by Rothko Communications

Ramphele says it how it is

Ramphele sets the scene for 20th CEEMAN Annual Conference in South Africa

Dr Mamphela Ramphele at the CEEMAN Annual Conference 2012
South Africa is constitutionally required to have a professional public service, but this requirement is “violated” in part due to political loyalty being a driving factor in how appointments are made, Dr Mamphela Ramphele said.

Dr Ramphele was speaking at a press conference ahead of the 20th CEEMAN Annual Conference, starting today at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) in Bellville. 

It is the first time that CEEMAN, a global association of more than 200 management development institutions from 51 countries, is having its annual conference outside of Europe.

Prof Danica Purg, President of CEEMAN and the IEDC-Bled School of Management in Slovenia, said the 20th CEEMAN Annual conference brings the possibility to gain, share and create knowledge about central issues that businesses, business schools, and societies at large are facing at a time when the whole world is rapidly changing.

In responding to the question of the significance of the CEEMAN conference taking place in South Africa, Prof John Powell, Director of the USB, pointed to the parallels between experiences of Central and Eastern Europe and that of South Africa and Africa.

About 20th CEEMAN Annual Conference

The 20th CEEMAN Annual Conference will address and discuss the following questions from different points of view: What are the key challenges before our businesses, business schools, and societies at large? What are the opportunities in the specific context of Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and other emerging economies? What can we learn from each other? How can we collaborate and contribute to finding new solutions for the new challenges and opportunities in the world that is becoming increasingly complex, and at the same time increasingly inter-related and interdependent?

The Conference will feature a number of prominent international speakers both from academia and business. Among them will be also two prominent public figures from South Africa: Mamphela Aletta Ramphele, the Founder of Citizens' Movement, and Sullivan O’Carroll, Chairman and Managing Director of Nestlé South Africa.

CEEMAN is an international management development association established in 1993 with the aim of accelerating the growth in quality of management development in Central and Eastern Europe. Gradually CEEMAN has become a global network of management development institutions interested in quality of education and innovations in this field, as well as in the broad area of subjects related to change, counting over 200 members in 51 countries all around the world.
With professional excellence as its aim, CEEMAN fosters the quality of management development and change processes through the development of educational, research, consulting, information, networking support, and other related services for management development institutions and corporations operating in dynamically changing environments.

About USB
The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) is a leading provider of internationally accredited postgraduate management degrees and executive education in South Africa. The USB provides tomorrow’s business leaders with world-class qualifications that will serve them well in South Africa, the rest of Africa, and the world. The USB places emphasis on leadership development, which forms a core theme in all its academic programs.
Through its EQUIS and AMBA accreditations, the USB has ensured its place in the global network of top business schools. The school’s partnership agreements with over 75 top schools in the UK, Europe, Australia, Africa, South America, the USA and Asia ensure regular student and faculty exchanges, both inbound and outbound international study programs and tours, and more.
The hilltop campus of the USB is situated in Bellville, about halfway between Cape Town’s central business district and the town of Stellenbosch – home of the USB’s mother institution, Stellenbosch University.

For more information, please contact:

Mr Heindrich Wyngaard
Manager: Media Publicity, Social Media & e-Publications
University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)
(021) 918 4184 | 083 285 7031

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