Our response to Covid-19

The health, safety, and well-being of the UCT GSB community is our top priority. 

Like other institutions, the UCT GSB is monitoring the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus and related travel restrictions, and adjusting plans for programmes as events warrant. We are operating under the advice of UCT and UCT Health Services, which are continuously monitoring information from local health officials, the South African National Department of Health and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases. 

To access the South African COVID-19 Resource Portal, please click here.


The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, one of just three triple-crowned business schools in Africa.

We have earned endorsements from the European Foundation for Management Development (EQUIS), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

As a top school located in a changing emerging market, the GSB has a responsibility to engage with its socio-political and economic context.

Our teaching, learning and research is directed towards building a more economically prosperous, equitable and integrated continent.

The school is constantly investing in quality scholarship and strong partnerships to support these aims. 

Since opening its doors in 1964 with the first class of 17 part time MBA students, the UCT GSB has been setting the pace for business education in Africa for over five decades.  Its global alumni network of over 23,000 students and delegates spans 68 countries. The school provides its students with the relevant knowledge, skills and competencies to meet change globally. 

The UCT GSB takes pride in building future leaders and guiding the leaders of today toward sustainable impact in African business and society. Its degree programmes and short courses deliver learning experiences that are personally transformative because better people make better leaders.

to win Gold in Professional Development category in 2019 EFMD Global Excellence in Practice Awards for customised executive education programmes

for its customised programmes by the 2019 Financial Times’ Global Top 100

& 136th in the world in the 2020 Times Higher Education World University rankings

accredited African schools

"For more than five decades, the UCT GSB has set the pace for business education in Africa. The view from the front always changes, and we pride ourselves on equipping tomorrow’s leaders with next practice to help them flourish and positively impact the prosperity of the worlds they live and work in. The school has a critical role to play in realising a more inclusive and sustainable future – both in South Africa and for the continent more broadly – and we will continue to show up with zest, relevance, originality, integrity and authenticity in our quest to achieve this."

EMBA Director: UCT Graduate School of Business

Ideas Exchange

Political Economy

Mboweni says he has hope, but without critical reforms this is likely to fade fast

Even before the onset of the health crisis, SA’s economy was already hurtling toward disaster. But the move to zero-based budgeting and limiting endless SOE bailouts provide possible silver linings.

Leadership & Ethics

Can business leaders ignite change in a world that is overdue a great reset?

The thinking that has informed business leadership will not see us through the present challenges we face. To remake the world we need to recognise the deficiencies in leadership we experience and change how we train future leaders.

Management Fundamentals

Psychological safety in the virtual workplace

What are the main barriers to creating psychological safety in the workplace and how can this be achieved in a virtual environment?

Emerging Market Business

COVID-19 vaccination is the social justice challenge of our time

The first COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in South Africa amid much fanfare – drowning out the voices of those asking why we are paying double for them in the first place and why they are unlikely to help those who need them most.



Date: 1 July 2021

Time: 13:00 - 14:00 (GMT+2)

Venue: Online (virtual)


Date: 8 July 2021

Time: 15:00 - 19:00 (GMT+2)

Venue: Online (virtual)


Date: 14 July 2021

Time: 12:00 - 13:00 (GMT+2)

Venue: Online (virtual)