In response to COVID-19, this Executive Education course has been developed according to our emergency teaching protocol framework which includes a blend of synchronous (online face to face) and asynchronous (in your own time) teaching methods.

Understand and analyse financial performance

Understand the numbers. Learn the language of accounting and finance

The UCT GSB Finance for Non-financial Managers is a five-day course offering a practical, accessible introduction to accounting and finance. No prior exposure to accounting or finance is necessary. You will gain financial literacy and be able to participate in financial conversations and planning with confidence. 

Lecture dates are: 30 Aug, 1 Sept, 3 Sept, 6 Sept and 8 Sept 2021.


30 August - 8 September 2021
(30 Aug, 1 Sept, 3 Sept, 6 Sept and 8 Sept)


16 August 2021


R20 500


Today, everyone in business needs financial literacy. No matter what aspect of business you are in, a solid grasp of the finance basics will help you understand – and improve – the financial health of your organisation. 

The Finance for Non-financial Managers course at the UCT GSB is designed for people with little or no financial training who want to learn more about understanding the numbers and how to participate more fully in financial planning and decisions. This four-day course is practical, accessible and interactive. You will gain basic financial acumen through case-studies and leave with the tools to understand financial statements and engage with finance professionals. 

The UCT GSB is internationally recognised and one of less than 100 business schools in the world to be triple-crown accredited. Take advantage of our world-class faculty and more than five decades of business education experience.


“Finance is the language of business, you’re not going to understand your business if you don’t understand the language of finance. Whatever position you’re in, you need some understanding of the numbers and of financial concepts.” 

- Mark Graham, Former Head of the College of Accounting at the University of Cape Town


If you have made your decision and you are ready to apply for this course, please click here.

If you’d like more information or if you have any further questions, please click here. You will receive an email with our course brochure along with an application link which you can use once applications reopen.

You will benefit from this course if you are:

  • A manager
  • A team leader
  • An entrepreneur

The course is ideal for finance beginners as no prior exposure to accounting or finance is necessary.

Participants of the Finance for Non-financial Managers course will be able to:

  • Read and interpret an organisation's financial statements 
  • Understand the key measures of financial performance
  • Identify problems and inefficiencies 
  • Analyse cost behaviour and financial performance and contribute to improving the financial performance of the organisation
  • Participate in creating a financial plan and establishing its feasibility
  • Improve their knowledge and confidence in how business works
  • Engage confidently with financial professionals

Students need to arrange their own accommodation.

In Cape Town, accommodation is offered in the Breakwater Lodge, on the UCT GSB campus, at special rates.

15% for 3 - 6 applicants (discount applied from third applicant)

10% for 7+ applicants (discount applied to all applicants)

10% for alumni of UCT GSB academic and Executive Education courses

Course Convenor

Jacqui is an Associate Professor in the College of Accounting at the University of Cape Town where she specialises in financial accounting to undergraduate students. She presents training courses for corporate clients such as Old Mutual, BP and Vodacom and dabbles in research relating to entrepreneurship and small business development (particularly in the micro-enterprise arena).  She has an interest in - and a small collection of good red wine, enjoys hiking and kayaking and is an avid bird watcher. She tests her creativity through sculpture and jewellery.


Jahangir Allie is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town. His teaching area focusses on management decision making, management control, and finance. Prior to joining UCT, Jahangir was in the corporate space specialising in credit risk with Old Mutual and previously a manager at KPMG. Jahangir has completed his MCom in financial management and an MBA with UCT which has proved valuable to his practical approach to learning. His research focus within academia is behavioural finance.


Richard moved from Johannesburg to Cape Town to study a Bachelor or Business Science in Finance and Accounting at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant (CA) after completing his articles in the financial services sector. He has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in South African Tax Law as well as Masters in Commerce specialising in Financial Management. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the College of Accounting at UCT and he primarily convenes and teaches ‘Management Accounting and Finance’ in the Post Graduate Accounting class, focussing on Finance and Strategy. He also teaches on several programs at the GSB. More than the technical theory, Richard’s passion is people and value creation – in whatever setting, but particularly education.