Our first students.
(Photo : Leigh Willson)
AL MAKTOUM SCHOOL
OF MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE
The first students to attend our new Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence arrived on Saturday. One of the school’s founding governors, Judge Alan Magid, was here to celebrate his wife, Brenda’s birthday and Saturday marked the anniversary of the passing of Erica Bennett Goss, an inspiration and a major contributor to the establishment of the school. We’ve said all along that the first intake would be limited to six students, but we had seven outstanding applicants successfully negotiating their admission interview. They represent the cream of South Africa’s racehorse nurseries, Drakenstein Stud, Highlands Farm Stud, Maine Chance Farm, Summerhill and Mike de Kock through Stef du Preez’s spelling and pre-training yard.
There was no time wasted, as lessons started yesterday morning for Mziwethemba (Dassie) Stuurman, Marius Losch, Frederick Makerman, Mesuli Mthembu, Thabani Nzimande, Delani Mtshali and Richard Hlongwane, who were spoiled on Saturday evening, with an induction dinner attended by close to fifty people, and laid on by Hartford House. While the meals won’t always be of this calibre, certainly the teaching will, and it’s now up to these fellows, who are attending the only school of its kind in the world, to turn out the managers their interviews suggested they could be.