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My goals at making an impact in the South African business arena by Nonku Ntshona

In January 2019, I embarked on a Global Executive MBA which I started with a view to make an impact in the South African business arena particularly in the property and construction industry.

Since I started my studies, I have been able to implement a lot of the learnings into my everyday working life such as an operations workflow charts where we look at each person's input and output and tasks, particularly, costs vs income generated by each employee.

When 2020 started, I also had an in company project which is part of the MBA - equivalent to a thesis for other MBA’s, so I have been spending a lot of time doing this project. We are looking at a housing development in Nigeria - Kaduna and our ICP team have been doing the marketing plan for the development company. The skills as well as IP I have gained from this project will be very useful for NNAQS. NNAQS currently does not have a formal or comprehensive marketing plan and this we can use as a start to develop our own.

I have also been attending Harvard Business School webinar's on the various topics of the impact Covid-19 has had in Africa. I’ve learnt a lot from these webinars and some of the information gained has come in handy for the solidarity funds and how to make the applications for SME’s. I have used this info to my advantage. I have also been keeping informed by the Women Presidents' Organisation South Africa's organised webinars to offer support to women owned business. It has been vital that I keep myself busy through online learning as well as keeping in touch with other fellow industry colleagues.

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