PITSO

NWU BUSINESS SCHOOL INITIATIVE

NWU BUSINESS SCHOOL INITIATIVES

Our initiatives were developed to stimulate critical thinking and reasoning, foster reflexivity, debate possible solutions to challenges, and identify research areas on the AU Agenda 2063 and UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Africa.

“We need to be relevant to our continent, and we have an obligation to use our expertise to address issues such as water shortages, food security, lack of leadership, health and safety, unemployment, corruption, political instability, etc. By hearing first-hand, the voices of Africa—their concerns, their needs—we will be able to provide innovative ideas to change Africa for the better.” Prof. Anet Smit, Programme Leader: Community Engagement, Professor: Sustainable Development.

These points are addressed within the extension of our African “footprint”, as we believe that the answers to the multiple challenges facing Africa can only be found by seeking and uncovering African solutions by Africa’s people. The African continent is a global treasure and deserves to be listened to, and our current initiatives create that platform. The NWU Business School will continue to create such opportunities, as we have the responsibility to deliberate in pursuit of the possibility of a well-governed and thriving South Africa.

Our initiatives were developed to stimulate critical thinking and reasoning, foster reflexivity, debate possible solutions to challenges, and identify research areas on the AU Agenda 2063 and UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Africa.

“We need to be relevant to our continent, and we have an obligation to use our expertise to address issues such as water shortages, food security, lack of leadership, health and safety, unemployment, corruption, political instability, etc. By hearing first-hand, the voices of Africa—their concerns, their needs—we will be able to provide innovative ideas to change Africa for the better.” Prof. Anet Smit, Programme Leader: Community Engagement, Professor: Sustainable Development.

These points are addressed within the extension of our African “footprint”, as we believe that the answers to the multiple challenges facing Africa can only be found by seeking and uncovering African solutions by Africa’s people. The African continent is a global treasure and deserves to be listened to, and our current initiatives create that platform. The NWU Business School will continue to create such opportunities, as we have the responsibility to deliberate in pursuit of the possibility of a well-governed and thriving South Africa.

OUR PITSO INITIATIVE

A “pitso” is a typical African concept, as it refers to a “calling for expertise”.

When a tribal leader in Africa gathers or calls on stakeholders and experts to mediate, deliberate, and decide on a matter, it is called a pitso. Our dynamic Pitso series calls together leaders in the field to deliberate on current matters affecting our country and the way we do business; it is an immediate and “to the point” gathering done via a virtual video platform. Our Pitso series further references internationalisation and the key concept of “inter-nation”, implying a relationship between and among countries, people, systems, and cultures from whom we can learn and who can learn from us when it comes to doing business—globally and more specifically, in Africa. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for an invitation to our next Pitso.

VIEW OUR PITSO SERIES

Our Pitso webinars are designed to be highly responsive, to the point, high quality interviews of thought leaders by staff members of the NWU Business School addressing burning issues affecting business and society.

Aim and format of the online discussion
This event forms part of the NWU Business School’s Pitso initiative, which is derived from the Setswana concept whereby leaders gather to discuss burning issues in the community. We aim to stimulate critical, open and honest debate on topical issues pertinent to the South African business community and society at large, as well as that of the broader African continent.

These events will be hosted online, via Zoom, and will also be relayed to the NWU Business School’s Facebook page. It is scheduled for approximately 30 minutes in order to ensure a brief, yet informative and to the point discussion of the topic. The panellists will be interviewed by Dr Piet Croucamp of the NWU Business School. No formal presentation will therefore be required from the panel members. These session are attended by our MBA students and alumni, academics from the NWU and other universities, journalists and other professionals.

22-02-2024

Budget 2024: A Fiscal soft shoe shuffle
in an election year

09-02-2023

President Ramaphosa’s
State of the Nation Address

02-03-2023

Budget recession risks in South Africa

12-05-2023

The Eskom crisis – quick solutions are needed

03-07-2023

Discussion on policy uncertainty
and the economy’s way forward

10-02-2023

Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address

20-09-2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa
announced energy policy changes

20-09-2021

Investment climate in the
aftermath of civil discontent

02-03-2023

Post-budget recession risks in South Africa