Nick Binedell is a man who loves a good story and the dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS Business School) of the University of Pretoria is a master of using anecdotes to good effect.
“In an emerging economy you should have comprehensive provision,” Prof Binedell says as a preface to one of his favourite tales about the youth programme at Gibs. The programme brings together 250 17-year-old students at Gibs for 12 weekends a year. High schools can send a maximum of two students for leadership and entrepreneurship training and groups of participants are mixed by class, colour and religion.
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