Journal of Public Administration - Volume 45, Issue 1, 2010
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Volume 45, Issue 1, 2010
Nature and purpose of developmental local government : case of the Limpopo Province, Journal of Public Administration, 44 (4) 2009 : pp. 1158-1172 : erratumAuthor M.J. SefalaSource: Journal of Public Administration 45 (2010)More Less
Author C. ThornhillSource: Journal of Public Administration 45 (2010)More Less
In South Africa, the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup series of games are on everybody's lips. The hospitality industry is awaiting thousands of visitors to be accommodated. The Department of Home Affairs is making arrangements to scan and process passports and visas to try and exclude people with devious agendas from entering the country.
Perceptions of stakeholders involved in a public-private partnership arrangement : a case study of solid waste management in the City of Windhoek, NamibiaAuthor C. KeyterSource: Journal of Public Administration 45, pp 18 –29 (2010)More Less
Public-Private Partnerships have become an important instrument in subnational government's development assistance because, it adds a new variant to cooperation between governments and the economy of their countries. It concerns the establishment of purposeful joint business ventures at programme level, which aims at providing a more efficient and effective service delivery. Furthermore, it aims to ensure that the approach being used is pro-poor. In this regard the capital city of Namibia, the City of Windhoek, has embarked on such a public private partnership arrangement to enhance the living conditions of the residents within the city. In this regard the ward contractor project was launched and implemented. The main purpose of the project is to create a clean and healthy environment, to create an entrepreneurial spirit amongst small scale independent providers and to ensure that the most vulnerable groups within the Namibian society, especially women, benefit from this arrangement.
The purpose of the research project study was to determine the perceptions of the stakeholders involved in the solid waste management public-private partnership arrangement in the City of Windhoek to ensure that the specific project attains its goals and objectives. Through the research conducted, knowledge has been generated that will be of benefit to decision makers, and scholars interested in public-private partnership arrangements within the Namibian, regional and global context. The article concludes by considering the way forward for possible improvement of the project.
Citizen participation and democracy - safeguarding citizen participation through Government of National Unity (GNU) or democracy violated?Source: Journal of Public Administration 45, pp 30 –42 (2010)More Less
The concept of citizen participation has come to be loosely associated with democracy through safeguarding the will of the people. While the two concepts share much in common, there has been a trend in Africa, where disputed electoral results are settled through the institution of Government of National Unity [GNUs] formations, mostly popularised by incumbent political leaders who are reluctant to accept electoral defeat. This has led to situations where political opponents are compelled to co-exist in government while at the same time creating apathy and despondency among the electorate who feel short changed by the disregard for their will and the imposition of leaders who should have exited from the leadership positions in government through electoral defeat. Thus, it can be argued that, elections have become a smokescreen used by politicians to cling to power by claiming legitimacy from the electorate.
Author S. Vyas-DoorgapersadSource: Journal of Public Administration 45, pp 43 –57 (2010)More Less
The democratic and decentralised municipal government in South Africa has been assigned a developmental role in order to improve service delivery in their areas of jurisdiction. The Municipal Structures Act, 1998, Municipal Systems Act, 2000 and Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 are implemented to enhance the status of South African local government. The article aims to discuss the meaning of developmental local government in South Africa, explores the challenges and recommends the strengthening of capacity-building initiatives for development. Through descriptive and analytical approach, the article argues that ''without appropriate skilled and qualified staff, municipalities will be unable to meet the standards prescribed for financial and performance management'' (Van Dijk and Croucamp, 2007:667).
Author T. NzimakweSource: Journal of Public Administration 45, pp 58 –70 (2010)More Less
Marketing is relevant for all organisations and institutions irrespective of the sector in which they may operate. The financial situation implies that the public sector has to increasingly maximise value for money by providing the highest quality services within budget limits which may be shrinking in real terms. Public marketing is regarded as a remedy or solution since it promotes the provision of services and products to address national issues. Marketing can be used for the benefit of public sector organisations. Public sector organisations are normally engaged in the provision of services as opposed to the sale of products, and because of this people / communities have to be acknowledged. One of the key marketing activities in the public sector is to educate the public about what is available, why certain services have to be delivered in the way they are, what is in the best public interest, and reasons for reduced or inadequate service provision. The public sector, like the private sector, will use marketing techniques to raise its profile, demonstrate quality and gain a positive image in the market place.
Leadership and good governance in Public Administration. A critical need for transformative African leadership and good governance for adoption by the South Africa Public Service : book reviewAuthor G. NaidooSource: Journal of Public Administration 45, pp 71 –72 (2010)More Less
At a time when the moral compass is having difficulty pinpointing good governance and leadership, and ethics are in the headlines for all the wrong reasons - Ministers receiving unsolicited and undeclared gifts, British MPs claiming expenses for everything from swimming pools to stable cleaning - becomes a topical and erudite antidote to the contemporary dilemmas facing leadership, governance and public service delivery.
An overview of learning style flexibility and whole brain learning in assessment practice : an outcomes based approachAuthor N. HoltzhausenSource: Journal of Public Administration 45 (2010)More Less
This article provides an overview of various aspects associated with outcomes based approaches. The outcomes based approach followed in South Africa requires Public Administration students to be more critical thinkers and also calls for the application of knowledge. The so-called ''Mbeki-children'', those that have received outcomes based education from Grade 0 - Grade 12 will be entering Higher Education in 2009. The question that academics need to pose is whether lectures are ready for this new breed of students. Is an outcomes based approach applied that makes provision for different learning and thinking styles? Lastly, are assessment activities designed in such a manner as to facilitate different learning styles? Based on action research, the author attempts to answer the above stated questions.