The future of internal auditing and the critical features that define this key organisational function were under the spotlight at Nelson Mandela University’s Business School this week.

Student Women Economic Empowerment Programme (SWEEP) chairpersons, Nelisiwe Sishange and Phuthego Nthoke, have been nominated to represent Nelson Mandela University on a UK residential knowledge exchange study from 25 May to 1 June.

Nelson Mandela University Financial Planning lecturer Raaiq Pandie's master’s degree study combined principles of Islamic finance and financial planning by assessing the Zakat literacy levels among South African Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) professionals. Raaiq recently graduated from the University with his master’s degree in business management (cum laude).

Topical issues in technology, new business models and embracing the coming 5th Industrial Revolution, all formed part of the recent discussion at the latest Breakfast Club hosted by Nelson Mandela University Business School.

Our School of Accounting Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (CTA) class of 2024 attained an 85% pass rate in the January ITC (Initial Test of Competency) SAICA January exam sitting compared to the national average for first timers at 79%.

Nelson Mandela University’s School of Accounting has partnered with the Eastern Cape Governance in what should be a win-win arrangement for both parties.

The world of work is changing, and business needs to adapt the way in which leadership development training is done to match the needs of emerging managers.

Increased competition between schools in the education sector and concerns about the importance of inclusion for sustainability within the sector, led to this study investigating relationship management - specifically the experience and perspectives of LGBTQ alumni in all-boys’ schools in the Eastern Cape.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Mia Strand from the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research at Nelson Mandela University has been selected as the South African, and one of 23 worldwide finalists, in line for the US$1.1 million Frontiers Planet Prize.
The doctoral study of Storm Watson, Business Management lecturer at Nelson Mandela University, informs decision-making, guides strategic planning, and advances the discussion on digital transformation in higher education, both nationally and internationally.
A highlight in its annual calendar, Nelson Mandela University kicked off its autumn graduation season with two sessions at its George Campus, in the Western Cape, on Friday (05 April 2024).

Nelson Mandela University's team from Development Studies and the Centre for Community Technologies published their Report "Social Ownership Models in the Energy Transition" on 8 March.

The transition to renewable energy can and must benefit all regardless of their financial status and allow the installation of clean energy systems in homes across SA.

Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences has been collaborating with Aptagrim, a software company in India, to contribute towards research, learning and teaching. This follows after Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research Professor Azwinndini Muronga signed a Collaborative Agreement with Aptagrim’s CEO, Sreegopal Mandapaka in October 2023.

Reasons to be Proud: #R2bP Nelson Mandela University had two Master of Economics students, Ziyanda Magazi and Liyema Mpompi, in the Top 10 of the national Nedbank Old Mutual Budget Competition postgraduate category. Ziyanda won the second prize as first runner-up, with her essay examining the impact of the Just Economic Transition on the South African economy.

Paradoxically, new recruit S’bulelo Roji has had to move out of his comfort zone to forge a new one with the FNB Madibaz rugby team.

Whether it is Threads or X, Insta or Facebook, TikTok or YouTube, Nelson Mandela University students and graduates are tapping into social media to carve their niche as influencers in a digital world.

BCom (Logistics & Transport Economics) alumna Almarize Kleu from Gqeberha graduated in 2020 and moved to the Netherlands a year ago at the age of 23. It’s been the adventure of a lifetime. 

It all started 15 years ago when a wide-eyed youngster was ogling golf accessories at Arabella in the Western Cape during a family holiday.


This was part of the wide-ranging that message technology analyst Arthur Goldstuck relayed at the Nelson Mandela University Business School in Summerstrand.
The sad sight of his fellow Zimbabweans in long queues for bags of mielie meal over
the COVID-19 pandemic inspired the PhD research of Nelson Mandela University marketing student Arnold Moyo.
Spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic, South African banks are shifting to chatbot-assisted customer service at a rapid rate, in line with global trends. Will clients accept the transition from human interaction to being served by a robot?
After a long and difficult road, Siyabonga Sirayi, associate lecturer in Business Management at Mandela University, managed to obtain his MCom degree in business management, cum laude, at the University’s Summer Graduation - a dream come true since his undergraduate days. And he is already working on ideas for his PhD.
For any university, its alumni are more than just graduates. Once they cross the stage and enter the workplace, these alumni become ambassadors who carry the university’s values and accomplishments into the world.
Professor Noel Chabani Manganyi was born during a time where the Black narrative was riddled with despondency. Symbolic of his birth was the greatness he would go on to pursue.

The journey to the coveted academic title of “doctor” usually takes years of hard work and dedication.


Madibaz’s JP van der Watt stayed alive in a three-way sudden death playoff to win the University Sports South Africa strokeplay title ahead of two teammates in Makhanda recently.


Ugandan economist Kenneth Mugambe sacrificed a senior Government position when he took early retirement in 2022 to follow his dream.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University doctoral researcher Mia Strand claimed the second runner-up position in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, hosted in South Africa by the University of the Free State. She also took the runner-up position at the institutional level at Mandela University, where eight students were selected to compete.  
SARB Governor Dr Lesetja Kganyago spells it out at Nelson Mandela University. Climate change is real, and we need decisive action to slow rising temperatures.
There is no longer a debate about whether artificial intelligence (AI) is a disrupter or enhancer, but rather about how to use its powers responsibly and for the public good.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP - Nelson Mandela University has just qualified as a Centre of Excellence for the Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) programme, one of only two in the Southern Hemisphere and 13thglobally.
Reasons to be Proud R2bP: Five Mandela University academics took the top awards at the recent 16th International Business Conference (IBC 2023) in Swakopmund, Namibia. In addition, the top awarded paper showed that ChatGPT could pass an MBA in South Africa.
Mandela University student Jason Sheehan has been selected for the Eastern Cape team to compete at the SA Fencing Championships in September in Gauteng, after only being active in the sport since March this year.
Recognising Africa as the next frontier for automotive opportunities, Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) is expanding into Sub-Saharan Africa and focusing on new energy mobility solutions.

A trio of Madibaz student-athletes are closing in on their best condition as they prepare to test themselves against their international peers at the World University Games in a fortnight’s time.

“I want to play a part in opening avenues for young Africans to rise and take their place on the world stage” says Jackson Tshabalala, 30, from the Leva Foundation, who was named in the Civil Society category of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2023.

Nelson Mandela University 2021/22 Researcher of the Year, Professor Andrew Phiri, from the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, draws on interdisciplinary econometric research to unveil key economic issues.

A call for a community of practice. 
Empowerment through Participation: Take Part in The Africanisation-Decolonisation Project at Nelson Mandela University (AFDEP-NMU) Survey.We would like to welcome you to participate in our AFDEP-NMU survey, which will assist us in exploring and developing a set of conceptual and programmatic criteria for the project. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University accounting graduates achieved an overall 93% pass rate in the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Initial Test of Competence (ITC).

At the age of 26, Gabriella Berman is the youngest PhD graduate in Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences since the merger in 2005.

Power to the people

With spiralling costs, loadshedding and a worldwide push for transforming energy systems, consumers are the losers – so empowering them to become part of the solution is key.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Second-year Inventory and Stores Management Diploma student at Mandela University, Sinalo Matwa, will participate in the 2023 Boccia National Championships as part of the Eastern Cape team.

In 2013, the National Youth Development Fund (NYDA) shifted from supporting prospective entrepreneurs through loans to grant funding as a means to stimulate economic activity and reduce youth unemployment.

As we celebrate International Tourist Guide Day today (21 February), we tend to forget about the legislative framework that underpins the work associated with guiding tourists.

Nelson Mandela University’s economics lecturer, Dr Asanda Fotoyi, will present findings of her ground-breaking doctoral thesis into the National Youth Development Agency’s (NYDA) grant funding in the Eastern Cape.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Postgraduate student in Economics, Nonenelo Vuba, has been selected as one of the 20 finalists in the 51st Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.

Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences department head Dr Ayanda Deliwe reflects on what makes someone a leader.

Despite numerous personal hurdles to overcome, Zimbabwean student Tariro Shumba, graduated with her MCom in Marketing (cum laude) at Mandela University’s Summer Graduation on 12 December.

A burst of scoring in a group match against Botswana turned out to be the catalyst for the South African U19 netball team to claim gold at the Region V Games in Lilongwe, Malawi, recently.


Nelson Mandela University Post Doctorate Research Fellow Dr Godfred Anakpo is under no illusions about the economic challenges facing South Africa, but believes that through the development of evidence-based frameworks, plans can be formulated to address them effectively.

Soaring interest rates are likely to leave many people struggling to pay their debts, with the impact of this fiscal storm felt most acutely by those already working to make ends meet.

The doctoral research of Nelson Mandela University’s Economics lecturer Asanda Fotoyi focused on the economic impact assessment of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)’s grant funding in the Eastern Cape. 

Yusuf Adam, project manager at Nelson Mandela University’s Ocean Sciences Campus, graduated with a doctorate in Business Administration at the University’s Summer Graduation, with his research in line with the University’s emphasis on sustainable stewardship and the ocean sciences.

“We tend to forget that our fellow students go through many challenges. We portray that we can survive and that we do not need help. I encourage students to reach out to their peers in their group, a lecturer, or any other support structure. Just a listening ear can give hope”, says Ryan Gallant (48), who will graduated with his MBA (cum laude) on 12 December. 

The doctoral research of Nelson Mandela University’s Economics lecturer Asanda Fotoyi focused on the economic impact assessment of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)’s grant funding in the Eastern Cape. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: A team of staff, postgraduate students and alumni, under the umbrella of the Business and Economic Sciences Faculty recently won a silver medal in a BRICS high tech international industry competition with their business concept for a safe playground.

From being a business studies drop-out to sharing the stage with a Business School professor, hospitality entrepreneur Tenjiwe Francine Zana’s career has seen her swop broom for boardroom.

Green Scorpions director Dr Div de Villiers was the guest speaker at the inaugural Breakfast Club at the Nelson Mandela University Business School last week in Gqeberha, hitting out at greed and poverty and highlighting the role of leadership.

“The dream team is from South Africa, trained in our country, in our universities, in our schools, with our products.” – Dr Imtiaz Sooliman.

Each year, a call is sent out from the office of Dr Paul Tai-Hing for students to enter the GradStar Award Programme. The programme is an attempt to bring students into contact with industry leaders, with the end goal of making students more marketable in the job market.

To promote participation in the employment sector in the city, an education initiative of Nelson Mandela University and the Eastcape Training Centre (ETC) culminated in an awards ceremony at the University's Business School in Summerstrand last week.

Places where many people gather to work, study or live, and where they do not pay the water bill directly, are magnets for high water consumption.

Places where many people gather to work, study or live, and where they do not pay the water bill directly, are magnets for high water consumption.

Floods, fires, droughts and other natural hazards are a fact of life – but many communities refuse to recognise the risk.


Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Distinguished Professor in Information Technology and Director of the Centre for Community Technologies Professor Darelle van Greunen and Economics’ Professor Syden Mishi respectively have both won awards at the prestigious NRF Awards Ceremony.

The radical digital transformation of the financial services sector has severely affected the most vulnerable in our society.

To ensure productivity, leaders must constructively engage with the experience of all stakeholders — employees, clients, customers, service providers and consultants.

Anyone going through a tough spot; read on. Research conducted by Roelf van Niekerk, a clinical and industrial psychologist, and human resources practitioner, is so forward-thinking,  that Nelson Mandela University has awarded him a professorship.

The Nelson Mandela University Business School is proud to launch its new Master of Maritime Management (MMM) postgraduate degree.

Researchers at Nelson Mandela University have released a project report outlining best practices for improving student entrepreneurship support at South African public universities.

Coming from humble beginnings, Dr Munodani Chapano, utilised every opportunity that came his way to fight for his education and graduated on 20 April at Mandela University  with his PhD in Human Resource Management. 

Given the advances in artificial intelligence and automation taking place in the financial planning industry, Senior Lecturer in Business Management at Nelson Mandela University, Jackie Palframan based her PhD on developing the human side and its impact on value creation.

Siblings Andisa Tyiwani-Batala and Makabongwe Tyiwani will both graduate with their Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation.

Nelson Mandela University’s George Campus will make history during its Autumn Graduation Ceremony, when Cerneels Coetzee, 56, will receive the first doctorate in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences to be awarded at this campus.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The South African Institute of Accountants (SAICA) has released the results of the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) examination for Chartered Accountants confirming Mandela University’s quality of accounting education.

The Eastern Cape has the highest level of biodiversity in SA. As such, it is important to protect the province’s flora and fauna from habitat loss, alien species, pollution, human activity and overconsumption. 

Dr Conrad van Greunen has completed his second PhD in Business Management and graduated at the recent December 2021 graduation ceremony. Dr van Greunen has kindly given us an intimate view of the heart, personal foundation and framework that fuelled his meticulous persistence to become the first person in the Department of Business Management to earn two doctorates, both under the supervision of Prof Elmarie Venter.

Patrick Joel Turkson from Ghana, who will be graduating with his PhD in Marketing on 15 December at Nelson Mandela University’s graduation, says his doctoral supervisor Dr Felix Amoah told him that "a PhD is a journey", which he says he now totally confirms.

Dr Conrad van Greunen will be receiving his second PhD in Business Management at Nelson Mandela University on 15 December, both supervised by Prof Elmarie Venter.

Student entrepreneurship support at South African public universities to mitigate youth unemployment is the focus of a collaborative project between Nelson Mandela University, University of Pretoria, and Ghent University in Belgium.

Two staff members of the Department of Business Management have received promotions, which will take effect from 1 January 2022.

Patience, passion, and perseverance have marked the doctoral study success of Gabriel Kwadwo Twumasi, who will now graduate with a PhD in Business Management at Nelson Mandela University on 15 December.   

Protecting our environment and endangered marine life and the immense importance of the ocean, was the reason behind Andrea Govender’s Master’s in Accounting research, which created environmental awareness from an auditing perspective.

Business values in indigenous Black South African family businesses are influenced and shaped by their African culture, and the philosophy of Ubuntu. And parents are the most influential familial socialisation agents.

Under the umbrella of celebrating excellence, Nelson Mandela University recognised its top academic, professional, administrative and service staff in the categories of research, teaching, engagement, creative outputs and institutional support on 23 November.

From a matric side hustle to a growing business with potential for global success, energy entrepreneurs Kwanda Jakalase and Randolph Bruce Meth say a national competition has helped to give them international wings. 

The Nelson Mandela University Business School will assist the Metro Women Secondary Co-operative (MWSC) in enhancing their skills through training. Additionally, the secondary objective is to build an entrepreneurship eco-system in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and the Province.

Nelson Mandela University Business School is making history on the continent by offering an internationally recognised, new doctoral programme for business professionals and specialists.

Behavioural economics is key to helping escape the Eastern Cape’s water crisis – understanding how people view water allows for the development of strategies that can help change these views, and then the behaviour, in a systematic way.

As one of the largest institutions in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Nelson Mandela University is part of the city-wide efforts to save water and avert the impending Day Zero as far as possible.

As one of the largest institutions in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Nelson Mandela University is part of the city-wide efforts to save water and avert the impending Day Zero as far as possible.

Gqeberha student Wamkelwe Mdzanga has written a story, A Game Lonwabo Can Play, to help children understand how to interact with other children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Despite enduring an extraordinary learning and teaching environment during the 2020 academic year, Nelson Mandela University’s accounting graduates achieved an impressive 83% pass rate at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (SAICA) initial test of competence exam, the results of which were released last week. 

“My roots are in the Eastern Cape village of Centane where Wipagriculture, a subsidiary of Wiphold, has established a maize and soya bean farming project on 2500 hectares of land with 2800 landowners, of whom 52% are women,” says Gloria Serobe, leading South African businesswoman, CEO of Wipcapital, a subsidiary of Wiphold (Women Investment Portfolio Holdings) and pioneer in the field of broad-based economic empowerment for women.

Business Management’s Prof Shelley Farrington, as local promoter, and masters’ student Riyaad Ismael as lead researcher, have been focussing on the identification and distribution of best practices in university-based student entrepreneurship support and creating a student entrepreneurship development tool.

It is a massive concern that the official unemployment rate among people aged 15 to 34 in the fourth quarter of 2020 was 46%. 

In 2016, when BCom Business Management graduate Marie N'Guessan, arrived from Côte d’Ivoire, excited and ready to study at Nelson Mandela University, she had never been to South Africa and had just learnt to speak English.

The graduation of Gabriella Berman with an MCom: Marketing makes history for the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, and the Department of Marketing Management on the George campus.

The development of a new generation of entrepreneurs and investors, while at the same time guiding policymakers and the mining industry in the development of policies and strategies, are among the contributions and findings of PhD in Business Management graduate Talifhani Khubana’s study.

Junior lecturer in the Business Management Department at Nelson Mandela University, Storm Watson said the biggest challenge he encountered during his master’s journey had to be time management - balancing his personal life, work and studies.

New appointments have brought ‘feisty’ edge to business schools dialogue.

It is a massive concern that the official unemployment rate among people aged 15 to 34 in the fourth quarter of 2020 was 46%. 

With more than two in five young South Africans out of work, Nelson Mandela University’s School of Economics is presenting a free webinar on youth entrepreneurship on Wednesday, February 24.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Economics students, Ndivhuwo Malange and Lehlohonolo Domela, have been selected as two of the Top 20 finalists in the Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech competition.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Economics students, Ndivhuwo Malange and Lehlohonolo Domela, have been selected as two of the Top 20 finalists in the Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech competition.

The line between what you study at university and the career you ultimately pursue has become increasingly blurred, says the Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Lesetja Kganyago, who was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce by Nelson Mandela University, during its online Business and Economic Sciences Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 17 December.