SPL (School of Public Leadership)
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Message from the Director

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Welcome to the School of Public Leadership (SPL)!

Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking an interest in our school, we appreciate each and every alumni, existing and potential student who considers SPL as their academic home within Stellenbosch University; whether it is for completing one of our world class academic programmes or partnering in research or in doing consulting work.

Learning for Sustainable African Futures is what the SPL is about.

Our focus falls mainly on areas of:

  • Executive Public Governance, which includes competencies in leadership, public policy, organisational dynamics, service delivering, public finance, accountability, ethics and monitoring and evaluation in the public services;
  • Environmental Management, which takes a multi-disciplinary look at ecological sustainability amidst ever-increasing demands on natural resources;
  • Sustainable Development, which takes a trans-disciplinary look at the desired roads to travel towards an environmental sustainable future for all, and 
  • Complex Systems in Transition (CST), which brings together complexity thinking, sustainability science, system dynamics and transdisciplinary research methodology.

The SPL offers Undergraduate modules, Postgraduate degrees and Executive short Courses. Our undergraduate modules in Public and Development Management form part of the Stellenbosch-based residential degree offerings.  The Post-graduate Diplomas in Sustainable Development, Environmental Management, Public Finance Management as well as an Honours Degree in Public Management/Administration, all presented in flexible mode, provide qualification options for a second qualification while working. Each of these programmes are followed by a master's degree in the particular field of specialization, and all master's programmes are topped by our doctoral Programme in Public Management and Development Planning.

The school also has a unique entry-level National Diploma in Public Accountability presented in flexible mode, caters for both school leavers and mid-career students working towards a first qualification while living off-campus. The SPL in past two years have acquired the accreditation for an NQF level 7 Advanced Diploma in Public Accountability, which provides opportunity for a number of diploma in Public Management/ Administration holders to access Post-graduate education qualifications for furthering their career development in the public sector. Many of the modules in these programmes are also presented as short courses, serving as continued professional learning opportunities.

Our students range from full-timers to quite senior mid-career leaders and managers. 

We at the SPL are eager to receive you in our learning environment, whether it is on the iconic main campus in  Stellenbosch, the professional management oriented Bellville Park Campus in Cape Town, the socially and ecologically sensitive Lynedoch Eco-village, or right there where you are bringing us to you through interactive telematics and e-learning. 




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Prof Zwelinzima Ndevu 

Director: School of Public Leadershi​(SPL)

zwelinzima@spl.sun.ac.za​
Tel:  021 918 4129
Fax: 021 918 4123