ETD Re-imagined

A One-day Symposium on Education, Training and Development.

Interrogating and challenging the design, relevance and impact of curricula offered by institutions of higher learning on work-readiness of the graduates.

Overview of the Symposium

  • Do institutions of higher learning produce graduates that are work ready?
  • Does the graduate have the skills necessary to make them immediately relevant in the workspace?
  • What are some of the frustrations faced by employers when a graduate is not able to perform, even with their degree in hand?
  • It is a fact that a portion of the graduates churned out by learning institutions may not find a job upon leaving school, what are we doing to prepare them for alternative ways of surviving and living, if they do not get a job?
  • Isn’t it perhaps time that we changed our narrative and reason for obtaining an education?
  • Is there enough, if at all, emphasis on the differences between skills, education and training during the learning period? Some graduates have an education and hardly anything else.

These and many other lingering questions will be tackled by different experts from varying perspectives

Objectives of Symposium

  • The symposium will challenge the status quo and provoke thought and discussion on the subject matter.
  • It will urge a revisiting of the way curricula is designed
  • It will challenge the current narrative of the reason for obtaining an education
  • The symposium should start a revolution, asking the question, how else can a graduating student make it in life if they do not get a job? And what should we be saying to the students as they pass through the doors of universities, FETs and other such institutions of higher learning?

 Who should attend?

  • Training and Development Practitioners
  • Curriculum Developers
  • HR Practitioners
  • Policy makers on education and training
  • Skills Development Service Providers
  • 20 sponsored students from selected institutions of higher learning based in Gauteng Province of South Africa.

Guest speakers

The speakers were carefully chosen based on their respective expertise. They have been drawn from different sectors and represent an assortment of views on the subject matter.

  • Dr Kgabo H Badimo, Principal Consultant, Badimo Group Consulting, Johannesburg
  • Professor Nombeko Mpako, Director of School of Arts, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria.
  • Mr Meshack Justin Tafa, Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operations Officer, Human Resource Development Council, Gaborone – Botswana.
  • Mr Chris Meintjes, Chief Executive Officer, Activate! Leadership for Public Innovation, Muizenberg – Cape Town.
  •  Ms Susan Mwenda-Mulongoti, Founder and CEO, Accelion Consultancy, Kitwe – Zambia.
  •  Ms Rahab Matebane, Founder and CEO, Mapitsi Holdings, Johannesburg.

Master of Ceremonies

An experienced motivational speaker and great director of programmes, Dr John Tibane will be the MC for the day. He is the CEO of Tibane Consulting, Johannesburg.

Dr John Tibane Chief Executive officer Tibane Consulting Johannesburg



Claude Phiri conceived and organised the symposium. He is an author, speaker, skills development course writer and facilitator, keen observer and perpetual student. Owner and managing consultant at Mapalo Management Services, Johannesburg.

Mr Claude Phiri Founder and CEO Mapalo Management Services Johannesburg

Participation fee

  • US$250 + 15% VAT 
  • Black Friday Deal: R1950 + VAT
  • Package includes symposium participation and materials, coffee/tea on arrival, mid-morning refreshments as well as lunch.

Early registration discounts

  • 20% if you register by the 30th of September
  • 10% for registrations between 1st and 31st October, inclusive
  • No discount for late registrations after 31st October.

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