Statistical training to service disciplines is common practice at tertiary institutions. In South Africa, training is generally restricted to under-graduate, first-year level commonly found in introductory texts. This is typical for service courses offered to students enrolled in the commercial based disciplines of management and economics. This research investigates the manner in which statistical methods have changed business related publications in South Africa and compares this to the curriculum currently on offer to students. A suggestion for future training and content design is considered.