School of Accounting, Economics and Finance

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Students who had 2020 access permits, need a 2021 access permit. (Staff permits remained valid from 2020 into 2021).

Virtual Open Day 2021


Professor Mabutho Sibanda Dean and Head of School: SAEF, Associate Professor

Welcome message from Dean and Head of School

A warm South African welcome to the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance – a School with a mission to train and develop professionals to service both the public and private sectors in this ever-changing socio-economic environment. As a School, we pride ourselves in quality teaching that is informed by research and practice. The School’s dynamic team of academic staff constantly reviews programme materials in order to meet the evolving needs of employers. In doing this, we remain committed to the pedagogic principles of teaching and learning whilst emphasizing innovation and creativity in the classroom and beyond. To this end, the School has two advisory boards – the Accounting Programmes Advisory Board (APAB) and the School Research Advisory Board (SRAB). Both boards are chaired by external/industry practitioners and have at least 50% of membership from diverse sectors of the economy.

The School comprises the disciplines of Accounting, Economics and Finance and has over 3 000 students, of which about 900 are at postgraduate level. Our Accounting Programmes (Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (CTA)) are South African Instituted of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) accredited at level 1 – the highest level of accreditation achievable. Accounting graduates from the School have consistently attained a pass rate of at least 90% in the SAICA Initial Test of Competence (ITC) exams over the past three years.

The School also offers two other programmes that are professionally accredited – the Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Management Accounting & Finance (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants accredited) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning (Financial Planning Institute accredited).

To promote access, the School offers some programmes in the evening in order to allow those employed to attend lectures. These programmes are offered in the School’s Self-Funded Teaching Programmes (SFTP) headed by the SFTP Director.

The School’s Professional Services Staff (PSS), led by the School Operations Manager, will greet you with a smile and spirit of excellence. Please refer to their profiles for contact details.

Matriculants have an option to pursue the SAICA accredited Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting degree or the Bachelor of Business Science in Finance or Economics degree with us.

I look forward to interacting with you soon!
Inspiring Greatness


The School of Accounting, Economics & Finance is spread across two campuses- Westville Campus and Pietermaritzburg offering a variety of undergraduate and postgraduates programmes. These programmes are offered across the three disciplines- Accounting, Economics and Finance.

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