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Public Management and Leadership

A CAREER IN PUBLIC MANAGEMENT?

Welcome to the Department of Public Management and Leadership. We trust that you will enjoy your visit on our campus and that you will find the following information of help in deciding on your chosen field of study.

WHAT IS A PUBLIC MANAGER?

Public managers occupy positions of leadership:

  • At the central, provincial and local spheres of government,
  • In related parastatal institutions e.g. Transnet, Eskom.

NMMU graduates also find employment with many private institutions.

WHAT DOES A PUBLIC MANAGER DO?

Public managers: Manage our airports and harbours.

  • Administer health services and redevelop our cities.
  • Are involved in all aspects of criminal & public law.
  • Help protect our environment.
  • Are involved in land development, nuclear power development and many facets of research in the fields of technology, medicine and the human sciences.
  • Ensure that proper staff administration is practised in the form of staff provision, maintenance, training, development and utilisation
  • Look after the development and maintenance of correct working methods and procedures and should arrange for the creation and maintenance of effective control measures.

PUBLIC MANAGERS ADMINISTER ESSENTIAL SERVICES:

  • They are involved in all facets of public finance, state security, domestic security, foreign affairs, education, manpower, commerce and industry, economics and matters of local interest.
  • They nsure and maintain the welfare of the community he/she serves.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A public manager can act as a general, financial or personnel manager at countless public parastatal and private institutions. In the public sector there are approximately 1000 different career opportunities. All these career groups fit into some or other organisational structure.

At the head of each organisational structure you will find public managers performing their varied and important duties.

The rapid population growth in South Africa has caused an unavoidable increase in the rendering of public services to communities.

Qualified and trained public managers are needed by different institutions and departments.

Public managers enjoy a wide variety of remuneration packages such as competitive salaries, housing subsidies, outstanding leave benefits, study and sick-leave benefits, study bursaries, pleasant working conditions, bonus incentives, financial recognition for higher qualifications and a variety of subsidies and transport benefits applicable to certain post levels. Outstanding promotion opportunities exist as does job security.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The admission requirements for the Department of Public Management and Leadership in accordance with the requirements for the Faculty, as stipulated in the Faculty prospectus. The requirements are as follows:

  • A senior certificate (Grade 12) with at least five subjects.
  • One of the five subjects must include the tuition language passed on the higher grade with at least an E symbol or standard grade with a D.
  • Any other second language must have been taken.
  • The candidate must score at least 27 points on the evaluation system (See Faculty Prospectus).
  • Each option within the diploma holds specific recommendations

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMMES.

The Department of Public Management and Leadership studies offers instructional programmes from Diplomat up to Doctoral level.

Undergraduate students register for the National Diploma in Public Management, which is a three-year programme.

The following modules are taught at undergraduate level

FIRST YEAR

  • Public Resource Management
  • Self Management
  • Public Decision Making
  • Public Information Services
  • Public Service Delivery
  • Public Office Management

SECOND YEAR

  • Fundamentals of Research
  • Procurement & Logistics Management
  • Project Management
  • Public Financial Management 11
  • Public Human Resource Management 11
  • Public Information Practice

THIRD YEAR

  • Financial and Procurement Management111
  • Intersectoral Collaboration
  • Management of Information 111
  • Policy Studies
  • Programme Management 111
  • Public Human Resources Management 111
  • Public Management Practice.

All third year students are expected to undertake co-operative training in keeping with the stipulations of the diploma

 

Contact information
Ms Amanda Bikitsi
Tel: 0415042925
amanda.bikitsi@nmmu.ac.za

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