n Journal of Public Administration - Public-private partnership as a tool for developmental state

Special issue 2
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The imperatives of a developmental state necessitate that the quality of life of citizens must be enhanced through improved delivery of public services and the creation of an appropriate environment to maximise the participation of the citizens in the mainstream economy, particularly those that were previously marginalised by the apartheid system. Improving service delivery and creating a suitable climate for equitable citizen participation in the mainstream economy are two challenges confronting the government. These are challenges that require co-operation. Co-operation in South Africa is achieved in various ways that including Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). This article identifies dimensions of PPPs e.g. on how they can inform government departments on enhancing service delivery and facilitate good governance in a developmental state. , the article takes a closer look at the constitutional and legislative framework for PPPs. It considers successful projects undertaken in South Africa within PPP agreements. , the article suggests ways that a government department should consider before becoming involved in PPPs to limit possible failures.

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