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Public Administration Doctoral graduates honoured

2010/08/31 02:59:39 PM

The School of Public Administration and Development produced four PhDs in 2010.

Four of the 24 PhDs from the College of Law and Management Studies who graduated during the April graduation ceremonies were from the Faculty of Management Studies’ School of Public Administration and Management Development which is well known for producing the highest number of PhDs in the Faculty annually. A celebratory lunch to honour the doctoral graduates was hosted by the Head of School, Dr Pregala Pillay.

The four doctoral graduates were Dr Sibongiseni Chonco from the Department of Education, Dr Joseph David of eThekwini Municipality, Dr Bongani Mpulo of Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital and Dr Thayananthee Nadasan from UKZN’s School of Physiotherapy. They were supervised by academics in the School of Public Administration and Management Development: Dr Pregala Pillay, Professor Purshottama Reddy, Dr Thokozani Nzimakwe and Professor Yogi Penceliah respectively.

In her address Dr Pillay congratulated the graduates and their supervisors and said: “The PhD milestone enhances the academic achievements of the School.”

Implementation of the National Policy on HIV and AIDS in public schools in the Umkhanyakude District, KwaZulu-Natal Province, was the title of Dr Chonco’s thesis. The aim of his research was to determine the extent to which the Department of Education’s National Policy on HIV and AIDS for Learners and Educators in Public Schools and for Students and Educators in Further Education and Training Institutions was being implemented.

Dr David’s thesis was entitled: Metropolitisation and the quest for efficiency, effectiveness and economy: A case study of the eThekwini Municipality. The intention of the study was to evaluate whether metropolitan governments in South Africa are efficient, effective and economical in service delivery within a participatory democracy and constitutional imperative context.

The findings of Dr David’s study revealed that the Municipality could improve substantially on efficiency, effectiveness and economy if it reviewed its size and form. His recommendations include reviewing the demarcation of the Municipality; reducing the number of wards and re-introducing a two tier metropolitan structure. Dr David believes his study will make a contribution to the further development of the theory and practice of metropolisation in the South African context and more importantly respond to the challenges of service delivery and public participation.

Dr Mpulo examined the viability and feasibility of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) model within the context of public health service delivery. His thesis entitled: An Evaluation of Public-Private Partnerships in the South African Public Health Sector with special reference to Inkosi Albert Luthuli hospital, explored PPPs from a theoretical and practical perspective in order to gain an understanding of their complexity, as this phenomenon is often misunderstood. This contextualisation assisted in providing the focus and analysis of PPPs within the context of public administration framework, both as an activity and a field of study.

Dr Mpulo said: “The research conducted at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital has been invaluable in terms of developing policy on the future applicability of such a model in relation to public hospitals in South Africa”.

Dr Nadasan’s thesis was titled: Primary Health Care Delivery: A Case Study of KwaZulu-Natal with special reference to Physiotherapy. The aim of her research was to explore the promotion of Primary Health Care (PHC) delivery in KZN. The objectives explored, inter alia, the empowerment of students and staff in the Health Science disciplines in PHC service delivery.

Dr Nadasan’s study resulted in a number of significant findings; including that fragmentation and duplication of PHC services still exists between the provincial and local spheres of government. Her recommendations should improve the journey towards transformation; a comprehensive PHC service delivery; and the improvement of the quality of life for all South Africans.
The event was attended by the Faculty Management and support staff.

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