An air of celebration and jubilation was evident amongst graduates and MANCOSA staff members at its recent graduation ceremony held at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) where 650 students were conferred with their educational qualifications. Graduates and their loved ones travelled as far afield as Mauritius, South-Sudan, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Zimbabwe to witness this milestone event.
The keynote speakers were Professor Yusuf Karodia, the CEO and the Guest of Honour, Mr Mogammed Rafique Bagus, the Chairperson of the Board of Alexkor Mining State Owned Enterprise Limited.
Immensely pleased to be in the presence of hundreds of graduates and while congratulating them, Professor Karodia said: “This is indeed a momentous occasion in the history of MANCOSA. It signals the continuing achievement of our mission to develop and broaden the managerial and leadership skills of our people on the African continent, Indian Ocean Islands and throughout the world, to take their rightful place as managers and leaders at the cutting edge of global business.
“There is a general consensus on the very urgent need to arrest crippling poverty, address food security and create sustainable employment in Africa…There is also agreement that one of the ingredients for locating the continent on a high growth trajectory is through ensuring sustained investment in human capital development, he added.
Professor Karodia reiterated MANCOSA’s commitment to opening its doors for learning and culture and a continuation of initiatives to provide access to quality education.
In his address to graduates, Mr Bagus said the challenges that South Africa is currently experiencing for example labour unrest and unemployment should not dampen the spirits of graduates out there. “You are the future and you can make it. All our government departments are working for a brighter future. Who knows maybe you (graduates) can be the solution to all our challenges. Go out and conquer all you want to, he said.”