South Africa (University of South Africa) TANESCO grants Unisa SBL multimillion-rand contract to provide Chairman Leadership Training

Unisa plays a pivotal role in prioritising African leadership and development. At Unisa’s 150th celebration, South Africa’s Deputy President, Paul Mashatile, commended the university on its role in shaping Africa’s intellectual future. “Recognising Africa’s unique challenges and abundant opportunities, Unisa has actively worked to equip individuals with the information, skills, and mindset necessary to lead and drive intellectualism,” Mashatile said.

Delegates at Unisa Muckleneuk Campus

In line with the sentiments made by the Deputy President, the Unisa School of Business Leadership (SBL) welcomed a delegation of senior managers across the electricity generation – distribution – transmission value chain from Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) for the Chairman Leadership Training Programme. TANESCO is a Tanzanian parastatal organisation under the Ministry of Energy and Minerals. The company generates, distributes and sells electricity to Tanzania’s mainland and the Zanzibar Electricity Corporation (ZECO).

TANESCO has granted the SBL a three-year multimillion-rand contract to provide the Chairman Leadership Training Programme to their senior managers across the electricity generation – distribution – transmission value chain. This programme forms part of the organisation’s strategic alignment with the Tanzania Development Vision 2025 and the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. Through leadership development, TANESCO seeks to maximise the value derived from its highly skilled and knowledgeable staff.

The TANESCO/SBL Chairman Leadership Programme will host two cohorts of 20 delegates for each of the three years. This year’s first programme intake was kickstarted on Monday 3 July 2023 by Prof Khehla Ndlovu, Vice-Principal: Strategy, Risk and Advisory Services, who delivered a keynote address at a welcome function. Ndlovu shared with the delegates the crucial role of people in every strategy.

The programme will run for six weeks at Kyalami Lodge in Midrand until 12 August, ending with a certification event. The programme comprises five modules and a capstone project, including a visit to the Northern Cape province’s solar and wind farms. The SBL, College of Science and Engineering Technology lecturers, and industry experts in an application-based approach will present the modules. The capstone project will allow the delegates to draw from learning from the modules to build potential solutions for addressing TANESCO challenges.

The SBL and Internationalisation and Partnerships Directorate organised a tour for the delegates and visited the Muckleneuk Campus on Tuesday 4 July 2023. Delegates visited the Unisa Art Gallery, the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library, Unisa Shop and the main library. The directorate is also arranging a visit to the Tanzanian Embassy and the Unisa Science Campus, with promised stops at the biogas and renewables projects. They will also have a team-building session and other fun events to complete their stay in South Africa.


* By Godfrey Mahloko, Dr Andile Nobatyi and Lerato Montsa