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Wednesday, 03 November 2021

Disrupting the status quo

THOUGHT PROVOKING: The theme of the webinar was Disrupting the Status Quo: Networks to Enable Employability. THOUGHT PROVOKING: The theme of the webinar was Disrupting the Status Quo: Networks to Enable Employability.

The Faculty of Business and Management Sciences (FBMS) recently hosted its 6th Annual Diversity webinar.

This year’s theme was: Disrupting the Status Quo: Networks to Enable Employability. The webinar brought together various role players who have disrupted the status quo and thought outside of the box. “Their narratives highlighted the importance of creating and exploring networks to enable employability which then enhances entrepreneurship, and thus breaks the cycle of poverty, and contributes towards economic sustainability,” said senior lecturer, Mandie Richards, who is the faculty’s co-ordinator for transformation and social cohesion

Dean of the Faculty, Prof Paul Green, said the world as we know it has changed and with the change comes a need for thinking differently.

“When one envisages breaking the status quo, it requires a different mindset at a very high level, at a board level, as to not only imagine the future but strategic ways in achieving the goals and in the process providing opportunities to ensure that various communities, both urban and rural are advantaged. Academic institutions like ours have a pivotal role to play and should be preparing students by creating an environment which stimulates students so that they change their mindset as to how they become employable or find opportunities so that they are creators of employment.”

The speakers were: Gerhart Wiencke, owner of Urban Oasis, Vusi Vokwana, founder and director for Kasi Catalyst and FBMS students, Aviwe Jacobs, Phindile May and Mzovuyo Mabandla who are business partners in Urban Tshisanyama.

“As the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences strives towards creating futures for students, we are continuously engaged in curriculum renewal and aligning to 21st century skills and integrating skills which contribute towards graduate attributes and employability. The harsh realities of unemployment, however, requires a shift in focus as to how we engage and for the creation of networking opportunities,” said Richards.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za