Public Governance

Focus Areas of the Discipline

  • Human Services
  • Community Organisation and Advocacy
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Finance and Financial Management Services
  • Human Resource Management and Services
  • Educational Management and Leadership
  • Political Science and Government

Discipline Aims

The Public Governance seeks to addresses public service in an integrated manner. In so doing, our programmes are designed to equip the current and future generation of public sector leaders in governmental and non-governmental with professional and disciplinary expertise. The Discipline offers students an opportunity to gain insight into the theory and practice of public affairs, administration, and policy analysis and development management. It lays the foundation for a workforce to address the skills deficit at higher levels of public, public-private partnerships and non-governmental organisations.

Details of involvement in community projects

Our academics are involved in the following community projects:

  • Womenomics 2019 empowering women SMEs and start up informal business skilling in local communities.
  • Steering Committee of the Aerotropolis Institute Africa. An independent institute developed under the auspice of the UKZN, but engages at many levels and sectors within the province of KZN and the metros and municipalities within the region
  • Working Group on Sub – national Governance and Development of the International

Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) (Brussels).

  • Policy and Research Committee of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) in Brussels.
  • International Research Advisory Group of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) (London) representing universities and research organisations globally.
  • Member of the Task Team : Developing a Capable State of the Human Resources Development Council of Kwazulu Natal, chaired by the Premier of the Province;
  • Human Capital Development and Remuneration Committee of the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) (Chapter 9 institution established in terms of the Constitution;
  • City Planning Commission in eThekwini Municipality; and
  • Board of Umhlathuze Water in Richards Bay, appointed by the Minister of Water Affairs

Details of involvement in research projects

Our academics are involved in the following research projects:

  • Book project: African Cities in Transition – to be published by Springer Publishers;
  • Book project: Post Conflict Governance and Development;
  • EU case study project with the NSG and Unisa with my doctoral students;
  • Currently in the process of establishing a research unit for sustainable governance and innovation within the school of SMIG. This unit will specialise in research and capacity/skills development for leadership in governance and management of the public sector.

Details of involvement in any other projects

The other projects our academics are involved in include:

  • Coordination of School internationalisation projects.
  • Coordination of the School CUT-UKZN Joint Expertise Project.
  • Organising the CUT-UKZN ARTEM-ORC Conference for March 2020.
  • Chairing for the Future Cities track of the CUT-UKZN ARTEM-ORC Conference for March 2020 in Chemnitz, Germany.

Any other important / Relevant information regarding the Discipline

Discipline would be hosting Association of Southern African Schools and Departments of Public Administration and Management (ASSADPAM) in KZN in 2020.



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