Last week, the 2020 A-Level History class hosted Dr Daniel Pretorius, of Bowmans law firm, to speak about how leadership ties into education and governance. Dr Pretorius is a partner in Bowmans’ Johannesburg office and practises in the public law and regulatory area. He specialises in constitutional and administrative law, judicial review, education law, public finance, access to information and restitution of land rights. He also taught Latin and History at St John’s College, Johannesburg, where he formed a strong relationship with the History class’s current teacher, Mr Lewis Manthata.
The discussion, which took place over Zoom, was joined by DSG Head Girl Oyama Mzayidume. She and the class asked probing questions such as “what are the advantages and disadvantages of studying a liberal arts degree”, “what traits or characteristics do you think employers look for in young professionals”, and “how do you think the coronavirus will change the way education is taught and leadership is demonstrated”. Dr Pretorius’ answers were thought provoking and helped evoke deeper thinking about leadership, empathy, and open-mindedness.
We thank Dr Pretorius for taking the time to speak to the class, and we hope to meet him in person when the world becomes less virtual.
Elliot Apps – Grade 12 AS History