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Diploma in Public Accountability



Public regulation, service delivery and development, including dealing decisively with poverty, inequality and over-consumption, requires a sophisticated public sector. This sector functions within a governance framework set by legislation, regulations, policies, strategies and political executive directives to which compliance is an imperative. Public accountability therefore implies being held accountable in public for how successful the set delivery and development objectives have been met and how diligently the rules of compliance have been carried out.


Public accountability is meant to reveal fitness for purpose of municipalities, departments, institutions and public entities, their programmes of action and their resources, especially their employees. This is comparable to a sports team that must play the game on the field, within the rules, obeying the referees, play to a well-designed strategy and play well enough to give account of themselves in the competition and satisfy the expectations of their supporters. Not even one of the players in the team is excluded from adhering to the rules and having the necessary skills to contribute to becoming the champions.


Much has already been done in South Africa to guide and regulate the development of a professional public sector. A number of regulations make specific competencies and qualifications compulsory for certain positions.


Objectives of the Diploma in Public Accountability

This Higher Education Diploma has been designed to provide an opportunity for employees and prospective employees to develop or enhance the required competencies and follow a career path in the public sector. The objectives are to give you access to an opportunity to.

  • enhance your capacity to do the work required of you;
  • make a positive difference in the communities you serve through enhanced competencies;
  • comply with the public administration and management competency requirements as set for your current or envisaged positions;
  • combine studies with workplace demands;
  • gain a higher education qualification; and,
  • embark on a qualification path that keeps track with career progression.


Mode of presentation

The diploma is presented in a blended mode, meaning that short duration direct and real time interaction by means of telematics are combined with learning by means of electronic media. Both years of study will require attending six days of direct contact sessions, scheduled for 23 to 28 March 2015 at the Bellville Park Campus of Stellenbosch University, with potential repeat of contact sessions at other centers where adequate numbers of students live and work. In addition, 60 hours of interactive telematics sessions and invigilated assessments spread throughout the year must be attended at decentralized venues across the country. The package covered by the student fees include learning equipment and materials such as a notebook/tablet device, internet connectivity, e-learning materials and some hard copy books and manuals.


Entry requirement and selection

The minimum admission requirement for this programme is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with an achievement of at least 3 (40%) in four recognized NSC subjects of which one must be the language of learning and teaching (English);




a min of 30% in the language of learning and teaching plus an achievement of at least 3 (40%) in four other recognized NSC subjects plus 3 years relevant work experience; or successful completion of any qualification higher education qualification, i.e. Higher Certificate, Diploma or degree


Should you not meet the minimum entry requirements, a maximum of 10% of applicants may be admitted via Recognition of Prior Learning processes. Applicants who have successfully completed Municipal Minimum Competence training may apply for transfer of those credits, up to a maximum of 50% of the credits of the Diploma.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

All learning objectives and outcomes covered in Year 1 correspond with that of Unit Standards of the Municipal Regulations on Minimum Competency (MMC) Levels (RSA, Government Gazette 29967, 2007) of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003. Applicants that have successfully completed an MMC training programme may be considered for credit for up to one year of study provided that evidence of credible individual assessments ensuring originality of work can be provided.


Assessment papers of applicants that have completed the programme through one of the courses presented by the School of Public Leadership of Stellenbosch University are kept by the University and will be drawn and collated and submitted for RPL accreditation in terms of the RPL Policies of Stellenbosch University and its Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.


Please note that no more than “50 percent of the credits of a completed qualification may be transferred to another qualification, provided also that no more than 50 percent of the credits required for the other qualification are credits that have been used for a completed qualification” (Higher Education Qualification Sub-framework of 2013). This means that a maximum of 120 credits can be gained through RPL.


Annual student fees

The student fees for the diploma for 2017 amount to be confirmed. This amount covers:

  • learning equipment and material (e.g. a notebook/tablet device);
  • internet connectivity;
  • e-learning material; and
  • hard-copy books and manuals.

This amount does not cover

  • meals while you attend classes;
  • the costs of your travel; and
  • your accommodation at the teaching venues.

Registration Fee: R8278.00

*The registration fee is a minimum payment towards the total tuition fee. It is therefore not an additional payment besides the amounts mentioned above.


Balance of Tuition Fees: 75% of the total balance by the first week of May and the outstanding amount by the last week in August.


Application and enquiries

Please apply online at www.maties.com .Any further enquiries about the programme may be directed to Werner Burger at 021 918 4383, email werner.burger@spl.sun.ac.za.