On the Dot graduates

Thursday the 2nd and Wednesday the 9th of December 2015, marked the dates on which OtD graduates gathered at Media Park Johannesburg and OtD Sacks Circle Cape Town respectively for their programme graduation ceremony. The events were hosted by OtD Learning and Development and attended by respective managers from the various divisions. Graduate employees were acknowledged for having completed the Middle Management Development Programme (MMDP), Key Account Management Programme (KAMP) and the Team Leadership Development Programme (TLDP).

The MMDP was conducted over a period of 18 months, facilitated by Expert Technologies. The programme comprised of; class participation, individual and group activities, as well as presentations at various points of the learning cycle to embed the knowledge acquired.

OtD congratulates the following graduates on their completion of the MMDP:
Daniel de La Rey, Ockert Fourie, Godfrey Malinga, Sagran Naicker, Natashia Sirpal, Rajen Naidoo, Hazel Moyo, Jose Kamba, Thando Mqinela, Danzel Davids, Johannes Bell, Marvin Mathews, Roelene Eiberg, Denzil Everts, Vukile Mona and Wilmain Heilbron.

Comments from our graduates:

“I have acquired a greater awareness of emotional intelligence, and have made use of all learning within my everyday work, especially the ability to manage people according to their values; this has proven to be a catalyst for a performing team”. –
Natashia Sirpal

“A valuable lesson I learnt is that we need to commit to placing the customer/client (both internal and external) first and have the ability to consistently deliver high-quality service. We also need to understand that problem solving is the process of working through details of a problem, and to reach a solution. Strong leadership is one of the things I am using every day, were I want to help each person to develop him/herself and to guide the team to work as a unit that is results oriented and committed to project objectives, goals and strategies”. –
Thando Mqinela

“I have learnt that the next level of managers that attended the programme has the ability to be successful managers within OtD and Media24 in the future. Another valuable lesson learnt was to understand my brain profile and how to adjust my thought preferences to different situations at work. It was a privilege to meet new colleagues with the start of the programme and graduate as friends with a common understanding and goal for the business. Through understanding my natural thought process I am more assertive in my communication and willing to take risks – something which I was uncomfortable with in the past. I am focusing on becoming more strategic with empowering my team to manage the detail. I am more opinionated when I feel I can make a positive contribution and I am firstly true to my own core values before anything else”. –
Denzil Everts

MMDP Johannesburg graduates, from left: Godfrey Malinga, Jose Kamba, Ockert Fourie, Daniel De la Rey, Hazel Moyo, Marietjie Du Plessis (Expert Technologies), Natashia Sirpal, Rajen Naidoo
MMDP Johannesburg graduates, from left: Godfrey Malinga, Jose Kamba, Ockert Fourie, Daniel De la Rey, Hazel Moyo, Marietjie Du Plessis (Expert Technologies), Natashia Sirpal, Rajen Naidoo

MMDP graduates Cape Town, from left: Denzil Everts, Wilmain Heilbron; Johannes Bell, Vukile Mona, Roelene Eiberg, Marvin Matthews and Danzel Davids
MMDP graduates Cape Town, from left: Denzil Everts, Wilmain Heilbron; Johannes Bell, Vukile Mona, Roelene Eiberg, Marvin Matthews and Danzel Davids

The KAMP was facilitated by Ben Spies and Associates at Competence Lab. Graduates’ thinking and mindsets were challenged throughout the programme, in order to reach the required results. Some of the critical skills which they had acquired were; Strategic account management, commercial thinking, leading and collaborating. Special thanks are expressed to all stakeholders who helped in sourcing a course fitting for this purpose.

OtD congratulates the future leaders who graduated from the KAMP:
Lazarus, Travis Moore, Busisiwe Chauke, Dineshren(Dino) Pillaye, Thembi Baloyi, Francois Snell, Kirk Kennedy, Aloise Fullex, Glen Trusell, Evangelia Fonesca, Jacqui Panaino, Eason Govender, Ashraf Hoosen, Deven Pillay, Hazel Moyo, Rudi Pretorius, Sherman Shkaidy, Melt van der Walt, Jayfred Moses, Thandekile Macala, Yvette van der Linder, Jan Hendrick Hurter, Tania Niewenhuizen, Staci Brink and Anthea Abrahams.

Comments from our graduates:

“The most valuable lesson I have learnt came from the module on the communication and presentation skills, I find that equips me with not only becoming a more professional person within my working environment, but also in my personal time as well. The module on problem solving helped and is currently helping me to a great extent to solve problems, whether system related or publisher related. I found the section on market analysis interesting and am testing ways to incorporate it in my daily work life”. –
Travis Moore

“I value having learnt how to adopt a practical and strategic approach to planning, analysing and implementing a closer relationship with my key accounts/clients. Each day I use the learnings on how to maximise the use of my resources in order to free up my time, to focus on increasing business opportunities”. –
Eason Govender

“The most valuable lesson I have learnt was to develop a trust relationship and deliver excellent service that surpasses our client’s expectations, and understanding their short and long term goals for the vision of their media products. Each day I use tactical learning on how to market and drive the growth of the clients’ media products and identifying the supply and demand. I communicate more effectively; and I am an open communicator in return as it has a positive projection on your sales targets/expectations”. –
Kirk Kennedy

KAMP graduates Johannesburg, from right: Johan Sadie (Manager), David Lazarus, Ashraf Hoosen, Travis Moore, Hazel Moyo, Busiswe Chauke, Deven Pillay, Rudi Pretorius
KAMP graduates Johannesburg, from right: Johan Sadie (Manager), David Lazarus, Ashraf Hoosen, Travis Moore, Hazel Moyo, Busiswe Chauke, Deven Pillay, Rudi Pretorius

KAMP graduates, Cape Town from the back left– Jayfred Moses, Francios Snell, Jan Hendrik Hurter, Aloise Fullex, Glen Trusell, Anthea Abrahams, Nigel Hartman (Ben Spies), Kirk Kennedy, Staci Brink.
KAMP graduates, Cape Town from the back left– Jayfred Moses, Francios Snell, Jan Hendrik Hurter, Aloise Fullex, Glen Trusell, Anthea Abrahams, Nigel Hartman (Ben Spies), Kirk Kennedy, Staci Brink.

KAMP & TLDP graduates, Johannesburg from left: Masana Mathye, Adele Pretorius (Manager), Wiseman Hlongwa, Conrad Stanley (Manager), Eason Govender, Evangelia Fonseca, Delia Sinclair (Manager), Jacqui Panaino
KAMP & TLDP graduates, Johannesburg from left: Masana Mathye, Adele Pretorius (Manager), Wiseman Hlongwa, Conrad Stanley (Manager), Eason Govender, Evangelia Fonseca, Delia Sinclair (Manager), Jacqui Panaino

The TLDP was facilitated by Training Fundamentals.

OtD congratulates graduates on their completion of the TLDP:
Dineshren Pillaye, Nuhroeniesa Schalkwyk, Heloise Muller, Denzil Everts, Melanie Adams, Georgina George, Gavin Ludski, Simone Smit, Marlene Fortuin, Ebrenza Jonathan, Lauren Cupido, Natasha Adams, Sharmain Petersen, Elizabeth Botma, Merlin Van Staden, Marcelino Isaacs, Gillian Manuel, Gideon Gerbach, Jan Feyen, Harold Heunis, Richard Cronje, Shaun Butler, Jonathan Minnaar, Charmain Delport, Mamtaz Khan, Avish Matadin, Sibusiso Ndlovu, Jerry Reddy, Brian Masopa, Jayesh Magan, Justine Vilakazi, Masana Mathye, and Wiseman Hlongwa.

Comments from our graduates:

“I learnt that clear communication with my staff is vital to achieving the departmental goals. Staff must acknowledge that they have understood in order for goals to be achieved. Since completion of the programme, I have become a good listener which allows me to work better with my staff and has created an exciting work environment”. –
Jerry Reddy

“The most valuable lesson that stood out for me was communication and respect. In my everyday work since the programme I’m using accountability, as I believe that my remuneration stems from being accountable for what I’m doing”. –
Shaun Butler

TLDP graduate Gillian Manuel
TLDP graduate Gillian Manuel
TLDP graduate Sharmain Petersen, Robert Campbell (Manager)
TLDP graduate Sharmain Petersen, Robert Campbell (Manager)

TLDP graduates Johannesburg, from Left: Sibussiso Ndlovu, Charmain Delport, Rika Swart (General Manager & guest speaker), Jerry Reddy, and Brian Masopa
TLDP graduates Johannesburg, from Left: Sibussiso Ndlovu, Charmain Delport, Rika Swart (General Manager & guest speaker), Jerry Reddy, and Brian Masopa

In concluding; To our guest speaker, Rika Swart (OtD general manager) who provided graduates and attendees with a remarkable journey of truth and the reminder of “2 Steps Forward, 2 Steps back and still not there yet” – Thank you for your courage