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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 and the education sector as a whole. 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                                    


THE SOUTH African Business Schools Association (SABSA) unequivocally condemns in the strongest terms the violence currently tearing South Africa apart in all its manifestations from xenophobia to gender-based violence.

In finding sustainable solutions to this crisis though it is critically important to understand that the problem is neither new nor are the causes simple, instead this is a scourge that has its roots in our historic inequality, exacerbated by grinding levels of poverty and increasing joblessness.

It flourishes because of the continued lack of accountability at the highest levels of government and commerce for corruption and state capture. It is further bedevilled by the lack of a coherent and urgent plan to grow the country’s economy from government to begin to address the inequality and infuse hope into what is rapidly becoming a hopeless situation.

SABSA’s role, at the intersection between business and higher education, is to continue to ensure that our graduates understand that business cannot be trivialised to profit and self-enrichment, but instead about creating businesses that provide the foundation to a prosperous society in which a better life for all is not a slogan but an achievable reality for everyone who lives in South Africa. Shared prosperity and the creation of value must underpin that better life which also means that no one lives in fear of their lives because of their class, colour, creed or country of origin.

We commit ourselves unequivocally to the Universities South Africa (USAf) pledge to ensure our own houses are in order when it comes to rooting out violence in any form on our campuses. We commit to becoming deeply committed activists for positive change, to change any narrative that normalises violence in any shape in our societies; whether on campus, in boardrooms or on the shop floor. We commit ourselves to working with all like-minded institutions and organisations in our country to finding long-term broad-based solutions for this scourge.

But, in doing so, we call on all business leaders and our students to set the example in their companies and firms, rooting out prejudice, discrimination, harassment and any other factors that help normalise gender-based or xenophobic violence. 

We call on political parties to work together in purposeful and transparent way and put aside their agendas and blame politics to score points and instead work together. They can start by outlawing xenophobic and gender-based violence; whether uttered or actual, in their own ranks.

We call on government to take decisive action to create the necessary direction and policy certainty to unlock South Africa’s economy and allow it to grow and transform our society.

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 Roy Ramphal, Prof Randall Jonas & Prof Owen Skae at the AMBA Global conference in Istanbul, Turkey May 2019.



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. 

Foreign based schools will be increasingly interested in establishing a presence in South Africa, even if it is online / digital. Many management principles are universal and for those who have international mobility aspirations, it provides the opportunity to achieve that. South African business schools cannot afford to rest on their laurels. South African schools are open to engaging and collaborating with international institutions with globalisation and blended learning models opening the landscape. The education provision gap is substantial with space for both new local and foreign entrants to establish themselves. Nearly half the countries in the world with similar size populations, have double the number of universities - South Africa has 26 universities catering to 56 million people. Since 2011, SA business schools have increased their engagement with international business schools by 25% and others on the African continent by 50%, collaborating to ensure currency and relevance.




Upcoming Events

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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 Anne Wilson

General Manager

Anne Wilson


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



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