Commonwealth Invests

Jacques Magliolo

British Minister of Trade and Industry Heseltine’s recent visit to South Africa was more than a welcome back to the Commonwealth. Among his entourage were Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) representatives, whose plegde to invest in the new South Africa seemed to go unnoticed.

Their commitment does not lie in money or investment of products, but rather in the opening of important — and much needed — management training facilities to all South Africans. The centre in question is the CDC-owned Mananga Management Centre in Swaziland, which it founded in 1972. An agent for the centre says: “Because of SA’s renewed membership with the Commonwealth this now opens opportunities for South Africans to enrol in a centre which has trained several thousand managers from over 50 countries.”

Among those backing Mananga are the Netherlands Government, The European Community and Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation.

The general emphasis of courses offered at Mananga is on developing management skills, from personal asssistants to middle and senior management. Other issues covered include computer literacy, agriculture, strategic planning, privatization and developing entrepreneurial skills.

While the management principles of the centre concur with the South African government’s Reconstruction and Development Programme, it also enables delegates from throughout Africa and beyond to integrate and improve communication.

Further info: Mananga Management Centre Tel. (+268) 31133

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