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TWIMS Masterclasses

The TWIMS Masterclasses have been developed as the apex of our executive short courses. These one-day courses are designed to engage with critical topics within larger focus areas such as Lean Manufacturing, Green Manufacturing, The Future of Manufacturing and African Trade & Industrialisation. 

The programmes are taught at a post-graduate level and suited to senior manufacturing managers and executives and public-sector executives with manufacturing portfolios. They run from 8:30 until 16:30 at the TWIMS campus in Everton, Kloof. Each masterclass costs R4,260 per participant. This is fully inclusive of all refreshments, teas and lunch on the day, but excludes accommodation costs.

From Product to Platform: The New Manufacturing Frontier Masterclass |

26 June | 08:30-16:30 | TWIMS campus, 74 Everton Road, Kloof

2024

Course Overview

This TWIMS Masterclass considers how the manufacturing frontier is being challenged by the rapid emergence of new platform models permeating the markets (IoT) and supply chains (Industrial IoT) of manufacturers. What are the implications of these platform technologies? What are the likely implications for South African manufacturers?

The Masterclass is exploratory in design and applies a range of strategic tools to interrogate and engage with new business models that are emerging in response to a range of “Industry 4.0” disruptors. Focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial IoT, the Masterclass explores how these key platform enablers are disrupting manufacturing, and supporting the use of “Big Data”, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Additive Manufacturing (3D printing), Nano- technology based materials and the rapidly emerging meta-verse. This Masterclass considers the consequences of these technological disruptions for markets and the value chains that supply them and explores how the range of technology disruptions are likely to re-frame manufacturing. The Masterclass includes an immersion experience in TWIMS’ Management Sandbox, which has a state-of-the-art “Industry 4.0” demonstration line encompassing Industrial IoT, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning, and Additive Manufacturing.

Course cost:

The masterclass cost is R4,260 per participant. This is fully inclusive of all refreshments, teas, and lunch on the 26th of June, as well as stationery. The cost excludes accommodation.

Venue and Accommodation

The Masterclass is run at the TWIMS campus, 74 Everton Road, Kloof. The day starts at 8:30 and concludes at 16:30. Accommodation is available on-site at an additional cost, please click here for more information.

Course lead: Justin Barnes

Strategic Excellence in Manufacturing Masterclass |

08 Aug | 08:30-16:30 | TWIMS campus, 74 Everton Road, Kloof

Course Overview

In an era of worldwide economic instability, the survival and competitiveness of manufacturing companies depend on their practices and capabilities to adapt to external environments, which are attributed to changes in customer preferences, government regulations, technology and competitors. This strategic alignment of internal resources and external market requirements enables not only survival, but also competitiveness. Manufacturing strategies determine the deployment of resources to build capabilities for creating and sustaining costs and product advantages in order to maintain a high level of profitability and strong market position. This reflects the ability to successfully define their scope, to manage and coordinate the core functions and operations within the enterprise as well as relationships with suppliers and customers, and to respond to market demand. All too often, in the daily pressure of achieving short-term financial results, managers lose sight of long-term goals. This TWIMS Masterclass is key to ensuring that companies remain on track to reach these goals is the existence of a clear and focused business strategy. In today’s world, where nothing is predictable and unfamiliar competitors emerge from unexpected directions at the worst possible time, a company should think of itself as a collection of evolving capabilities, not just as a collection of products and businesses, which provide the flexibility needed to embark in new directions. Corporate strategy must provide a framework for guiding the selection, development, and exploitation of these capabilities. Since many of the capabilities with the greatest competitive value reside in a company’s manufacturing organization, corporate strategy must become much more explicit about, and reliant on, manufacturing considerations than in the past.

Course Cost

The Masterclass costs R4,260 per participant. This is fully inclusive of all refreshments, teas and includes lunch on the 8th of August, as well as stationery. The cost excludes accommodation.

Venue and Accommodation

The Masterclass is run at the TWIMS campus, 74 Everton Road, Kloof. The day starts at 8:30 and concludes at 16:30. Accommodation is available on-site at an additional cost, please click here for more information.

Course Lead: Theuns Pelser

Lean Leadership: Building Collaborative and Psychologically Safe Teams Masterclass |

19 Sep | 08:30-16:30 | TWIMS campus, 74 Everton Road, Kloof

2024

Course Overview

The Lean Leadership Masterclass was designed to elaborate on the various facets underpinning lean leadership behaviours and skills within the manufacturing sector. It positions this leadership stance as an imperative skill for managers leading within this space, now more than ever. With the rise of autocratic and disabling management styles noted in the industry, there has been a drive to reassess the leadership skills possessed by management teams. This call has been reinforced by the mental health strains experienced by employees during the COVID -19 period. It warrants a leadership style that can create safe spaces, where individuals can contribute with transparency and authenticity.

The masterclass posits that traditional leadership styles based on a top-down telling ethos will not support the current dynamics required. It positions lean leadership as the leadership approach to be considered. One that encourages high performance by creating spaces of psychological safety, enabling trust and collaborative engagements. The blend of transformative and servant leadership stances, combined with delivery management robustness are shared. These are the various segments of lean leadership with the benefits of adopting these capabilities also explored.

Course cost:

The masterclass cost is R4,260 per participant. This is fully inclusive of all refreshments, teas, and lunch on the 19th of September, as well as all stationery. The cost excludes accommodation.

Venue and Accommodation

The Masterclass is run at the TWIMS campus, 74 Everton Road, Kloof. The day starts at 8:30 and concludes at 16:30. Accommodation is available on-site at an additional cost, please click here for more information.

Course lead: Khavitha Singh

Trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) |

17 Oct | 08:30-16:30 | TWIMS campus, 74 Everton Road, Kloof

2024

 

Course overview:

Although intra-African trade is still low, Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the fastest-growing regions in the world and the push for intra-African trade is advancing through the likes of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The AfCFTA Agreement envisages that 90% of products would be traded, duty-free on the continent within ten years. As of January 2022, 41 African Union (AU) member states have ratified The Agreement. As The Agreement shifts into its operational phase, South African industrialists need to consider what potential opportunities this agreement will provide in the next 2 to 3 years. They should be informed by what key milestones to look out for and how to respond to the potential opportunities.

In a context where industrialisation and specifically the growth of the manufacturing sector, remain the key mechanisms enabling developing countries and emerging economies to improve their economic and social welfare, the purpose of this course is to explore economic trade trends across the continent and to understand how policy dynamics such as those related to the AfCFTA might influence future developments. The masterclass explores trade strategy options facing those firms seeking to work with the emerging manufacturing ecosystem on the continent.

This one-day masterclass will begin with an overview of the African trade environment, including an overview of trade agreements, trade barriers and trade facilitation measures available to manufacturers. Practically, this masterclass will introduce executives to various approaches to utilise when analysing African markets (covering both the import and export markets) and how to develop regional export strategies to take advantage of manufacturing opportunities on the African continent.

The masterclass will be facilitated by Mbongeni Ndlovu, the Illovo Head of African Trade and Industrialisation at TWIMS.

Course cost:

The masterclass cost is R4,260 per participant. This is fully inclusive of all refreshments, teas, and lunch on the 17th of October, as well as all stationery. The cost excludes accommodation.

Venue and accommodation:

The Masterclass is run at the TWIMS campus, 74 Everton Road, Kloof. The day starts at 8:30 and concludes at 16:30. Accommodation is available on-site at an additional cost, please click here for more information.

Course lead: Mbongeni Ndlovu