Enterprises University of Pretoria

Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), Mozambique’s state-owned power company, held a certificate ceremony on 4 December 2019 to honour delegates who successfully completed their Leadership Development Programme at Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP).    The Leadership Development Programme was tailored to the specific needs of EDM and was presented to 116 delegates, including the board directors, directors and managers from various departments.

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The prestigious event took place at the Polana Serena Hotel in Mozambique.

The programme, facilitated by Professor Ann de Boer, together with Johan Olwagen and Rona van Hoepen from the University of Pretoria (UP), was offered in Pretoria and Mozambique. The delegates were also treated to an exciting tour of the UP’s Hatfield campus, which was led by UP Campus Tours.

The interactive programme equipped delegates with great tools for the facilitation of change and their overall growth on a personal level.

“We have had some management training before but this programme is particularly important to us because it gave us a fresh perspective on managing our staff members and our company,” Moses Mabunda, who formed part of the delegation, described the programme.

“We profoundly believe that as leaders you will be able to exercise thinking-on-demand and capitalise not only on your thinking preference but also tapping into the thinking of others,” said Deon Herbst, CEO of Enterprises UP.

“We believe that if we can empower you as leaders, we empower many others in your company, the country and beyond,” he added.

For more information on Enterprises UP’s wide range of General Management and Leadership Development courses or training programmes contact the management team for assistance.


Having knowledge of the environment, a frontier culture of exploration and learning to survive are all important qualities to possess if you want to roll-out business in Africa and beyond. A major pillar of Enterprises at University of Pretoria Trust (E at UP), however, is honouring people for who they are and what they do. Empowering people is the key to the sustainability of any enterprise.

Continuing Education at University of Pretoria Trust (CE at UP) is the training entity of E at UP tasked with empowering people through courses with up-to-date and relevant information on the knowledge requirements of the various fields and sectors of the economy. The Group also provides various sectors of industry and government with specialist solutions through its contract research and consulting service entity, Business Enterprises at University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd (BE at UP).

In 2008, the enterprising concept was proactively perused when E at UP became operational as the official corporate holding entity for the Group – a fairly new venture at the time – in the international arena within a university context. Today E at UP, under the stewardship of Herbst, has developed into a Group which consists of retail entities like Bookmark, the official bookstore of the University and Wannabee, an UP-branded clothing and apparel outlet.

The award winning radio station Tuks FM, INSiAVA, a start-up company of the University breaking new ground in the fields of optical communication and imaging displays and Consulta Research, a specialist marketing and communications research affiliate, also form part of the Group.

20 years of freedom in South Africa has certainly been instrumental in the successes achieved by the Group. They have trained staff in over 6 000 corporate and government institutions and have facilitated over 5 000 contract research and consulting projects. CE at UP has more than 500 courses on offer and has made an impact on the careers of more the 260 000 delegates.

According to Herbst his job is made easier as South African entrepreneurs, scientists and innovators are receiving international recognition and are being highly valued for their abilities. He once again urged for a responsible roll-out of business activity, stressing that bricks and mortar of commercial optimisation should have a major focus on human resource development if sustainability is to be guaranteed.

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