About the Faculty of Management Sciences


We excel in the empowerment of world-class professionals and entrepreneurs from rural and developing communities. 


We will achieve our vision by developing, implementing and continuously evaluating research initiatives, learning and teaching programmes as well as community engagement endeavours that are innovative, while working in partnership with our respective communities or stakeholders, with a view to achieving practical development and growth. 


 In all our learning and teaching, research and community engagement endeavours, we demonstrate and uphold the highest standards of:

  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Ethics 
  • Accountability
  • Excellence.


Concerning research, we are conscious of the inextricable link between our teaching role as academics as well as our research role and how the two should influence each other in an upward spiral or virtuous cycle. 

Our mantra is to teach what we research and to research what we teach. Our research niche areas below are proposed against this backdrop. 

Generically the following are the broad areas of research focus for the Faculty. 

The departments will have their own, more detailed and nuanced niche areas in their departmental strategies. 

Entrepreneurship development with a focus on SMEs in Greenfield operations, within the context of the Provincial Growth and Development Plan (EC-PGDP).

Among others, these include agro-processing, downstream manufacturing, tourism and so forth. 

The enquiry also includes different forms of entrepreneurship, such as co-operatives and the search for effective models that include and empower communities. 

Accounting for service delivery in the Eastern Cape Province in general and in local authorities in particular. 

This includes research into financial skills, management controls and practices, ethical issues in management, compliance with King II and III Codes of Governance, for example, general financial skills and literacy research and solutions are included.

Alternative forms of dispute resolution as well as alternative governance and leadership models (for example, traditional leadership, traditional courts), within a human rights framework. 

Economic growth and development models for rural and peri-urban areas, with a focus on the Eastern Cape, but with lessons and implications for the SADC region. 

This includes new models of black economic empowerment, environmental impact assessment, the Global Financial Crisis and its impact on developing economies, particularly poor and rural communities.

Human Capital Development and contemporary challenges such as HIV/Aids at work, human resources management challenges in Africa, productivity enhancement models in the developmental context, new and relevant management and leadership paradigms, for example.


The following Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas are offered by the faculty.

Dean of Faculty

Mrs Bulelwa Nguza-Mduba, MBL (Unisa), MEd (UOFS), BCom (Hons), BEd (Unisa), BCom (ED), STD (Unitra)

Telephone: +27 (0) 47 401 6279

Email: bnguza-mduba@wsu.ac.za

Department of Accounting

Head of Department

Mr Manoj Panicker, MBL (Unisa), ACMA, CGMA (CIMA, UK)

Telephone: +27 (0) 47 401 6248

Email: mpanicker@wsu.ac.za

Department of Management

Head of Department

Mrs S Majova, Masters in Human Resources Management (NMU)

Telephone: +27 (0) 47 401 6209

Email: smajova@wsu.ac.za

Department of Tourism and Hospitality 

Head of Department

Mr Z Cengimbo, MTech, BAdmin (TSA)

Telephone: +27 (0) 47 401 6143

Email: zcengimbo@wsu.ac.za

Department of Public Management and Administration

Head of Department

Ms N Mefi, ND:  OMT, BTech (OMT (DUT)

Telephone: +27 (0) 47 401 6004

Email: nmefi@wsu.ac.za

About Us

Our Departments

  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Management
  • Department of Public Management and Administration
  • Department of Tourism and Hospitality