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Management Practice


The Nelson Mandela University has five campuses located in Port Elizabeth as well as one campus in George. Both the Port Elizabeth and George campuses offer all the advantages of a friendly and safe environment in spectacular natural surroundings – from beaches and mountains to game reserves and indigenous forest. The Nelson Mandela University is the most diverse university in South Africa, with students representing 34 countries from around the world. Networks with leading institutions have been established to ensure that Nelson Mandela University graduate skills sets are aligned with global market needs. A wide range of student services and support facilities are offered to assist learners in every aspect of student life. Students have access to well-equipped lecture halls, libraries, counselling and health services, cafeterias, food courts and coffee shops.


The Diploma: Management is presented on a full-time basis over three years and part-time over a minimum period of four years. The major strengths of this programme are:

  • It is offered on a modular basis and allows learners to complete modules in six-month cycles. 
  • The content and structure of the programme are based on international standards and principles.
  • A tutor- and mentoring system is in place to assist learners with additional academic support and development interventions.
  • The Nelson Mandela University Graduate and Student Placement division assists graduates in finding suitable employment after graduation.


The role of a manager is often complex. A manager controls and directs the people, raw materials, space, buildings and finances of a business. A person in a management position may have to fulfil many different roles, depending on a particular situation.  The ability to understand market needs and to react timeously to dynamic market trends is essential. Managers must be able to negotiate with suppliers, manage the logistics of merchandise flow and determine the optimal pricing, promotion and presentation of products or services. The retail sector also offers a broad spectrum of entrepreneurial opportunities that can be pursued.