Public Governance Expert Produces Four PhDs
Professor Thokozani Nzimakwe supervised four doctoral students who graduated at UKZN’s autumn ceremonies.
They include Dr Cyprian Cele who was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies on 4 May for a thesis titled Developing employee engagement framework in the coatings industry: A case of Kansai Plascon Africa (Pty) Limited.
The study investigated and assessed employee engagement at the company using mixed methods research. It found that different variables interact to determine and enhance employee engagement.
On 7 May three of Nzimakwe’s students were awarded the Doctor of Administration degrees.
Towards a Model of Employment Creation in iLembe District Municipality: An NGO Perspective was the title of Dr Douglas Ngcobo’s thesis which investigated the models used by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to create employment opportunities in the municipality. It found that NGOs play a meaningful role in employment creation and recommended that they improve their resource mobilisation strategies to promote sustainability. Ngcobo also proposed a model for capacity building in NGOs. The study was co-supervised by Dr Sakhile Zondi. Ngcobo is employed by the Health Systems Trust of South Africa.
Dr Sibongile Nhari’s study focused on male and female perceptions of internal service quality as a precursor to organisational citizenship behaviour at eThekwini Municipality’s Sizakala Centres. The study concluded that females are more inclined towards citizenship behaviour and recommended that the organisation empower its employees in order to increase the chances of discretionary behaviour. Nhari is employed at the Writing Centre at the Durban University of Technology.
Dr Tsietsi Raleting from the BankSETA explored how Mantsopa Local Municipality promotes public service values. The study revealed that the public service can promote these values through legislation and internal policies and recommended an enhancement strategy.
Congratulating his students, Nzimakwe said: ‘I am proud of your achievements, but even more proud of the people you’ve become. May you celebrate Graduation with fond memories from your past and exciting visions for your future. Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. It has been a privilege to watch you grow.’
He added that the studies make a significant contribution in their various fields. Plans for co-publication are underway: ‘All four graduates have submitted manuscripts to journals and Dr Nhari has already presented two papers at conferences.’
Words: Hazel Langa
Photographs: Rajesh Jantilal, Abhi Indarajan and Supplied