South African success stories from the CEOx1Day programme

In the years since its inception, the CEOx1Day programme in South Africa has seen a number of success stories illustrating the benefit and necessity of such programmes. During the 2016 programme, MBA student at the UCT Graduate School of Business, Heloise Janse van Rensburg spent her day with Clicks Group CEO David Kneale and was most impressed by his seemingly effortless leadership style. Heloise was recently appointed to the Clicks Group as an illustrating how the programme in itself assists with finding exceptional talent for South African companies.

Ms Janse van Rensburg said, “Overall the experience was profoundly impactful and I will never expect to have a day like that ever again. I was literally a fly on the wall, an outsider peeking into the successful operation of a star retail company in South Africa.”

In addition, G4S Regional President of Africa Mel Brooks, who took part in the programme last year, and is participating again this year, was shadowed by Ozayr Ballim, an MBA student at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. As a result of the programme, the head of one of Africa’s largest private security programme who oversees 120 000 employees in 29 countries continues to mentor Ozayr and develop this relationship.

“I was most impressed by the high-performance leadership values which Mr Brooks demonstrated and, for me, this is what underpins his success in business,” says Mr Ballim. “I learned that adopting leadership values such as inclusivity; democratic consultation; and constructive conflict improves organisational performance. This is brought about by the fact that the people you lead are valued.”

Finally, one of the programme’s very first participants from 2014, Raymond Ledwaba spent his day with Shanduka Group CEO Phuti Mahanyele in 2015. Raymond joined Barclays Africa Group and is the co-founder and CEO of Diski Nine9, an NGO that uses soccer as a tool to educate and empower South African youth. He was also appointed as the head of the 2018 MBA World Summit Organising Committee where he will lead a team based in South Africa and Germany to organise this annual educational event scheduled to take place in Cape Town.

“The programme is giving some of South Africa’s top talent access to the country’s most inspiring leaders and helping to shape their own journey towards becoming great leaders themselves,” says Ayo.