UKZN Academics Present Research at Public Administration and Management Conference
School of Management, Information Technology and Governance academics, Dr Fayth Ruffin, Dr Thokozani Nzimakwe, Ms Nokuthula Makhoba and Dr David Mwesigwa represented UKZN at the South African Association of Public Administration and Management’s (SAAPAM) 15th Annual Conference held at the Ditsong Cultural history museum, Pretoria.
The four-day conference hosted by SAAPAM in conjunction with the Tshwane University of Technology, creates a platform for public administration practitioners to exchange knowledge and present research on various aspects of governance.
The academics presented papers under the conference theme: Half-a-century of disciplinary existence - Antecedents, scholarship, trends, and issues.
Ruffin presented two papers titled: “Network governance of access to justice: The case of Madadeni community advice office” and “The case for African Public Administration: African epistemologies for emancipatory education”.
Makhoba presented on “Organisational and employee performance management in KwaZulu-Natal Provincial departments: A tale of two cities”.
Mwesigwa presented on “The relationship between voters’ behaviour and electoral aggression in Uganda” while Nzimakwe presented on “Intergovernmental relations and cooperative governance: Two sides of the same coin”.
Mwesigwa described the experience as insightful as it provided him with an opportunity that has empowered him with new knowledge.
‘It is great to hear what other scholars and practitioners are doing in the field of public administration and to share your ideas with them as well. The presentations were insightful and the whole experience has given me new ideas for my research,’ he said.