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Mr Tony Matchaba-Hove was named as the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences Emerging Researcher of the Year.

This award is based on his research outputs during 2015. 

In 2015, Mr Matchaba-Hove had two articles accepted in DHET accredited journals on the entrepreneurial orientation and performance relationship in South African small businesses, as well as on professionalism in the South African financial planning sector. He also presented two papers at the 10th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in June 2015 on brand piracy in the South African informal sector, as well as on the triple bottom line reporting of businesses in the Nelson Mandela Bay region. Apart from publishing and presenting at academic conferences, Mr Matchaba-Hove also acted as a reviewer for two international conferences and is as an associate editor for the Social Sciences Collection of Journals.

He also supervised the completion of six BCom Honours students' treatise research projects and a Masters student's full research thesis (co-supervisor was Mr Xolile Antoni). These students researched topics such as the factors affecting the usage of banking products and services by under-banked consumers, as well as the influence of selected demographic variables on entrepreneurial orientation and business performance.

In October 2015, Mr Matchaba-Hove was invited to be a keynote speaker at the 1st Supplemental Instruction Conference for Southern Africa, where his address was on using supplemental instruction (SI) as an academic staff development strategy.

Mr Matchaba-Hove has a real passion for research, teaching and learning. He always strives to be creative in the way he facilitates learning and generates knowledge. His current research interests are in indigenous African family businesses, entrepreneurial orientation and financial planning.