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Raymond Mhlaba Research Unit for Public Administration & Leadership

Research Unit Background

Raymond Mhlaba

It was in 1972 when the then University of Port Elizabeth formed the School of Public Administration and Management (SPAM) to provide training, research and consultancy services to all  spheres of government, NGOs and private sectors in the country and in other countries such as Namibia and Botswana. In 2003, the name of the SPAM was changed to the Raymond Mhlaba Research Unit of Public Administration and Leadership. The Research Unit is named after the first Premier of the Eastern Cape Province, Dr Raymond Mphakamisi Mhlaba.

The Raymond Mhlaba Research Unit of Public Administration and Leadership is a leading research unit of its kind in the province and prides itself in providing training, research and consultancy services to improve (1) the capacity of those involved in performing and sustaining the better quality of public services for the benefit of all citizens of the Republic and (2) good governance of the organs of the State.

The Raymond Mhlaba Research Unit of Public Administration and Leadership is an institute that exists within the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University [NMMU] and all its fiduciary and constitutional operations are intra  vires to that of the University. The unit is accountable to the Head of Department and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts.  In all its engagement activities with the customers and communities it serves it is committed to realise the vision and mission of the NMMU.

It has assisted the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality with piloting the community based planning in 2007.

In the past   years, the unit has trained public servants and local government practitioners on various areas such as Public Finance Management, Municipal Finance Management, Advanced Skills Development, Municipal Meetings, Executive Management, Stakeholder Engagement/Facilitation, Executive Leadership, community based planning, Public Sector and Leadership, Project Management, Managing Service Delivery, Batho Pele and Service Delivery, Customer Care, Effective Communication, Change Management and Diversity, General Administration, Finance for Non-Financial Managers and Management and Leadership Development.