18 JUNE 2024

We are thrilled to be renewing our existing our 3-year partnership with the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) which, as a leader in developing management capabilities to drive African industrialisation, has also become a key contributor to functional and leadership development within our business.

Founded by the Toyota South Africa Educational Trust, TWIMS builds research, teaching and advisory support capabilities, transfers academic knowledge into the manufacturing sector, and has developed a range of short courses to develop the next generation of manufacturing leaders in Africa. Illovo has for the past three years sponsored TWIMS’ “African trade and Industrialisation” academic position.

Within Illovo, we provide opportunities for people across our operations to attend TWIMS Executive short courses, masterclasses and breakfast seminars, offered onsite at the TWIMS campus in Durban. These programmes equip our managers with specific skills to respond effectively to emerging trends and disruptions that impact the manufacturing ecosystem, and include the key areas of Manufacturing Leadership, Future Manufacturing, Green Manufacturing, Lean Operations and Supply Chain Management, and African Trade and Industrialisation.

Feedback from those who have attended these and other courses, has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging.

“There was significant value in attending my classes - I was able to hear the personal experiences of other delegates in relation to challenges encountered by females in the manufacturing setups and how our common problems could be solved”.

“I found great value in getting exposure to the supply chain side of Illovo, helping me to understand the key theories and listen into and learn from great case studies from other organisations.”

“The real value is the cross pollination of ideas – that was great!”.

Previous attendees from Illovo include (Image 1) and left to right:

Michael Rodger, Joseph Nsofwa and Natleen Govender

Image 2: Dumsile Khumalo; Silindile Gumede; Chido Chitule; Nita Musyani and Gcebile Dlamini

Image 3: Hendrik van Deventer; Smith Sibale; Patience Ntuli; and Ignatius Phiri

Our executive and management teams attribute considerable value to extending the knowledge base and personal capabilities of our employees. To date, more than 125 people from our six Southern African businesses have attended and benefited from participating in TWIMS’ wide scope of development programmes. We look forward to continuing our partnership with TWIMS, both in terms of developing their own priorities, at the same time as nurturing the manufacturing talent within our business!