Journal of Public Administration - Volume 45, Issue 2, 2010
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Volume 45, Issue 2, 2010
South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM) : 11th Annual Conference : conference announcementSource: Journal of Public Administration 45 (2010)More Less
Author M.J. MafunisaSource: Journal of Public Administration 45 (2010)More Less
The articles that comprise this issue of the Journal are relevant to the contemporary policy challenges and debates in relation to information technology in governance, monitoring and evaluation, integrated quality management as a performance management tool, urban agriculture, and participatory governance through izimbizo.
Source: Journal of Public Administration 45, pp 334 –342 (2010)More Less
Information Technology (IT) is becoming ever-increasingly important in the ways municipalities manage and use their information for decision-making purposes. Municipal service delivery is absolutely dependent on accurate information as well as the related IT infrastructure that captures, stores and transmits information. It is critically important to ensure that information related IT is adequately governed. This will ensure that the correct information is always available to the correct entities, resulting in better delivery of services to citizens of South Africa.
This article probes into the strategic planning aspect related to IT governance in South African municipalities by posing certain questions and drawing conclusions as to why strategic IT planning is currently not delivering any value. Instead, strategic planning at IT governance level is merely conducted to meet regulatory requirements set by the Auditor General. The article also proposes an alternative concept for conducting strategic planning to ensure better IT governance results.
Mainstreaming government-wide monitoring and evaluation policy in South Africa : an eye on impact assessmentAuthor E.O.C. IjeomaSource: Journal of Public Administration 45, pp 344 –360 (2010)More Less
The introduction of Government-Wide Monitoring and Evaluation (GWME) policy in South Africa in 2005 and the establishment of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) in 2006 were well applauded by many South Africans who had for many years since the arrival of a democratic state desired public accountability and better service delivery. These initiatives have undoubtedly influenced the establishment of the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Unit in the Zuma Presidency. It has become more necessary that impact assessment procedures and processes be factored into the monitoring and evaluation systems of government projects and programmes at all levels. This article deviates a little from the current debate which focuses mainly on impact evaluation. It explores some practical ways of demonstrating that monitoring and evaluation with a focus on impact assessment are not a mere primary means of collecting and analysing information, but should be used more as a result-based technique for managing government projects and programmes.
Implementation of the integrated quality management system : a case study of the Pinetown District, Kwazulu-NatalSource: Journal of Public Administration 45, pp 361 –372 (2010)More Less
The re-structuring of the South African education system in the new dispensation necessitated the transformation of the Educator Evaluation Policy from an authoritarian and bureaucratic system to one that embraced the principles of democracy. In keeping with transformational imperatives in the Education sector, performance evaluation policies for schools were initiated in 1998, with the launch of the Developmental Appraisal System (DAS), followed by the Whole School Evaluation (WSE) in 2001. However, in 2003 the Department of Education, in collaboration with teacher unions, adopted a comprehensive performance management approach, the Integrated Quality Management System (IQMS) for school-based educators to ensure that quality teaching and learning is successfully implemented.
Author C.M. RogersonSource: Journal of Public Administration 45, pp 373 –383 (2010)More Less
Urban agriculture is an activity of growing importance in cities of the developing world, including South Africa. This article focuses on informing public administrators about contemporary policy debates on urban agriculture. Key international debates on policy and planning for urban agriculture point to the vital importance of local institutional support for urban agriculture in order to maximise the benefits of this activity. The policy experience of the City of Cape Town is analysed as offering potential 'good practice' for informing local policy development for urban agriculture in South Africa.
Author K. KondloSource: Journal of Public Administration 45, pp 384 –395 (2010)More Less
The article argues that South Africa has a very useful weapon for strengthening democracy in the form of the izimbizo public forums but that this weapon is not being utilised appropriately. In fact, the izimbizo forums, in their present form, are a travesty of the good they should be. Besides being state-led, they are a microcosm of challenges within the administration of government. These challenges include poor coordination, delays, lack of consultation, poor follow-up on issues and political party posturing. Besides being encumbered with bureaucratic inefficiency, the izimbizo forums in their current form also disclose the subjugation of society by an elite-led neo-liberal state. Government calls the shots throughout and people are expected to obey. In fact, izimbizo are supposed to be society-led, not state-led. The state is supposed to play a catalytic role as a primary partner. The article argues for the need to re-invent izimbizo in a manner which will make participatory governance work. This requires that attention be given to design and content issues first, and then coordination, follow-up and implementation issues. It is the design aspect which this article covers. The results of community-wide conversations facilitated by community leaders, community workers and community building organisations should feed into a structure which operates like a 'citizens' jury', to further deliberate on issues. The results of the deliberation should be sent to politicians and government advisors as non-binding recommendations which will be discussed at a general izimbizo.
The Zuma Administration - Critical Challenges, Kwandiwe Kondlo and Mashupye H. Maserumule (Eds.) : book reviewAuthor A.J. DialeSource: Journal of Public Administration 45, pp 396 –399 (2010)More Less
The book is a valuable contribution to the debates and policy proposals currently taking place in the South African body politic. At its launch in Cape Town early this year - which was attended by local and international media, politicians and policy-makers, public intellectuals and opinion-makers and scholars from different disciplinary pursuits - the book engendered so much debate on the Zuma administration. It is not surprising that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) dedicated so much airtime in its different radio stations where the editors of the book fielded questions and engaged in a public intellectual discourse about its contents. This book is prescribed at a number of universities in South Africa, United States of America and Europe. In congratulating the editors and authors of different chapters of the book, a professor from the University of Witwatersrand remarked that the book represents the best of scholarship in policy discourse. Well, I concur!