Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership, Africa’s only university-level media management and leadership institute, invites editors, media managers and senior journalists from media organizations across the African continent to attend an accredited and certificated five-day Essentials of People Management short course.

Essentials of People Management course will run from the 31 October – 4 November 2016.

The course targets editorial and business managers from print, broadcast and online enterprises whose role is to enhance their ability to motivate and promote employee performance.

The course is designed to provide participants with in-depth knowledge and skills required in leading and managing diverse groups of people in a rapidly changing media industry.

While HR specialist are welcome, the course aims to meet the needs of managers from editorial, advertising, marketing, circulation, content provision and programming departments who are not HR specialists but who have HR responsibilities. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of people in middle-management positions responsible for the immediate supervision of front line staff.

Participants from outside South Africa will benefit, but should be aware that they will need to adapt some lessons to their local contexts.

This course addresses the following key subjects and gives participants a holistic view of the core functions of managing people and organizations:

  • Introduction to Organizations
  • Manager’s Role
  • Labour Legislation, with a focus on South Africa’s labour laws
  • Grievances and Disciplinary Procedures and Processes
  • HR Planning and Staffing
  • Change Management
  • HRM Functions and Policy Design
  • Leadership

Sessions are led by industry and academic experts. We do offer the option of running the course in-house at your organization, which would eliminate the cost of travel and accommodation for participants.

Please note that an in-house course will only take place if there are 16 or more participants attending the course.

Our courses emphasize interactive learning and knowledge-sharing, especially learning by doing, and represent a useful platform to network with fellow media managers from across Africa.

For more details on the course, please contact Zusipe at Z.Batyi@ru.ac.za or telephone him on 046-603-8949. You could also visit the SPI’s website at www.ru.ac.za/spi