Welcome to the OR Tambo Institute of governance and policy studies. The
Oliver Tambo Institute of Governance and Policy Studies were established
in 1999 within the then School of Business, Economics and Administration
Sciences (now School of Management Sciences). The idea for its introduction
was mooted by the Northern Province Government (now Limpopo Province, with
the main aim of training public servants). At the time, the Provincial Government
had a problem with its public servants being trained by institutions from
outside the Province which were charging exorbitant amounts of fees. Thus,
the understanding was that if an Institute could be established within the
Province, both the Provincial Government and the tertiary institutions within
the province would benefit. Tertiary institutions would benefit by gaining
experience in teaching and training the officials while generating some
income at the same time. These suggestions informed the design and establishment
of the Institute and the type or nature of courses and modules to be offered
in the Institute.
The design, establishment and objectives of the institute
In order to fulfill its role, the Institute would consist of the following:
• Training of officials and communities on specific areas like finance,
management, leadership etc. to step up performance and production in the
• Training officials academically through the tutored masters programme
viz. Masters in Public Management, Masters in Municipal Management and Masters
in Development Management also as a way of assisting students to improve
their performance in their work environment.
• Research and debates on policy matters This objectives would improve
policy development, and implementation.
It is our belief that the Institute and all its functions, on policy and
teaching are very important. Management training becomes very important
in that people who rise up the ladders of the structures of their departments
need backing through training in management.
Degrees offered in the institute(MPM)
• Masters in Public Management
• Masters in Municipal Management
• Masters in Development Management
The programme is presently under review and that we shall take new
entering students in 2014.
Management and co-ordination
The Institute of Government presently has the Acting Director who is responsible
for some administrative duties, co-ordination of the masters program and
provision of short training courses as may be requested by governmental
institutions. The same staffs in the Department who qualify to teach in
the Institute are responsible for teaching some modules in the Institute.
Staff who offer training courses and teach in the Tutored Masters program
are the following:
• Prof. M.P Khwashaba (Acting Director)
• Prof. N.J Vermaak
• Mr. M.M Nekhavhambe
• Mr. R.S Nembudani
Beside these lecturers who are offering different courses in the Institute,
the Institute can draw personnel from the different Schools in the University
should there be a need for such experts. In this context, the Institute
is in a position to offer almost any training course that falls within the
scope of its functions.