SPL (School of Public Leadership)
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

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The SPL through its various academic programmes and the provision of a range of degree training and consultancy services to ​all three spheres of government has developed a keen insight into the challenges that face local government in South Africa. It is apparent from these engagements that there are significant skills deficits in the sphere of local government.

While it is acknowledged that significant advances have been made since 1994, it is clear that much more needs to be done to overcome the deep and seemingly intractable legacy of apartheid. In this regard the SPL can play a vital role in offering specifically focused and customised training programmes to enhance the performance elected and appointed officials in local and provincial government.

Extensive consultation is taking place with local government officials and councillors to ensure that the programmes to be offered by the CLG address demand and are appropriately targeted.

The objective of the CLG is to improve the performance of local government through research, innovation, training and community interaction.​


The CLG will therefore seek to:

  • Provide opportunities for world class research on local and provincial government challenges, locally, nationally, in Africa and internationally.
  • Be a repository for access to state of the art resources and a knowledge hub for local government academics, researchers, officials, councillors and non-governmental agencies.
  • Provide opportunities for learning and growth and to develop a new generation of though leaders in the field of local government.

​Latest Articles


​​No one-size-fits-all for coalition governments - Dr Harlan Cloete | Nov 11, 2021

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Evidance over the past five years shows that such deals hace collapsed

A month before the recent local government elections I sat down with Johann Mettler, the former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, and Clarence Johnson, the former mayor of the Cape Winelands District Municipality....Read more ​     
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​Towards a municipal financial and operational sustainability strategy for the Western Cape -  Prof Tania Ajam​,​Prof Johan Burger,Prof Geo Quinot, Ms Melissa Botha,Ms Deyana Isaacs & Mr Johnny Douglas | May 2021
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A report for the Western Cape Department of Local Government



​​The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on district municipalities in the Western Cape - Tania Ajam, Johan Burger, Geo Quinot, Melissa Botha, Deyana Isaacs & Johnny Douglas | Oct 26, 2021

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The School for Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation conducted a research study on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on municipal fiscal sustainability in the Western Cape (WC) province, which was completed in April 2021. The district municipalities (DMs) in the sample included Central Karoo, West Coast and Cape Winelands. This article aims to distil the key findings relating to DMs from that study. A previous Local Government Bulletin article dealt with sampled WC local municipalities. Read more.


Streamlining the administrative burden in Western Cape
Municipalities​ - Geo Quinot, Johan Burger, Tania Ajam, Melissa Botha, Deyana Isaacs & Jonny Douglas | Oct 26, 2021

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The School for Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation conducted a research study on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on municipal fiscal sustainability in the Western Cape (WC) province, which was completed in ​April 2021. Read more.......


Towards increased fiscal and operational sustainability in Western Cape Local Municipalities​ - Tania Ajam, Johan Burger, Geo Quinot, Melissa Botha, Deyana Isaacs & Johnny Douglas | Oct 26, 2021

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The School for Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation conducted a research study on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on municipal fiscal sustainability in the Western Cape (WC) province, which was completed in April 2021. The local municipalities in the sample included Stellenbosch, Drakenstein (large municipalities), Bergrivier, Hessequa (medium-sized municipalities) and Swellendam, Kannaland and Laingsburg (small municipalities). Read more.......



The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on local municipalities in the Western Cape​ - Tania Ajam, Johan Burger, Geo Quinot, Melissa Botha, Deyana Isaacs & Johnny Douglas | Oct 25, 2021​




​Middle Management Mentoring and Coaching Programme for Local Government - SPL Reporter  & Western Cape Dept Local Government

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On 9 September 2021, selected Mentors (Municipal Managers) and Mentees came together for a one-day Orientation Workshop at the Durbanville Conference Centre for the Middle Management Mentoring and Coaching Programme.


​​The Ethical Leadership in Local Government Seminars for Local Municipal Councillors - Mr Johnny Douglas & Levert Louw|8 November 2019
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SPL in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Western Cape Department of Local Government hosts the Councillor Summer School on Ethics and My personal Value system. Read more.....


​​​​​​​Municipal Sustainability Study Fact Sheets

The downloadable  fact sheets below are based on a research study on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on municipal fiscal sustainability in the Western Cape (WC). The study was commissioned by the WC Department of Local Government, and was conducted by the School for Public Leadership at the Stellenbosch University, with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation.


  
  
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Hungary, Romania & Poland Study Tour 2017Hungary, Romania & Poland Study Tour 2017
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Italy Study Tour 2015Italy Study Tour 2015
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Brazil Study Tour 2014Brazil Study Tour 2014
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