The South African Association of Public Administration and Development Management (SAAPAM) is an independent, professional and non-profit association with the mission to encourage and promote good governance and effective service delivery through the advancement of professionalism, scholarship and practice in Public Administration and Management.


SAAPAM’s intention is to launch provincial chapters in all nine provinces to promote excellence in the theory and practice of public administration.  As a national board member and interim chairperson of the KZN Chapter, Professor Yogi Penceliah, Head of the School of Public Administration and Management at UKZN facilitated the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Chapter launch on June 3 at the University.  The launch was attended by national board members, academics from the other tertiary institutions in the province, practitioners and students.


In his welcome address, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Law and Management Studies, Professor John Mubangizi said UKZN was proud to be part of the partnership and encouraged the School to nurture and utilise it.


The President of SAAPAM, Mr Herbert Masermule said that the purpose of the launch was to ensure that the national activities of the association are replicated in KwaZulu-Natal. The MEC for Economic Development and Tourism (KZN), Mr Michael Mabuyakhulu suggested that it was time for everyone to embrace the principles of Batho Pele – putting people first. He added that he was grateful to the KZN Chapter of SAAPAM as the Province will interface with the Chapter for a better public service.


KZN SAAPAM executive members were duly elected and include academics from the four tertiary institutions in the province, provincial and local government practitioners and students.

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