On Thursday, we presented our final recommendations to the client, iNeSI, on various aspects of e-Skilling South Africa. The presentation went very well and the team did it’s best to cover so much ground in 2 hours … I think we ended up with 7 main areas to talk about and 85 charts. Kudos to the audience for paying attention so long and asking insightful questions at the end. There were 20 or so stakeholders in attendance for the final presentation — from iNeSI, government, Universities and even other corporations with Microsoft and Cisco in attendance. e-Skilling South Africa is a hot topic so we are hopeful and confident that we made a positive impact on the country.
And even though we still had to put the final touches on the written report for Friday, we made time to have a short celebratory dinner in Rosebank with one of the best meals (and sangria) we’d had thus far, just falling short of the eland filet at Tau Game Lodge and the final dinner at Moyo.
On Friday, the usual suspects rounded up at 7:30 am (a late start for us!) for our final T25 session. It was a great way to start our final morning and we even had a new participant for our last day — Sanjay! After that, the two main clients came to our hotel to debrief on the presentation from the day before and we learned that our project will continue for a few more months with additional presentations to stakeholders and their Board of Directors. I guess we did something right 🙂 From there, we were off to IBM Johannesburg, where we had started 4 weeks ago. We met with employees to tell them about our CSC experience and then briefed senior leaders on our project and how IBM can continue the conversation after our departure.
Our final stop as a team was one last dinner. It was a wonderful place — Moyo — claiming to deliver a “sophisticated African experience” and it did it well. It was set around a lake with lots of outdoor patios and fires going since it is chilly here. The food was spectacular again — slightly edging out the pizza from above. Some had ox tail, others ostrich and may had a stuffed fillet. Dinner started with a traditional hand washing ceremony and there was an artist available to paint your face with an African symbol from one of the local tribes. We all had a lot of fun with that. It was a perfect send off from our #ibmCSC experience.
Today we all went separate ways … 4 folks went home (Sanjay, Chandra, Lucia and Wouter) … 1 stayed in Joburg (Suro) … 8 went to Cape Town (Julie, Valentina, Effie, Aruna, Paola, Tarik, Leigh and Savi) … and I’m sitting at the Joburg airport waiting on Dave to land. He’ll be here in less than an hour and I cannot wait. Our personal adventure starts tomorrow with a flight to Kruger National Park and a safari for 3 days. Stay tuned ….