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TWIMS Masterclasses

New to the TWIMS curriculum, 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 and 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 cost is R4,000 per participant. This is fully inclusive of all refreshments, teas and lunch on the day.

Trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

TWIMS Campus | 14 October 2022 | R4,000

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. 

Course Lead: Mbongeni Ndlovu

Building Collaborative and Psychologically Safe Teams

TWIMS Campus | 21 October 2022 | R4,000

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 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.

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.

Course Lead: Khavitha Singh

The Five Key Trends That Will Shape Sustainable Finance In 2022

TWIMS Campus | 26 October 2022 | R4,000

The Sustainable Finance and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) reporting landscape is changing rapidly from one that started as voluntary and fragmented, to one that is going to be regulated and unified. This TWIMS Masterclass will explore the key trends that are likely to influence and change the sustainable finance landscape in 2022 and beyond as well as examine what the knock-on implications will be for organisations. The movement to science-based target setting for reporting will also be explored, as well as how organisations should be positioning themselves for this change.

This masterclass will unpack the implications of the trends and will provide participants with strategic and practical knowledge that will allow them to critically engage with sustainable finance constructs particularly pertaining to reporting frameworks and targets as well as positioning organisations to be recipients of sustainable finance from lending and investment institutions.

Course lead: Liesel Kassier

Hoshin Kanri


This TWIMS masterclass shares the lean principles and practices of Hoshin Kanri. It explores how this methodology aligns key strategic objectives, milestones and deliverables both vertically and horizontally across an organisation. Further to this, the integration of the PDCA (Plan- Do- Check– Adjust) cycle is shared which supports the methodical and robust nature of this technique.

The communication approach often adopted with Hoshin Kanri, known as the catch-ball method delivered via a tightly linked leadership chain, is also introduced and discussed. The practice of Hoshin Kanri is rudimentary as it sets the foundation in ensuring that teams (divisional and functional) and individuals function collectively as a chain that delivers value to customers. An eminent occurrence within the industry, is that business units’ function in siloed manners, pursuing separate sets of performance metrics. There is often limited synergy and hindered alignment amongst individuals leading to frustrations and inefficiencies. The masterclass positions Hoshin Kanri as the approach to successfully address this occurrence. If this method is delivered successfully, systemic and situational management practices are easily assured and strengthened.

Course Lead: Khavitha Singh

From Product To Platform: The New Manufacturing Frontier


Have you considered 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? 

This masterclass 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 Lead: Prof. Justin Barnes

The Net-Zero Transition: What Does Decarbonization Mean For Your Business?


The transition to net-zero is a new reality that is facing many companies and more importantly many manufacturers. The global goal of net-zero by 2050 is still debated by many but coming regulations and taxes are showing that this is a topic that companies can no longer ignore. This TWIMS Masterclass considers how the manufacturing sector’s conventional ways of operating are going to be challenged by the rapid emergence of carbon border taxes, green regulations and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting frameworks. We will unpack what the implications of these changing regulations will be and how quickly they are going to be felt by the South African manufacturing sector.

This masterclass will examine the pertinent issues surrounding the net-zero transition and will apply a range of strategic tools to help businesses understand how they should be positioning themselves and preparing their business models for the coming disruptions.

Course lead: Liesel Kassier

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