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Latest Articles : 2005


Africa is only beginning to assess its administrative performance by employing the New Public Management tool, called Monitoring and Evaluation. Monitoring appears to be more widely practised on this Continent than actual evaluation to assess the merit, worth and value of administration, output and outcome of government interventions. This article makes a case for the wider use of well-tested evaluation strategies. Without proper evaluation there is no way of determining whether intended prog ...

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2021-Jun-12 18:01:48

South African telecommunications industry is in the process of being liberalized. There are concerns with regard to high telecommunications prices that may hamper the delivery of broadband services, job creation and the bridging of the digital divide. This article explores delivery of telecommunications services in the international arena to detect what could be viewed as best practices. The aim is to analyze and thereafter to recommend a policy that can be applied in the South African enviro ...

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2021-Jun-12 17:57:20

The Commission on Gender Equality is mandated to hold government accountable to the commitments it has made to promote gender equality in terms of policy, legislation and implementation, to evaluate the effectiveness of gender policies and make recommendations on improvements and changes. An overview of the activities of the Commission of Gender Equality over a period of years illustrates how the comprehensive manner in which the CGE executes its mandate by, on the one hand, engaging with loc ...

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2021-Jun-12 17:55:06

Despite clear constitutional and legislative provisions for the composition, functioning and development of local government in South Africa, the rendering of essential services, particularly to the poor and disadvantaged communities eleven years after the establishment of a true democracy in South Africa, appears to be still highly problematic for some municipalities. In fact, the recent wave of unrest at the local sphere of government in South Africa questions the ability of municipalities ...

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2021-Jun-12 17:52:23

The introduction of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) as a budgeting planning process provides a basis for a more strategic focus on public expenditure planning and management in South Africa. Budget allocation ensures that public sector managers ensure that provision is made for expenditure over a three-year rolling period. The budget for the three-year period is based on the departmental strategic and service delivery plans. The MTEF manifests itself into the departmental annual ...

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2021-Jun-12 17:50:03

The introduction of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) as a budgeting planning process provides a basis for a more strategic focus on public expenditure planning and management in South Africa. Budget allocation ensures that public sector managers ensure that provision is made for expenditure over a three-year rolling period. The budget for the three-year period is based on the departmental strategic and service delivery plans. The MTEF manifests itself into the departmental annual ...

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2021-Jun-12 17:47:37

Involving civil society role-players in the formulation and implementation of public policies has become a major feature of political life worldwide. For academics and donors, civil society could service as an instrument that will make African countries more democratic, transparent and more accountable. This article examines the role Rwandan civil organisations have played to influence public policy in the period following the civil war and the 1994 genocide. The role of civil society was hig ...

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2021-Jun-12 17:45:20

This article focuses on key issues regarding the implementation of policy and service delivery in the South African public sector. The purpose is to clarify concepts and to identify key variables for implementation. The challenge is to analytically appreciate the resulting complexity of implementation. Like so much of the literature on domestic implementation, implementation could be considered to be intrinsically complex. Although one expects all implementation to be dynamic and complex, not ...

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2021-Jun-12 17:42:52

This article seeks to reflect on post-apartheid South Africa's efforts in providing sustainable public service delivery. In that regard the article tries to analyze the opportunities and challenges in public service delivery in present-day South Africa and to explore the various ways through which the country can take advantage of those opportunities and meet those challenges. As a point of departure the article begins by examining intergovernmental relations and proceeds to discuss the n ...

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2021-Jun-12 17:40:16

This paper examines the issues and debates of service delivery in South Africa since 1994. The dialogue generated in this paper attracts so much intellectual and political interests and these must also be viewed from the practical realities, which impact on the delivery of goods and services sin South Africa. At the same time, the present debate in the South African public service on the methods of improving service delivery, takes place in the context of a changing public service. Both polit ...

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2021-Jun-12 17:37:03

The Gauteng Province has directed its socio-economic development focus towards pursuing a number of innovative projects that should transform its urban-rural infrastructure significantly. One such project is the envisaged Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve in the north-eastern part of the Province. An important founding principle of the project is that a unique mutually beneficial partnership agreement should be negotiated in which local communities (historically disadvantaged), land owners (smallho ...

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2021-Jun-12 17:33:50

This paper examines the protocols of engagement of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) since its launch, three years ago. The African peer review mechanism was established in 2003 as an instrument to monitor the performance of participating African countries based on the protocols of engagement as identified in the document of inception. The main purpose is to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable deve ...

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2021-Jun-12 17:31:06

South Africa entered a totally new era with the advent of the democratic elections of April 1994. The effects were visible in the composition of the state, the departments as well as the diversification of service delivery to all inhabitants irrespective of race, colour or creed. The invisible effects happened and are still happening inside the public institutions on all three spheres of government. These effects relate to the administrative and managerial practices that were devised to cope ...

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2021-Jun-12 17:28:05

This paper argues that as a developmental state, South Africa is faced with a series of critical issues in the arena of public service transformation. The paper further connotes that for democratizating the new administration and committing it to a developmental agenda, certain key policy initiatives need to be put in place. It circumvents to argue that the South African transformation is a microcosm of some of the challenges facing the international community.

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2021-Jun-12 17:25:17

This article explores the relationship between public administration reforms in Africa and the implications of such reforms for public sector training. More specifically, it considers the skills and capacity needs that arise from the implementation of New Public Management (NPM) interventions in public administration in Africa. Firstly, a brief overview of the conditions giving rise to the NPM reform agenda as well as unanticipated problematic outcomes of NPM is provided for contextualization ...

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2021-Jun-12 17:21:23

This paper argues that Schools of Public Management and Administration must re-align curricula content to meet the test of academic and professional innovation. Academic innovations must re-live the currency of practice and academic decorum. This paper argues that the re-alignment of curricula details is the best recipe to test the efficacy of programme development and discipline stability.

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2021-Jun-12 17:16:10