About Etsko

Trusted by major organisations to deliver: 26 years - 26 countries - 5 continents - 200+ organisations - 2000+ interventions

Etsko's Clients

Mining & Energy

  • Anglogold
  • Attock Refinery Limited
  • BRPM
  • Eastern Chrome Mines
  • Harmony
  • Impala Platinum Refinery
  • International Power Global Developments Limited
  • LMK Resources
  • Matla Colliery
  • Modikwa Platinum Mine
  • Nkomati Mine
  • OMV Pakistan
  • Pakistan State Oil
  • Premier KUFPEC Pakistan B.V. (PKP)
  • Rustenburg Base Metal Refineries
  • Shell Pakistan Limited
  • Tullow Developments Pakistan

Financial Services

  • AON
  • Askari Bank Ltd
  • Bank Alfalah Ltd
  • BankservAfrica
  • Barclays Bank PLC, Pakistan
  • IQuad Group Limited
  • First National Bank (South Africa and African subsidiaries)
  • Momentum
  • Munnit, Basson and Dagama Attorneys
  • Nedcor
  • Old Mutual
  • Pinion
  • Rand Merchant Bank
  • Standard Bank
  • State Bank of Pakistan
  • Teba Bank
  • Trans Union ITC

Food & Beverage

  • AB Mauri (Australia)
  • Anchor Yeast
  • Browns Cash and Carry
  • Compass Group
  • Imana Foods
  • Kanhym Estates
  • Kumnandi Food Company
  • National Brands Limited
  • Nestlé Pakistan Ltd
  • Pepsi Cola International
  • Pick and Pay
  • Premier Foods

Information Technology/Telecommunications

  • aVision
  • Business Solutions Group
  • Ericsson Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd
  • Mobilink GSM
  • Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Praxis
  • Siemens Pakistan
  • T Systems
  • Telenor Pakistan
  • Ufone


  • Apollo Tyres
  • Barloworld
  • Cargo Mercurius
  • Continental Tyres
  • Firestone
  • Ford
  • Goodyear
  • Johnson Controls Automotive
  • Tredcor
  • Trentyre


  • Aberdare Cables
  • AECI Coatings
  • African Explosives
  • Afrisam
  • Ampaglas
  • Assa Abbloy
  • Atlantis Forge
  • Chemserve
  • Cisco
  • Crescent Bahuman Ltd
  • Crescent Textile Mills Ltd
  • DCD Dorbyl
  • Denel Land Systems
  • Denel Saab Aerostructures
  • Detnet Solutions
  • Dow – Sentrachem
  • Dulux Decorative
  • Global Forest Products
  • Hall and Longmore
  • Idwala Industrial Minerals
  • Johnson Matthey Catalysts (UK)
  • John Thompson Africa
  • Kafironda Explosives
  • Kynochem
  • Mercedes High Performance Engines (UK)
  • Mondi
  • Murray and Roberts
  • Pretoria Portland Cement
  • Quest Chemicals
  • Sasol Oils
  • Sasol Polymers
  • Sasol Synfuels
  • Timken
  • Tubatse Ferrochrome


  • Aga Khan University
  • Cambridge University Institute of Manufacturing
  • Canada Pakistan Basic Education Program (CPBEP)
  • Ed-U-Options
  • Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)
  • King Edward Medical College
  • Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS)
  • Nelson Mandela Municipal University
  • Parktown Girls High School
  • St Stithians College
  • University of Cape Town: Graduate School of Business (GSB UCT)
  • University of Pretoria

Public Sector/NGOs

  • Asia Foundation – Governance and Democratic Reform Program
  • Council for Medical Schemes
  • Department of Labour
  • Eskom
  • HRD Network / MUBARIZA Gender Trainers
  • Project / ROZAN
  • Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)
  • Independent Examination Board (IEB)
  • Independent Schools Association of SA (ISASA)
  • Office of the Premier – Gauteng
  • OVAH
  • Punjab Rural Support Program (PRSP)
  • Rural Finance
  • SABS
  • Sedibeng Municipality
  • SMRI
  • South African Revenue Services (SARS)
  • South African Reserve Bank
  • Taraqee Foundation
  • World Vision
  • African Media
  • Center for Management Development (CMD) Lahore
  • CTP Web Printers
  • Graphicor
  • Kaya FM
  • Khalid Aziz & Partners
  • Kievitskroon Country Estate
  • Marriott Chain of Hotels (PSL)
  • Quest Flexible Staffing Solutions
  • Richards Bay Coal Terminal
  • Royal Canin
  • Singita Reserves
  • TCS HR and Management Development Karachi
  • TFMC (Total Facility Management Company)
  • Timelenders
  • Unitrans (Pty) Ltd

What delegates say about Etsko's presentations

  • “Etsko kept me engaged throughout the session. He is an extremely good lecturer. Excellent style. Brilliant!”
  • “He is one of a kind. I was very impressed with the way he introduced the subject.”
  • “Loved this session. He sparked interest to learn more about this, so I can apply it both professionally and personally.”
  • “Wow! Very strong content, very enlightening.”
  • “Excellent. Strongly recommend that this topic is included in every leadership course at all levels.”
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  • “Content matter was almost explosive in its perspectives and insight.”
  • “Best session of the week, easily.”
  • “One of the best sessions I’ve attended.”
  • “Best session so far – strong, compelling arrangement that laid down important challenges to us all.”
  • “Probably the highlight of the week. I was challenged in a way I hadn’t been in a long time.”
  • “Enjoyed every second of it. Engaged us all the time and made it Nedbank specific as well!”
  • “Powerful delivery of this concept. Really challenged one to think how we can do things differently.” “Brilliant mind!! Had me enthralled all day. Really had some thought-provoking issues.”
  • “Etsko is one of the best presenters I’ve met. His flow of his topic and ways of explaining it was brilliant.”
  • “Awesome, interesting and useful. Emotional topic leading to tons of introspection.”
  • “Brilliant. Captivated everyone’s attention 100%. It was life-changing.”

A programme of change in work style and behaviour has transformed the Johnson Matthey site at Panki, India. A workplace that was once characterised by a strong sense of ‘them’ and ‘us’ – the worker/management divide – has now become home to a strong team ethic and commitment to excellence. Productivity at work has increased, hand in hand with a greater emphasis on employee and community wellbeing. This remarkable paradigm shift has earned Panki the 2008/09 Sustainability Award for People.

—Tarun Ghoshal, General Manager, Johnson Matthey Catalysts

Etsko is the author of the following books

  • Intent: Exploring the Core of Being Human
  • Leadership: The Care and Growth Model
  • The Postulates of the Thematic
  • Beyond Managment

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Find out more about the books here.

BA Hons (Wits)

Etsko, whose family was in mining, was exposed to the inner workings of the mining industry at a young age. At the University of the Witwatersrand he completed an honours degree in Social Anthropology before joining the Chamber of Mines of South Africa Research Organisation as a graduate researcher.

His work at the Chamber was initially focused on the issue of conflict in gold mines in the final eclipse of the apartheid regime. His groundbreaking work, dealing with conflict resolution, led to the development of a framework for understanding trust in this controversial industry.

As the Head of the Chamber’s Human Resources Laboratory Industry Project in the late 1980’s he went on to examine the fundamental criteria which exist in the relationship between employer and employee. The outcome was a unique perspective on leadership which subsequently has become known as the Care and Growth Leadership Model.

The application of the model in South Africa’s gold mines met with significant success, which led Etsko and a small group of colleagues to leave the Chamber of Mines with the objective of disseminating the model more widely.

In 1989 he founded Schuitema of which he is the Managing member. Since then the Care and Growth Model has been tested in disparate contexts, in 26 countries and on 5 continents.

In every context the basic premises of the model have been vindicated. Namely, that there is a fundamental connection between the problem of organisational excellence and personal excellence and that the nature of that connection is ethical and / or moral.

Etsko lives on a small farm in South Africa. He is married and has four children. He finds some time for personal pursuits such as chanting with a group of friends.

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