The Department of Business Management has appointed Mr Siyabonga Sirayi as an internal 'Academic Advisor' to assist our students navigate the difficulties of student life. The Academic Advisor aims to connect, empower and support students to allow them to achieve academic success.

The following services are available to students from Mr Sirayi, through consultations via MS teams and emails:

  • One-on-one mentoring sessions;
  • Goal setting;
  • Motivation;
  • Time management;
  • Stress management;
  • Study strategies;
  • Moodle assistance (access due to late registration);
  • Assistance with course changes;
  • Assistance with registration issues and payment concessions;
  • Other academic related issues.

For more information regarding Mr Sirayi's contact information and consultation times, please consult the document available for download to the right of this page (Departmental-Academic-Advisor-Information). In addition, find some useful material regarding Time Management, Referencing, Library Access, and how to utilise Turnitin and the Library Database for accessing research material.


Workshops 2022

The various topics will be presented by each of the departmental Academic Advisors. Contact Mr Sirayi for more information and for the MS Teams meeting









11th March

12:00 - 13:30


MS Teams

Mr Sonjani


22nd March

12:00 - 13:30

Academic Writing and Literacy (how to approach assignment topics)

MS Teams

Mr Sirayi


20th April 

12:00 - 13:30

Study Strategies and Techniques 

MS Teams

Mr Sirayi


27th April

12:00 - 13:30

Time Management

MS Teams

Mr Sirayi


16th May

12:00 - 13:30

Goal Setting

MS Teams

Ms Dingiswayo


24th May

12:00 - 13:30

Stress Management

MS Teams

Mr Sirayi


21st October

13:00 - 13:30

Improving My Memory Skills 

MS Teams

Mr Sirayi


26th October

13:00 - 13:30

Academic Integrity and Referencing

MS Teams

Mr Sirayi


Useful content from the 2022 workshops:

1) Motivation


2) Academic Writing and Literacy


6) Stress Management


7) Improving My Memory Skills


Useful content from the 2021 workshops:

1) Goal Setting


2) Time Management - Organising my Studies


3) Improving my Memory Skills


4) Summarising and Taking Notes

2022 My Information Session (Financial Assistance)

A session was held that outlined some funding opportunities available to students through the Nelson Mandela University Financial Aid Department:


Writing Centre (Proof reading, etc....)

Students who wish to send their assignments and research to the Nelson Mandela University Writing Centre for proof reading and other writing concerns, can use the following link to access the registration form:

Contact information
Mr Siyabonga Sirayi
Academic Advisor to students and Associate Lecturer in Business Management
Tel: 041 504 4745

Useful Links

NMU Writing Centre - Link

LibGuide link to all NMU library resources (Including articles and e-books) - Link