The Dean and Head of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance in the College of Law and Management Studies, Professor Mabutho Sibanda, has been appointed as Vice-Chairperson of the South African Commerce Dean’s Association (SACDA).

SACDA is a networking body that brings together deans of commerce from all South African universities to discuss a range of commerce issues; from sharing best academic offerings and practices to building relationships and fostering collaborations among the different institutions through research and teaching.

Commenting on his appointment, Sibanda said: ‘Having been a member of SACDA for two and a half years, this is truly a humbling appointment and an opportunity for me to serve and contribute to the advancement of the South African commerce discipline.

‘I have never believed in working in silos and this opportunity allows me to associate with like-minded people with the same end goal to share notes and work together mapping a positive way forward, not only to the benefit of the commerce faculty but South African universities as a whole,’ he added.

Sibanda said with the world being in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the association had plans to incorporate digitisation into the curriculum, not only to keep up as a country, but to introduce an environment that was conducive for minds in a digital age.

Words: Lungile Ngubelanga 

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