al maktoum school of excellence photos 21 january 2010
al maktoum school of excellence photos 21 january 2010

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(Photos : Leigh Willson)


For a decade now, the five businesses in the Goss Group; Summerhill, Hartford House, Vuma Feeds, Goss & Co Insurance Brokers and Summerhill Trading, have convened at some unique out-of-the-way venue for their annual conference. These gatherings have played a significant role in the strategic directions of our businesses, which are as diverse from one another as lions, hippopotamuses and zebras are.

Just as unique is the subject matter of the debates as well as the quality of the addresses of our contributing speakers, most of whom reside within our own home-grown team. This year, our focus is going to be on the individual, the selection and training of our staff, the advancement of their ambitions and the realisation of their dreams.

As significant as any venture we’ve undertaken is the Al Maktoum School Of Management Excellence, now a serious work-in-progress. Ronney Naidoo and his team of builders, “daga boys”, bricklayers, carpenters and general factotums, have been grafting away feverishly since mid December, and we’re seeing the first fruits of a serious endeavour. Never one short of optimism, Ronney expects the thatchers to join the fray in early March, which means we ought to have a good crop of “blonde” perching cosily on top of the centre of learning, come Stallion Day in July.

On that topic, bear in mind that for the first time in its more-than-hundred year history, the Vodacom July has had to make way for the Fifa World Cup, which means that rather than being staged on the first Saturday of the month, as it has for more than a century, “the July” will be staged on the last Saturday of the month. Because of its billing as “Racing’s Greatest Day Out”, the Summerhill Stallion Day, which in the last few years has attracted at least 14 different nations, will now take place on the last Sunday of July, and while the School won’t be complete by then, weather permitting, we’re hopeful of showing our visitors something substantially approaching what will eventually be the only facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere.