Monalisa Mapapu completed the Muenster School of Business (MSB) Summer School, which was a two week programme that took place from the 12th of July to the 23rd of July 2021.

On 5th of November Professor Progress Hove-Sibanda, Associate Professor in the Department of Logistics, presented on the topic Collecting primary data using questionnaires. The session was a tenth live broadcast of the Research Support Webinar Series, hosted by the African Institute of Supply Chain Research.

Just over three weeks ago, Prof Shelley Farrington, Prof Elmarie Venter and Mr Welcome Kupangwa, who are members of the Nelson Mandela University Family Business Unit (FBU) participated in the first virtual Family Business Research and Practice conference.


During the month of October, the Financial Planning Society hosted their closing function. The purpose of the event was for the guest speakers to share their knowledge of the financial planning industry and how to handle money. The first guest speaker was Jon-Paul Raper, a Financial Planner and business owner of ITSHE Business Solutions. The second guest speaker in attendance was Sive Loyilane, an executive Financial Planner at Standard Bank.


Prof Elmarie Venter and Mr Tony Matchaba-Hove attended the 2nd PWC Family Business Conference in Johannesburg on 17 July 2019 at Southern Sun ORT Airport.  

Above: Mr Tony Matchaba-Hove and Prof Elmarie Venter

The beyond the Classroom Leadership 2019 celebrations ceremony was held on Friday 25th October at the Indoor Sports Complex.


During the 31st Annual Conference of the Southern African Institute of Management Scientists, which was hosted by the School of Management Sciences (Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences) at the Nelson Mandela University, two papers on family businesses were presented.  

Dr Shelley Beck was the Runner-up of the Best Masters Award during the Annual Clearwater competition. 

Prof Elmarie Venter and Dr Shelley Beck attended the 5th KPMG Family Business Conference in Johannesburg at Emoyeni Estate on 17 September 2019.

Above (from left): Dr Shelley Beck & Prof Elmarie Venter

On Thursday, 26 September 2019, Prof Venter was invited to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the Windesheim Family Business Unit in the Netherlands.  

A successful and well attended 31st Annual Conference of the Southern African Institute of Management Scientists was hosted by the School of Management Sciences (Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences) at the Nelson Mandela University.

Mr Hassan Mohamed and Dr. Roger Muller from the Department of Management Practice and Prof Chantal Rootman from the Department of Business Management recently attended the International Conference on Business and Management Dynamics (ICBMD) held in Swakopmund, Namibia          from 2 – 4 September 2019.

Above (from left to right): Dr Roger Muller, Prof Chantal Rootman & Mr Hassan Mohamed

Professor Madéle Tait: DOS: School of Management Sciences and staff members from the School, Ms Vanessa Smith and Ms Chantell Vogts (Department of Logistics) made seventy-four crochet items, such as beanies, headbands, gloves, scarves and booties for Mandela Day 2019.

The Financial literacy workshop was held on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 from 17h00 until 19h00 at Senate Hall, North Campus.

During the month of August, the Financial Planning Society hosted the Opening Function themed Financial Literacy Workshop. The event was aimed at providing more information to members on the effects of saving and budgeting. Each attendant received a budget booklet and workbook from the FPI (Financial Planning Institute).

On 22 July 2019, Mr. Mkumatela from the Department of Logistics visited the Shatterprufe plant in Struandale, where two of the Inventory and Stores 3rd year students are busy completing their experiential training.

From left to right: Mr. Y Mkumatela – Department of Logistics; Mr. Rayhaan Liberty (Shatterprufe); Sisipho Maguga (3rd  year Inventory and Stores student); Asiphe Pato (3rd year Inventory and Stores student) and Mr. Melvin Klassen (Shatterprufe).


Two students from the Department of Management Practice is currently attending a Summer School in Muenster, Germany. 

Prof Shelley Farrington and Dr Riyaadh Lillah attended the third annual national Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Lekgotla in Durban from the 25th to the 28th June. 

Above: Dr Riyaadh Lillah & Prof Shelley Farrington


During the month of May, the Financial Planning Society hosted a lunch hour talk themed Investments. The event was aimed at providing informative information to students on the relevance of investing, using investing for wealth creation and investing from a young age. Three speakers were invited to the event, Mr David Rigby and Mr Greg Louw, both Financial Advisors from PW Harvey & Co accompanied by Mr Gavin Harvey, a co-director at PW Harvey & Co.

The International family enterprise research academy (IFERA) conference was held between the 17th and 21st of June 2019 in Bergamo, Italy.


Dr Shelley Beck attended the Siyaphumelela conference at the Wanders Club between the 25th and 27th of June 2019 in Johannesburg. 

Students in the BCom Logistics and Transport Economics course took part in a factory tour of the Volkswagen manufacturing plant in Uitenhage in May. Students were given a tour of the facility and the VW Museum allowing them to add practical experience to the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom.

Prof Shelley Farrington and Dr Riyaadh Lillah from the School of Management Sciences were invited by colleagues from the University of Ghent, Belgium, to assist them in preparing a proposal for submission to VLIR-UOS. VLIR-UOS is an academic cooperation between the Flemish universities of Belgium, which provides funding for projects initiated and undertaken in partnerships between universities in Flanders (Belgium) and in the South (e.g. South Africa). 



The Financial Planning Society hosted their Opening Function themed financial literacy and the financial planning industry. This event was aimed at providing an insight to both financial planning students and non- financial planning students on the importance of saving, budgeting and the relevance of the financial planner in order to manage money better. Also, for financial planning students to learn what the work of a financial planner entails on a day to day basis. Three speakers were invited to the event, Ms Chantelle Els CFP® from Kevlar Financial Services, Mr David Rigby a Financial and wealth advisor from PW Harvey and Mr Gavin Harvey a Co-director at PW Harvey.


By: Andisile Klaas

Port Elizabeth - Nelson Mandela University’s Enactus with the Family Business Unit hosted “Transforming a Business into a Family Empire”, an event aimed at encouraging students to take their loved ones into their entrepreneurial journeys to create generational wealth. The event took place on Wednesday, April 4th at the South Campus’ Main Building Council Chambers.

In January 2019, Dr Shelley Beck took over as the Director of the Nelson Mandela University’s Family Business Unit (FBU). The FBU works closely with leading scholars and family businesses to provide excellence in family business research and teaching, and is a valuable resource for family business owners, advisors to family businesses, researchers, and policy-makers interested in the field. Madibaz News sat down briefly with the Dr Beck and asked her a few questions on her passion for family businesses and where she sees the unit going forward during her tenure as Director.

The Nelson Mandela University Family Business Unit presented its seventh successful Family Business Consultant Short Learning Programme from 24-27 January 2019 at the PWC Head office, Waterfall City, Johannesburg.


Recently, Dr Paul Tai-Hing from the Department of Management Practice was keynote speaker at a Santam Breakfast during Global Entrepreneurship Week held at Running Waters.

I have had eight years teaching and lecturing experience, with one and a half years at a private university (CTI education group) and the rest at Nelson Mandela University.


My teaching and learning philosophy is to facilitate students’ learning through creating a dynamic, blended learning and encouraging environment that enables learning and promotes excellence. It is vital for me that my students feel free to express themselves and are exposed to current trends in the business and/or marketing field in my classes. In so doing giving each student the tools they need to excel and reach their full potential.    


Mrs Jasmine Kinsman from the Department of Business Management was named Faculty and Institutional Emerging Excellent Teacher of the Year.

Follow the link below to view her portfolio:


Congratulations Jasmine on your award and your success!

The Financial Planning Society held their final lunch hour talk for the year themed “How to grow in the Financial Services Industry”. The guest speaker for the event was Nelson Mandela University Alumni Ms Anelisa Mti CFP®. 

Inspired by the popular saying ‘Marketing is what Marketers do’, the Department of Marketing Management strives to provide real life opportunities for their marketing students to put into practice the theory acquired in the classroom during the year. This year, Dr Felix Amoah collaborated with the Debt Review Centre (DRC) and hosted the 2nd Annual advertising showcase with the PE campus Diploma Marketing Management students for their Advertising and Sales Promotion Module, offered in their 3rd year of study. 

The Financial Planning Society recently hosted a lunch hour talk, aimed at educating members on the important areas of tax and savings. The theme of the talk was “Personal Income Tax and Tax-free savings”. The guest speaker of the event was Mr Daniel Baines who is currently working at Mazars Port Elizabeth as a Tax Consultant and is an author of “How to get a SARS refund”. He gave some valuable insights on tax deductions and how an individual can set up a tax-free savings account. It was an interactive session where members were able to ask questions relating to the topic. Mr Baines expanded on the tax considerations that business owners must keep in mind once they start earning a certain amount of profit per year.


The Financial Planning Society at the Nelson Mandela University hosted a special event themed, “How to make your money work for you”. This event was aimed at giving insight to all the members, including those who may not be studying Financial Planning, on how they can best make use of their money. It also aimed at encouraging everyone on how to budget, which was very valuable to many of the members of the society. Two guest speakers headlined the event:

·         Mr Viwe Mlonzi (Financial Advisor at Liberty)

·         Mr Buntu Bam (Financial Planning Consultant at Alexander Forbes)


Miss Saunders from the Department of Business Management has been awarded Faculty Excellent Teacher of the Year: 2018.


Miss Shelley Saunders from the Department of Business Management presented a lecture at Fachhochschule Osnabrück entitled “Marketing communications: A dynamic global environment” between 14 May to 18 May 2018.

Prof Elmarie Venter, Director of the Family Business Unit, attended the Family Business Conference held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday, May 24th 2018. The theme for the Conference was Build a flourishing and resilient family business.   

As part of the Marketing Cares initiative, the Marketing Department on Second Avenue Campus crocheted blankets for the State Pensioners that reside at Cuyler Home in Central. A total of 14 blankets were handmade and handed over to the Algoa Bay Council for the Aged representative on 4 June 2018. Some extra love and warmth for a chilly winter!


On Friday, 20 April 2018, the High Achievers 2017 Certification Ceremony was held. Below is the feedback from students of the Department of Management Practice concerning the programme experience (in their own words).


A world-renowned scholar of Marketing Research, Professor Naresh Malhotra visited the School of Management Sciences as well as the Business School to talk about his research and to exchange ideas regarding marketing research in emerging markets.

Prof Elmarie Venter received a C1 rating from the National Research Foundation for the period 2018-2023.  Her rating was based on eight international and national review reports.  Prof Venter is the only one in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences who has received an NRF rating since 2017.  

Academics from the School of Management Sciences attended The 2018 Annual Conference of the Emerging Markets Conference Board and Doctoral Consortium held at the University of the Witwatersrand, Business School, Johannesburg, 6 – 7 April 2018.

During my childhood it never occurred to me that one day I would be referred to as a ‘Doctor’. Mainly due to a lack of role models. In the small township where I come from, to my knowledge, there is only one individual who studied and obtained a PhD. This became one of the compelling reasons that kept me going.

The 7th Annual International Conference on Human Resource Management and Personal Development in the digital age (HRM & PD) and the 6th Annual International Conference on Enterprise Marketing and Globalisation (EMG) combined conference was held on the 11th and 12th of December 2017 in Singapore.