SPL (School of Public Leadership)
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Re-imagining Public Servant Leadership in a post-capture, post-pandemic governance landscape.​​​

16-18 October 2023​

The School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University is proud to continue the International Winelands Conference series and tradition with its 17th edition. The main theme of the conference is focused on re-imagining public servant leadership.​

Conference Tracks/subthemes: 

  • Accountability
  • Performance
  • Governance (Public Policy, Sustainable Development, and Environmental Management)
  • Novel ideas in Public Administration and Governance
*Please see the Conference Concept Note ​for the full information on each subtheme. 

​​​Call for papers:The academic committee is excited to invite researchers to submit their abstracts for consideration as oral presentations.

The Conference tracks intend to invite papers and practice workshops that enable us to have a deeper understanding of the comparative ways in which leaders are responding to the challenges facing public services in the aforementioned context. They will help in better understanding the policies, systems, and practices that public services are putting into place to enable leaders to get the best out of the resources they have at their disposal and is specifically interested in insights into how public servant leaders have redefined their role and purpose in the aftermath of the pandemic, along with the additional demands of social and economic changes that their constituencies and areas face.

We are keen to bring together academic scholars, researchers, and practitioners to promote meaningful debate about future-facing strategies, mechanisms, and methods for harnessing the best of leadership capabilities and approaches that can equip public servant leaders to implement their vision, goals, and priorities, and that facilitate effective followership and effective public services delivery. We would like to use this debate to construct a new leadership paradigm that fits the times and the challenges public service faces and will face in the years ahead.​
Conference Fees

R 6,000 for early bird 

R 6,500 for late registrations

R 4,500 for full time students providing proof of registration & registered postgraduate students presenting papers


If you are interested in sponsoring this exciting conference, a social function of the conference, or one of the parallel sessions, please feel free to contact us at winelands@spl.sun.ac.za. 

Accommodation and Transport

Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and transportation during the conference. Visit https://www.visitstellenbosch.org/stay/ for accommodation options and https://uber-rates-stellenbosch-za.uber-fare-estimator.com/ for Uber fare estimates.

Important Dates​​​

​Call for Papers and Abstract Submissions Open
​​​13 March 2023
​Second Announcement
​10 May ​2023
​Registrations Open
​10 May 2023
​Abstract Submissions Close
​30 June 2023
​Third Announcement
14 August 2023
​Early Bird Cut-off date
​25 Aug​​ust 2023
Late registrations closure

06 October 2023​​


The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)

​10 Marias Rd, Mostersdrift Stellenbosch, South Africa


Conference Secretariat:

  • Mr Pereka Matala – Banda
  • +27 21 918 4122
  • winelands@spl.sun.ac.za​

How to Register for the conference

Click here to register for the conference​


Closing date for the submission of abstracts is 30 June 2023, please click on the abstract submission tab below to submit your Abstract: