UKZN Extended Learning recently partnered with the Black Management Forum (BMF) as they celebrated 40 years of Developing Managerial Leadership at their Business Breakfast. This took place on Thursday, the 21st of July at Coastlands Hotel in Musgrave.
The topic for discussion was The Impact of Drought on the South African Economy: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Response. The panelists included Vice-President of Durban Chamber of Commerce, Vani Moodley; Editor of The Mercury, Fikile –Ntsikelelo Moya; General Manager of Engineering and Scientific Services at Umgeni Water, Steve Gilliham; Chief Operations Officer of Agribusiness Development Agency, Dr Thulasizwe Mkhabela; and General Manager of East Coast Radio, Boni Mchunu.
The event was kicked off by Programme Director, Lusanda Ncoliwe, who forms part of the executive committee of the Durban BMF Branch. Vino Govender, also part of the executive committee for the Durban BMF Branch, welcomed the guests and explained the purpose for the gathering.
Once the speakers were done, a question and answer session was held where guests were able to engage with the panelists on the topics discussed. The vote of thanks was done by BMF Durban Chairperson, Nkosinathi Nkwanyana, who firstly thanked the sponsors of the business breakfast: Eskom, Durban Chamber of Commerce, Coach Leo, Standard Bank and UKZN Extended Learning. He further extended his gratitude to the panelists, guests, and BMF members and closed the discussion by playing a video that aimed to commemorate the life and legacy of the late Don Mkhwanazi. Don was the former president of BMF and would have been the keynote speaker for the gathering, however passed suddenly the week leading up to the event.