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Welcome to the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA) homepage.

SABSA aims not only to improve the recognition of the organisation as a representative of SA business schools with government and regulatory bodies, but also to strengthen ties with the business fraternity. SABSA members all offer MBA or MBL programmes accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). Nineteen member business schools are spread geographically around South Africa offering full-time, part-time, modular or executive MBA programmes. A broad range of Executive Education short courses are also offered.

Visit the members section to locate a school to meet your needs.


SABSA'S Board of Directors 2018-2020

 Dr Randall Jonas  Fulu Netswera     Prof Nicola Kleyn

Chairperson: Dr Randall Jonas    Vice: Prof Fulu Netswera         Vice: Prof Jon Foster-Pedley       Immediate Past Chairperson: Prof Nicola Kleyn                                    


In 2018, South African Business Schools had 276 registered Doctoral Students.

Six schools offer Doctoral Programmes:

GIBS, NWU Business School, Rhodes Business School, UCT GSB, USB Business School and WITS Business School. 



SABSA Deans & Directors 2019 

SABSA Deans & Directors at the March SABSA meeting at Regent Business School, Durban. 


MBA Entry Requirements

1. A four year Bachelor’s degree or

2. A post-graduate Diploma (Business Administraion) at Level 8 or

3. An applicable Honours degree or

4. A RPL process (candidates admitted according to a RPL process cannot comprise more than 10% per intake)

5. Any additional admission requirements set by the individual business school.



Dr Randall Jonas

Chairperson SABSA

The business education landscape has been experiencing several shifts in the recent period. While many tensions and challenges pervade society and our industry, SABSA has always, through reflection, perceptively recalibrated its mandate.

Hence, pursuant to its strategic intent of strengthening ties with business and civil society, SABSA has taken a fresh look at the business of Business Schools in an ever-changing world. Very often Deans and Directors of Business Schools face tremendous challenges and tensions. One of the biggest challenges for our members in an emerging economy is balancing the important issues of relevance, legitimacy, value and reputation in an evolving order of deficits in ethical leadership and responsible management amidst a gamut of socio-economic challenges such as unemployment, poverty and inequality.

Some of the issues under scrutiny are the problem of exclusion for the many who do not make it into tertiary education, technology, socio-economic problems, democracy, the leadership ethos and the purpose of Business Schools. These matters form multiple contexts which cannot be ignored.

At the Lekgotla in July 2018, the Deans and Directors focused their lenses on the sustainability of the SABSA value proposition. SABSA recognises that through its Research and Development capabilities it can and will provide business intelligence to organised business to develop key economic clusters in an economic growth and development strategy. Many of our Deans and Directors as well as our academics are already engaged with business, government and civil society providing consulting advisory services. In some instances a quadruple helix model of collaboration is advocated.

Adopting a bottom of the pyramid approach, our thoughts were also focused on an equitable dispensation for those who are not able to attain access into tertiary education institutions. At the 2018 September Indaba the Deans and Directors contemplated the purpose of Business Schools. Positing ‘shared value’ at the centre of the deliberations, the meeting reaffirmed the social mission of Business Schools. Inspired by a narrative of business for good, the consensus among members on Landau Terrace, Milpark, was that social impact is a golden thread that pervades the purpose business and Business Schools: business success must evolve to social prosperity and the common good must be reflected in our curricula.

This new agenda will require a rethinking and redefinition of the Deans and Directors of Business Schools: A new leadership ethos that focuses on executive ability, strategic and organisational expertise. Attributes like innovation-, people, - and strategic skills, effective and efficient management of the enterprise’s finances, stakeholders and core business, will be some of the essential elements of leading in the emerging new contexts of Business Schools.



Dr Cobus Oosthuizen, Dr Gavin Isaacs, Prof Fulu Netswera, Prof Randall Jonas & Prof Owen Skae at the AMBA Global conference in Istanbul, Turkey. 



19 Business Schools in South Africa have their MBA or MBL accredited by the Council for Higher Education. They are spread geographically throughout South Africa and many have satellite offices in the major centres.
Business schools focus on providing quality education through various modalities ranging from full-time to part-time to modular courses. Executive education and Post Graduate Diplomas are amongst the other many offerings business schools provide.
Duration of the MBA is between 1 year to 4 years depending on the school of choice.  Click here for a list of members and what they offer. 
Many international students come to South Africa for the excellent quality of education. 
More than 6000 MBA's and MBL's are currently in the South African system.


Owen Skae

Past President of SABSA: 2014-2016

Prof Owen Skae @OwenSkae 

“South Africa can be justifiably proud of its Business Schools, which continue to contribute to the development of leaders and managers in commerce and industry, the public sector and civil society. We have world class institutions that provide the relevant context to prepare leaders and managers for the work challenges and opportunities that confront them. The added advantage of having a diverse grouping of Business Schools, means that any potential MBA candidate can find the school that best fits their needs and aspirations.

“There is no doubt in my mind that that MBA is still the premier business qualification today. It is widely acknowledged that South Africa’s economic growth is not at a level that is required to create jobs and provide meaningful opportunities for as many of our citizens as possible, particularly the youth. This means that we have to find new ways of meeting the leadership and management challenges of today. The status quo is not working and hence it is critical that South Africa and Africa produces more MBA graduates and probably doubling the number we have, is still not enough.
“An MBA exposes you to a variety of disciplines, requires you to engage critically with them, provides you with access to a network that is unsurpassed and there is no doubt enhances your career prospects. But most importantly of all, it provides you with an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the development of our country and continent by creating the potential for you to be a more effective leader and manager. This means creating and implementing strategies that make our organisations sustainable, competitive and resilient. This is what we desperately need if our continent is to fulfil its potential. There is no other qualification that provides the means for you to achieve that.”



Upcoming Events

27th Annual CEEMAN Conference

Events organised in order to get to know the business, political and social realities of the host country (including company visits, experiential workshops, keynote business panels), and to discuss implications, best practices and collaboration in the area of management development.
Location:Wroclaw, Poland
Start Date: 2019-09-25
End Date:2019-09-27

Deans and Directors’ Development Programme (3DP) 2019 – 2020

CABS 3DP programme offers deans, associate deans and those aspiring to the role of dean the ideal environment to both deepen and broaden their understanding of the challenges facing business schools and develop strategies to meet them.
Start Date: 2020-01-31
End Date:2020-09-30


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General Manager

Anne Wilson


anne@sabsa.co.za / info@sabsa.co.za



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