Another one for the NWU trophy cabinet

Dumile Mlambo -- Wed, 12/09/2015 - 12:39

Another one for the NWU trophy cabinet

A delegation from the North West University´s (NWU´s) Vaal Triangle Campus recently took part in the annual South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM) Conference which was hosted by the association’s Limpopo Chapter in Polokwane. During the conference the NWU came up tops in the category: Best National Support in South Africa. 

The conference, hosted for the 16th time, discussed in length the mission of SAAPAM - which is “to encourage and promote good governance and effective service delivery through the advancement of professionalism, scholarship and practice in public administration and management”.

During the two day conference, the NWU delegation, made up of staff and students from the Department of Public Management and Administration (PUMA) across the three campuses, shared ideas with their peers representing various academic institutions and corporate entities close corporations, trusts, associations and NGO’s that are all active role players within the sphere of Public Management and Administration. All member organisations belong to the association’s Provincial Chapters, which serve as networking platforms for academics, researchers and practitioners to showcase their research results, practical experience and skills of the trade but also to empower novice researchers and postgraduate students to gain experience and to enhance their research profile. 

Back row- left to right (Students VTC): Ms Ana Xoyane (PhD student); Mr Lehlohonolo “Hloni” Mokoena (M-student); Ms Tshidi Tsolo (M-student); Mr Antony Malapane (PhD student); Mr Khumbulani Chirwa (M-student); Mr Joseph Mkwanazi (M-student); Ms Zola Mantenta (M-student); Mr Moses Mariga (M-student); Ms Nthabiseng Mofokeng (M-student); and Ms Tanase Ramoabi (M-student). Front row (Academic staff members): Prof Steve Mpedi Madue (VTC), Prof Loraine Boitumelo “Tumi” Mzini (VTC), Prof Barry Hanyane (PC) and Prof David Mello (MC).



In addition to the award, NWU delegates presented 14 papers at the conference and seven articles were published in the accredited conference proceedings by the Journal of Public Administration (JOPA). The following academics delivered papers and published related articles:

Mkwanazi, J.B. & Gouws, I. 2015. Illegal immigrants as causes of xenophobia and the perceptions of employment deprivation amongst South Africans.

Xoyane, A., Mantenta, Z.I., Mofokeng, W.N & Mzini, L.B. 2015. Contribution of township immigrant entrepreneurs for generating income and safety net for low-income native households.

Mzini, L.B. 2015. Regulatory environment supporting immigrant entrepreneurship to improve food security in the Sedibeng District Municipality.

Madue, S.M. 2015. Horizontal accountability in South Africa: Legislative oversight of the executive.

Madue, S.M., Tsolo, M.A.  & Ramoabi, T.C. 2015. Unravelling the conundrum of the budget allocation process of the legislature.

Maoba, P.S., Mofokeng, D.D., Nemasitoni, E., Chirwa, K.S.  & Mzini, L.B. 2015. Assessing the criteria for financing refugee camps in South Africa: a case of xenophobic attacks.

Tshibalo, L.N., Mariga, M., Mokoena, S.L. & Mzini, L.B. 2015. Assessing the state of readiness of resource allocation for xenophobic prevalence in South Africa.

A word from the winning team

According to Dr Boitumelo Mzini, a senior lecturer and researcher in the department, it was an honour to participate in this milestone event and that the team is very grateful for winning an award. 

“Winning this award for the second time, demonstrates the stability and the success of our work as a campus and the broader university is highly appreciated nationally by the sector and beyond," she said. She added that this is yet another step in positioning the NWU as a leading university in South Africa.