Department of Public and Development Administration, School of Management Sciences

About Us

The Department of Public and Development Administration offers a comprehensive range of services in public administration and management, development management studies and local government administration, comprising education, training, and development; research projects; and extensive community services.

The Department was initially known as the Department of Public, Municipal, and Development Management with the inception of the University of Venda during 1982. Since these early years, the Department has grown significantly. It is currently offering Public Administration, Local Government (up to second year) and Development Management Studies.

Vision

The Department of Public and Development Administration aims to develop human potential by means of equipping students with knowledge and skills to utilize socio-economic resources for the local, national as well as the Southern African region.

Mission

The Department of Public and Development Administration provides appropriately equipped human resources for the public and private sectors in Southern Africa. The basic function of the Department is to train, educate, develop and equip students and community members at various levels as well as to provide assistance through community engagement to members of the community in which it operates.

Values

The Department sees its role as that of doing the following:

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• Train scholars to contribute to development on various levels in society, but particularly in the rural context where the university is situated in.

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• Assist communities with available resources to fulfill their needs, as well as the broader environment in which they operate.

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• To train public servants and officials in other sectors to deliver a sound public administration service to the local, national as well as regional economy.

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• Supporting government and private sector departments and institutions with the provision of policy makers and intellectual support for the execution of development programmes.

Our mandate is to teach, to do research and to be at the service of the community in which we operate. Our mandate is closely aligned with that of the University of Venda and the School of Management Sciences, namely to be responsive and to fulfill the development needs of communities in the region by using appropriate learning technologies and research.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Administration (BADMAP); Bachelor of Administration Honours (Public Administration) (BADMHA); Master of Administration (MADMIN); Doctor of Administration (DADMIN) and Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration (PhD).

Career Prospects

On completion of these qualifications, candidates can work in any government office, Human resources office, Private sector, be a training officer, open a private training consultancy

Dr. Mutshutshu Michael Nekhavhambe

Dr. Mutshutshu Michael Nekhavhambe

Head: Department of Public and Development Administration

Qualifications: B.Admin, B.Admin (Hons) (Univen), MPA (UP), D.Admin (Univen)

Tel: +27 15 962 8711
Email: nekhavh@univen.ac.za
Office: No 1A Management Sciences Building, University of Venda

Dr. Ephraim Mahole

Dr. Ephraim Mahole

Lecturer

Qualifications: B.Admin, B.Admin (Hons), MAdmin, D.Admin (Univen)

Tel: +27 15 962 8145
Email: ephraim.mahole@univen.ac.za
Office: No 13 Management Sciences Building, University of Venda

Mr. Pandelani Harry Munzhedzi

Mr. Pandelani Harry Munzhedzi

Lecturer

Qualifications: BAdmin (Univen), BAdmin (HOns), MAdmin (Cum Laude)(UNISA))

Tel: +27 15 962 8059
Email: harry.munzhedzi@univen.ac.za
Office: No 5 Kuwait Building, University of Venda

Prof. John Mutuwafhethu Mafunisa

Prof. John Mutuwafhethu Mafunisa

Professor

Qualifications: B.Admin (Hons.) (UNIVEN), M.Admin, D.Admin (UP), Cert in the protection of human rights (IIAP, France).

Tel: +27 15 962 8202
Email: John.Mafunisa@univen.ac.za
Office: No 5 Management Sciences Building, University of Venda

Mr. Troy Silima

Mr. Troy Silima

Lecturer

Qualifications: B.Admin, DIPPA (UNIVEN), B.Admin (Hons) (UL), MA (UJ)

Tel: +27 15 962 8539
Email: troy.silima@univen.ac.za
Office: No 1 Kuwait Building, University of Venda

Ms. Mahlodi Joyce Sethu

Ms. Mahlodi Joyce Sethu

Lecturer

Qualifications: MPA (UP)

Tel: +27 15 962 9216
Email: joyce.sethu@univen.ac.za
Office: No 1 Kuwait Building, University of Venda

Prof. Jaco Vermaak

Prof. Jaco Vermaak

Ass. Professor

Qualifications: BA (Hons.), MA (UJ), PhD (Unisa)

Tel: +27 15 962 8328
Email: jaco.vermaak@univen.ac.za
Office: No 5 Management Sciences Building, University of Venda

Mr. Johan Fourie

Mr. Johan Fourie

Lecturer

Qualifications: BA (Hons.) (UJ)

Tel: +27 15 962 8328
Email: johan.fourie@univen.ac.za
Office: No 5 Management Sciences Building, University of Venda

Mr. Thompson Mashabela Mabitsela

Mr. Thompson Mashabela Mabitsela

Junior Lecturer

Qualifications: B.Admin (Hons) (UL)

Tel: +27 15 962 8220
Email: thompson.mabitsela@univen.ac.za
Office: No 10 Kuwait Building, University of Venda

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