College of Economic & Management Sciences

Meet Professor Kerstin Jordaan – A whiz with numbers

As a B3 NRF-rated academic, Professor Kerstin Jordaan is one of only three B-rated female mathematicians in South Africa. She is also only the fifth female in her field to have been rated in this category since the inception of the NRF ratings in 1984. Read more

Venda’s first mathematics PhD graduate joins CEMS

Prof Dephney Mathebula, one of the recent appointees in Decision Sciences, was the first person to obtain a doctoral degree in mathematics at the University of Venda in 2018. Until she joined Unisa she was working as a senior lecturer at the University of Venda. Read more

Africa needs a new approach to human settlements

A new approach to informal settlements in Africa is necessary to ensure inclusive and sustainable development. Such an approach should include a review of outdated and restrictive policies, Professor Prudence Khumalo of the Department of Public Administration and Management remarked during his inaugural lecture on 24 February. Read more

Budget 2022: Government should face SA’s problems head-on

A panel of specialists participating in the College of Economic and Management Sciences’ fourth Budget Discussion concurred that the tax windfall from the surge in commodity prices in 2021 brought budget relief in the short term, but that concerns remained for the long term. Read more

Remote working not as positive as expected

‘Many employees reported increased levels of stress, loneliness and even depression due to being forced to work from home,’ said Professor Ingrid Potgieter during her inaugural lecture. Read more

The changing workplace requires a new role for industrial psychologists

In his inaugural lecture, Professor Rudi Oosthuizen argued that smart technology, artificial intelligence, robotics and algorithms, among others, have a major impact on the role of industrial psychologists in the workplace. Read more

Professor Makhitha has a passion for emerging market online shoppers

In her inaugural address, Professor Merci Makhitha shared fascinating insights into the ever-growing online shopping market in South Africa. Read more

New technologies present opportunities for supply chain management

Africa was hard hit by the disruption of supply chains and those who sit at the apex of the continent’s supply chain are justifiably worried about the events of the past 18 months. Read more

NSTF-South32 triple nomination honour for exceptional Unisan

Thrilled to have been nominated in three categories of the 2020/2021 NSTF-South32 Awards, Unisa's Prof Marcia Mkansi says that the nominations create visibility and attract industry, academic and government partners to collaborate with her and other researchers, to play a more meaningful role in the transformation of Africa. Read more

Research recognition for two young CEMS academics

Dr Catherine le Roux and Alicia Weber received the Principal’s Award for Excellence in Research at the recent virtual Unisa Research & Innovation Awards Ceremony. Each accepted R15 000 and a certificate. Read more