship with the unit.

Attended by architects, surveyors, contractors, developers and investors, the workshop included presentations on various topics such as trends, industry issues, innovations, thought leadership and best practice.

In his welcome, GSB&L’s Head of Masters and Postgraduate Programmes Professor Job Dubihlela (on behalf of the School’s Interim Dean, Professor Ana Martins) said the School was excited about exploring areas of partnership, affiliation and collaborations with Safal Steel.

‘There is nothing better than working with industry so that we (GSB&L) can talk about how we can collaborate in areas of skills development, research and advancement,’ said Dubihlela. ‘As one of the leading institutions of higher learning on the African continent, and particularly as the Graduate School of Business and Leadership, we cannot empower our students on theory and academic excellence only, they (students) need to be empowered and useful in their workspaces and in servicing their communities. This can be achieved when we practically engage with industry partners.’

Dubihlela added that the School saw Safal Steel as a collaborative partner in skills development, Higher Education and research, and that GSB&L is honoured to have an opportunity to be able to engage and partner with an organisation that serves the community and is engaged in notable sustainability initiatives.

Mr Faizal Chavoos, Safal Group Technical, Quality and Laboratory Head – Southern Africa, shared his research on the organisation’s Production Development – Process Improvements in line with the strategic team approach which aims to develop market-required products and enhance the business relationship through ensuring high technical customer consultation.

GSB&L academics, Dubihlela, Dr Tony Ngwenya and Dr Bhaso Yalezo delivered a presentation on the available courses that executives and professionals can pursue to enhance their careers and advance the skills development agenda.

Safal Group Marketing Head Ms Phiwi Khonjelwayo said: ‘At Safal Steel learning is very important. We are happy to have this event at UKZN as this is where it all begins. We look forward to a continued relationship with this business school.’

Words: Thandiwe Jumo

Photographs: Supplied

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