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Welcome to the School of Management Studies

The School of Management Studies is a vibrant and interdisciplinary department in the Faculty of Commerce. Originally established in 1964 along with the Bachelor of Business Science degree, the department was initially created as the Department of Business Science, taking primary responsibility for the convening and development of this prestigious 4-year degree.

Three decades later, in 1994, this successful and expanding department was re-named the School of Management Studies, incorporating several academic disciplines in a variety of sections. Each section is involved in a range of both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas and courses. While enjoying close and collegial alignment and integration under the banner of the School, the diverse sections have the freedom and responsibility to manage their own affairs, both administrative and academic. As can be seen below, it is this very diversity that makes the School unique in the tertiary educational landscape of South Africa and is one of its core strengths. Read more ...

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Joel is a prof in the making
23 June, 2016

A senior lecturer in the Marketing section of Management Studies, Dr Joel Chigada, has been identified as part of the next generation of professoriate in Commerce.

The reason for his selection is not hard to see, according to Dr Kanshukan Rajaratnam, Strategic Projects Manager in Commerce.

He said: “Joel joined the Marketing Section with a wealth of both industry and academic experience. Soon after joining UCT, he was asked to lead the Marketing Section. Marketing is a discipline where students have asked for more contextualizing of class examples and case studies to the South African and African setting. He has the knowledge and leadership skills to make this happen. For example, he has already developed case studies involving Nandos and MTN.”

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Big dreams bear fruit
10 June, 2016

When Sibusiso Pinky Sibindi was still in Grade 11, she participated in the making of a Dutch documentary about five South African children. The film was called Leaving Mandela Park and looked at how music and dance could help them to overcome their circumstances.

Pinky was chosen because she was a dancer – the others were a rapper, a violinist, an opera singer and a drummer. The documentary followed their day-to-day lives at home, in school and in their communities and focused in particular on their dreams.

When Pinky graduates, the documentary makers will be there again to record her achievement, although in a discipline some might suggest is as far from the arts as is possible.

On 15 June 2016 Pinky graduates with an honours in accounting, and she has set her sights on becoming a chartered accountant – just one more step on the road to achieving her dreams.

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Own your story’ says BCom graduate Rosy Mudzanani
08 June, 2016

Despite living through many hardships while growing up in Limpopo, including being orphaned at seven and losing her only sister in her final year of study, Rosy Mudzanani completed her BCom degree in economics and finance at UCT at the end of 2015.

She is currently doing her BCom honours in financial analysis and portfolio management at UCT.

“Last year in March, my sister passed away … Last year was also my final year, but I told myself that I have to graduate, because I have a lot of people who are looking up to me,” says Rosy. “But I’m grateful for all the challenges that I went through because I would never be where I am today if it was easy. If it was easy, you would never be thankful.”

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