Wits Business School and Saint Paul Business School Immersion Program 2023

South Africa

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Table of Contents

  • Country Overview
  • Course Overview and Objectives
  • Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Programme Schedule – Johannesburg
  • Programme Schedule – Cape Town
  • Dress Code
  • Reading List and Additional Information
  • Assignment
  • Costs
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Permits and Visas
  • Contact Details
  • School Contact Details

Country Overview

Strategically located at the tip of the African continent, South Africa is a key investment location, both for the market opportunities that lie within its borders and as a gateway to the rest of the continent, a market of more than one billion people. The country is one of the economic powerhouses of Africa and forms part of the BRICS group of countries with Brazil, Russia, India and China. 


It has a favourable demographic profile and its rapidly expanding middle class has growing spending power. South Africa has a wealth of natural resources (including coal, platinum, coal, gold, iron ore, manganese nickel, uranium and chromium) and it enjoys increased attention from international exploration companies, particularly in the oil and gas sector. 


It has world-class infrastructure, exciting innovation, research and development capabilities and an established manufacturing base. South Africa is considered at the forefront of the development and rollout of new green technologies and industries, creating new and sustainable jobs in the process and reducing environmental impact. Boasting a sophisticated financial, legal and telecommunications sectors, as well as a number of global business process outsourcing (BPO) operations are located in the country. 


The South African Government has introduced wide-ranging legislation to promote training and skills development and fast-track the building of world-class skills and competences, (foregoing from Department of Trade & Industry, South Africa). However, the country is faced with a high Gini-coefficient, persistent structural unemployment, poverty and an uneven education system.


South Africa’s unrivalled scenic beauty and reputation for delivering value-for money make it an attractive leisure and business travel destination. Majority of business and tourists visit the two biggest cities Johannesburg and Cape Town. Johannesburg, known as the place of Gold, Egoli or Jozi is the Business, Ecological and Cultural Hub of South Africa. The City is home to the headquarters of several Mining Companies and Multi-Nationals. Sandton where many influential companies and institutions are based is considered the richest square mile in Africa. “Cape Town’s natural setting, at the confluence of two oceans and the iconic Table Mountain smack in the middle of the city. The surrounding winelands are filled with picturesque fields that host some of the finest dining” on the continent,” (CNN,2017). The city is considered for high tech innovation and award-winning startups.

"The courses at WBS are different comparing to courses in Poland. Courses in WBS are more like discussion rather than lecture. This is the reason I like them very much, because not only I can learn from teachers but I also can learn from other students, students who have already graduated from university and have years of work experience."
Grzesiek Kostka
Warsaw University

Course Overview and Objectives

Wits Business School, one of the oldest schools on the African continent is situated in Johannesburg. It boasts several chairs pertinent to sustainability, corporate governance, digital transformation, and philanthropy. Our unique Good Governance Academy (NPC) develops conscious leaders who pursue value creation and the development of healthy, purpose driven organisations.

The Good Governance Academy (GGA) has been established to collaborate globally on critical governance, sustainability reporting, integrated thinking, and business science issues as a public good, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals 17 (collaboration) and 4 (education). The GGA achieves this mandate with due consideration for, and to the benefit of, the triple context within which it operates: society, the economy, and the natural environment.

This course provides interactive and on-field learning that will expose delegates to a unique experience covering the following key issues:

• The history, social-cultural background, value-systems, communities, economic and national policies of South Africa.
• The impact of history on the South African corporate governance value creation.

• Overview of governance strategies of South Africa and cross-cultural experiences in South African businesses.
• The differences and similarities between the Brazil and the South African corporate governance system.
• The central role of politics in doing business in South Africa.
• Policy reforms enhancing economic growth and aiding the ease of doing business in South Africa.

Intended Learning Outcomes

This programme will provide delegates with a ‘pracademic’ approach and exposure to the economic, political, best practices of business in South Africa. It is designed to expose the delegate to different organisations and cultural activities in South Africa.


At the end of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Develop contemporary knowledge about business practices in South Africa which will assist delegates to appraise the basics and standard protocol of interactions with the business environment in the country.
  • Critically assess, the South Africa economy and determine their strengths and weaknesses for doing business.
  • Compare and contrast different cultures and the way of life of Brazil in relation to South Africa.
  • Practical application on implementation and disclosures related to King IV report on corporate governance.
  • Appraise the role of the governing body in risk, compliance, technology & information.
  • Apply Boardroom theory into practice.
“The Business Campus is well-equipped and well-maintained. The vast selection of extraordinary places and the favourable price level make South Africa an incredible country for travelling. Since the courses will be held in blocks of a few days you will have plenty of opportunities to go on road trips around the country. Before and during my stay I have heard a lot about crime in South Africa. I didn’t have any negative experiences.”
Phillipe Weber
– St Gallen, Switzerland

Programme schedule - Johannesburg

This schedule is subject to change without prior notice and is to be read in conjunction with your travel itinerary.

11:05Arrive in Johannesburg Welcome and Safety By Jacques TotowaTransfer to Hotel
Check in at: Rosebank Holiday Inn Hotel
Address: The Zone Phase 2, 187 Oxford Rd,
Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196
Phone: +27 11 218 6000
18:00Dinner and NetworkingMoyo’s – enjoy African cuisine, gumboot dancing and face painting https://urbanmoyo.co.za/
6:45-8:00BreakfastIn the hotel
10:00 -12:30The Egoli TourThe history and socio-cultural background of Johannesburg – Dr Garth Klein
12:30- 14:30The Township ExperienceLunch at the famous Sakhumzi Restaurant, Vilakazi Street, Soweto, Presentation by the management of Sakhumzi http://www.sakhumzi.co.za/
14:30 -17:00Soweto TourFrom the dusty streets of Motsoaledi informal settlement to the vibrant cultural hub of Vilakazi Street and iconic heritage sites that commemorate the city’s turbulent past and the peoples struggle for freedom and equality; you’re encourage to interact with the people of Soweto and not just spectate. https://moafrikatours.com/product/soweto-tour
18:00-Transfer to hotelLeisure
7:00-8:00BreakfastIn the hotel
8:00-8:30Depart to WBSWBS
8:30-8:45Tour of WBSWBS
8:45-9:15Welcome and OverviewBy Dr. Renee Horne (WBS International Relations Director) and Prof. Maurice Radebe (HOS)
9:15-11:15WBS Lecture: Classroom 7Dr. Renee Horne- The Economics of South Africa
11:15-11:30Tea BreakTea Break
11:30-13:00WBS Lecture: Classroom 7Prof. Brian Armstrong: Digital Transformation in South Africa
13:00-13:45LunchOlives and Plates @WBS
13:45-15h30WBS Lecture 7Ms. Pulane Madiha (Chief Operating Officer: FirstRand Bank Group Treasury): SMME Development in South Africa
15:30-16:30WBS Lecture: Classroom 7Mr. Gary Joseph (Chief Executive Officer: South African Supplier Diversity Council): Diversity in South Africa
16:30-17H00Tea BreakTea Break
17:00-18:30Corporate Governance and King IVProf. Mervyn King (Founder of the Good Governance Academy and publisher of King IV report on Corporate Governance): Practical application on implementation and disclosures related to King IV.
18:30-19:30Cocktail Dinner @WBSNetworking and T-shirt exchange
19:30Transfer to HotelOptional : Samba School
6:00-:7:00BreakfastIn the hotel
7:00-8:00Depart Hotel
8:00-9:00National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC)Stakeholder participation in South Africa https://nedlac.org.za/
9:00-9:30Travel Johannesburg Stock Exchange
9h30-10h15Johannesburg Stock ExchangeDisclosure and Governance of JSE listed companies
10:00-10:30Tea Break
10:30-12:30Institute of The Directors of South AfricaBoardroom Theory in Practice
12:30-13:00Transfer and Lunch BoxTransfer to Hotel
13:00-18:00Safari TourGet closer than you could ever imagine to Africa’s most incredible wildlife. Feel the breath of the lion and the thundering of the gnu’s hoofs, all from the safety of our guided game drive or your own vehicle. https://lionandsafaripark.com/
18:00Hotel Transfer and Dinner (Own Cost)Leisure
6:00-7:00BreakfastIn the hotel
8:00-9:00Depart Hotel and Check Out
08:00-10:30Directors Panel Discussion:The role of the board in Risk, Compliance, Technology and Information
10:30-11:00Tea Break
11:00- 11:30Depart South Africa Breweries
11:30-13:00South African BreweriesSAB and Corporate Social Responsibility https://www.sab.co.za/
13:00-14:00Lunch Box
14:00 -16:30Field visit of SMMEs in TownshipSME Develop as a major driver for stimulating economic growth and job creation: A special focus on “Township SME development”
16:30Depart for Cape Town

Programme schedule - Cape Town

DAY 5 (Wednesday)
20:10Arrive Cape townTransfer to Hotel,
Check in at: Radisson Red, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town,
Address: Silo 6, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 8001, 252 Studios
Phone: +27 87 086 1578
21:30DinnerV&A Waterfront, Cape Town (Own cost)
Day 6 (Thursday)
6:00BreakfastIn the hotel
7:20-8:00Get together and travel to company visit
8:00-10:30Shoprite or Woolworths Retail StoreSustainability and Supplier Development in South Africa https://www.shopriteholdings.co.za/content/dam/MediaPortal/documents/shoprite-holdings/Sustainability-Report/shoprite_holdings_2020_sustainability_report.pdf
10:45Travel to company visit
11:30-12:45WESGROWesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, can help you uncover these opportunities. https://www.wesgro.co.za
12h45-13h30Cape Town Chamber of CommerceEstablished in 1804, the Cape Chamber of Commerce is the oldest member-based organization in Africa. The Chamber has remained contemporary and relevant with a wide range of services, including information, training, networking, trade facilitation and robust advocacy on behalf of our members. We are the voice of business. https://capechamber.co.za/
13:30 -14:30LunchWaterfront
14:30-16:30Robben IslandDuring apartheid many Black people were kept on Robben Island as political prisoners. Former President Nelson Mandela was kept there. Robben Island was declared a World Heritage Site because the buildings on the island are a reminder of its sad history and because the same buildings also show the power of the human spirit, freedom and the victory of democracy over oppression. https://www.robben-island.org.za/
17:00Travel back to Hotel
DAY 7 (Friday)
6:00BreakfastIn hotel
7:45Travel to Company Visit
9:00-10:00Appollo Solar TechnologyApollo solar technology is a leading solar geyser supplier and distributor which supply SA solar geyser products in South Africa. We have excellent SA solar geyser installers who conduct the installations of our SA solar geysers in South Africa. Our aim is to provide everybody in South Africa with the most effective SA solar geyser products. SA solar geysers save you a great amount of money on your electrical bills at the end of the month. https://www.apollosolartechnology.co.za/
10:00-10:30Tea Break
10:30-12:00Khayelitsha CookiesKhayelitsha Cookies creates employment by employing previously unemployed ladies mainly from Khayelitsha and surrounding Western Cape poverty-stricken areas. The ladies are trained to hand bake and hand pack our delicious cookies, Brownies & Cheese Straws in our Food Safety accredited factory situated in Beaconvale, Parow By doing this we reduce unemployment and provide the ladies with a sense of well-deserved dignity, and put them in a position to provide for up to 5 dependents with the income they earn. Our cookies are then sold to various sectors such as Hospitality, Schools, Hospitals, Offices, Retail stores. www.khayelitshacookies.co.za
12:00-13:00Depart for Table Mountain
12:00-13:00Lunch on Table MountainDeclared by UNESCO as a Word Heritage Site, the Table Mountain National Park encompasses the incredibly scenic Peninsula mountain chain that stretches from Signal Hill in the north all the way to the dramatic Cape Point in the south. https://tablemountain.net/
13:00Afternoon and Evening Leisure
9:00Breakfast and check outIn hotel
9H30-16H00Full Day: Wine and learnSouth Africa shows the World, Why Ethics in Wine Matters
16:00Depart to AirportLate afternoon/early evening transfer to Cape Town International Airport for flight to Los Angeles or Johannesburg

Dress Code

For field visits please wear the WBS t-shirt provided.

Reading list and additional information

Delegates should research on the companies that will be visited. 

The links have been provided in the tour schedule.


Additional Readings:

• Hobbs, J., & Horne, R. (2015). Industrial Relations in South Africa: Labour Laws, Labour Institutions and Political Disillusionment. (Report No. WBS-2015-6). University of the Witwatersrand, Graduate School of Business Administration, Wits, South Africa.
• Schaling E. Horne R. Hobbs J. (2016) National Development Plan: The Outlook in 2016 University of the Witwatersrand, Graduate School of Business Administration, Wits, South Africa
• Ferguson, C. S. (2019). Assessing the KING IV Corporate Governance Report in relation to business continuity and resilience. Journal of business continuity & emergency planning, 13(2), 174-185.
• Chauke, K. R. (2018). Corporate Governance Failures: Is it the End of Governance as we Know it?. International Conference on Public Administration and Development Alternatives (IPADA).


In collaboration with St Pauls coordinators.


$2 300 USD per person:

Course, Company Visits, Stipulated Meals, Ground Transportation.


$2 850 USD per person:

Course, Company Visits, Stipulated Meals, Hotels, Ground Transportation.


$3 100 USD per person:

Course, Company Visits, Stipulated Meals, Hotels, Ground Transportation, Internal Flights (Johannesburg – Cape Town).


Due to currency fluctuations, WBS reserves the right to change pricing. Subject to Terms & Conditions


Terms and Conditions

• All Lectures, panels and company/institution visits included.
• Hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis on the above stipulated hotels.
• Dinner covered unless stipulated above in the itinerary.
• Lunch covered unless stipulated above in the itinerary.
• Tribal dancing and ethnic activity Moyo’s covered.
• Full day Johannesburg and Soweto Tour with guide.
• Lunch at Sakhumzi.
• Entrance fees as per stipulated itinerary.
• Entrance fees and boat ride ticket in Cape Town
• Wine Tasting included
• Meet and Greet OR Tambo International Johannesburg on arrival.
• Transfer OR Tambo International Airport to Hotel.
• Transfer to WBS.
• Transfer from WBS to Moyo’s later afternoon.
• Full day coach hire for business meetings.
• Safari Tour included.
• Meet and greet on arrival in Cape Town.
• Transfer to Waterfront from Cape Town Intl.
• Full day coach hires for business meetings in Cape Town.

“My semester at WBS was one of the most memorable experiences of my life, thanks to the warm welcome of faculty, staff and students alike. Few places offer such deep insight into the African business environment, and the travel opportunities in South Africa and surrounding countries are endless.”
Wael Abou Karam, HEC Paris
– Master in Management, Programme Grande École


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Study Permits/Visas

Delegates are required to apply for a study permit/visa at the South African High Commission, Embassy, Consulate or Trade Mission in their country of residence or country of origin for stays of longer than 90 days. For stays less than 90 days delegates are required to apply for a visitor’s permit.



In addition to financial and medical reports, delegates will need to submit a letter of acceptance to study at WBS and proof of accommodation. The latter two documents are sent to students by the Co-ordinator of International Programmes, Karen Trent.


See contact section for details.


Visit www.dfa.gov.za/sa-abroad/salist.htm for information on your closest South African Consulate.


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  • The academic faculty members at WBS bring together years of corporate knowledge, research experience and extensive academic achievement from around the continent and world.
  • WBS has a very strong research base; 95% of our academic staff have PhDs.
  • WBS established two new endowed Chairs: The WBS Telkom Chair in Digital Business and the WBS Chair in African Philanthropy. These are ‘firsts’ for Africa and will place WBS at the forefront of research and course development in these fields.

Contact Details

Dr Renee Horne

Director: International Programmes


Karen Trent

Co-ordinator: International Programmes


School Contact Details


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