Welcome to the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance

The School of Accounting, Economics & Finance offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses. The School offers programmes in the disciplines of Applied Economics; Auditing; Economics; Finance; Financial Accounting; Managerial Accounting and Finance; and Taxation.

Accounting

The School offers diverse courses towards the training of professionals in the field of Financial and Management accounting as well as Taxation. Its core business, however, is the training of Chartered Accountants. The Accounting Programmes offered by the School are accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

Accounting Graduates from UKZN are in demand by the accounting profession and other businesses. They are found in senior positions around South Africa and in the financial capitals of the world. The School also consistently produces leading taxation experts.

Economics

The discipline of Economics offers programmes from undergraduate to doctoral levels. Key specialisations include Environmental Economics, Labour Economics, Maritime Transport Economics, Industrial Organisation and Health Economics. These, together with core modules in Econometrics and Micro- and Macroeconomics, provide students with a buffet table of options and electives unmatched at other Southern African universities. 

Finance

The Finance programme is one of the fastest-growing at both undergraduate and honours levels within the College, and has become the most popular stream in the prestigious Bachelor of Business Science degree. The finance courses are structured to prepare students for careers in the financial services industry but with exposure to both investment and corporate finance, students are also well-suited for employment in finance departments in organisations in other sectors. The programme is well-respected by industry with our students taking up positions in the major financial institutions in South Africa as well as those in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry. 

Research Initiatives and Partnerships

In an effort to transform the accounting profession in South Africa the School works closely with SAICA and we are proud to have produced a significant number of black Chartered Accountants in South Africa. 

The School and its associated Units contributes to research in the College. 
Colleagues within the School are engaged actively with the Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) network, which aims to stimulate research in South African institutions and provides a vehicle for publications. ERSA workshops, targeting senior post graduate students and young academics, have been held in the School. 

The School is also intimately involved with the Economic Society of South Africa with members of the School serving on the Board of the Economic Development Strategic Research Initiative (EDSRI). Many of our finance staff are also active participants in the Southern African Finance Association (SAFA). 

Academics in the discipline of Taxation are active members of the South African Taxation Educators Association (SATEA).

Academic colleagues maintain research links with a number of universities abroad, in Europe, elsewhere in Africa and in the United States.

National and Community Engagement

Academics in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance engage actively with the community as part of their teaching and research. These links include a long-term involvement with the Competition Tribunal, strong links with the eThekwini Municipality, with provincial structures, with the National Department of Transport, and with the national maritime and port-ancillary community.

The School offers a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. These include:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
  • Bachelor of Business Science
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Finance, Banking and Investment Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Economics
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Finance
  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Commerce in Maritime Studies
  • Master of Accountancy in Financial Accounting
  • Doctoral Studies in Accounting, Economics and Finance



Dr Mabutho Sibanda
     

Dr Mabutho Sibanda joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal in September 2007 and is currently Interim Dean and Head of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance in the College of Law and Management Studies. Mabutho is a blended academic with six years of investment banking experience and 12 years of lecturing experience. Prior to his appointment as Interim Dean and Head of School, Mabutho served as Academic Leader – Finance for two and a half years, Programme Manager for the Postgraduate Diploma in Finance, Banking & Investment Management for three years,  and postgraduate coordinator in the Finance discipline for three years. As an investment banker, Mabutho rose through the ranks from being a Corporate Finance Analyst to become Investment & Portfolio Manager. Mabutho has hands-on experience in commercialization of state enterprises, structured finance, financial modelling, investment analysis and portfolio management.

Mabutho’s research area is in financial markets with a particular focus on institutional investment. Mabutho has published articles on the role of institutional investors and mutual funds in the finance-growth nexus, and the herd behavior of mutual funds on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Mabutho is currently researching dividend clientele and institutional stock selection in South Africa. Mabutho also has an interdisciplinary research focus having published articles on teaching and learning, small to medium enterprise development, financial literacy and development studies. He has presented papers on Finance and interdisciplinary research at several international and local conferences. He is also supervising Masters and PhD students working on the niche area of institutional investment and financial literacy.  

On the teaching and learning front, Mabutho teaches Corporate Finance at Honours and MBA levels, Investment and Portfolio Management at MBA level and Financial Risk Management at undergraduate level.  Mabutho believes in an inclusive participatory pedagogic approach to teaching and learning that suits dynamic and diverse student backgrounds.    Mabutho has also developed a new programme – the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning, which is aimed at improving the skills base in the financial planning fraternity in South Africa and beyond, in line with the National Development Plan.

Mabutho holds an Advanced Diploma in Banking; a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) Honours, and MSc in Finance and Investment from the National University of Science and Technology; and received a PhD in Finance and Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Mabutho is a Member of the Investments Analysts Society of South Africa and an Associate Member of the Institute of Risk Management of South Africa.  


  News
  • Inaugural Auditing Discussion Forum a Great Success

    Inaugural Auditing Discussion Forum a Great Success

    [16 March, 2017] “Quality Control Within Audit Firms and Auditors’ Liability” was the topic for a panel discussion hosted on the Westville campus by the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.

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  • National Budget Reviewed During Discussions at UKZN

    National Budget Reviewed During Discussions at UKZN

    [10 March, 2017] The School of Accounting, Economics and Finance’s Macroeconomics Working Group (MWG) hosted a Post budget debate to enable participants to share views on the 2017 National Budget.

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  • Inaugural Accounting Professions Day Attracts Hundreds of Students

    Accounting students at the Accounting Professions Day.

    [10 March, 2017] The inaugural Accounting Professions Day hosted by the College of Law and Management Studies was a roaring success with hundreds of students attending and engaging with prospective employers.

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  • UKZN Accounting Programmes Retain SAICA Accreditation

    UKZN Accounting Programmes Retain SAICA Accreditation
    March 02, 2017

    [02 March, 2017] Accounting programmes run by UKZN’s School of Accounting, Economics and Finance remain accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) following a recent review by the Institute.

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  • Fall in Love with Maths – Accounting Academic

    Accounting academic Dr Msizi Mkhize engaging with Inanda Comprehensive High School pupils

    [15 Feb, 2017] That was the gist of the message on Valentine’s Day from School of Accounting, Economics and Finance’s Lecturer and Thuthuka Project Co-ordinator, Dr Msizi Mkhize.

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  • HEARD Launches Flagship Population Project

    HEARD recently launched a flagship project aimed at key populations in SADC countries.

    [09 Feb, 2017] KZN’s Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) hosted the official launch of a flagship project which aims to link policy and programming through research for at risk populations in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, including members of the LGBTI community and other at risk youth.

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  • Health, Trade, Environmental and Business Matters Explored at Research Day

    School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Research Day participants.

    [09 Feb, 2017] The School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF) began the 2017 academic year on a productive note with the hosting of its Annual Research Day and Biannual Postgraduate Research Seminar at the Ascot Conference Centre in Pietermaritzburg.

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  • UKZN Graduate making her mark in the Finance World

    Ms Risha Rajkumar.

    [02 Dec, 2016] A Chartered Accountant (CA) qualification continues to open doors for career growth for UKZN Accounting graduate Ms Risha Rajkumar.

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  • Students Showcase Innovative Entrepreneurial Thinking at Business Challenge

    Team BuzziBee Boutique celebrating their victory.

    [02 Dec, 2016] Business Partners, sponsors of the Integrated Business Studies (IBS) presentations by UKZN Bachelor of Business Science students, has committed to financing all the innovative business solutions showcased on the day.

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  • School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Hosts Research Supervision Workshop

    Professor Elizabeth Stack.

    [17 Nov, 2016]Accounting academics holding a master’s degree or PhD honed their supervision skills at a research workshop in Durban facilitated by Professor Elizabeth Stack of Rhodes University.

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  • UKZN Accounting Students Clinch Fourth Place at International Competition

    The winning team: twins Mr Steffen Wies (left) and Mr Rudolph Wies with Mr Mahomed Osman.

    [17 Nov, 2016]Twins and third year Accounting students Mr Steffen and Mr Rudolph Wies, with colleague Mr Mahomed Osman, made UKZN proud when they finished fourth in the CFO Case Study Competition in Johannesburg.

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  • High Tea Celebration for Book Publications

    Publications celebrated at the High Tea.

    [11 Oct, 2016]The College of Law and Management Studies recently hosted a Book and Book Chapters High Tea Celebration.

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  • Research Excellence Celebrated at College of Law and Management Studies

    College of Law and Management Studies Research Day participants.

    [11 Oct, 2016]The College of Law and Management Studies celebrated great strides in research during its recent Research Days which saw over 80 academics and postgraduate students showcasing quality research done in the College’s various disciplines.

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  • Accounting Lecturer gives Career Guidance to KwaMashu and Pinetown Communitiest

    Dr Msizi Mkhize addressing the congregation.

    [30 Sep, 2016] Career guidance was at the centre of presentations by School of Accounting, Economics and Finance’s Thuthuka Project Co-ordinator Dr Msizi Mkhize to audiences in Pinetown and KwaMashu.

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  • Accounting Students Benefit from Extra Tuition Programme

    Extra tuition classes participants.

    [15 Sep, 2016] Giving up spare time at weekends to get extra tuition is a sacrifice but also an investment some UKZN Accounting students make in pursuit of academic excellence.

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  • Prominent Business Leaders at UKZN’s Business Management Conference

    Prominent Business Leaders at UKZN’s Business Management Conference

    [2 Sep, 2016] Issues such a global sustainability challenges and potential solutions were the focus of the discussion between prominent leaders from the business and government sectors and academia at the 4th Business Management Conference (BMC) which was hosted by the UKZN College of Law and Management Studies from 24 to 26 August at the Riverside Hotel, Durban.

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  • HEARD demonstrates its Capacity as Top African Research Centre

    HEARD showcases its skills as a leading African Research centre.

    [29 Aug, 2016] Hailed as a Centre of Excellence since its establishment in 1998, UKZN’s Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) has again demonstrated its capacity as one of the most influential research centres in Africa.

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  • School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Academic contributes to Maritime Economics on a Global Scale

    Mr Sanele Gumede at the international Maritime Transport and Ports Conference in China.

    [15 Aug, 2016] Maritime Economics Researcher, Mr Sanele Gumede is part of an international Maritime Transport and Ports special interest group which sees researchers and scholars deliberate and exchange ideas on maritime issues with the aim of growing the global economy.

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  • HEARD’s Disability Research named in UNICEF’s Best for 2016

    HEARD’s disability research has been named in UNICEF’s Best Research for 2016.

    [15 Aug, 2016] A pilot study conducted by HEARD researchers at UKZN on the hidden cost of disability in South Africa has been named in UNICEF’s Best Research in 2016. UNICEF - the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund - is a United Nations programme which provides humanitarian assistance and development to mothers and children in the developing world.

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  • Growing Research in Economics a Priority for the Macroeconomics Working Group

    Macroeconomics Working Group members delivering their presentations at the MBALI Conference.

    [01 Sep, 2016] Eleven members of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance’s (SAEF) Macroeconomics Working Group (MWG) presented their research at the University of Zululand’s Management, Business, Administration and Legal Initiatives (MBALI) International Conference.

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  Events
 Disciplines
   
  • Discipline of Accounting The Accounting Discipline at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is mainly in the business of producing Chartered Accountants. It's graduates are in demand by the accounting profession and other businesses. They are found in senior positions around South Africa and in the financial capitals of the world.UKZN is registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), and provides courses in accordance with its curriculum. 

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    The Graduate School of Business and Leadership
  • Discipline of Economics The Economics section comprises of academics with a diverse range of research interests and who are wideley published in their fields of specialisation. Students therefore can choose from a broad array of research areas in pursuing further academic study including: trade and industry; environmental economics; labour economics; health economics; transport economics; conflict and security and macroeconomic policy.

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    Model 2
  • Discipline of Finance Finance considers how individual organisations earn or raise money, how they employ or invest their money and how they distribute the money that they earn. Financial decision-making is complex because of the need to balance wealth creation against risk. Finance develops the principles and practices required by firms and investors in making financial decisions.

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    Model 3
  • Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies The Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies at UKZN’s Howard College campus, is a strategic research and knowledge initiative through its close proximity to the most active general cargo port and the most extensive port-ancillary maritime “Cluster” in the southern hemisphere. 

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    School of Applied Human Sciences
  • HEARD HEARD is a leading applied research centre with a global reputation for its research, education programmes, technical services, partnerships and networks, devoted to addressing the broad health challenges of Africa. HEARD’s aim is to shape public health policy and practice in order to reduce health inequalities in Africa and to improve the reach, comprehensiveness and quality of health services delivery throughout the region.

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    School of Applied Human Sciences
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