Cohort 8 gets South Africa itinerary

Lewis Chidziva, center, met with Stetson EMBA Cohort 8 to discuss the group's plans for the international trip to South Africa.

On Saturday, April 2, members of Stetson University’s Executive MBA Cohort 8 met Lewis Chidziva, who will lead the students on their international experience this June in South Africa. The managing director of MBA Vista visited the classroom to tell the students what to expect culturally and business-wise, and to give them their first look at the itinerary. Chidziva has secured executive level meetings with various businesses in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

“I was jazzed before, but I didn’t really know what all would be included,” said Jacob Walters, a member of Cohort 8 who works for Walt Disney World. “Now, I can tell that the whole experience is going to be phenomenal!”

Members of the cohort will begin their trip in Johannesburg, where they will meet with executives from Nissan, Vodacom, Billion Group, Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Cullinan Diamond. They will also go on a safari, visit the Apartheid Museum and ride through Soweto on bicycles.

Torrance Johnson, a classmate of Walters’ and a manager at Celebration-based B.A.S.S. LLC, said he is most excited about visiting the stock exchange, the largest exchange in Africa and among the Top 10 largest in the world. “I’m also excited about going to the Apartheid Museum, where we’ll get to learn about the history of the country and walk in someone else’s shoes for a day.”

In Cape Town, the students will meet with Investec, Spar and Warwick Winery. They will experience Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, and Robben Island as well.

The Executive MBA students will experience South Africa to its fullest — the culture, cuisine, music, business practices and the astounding beauty.