Welcome to the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences


Our Faculty is the largest of the seven Faculties in the university and is active on three campuses namely South Campus and Second Avenue Campus in Summerstrand, and George Campus in the Southern Cape.  The character of our Faculty fits perfectly into the ethos and character of a comprehensive university such as Nelson Mandela University.  Here our students can enrol for a Higher Certificate qualification and eventually graduate with a PhD qualification.  The faculty consists of five schools and thirteen departments namely:



Vision/Character of School




Prof Houdini Fourie


We aim to make a significant contribution to the education of professional accountants and business leaders to become value creators in both public and private sectors at various levels. Our B Com Chartered Accountant graduates consistently achieve above the national average pass rates in the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) examination. The programmes on offer in the School have been accredited by various international and national organisations, including the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).  This opens doors for our graduates on an international platform.  The Nelson Mandela University is only the fourth university in South Africa to have received the Institute of Internal Auditors’ (IIA) endorsement for the processing of internal audit qualifications which are aligned to international best practice requirements.

Accounting Sciences

Prof Amanda Singleton

(Head of Department)

Applied Accounting

Ms Tracy Beck

        (Head of Department)

Business School

Dr Randall Jonas


We are rated among the top business schools globally and on the African continent.  The School is one of the few in Southern Africa to have obtained international accreditation from AMBA (MBA programme) and EDAMBA (DBA programme).  The Top 2019 Eduniversal Best Master’s rankings saw the Business School ranked no.4 in Africa for its Executive MBA programme.  Overall, the Nelson Mandela University Business School is ranked no.5 in South Africa.  According to the Financial Mail Survey published in July 2019, the Nelson Mandela University Business School Executive Education had the third largest number of students attending customised programmes in South Africa during 2018.  We pride ourselves on the exceptional quality of our academic faculty, the facilitators, the programmes and programmes materials.  The Business School also maintains a firm focus on the accreditation and affordability of its programmes.

Graduate School

Prof Cecil Arnolds

       (Head of Department)

Leadership Academy

Mr Leon Mouton

       (Head of Department)

Economics, Tourism and Development

Prof Ronney Ncwadi


We pride ourselves in bringing together the disciplinary focus of Economics and the advanced interdisciplinary span of Development Studies, which investigates the changing nature of social, economic, political, technological and cultural aspects of society, with a particular focus on developing countries. In addition we provide highly relevant and vocationally rich programmes in Tourism and Hospitality Management at undergraduate and postgraduate level.


Prof Syden Mishi

(Head of Department)


Dr Shireen Van Zyl

(Head of Department)

Development Studies

Prof Janet Cherry

       (Head of Department)

Industrial Psychology and Human Resources Management

Prof Roelf Van Niekerk


We aim to develop knowledge and skills through the curricular activities we present to our students across a broad range of under- and postgraduate programmes. The motto of our School, “We Care”, is realised through our active promotion of student and community engagement.  Our focus on upholding the professionalism of our programme offerings is evidenced in the accreditation of our Diploma in Human Resource Management with the South African Board for People Practice.

Human Resources Management

Prof Amanda Werner

       (Head of Department)

Industrial Psychology

Dr Chantal Harris

   (Acting Head of Department)

Management Sciences

Prof Madele Tait


We aim to acquaint our students with the world of business, management, finance and entrepreneurship in order to become informed, productive and responsible managers of own and others’ business establishments. Our students come to understand the world of markets, finance, logistics, operations, information systems, policy and strategy, all with a focus on organisational management.

Business Management

Mr Tony Machaba-Hove

(Head of Department)

Marketing Management

Prof Marlé van Eyk

(Head of Department)

Logistics Management

Mr Gavin Cook

(Head of Department)

Management  Practice

Dr Paul Tai-Hing

(Head of Department)


It should thus be evident that we cater for a diverse range of qualifications and professions and we pride ourselves in our diverse nature and character. As such, we aim to cover every aspect in society related to commerce and business. We are constantly looking at transforming our curricula to ensure that we grow talent in our students that is in line with our desired graduate attributes, thus enabling our students to contribute meaningfully to society at large.

We are again reminded of the statement made by Nelson Mandela:

 The power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success.  It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation.

We invite you to join us by registering for a programme of your choice, and we will welcome you as an esteemed member of our extended family.


Warm regards

Prof Hendrik Lloyd

Executive Dean

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