Straight talk

Ramphele calls out Business schools

Mamphela Ramphele
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Business schools should pay greater attention to educating managers and leaders in the public sector, said Dr Mamphela Ramphele, founder of the Citizens’ Movement for Social Change. 

South Africa is constitutionally required to have a professional public service, but this requirement is “violated” in part due to political loyalty being a driving factor in how appointments are made, she said.

Dr Ramphele was speaking at a press conference ahead of the 20th CEEMAN Annual Conference, starting today at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) in Bellville. 

It is the first time that CEEMAN, a global association of more than 200 management development institutions from 51 countries, is having its annual conference outside of Europe.

Prof Danica Purg, President of CEEMAN and the IEDC-Bled School of Management in Slovenia, said the 20th CEEMAN Annual conference brings the possibility to gain, share and create knowledge about central issues that businesses, business schools, and societies at large are facing at a time when the whole world is rapidly changing.

In responding to the question of the significance of the CEEMAN conference taking place in South Africa, Prof John Powell, Director of the USB, pointed to the parallels between experiences of Central and Eastern Europe and that of South Africa and Africa.
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