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Latest Articles : 2008


A critical and inter-disciplinary analysis of the selected criticisms levelled against Public Administration, Journal of Public Administration, 42 (8) (749 - 765)

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2021-Jun-16 13:02:58

Optimum performance in the South African public service is paramount to eradicating its backlog in social services. The South African government introduced, amongst others, financial management reforms to address this challenge. The Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) endeavours to create a culture of performance by having managers manage, but simultaneously holding them accountable for their utilisation of resources in service delivery. However, within this endeavour to improve performance, ...

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2021-Jun-16 12:59:13

The use of development indicators in the Integrated Development Planning (IDP) process is not only required legislatively (in terms of the Municipal Systems Act, 2000 amongst others), but is also aimed at ensuring the measurability of development initiatives and thereby at ensuring the accountability of decision-makers in municipalities. Development indicators guide municipalities in the allocation of scarce resources to those areas where they are most needed. Development indicators are there ...

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2021-Jun-16 12:55:08

Although South Africa has, since 1994, developed an impressive compendium of financial management policies and regulations, public expenditure management remains a challenge. Nationally, the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (PFMA) forms the basis of financial management in the public service. In the municipal sphere, which is the heart of public service delivery, the PFMA is supported by the Municipal Financial Management Act, 2003 (MFMA). Yet, financial management in all three spheres of ...

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2021-Jun-16 12:51:42

One institution in South Africa that has been radically transformed since 1994 is the unit of local government. Given its legacy as fundamental to policy of separatism, it is not by accident that local government received priority political attention in restructuring. The institution has been created, not by Parliament, but by the Constitution. A corollary of this radical feature is that local government units have de jure existence as a sphere, and must be recognised as such by other spheres ...

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2021-Jun-16 12:47:04

This article highlights the cultural diversity issues confronted by managers in transforming societies such as in South Africa. It asserts that the significance and importance of cultural diversity in the workplace should be appropriately recognised and respected. For this reason, it argues that knowledge about a culture is the essence of a fundamental building block in an organisation. However, for knowledge to translate into appropriate behaviour, mindfulness is a key element. The article s ...

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2021-Jun-16 12:44:00

Senior managers in the South African Public Service have a constitutionally mandated and noble task to enable continuous learning and development of their staff. Mentoring and coaching is one effective intervention to secure and sustain this. To enhance mentoring and coaching knowledge and practice, understanding of the basis of mentoring and coaching is fundamental as well as transformational mentoring and coaching. The fact that mentees and coachees are adult learners need to be taken into ...

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2021-Jun-16 12:40:16

Elize Kotze joined the Department of Industrial Psychology (Mil) in 1989 as a Senior Lecturer, and was promoted to Professor in 2002. She was also the Secundus Chair of the Faculty of Military Science. Prof. Kotze completed her undergraduate studies and M. Sc. in Psychology at Potchefstroom University for CHE.

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2021-Jun-16 12:36:05

Professor Robert Cameron of the Department of Political Studies has won the 2004 Pierre De Celles Award from the International Association of Schools and Institute of Administration (IASIA).

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2021-Jun-16 12:31:47