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.

This year’s conference theme was:  Responsible Management in Disruptive Times. A total of 130 papers from South Africa, Venda, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Illinois (USA) were presented.

Two well-known keynote speakers assisted us in understanding how disruption could be managed both in business and in education.  Mr Tommie van Zyl, the CEO of ZZ2 which produces more than half of South Africa’s tomatoes and avocados employs more than 10 000 employees.  Prof Jonathan Jansen is well known for his research on politics of knowledge in schools and universities.  Other events included:  the welcoming cocktail function on the Monday evening, sponsored by Oxford; two before-lunch book launches sponsored by Cengage and Pearson respectively on the Monday and Tuesday; our annual gala dinner (sponsored by Juta) took place at the Feather Market Centre, located in Central. 

Chair of the Conference:  Prof Elmarie Venter and Organising Committee:  Prof Madéle Tait, Dr Paul Tai-Hing, Prof Sandra Perks, Mrs Jasmine Kinsman, Prof Janine Krüger, Prof Shelley Farrington and Dr Shelley Beck, Mr Danie Ferreira, Dr Ayanda Deliwe and Mr Abdul Jappie.                              



                  Above: some members of the organising committee