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In order to overcome the many contemporary challenges facing public service delivery, a high degree of management sophistication is required.

The executive programmes and products of the School of Public Leadership are the result of knowledge gained from rigorous research on contemporary issues and international best practices. All facilitators / researchers are permanent or extraordinary academic appointees of Stellenbosch University, and all courses are fully quality controlled and accredited as determined by the University and the Higher Education Qualification Committee.

For any further enquiries regarding executive training on our campus or requests for in-house training, you are welcome to contact:

Mr. Johnny Douglas

Mr. Levert Louw

Mrs Zintle Xauka

Ms. Tharia Louw

Mrs Rosslyn Abrahams

(MMC & Social Impact Academic Head) (Administrator: Social Impact)

(MMC Programme Coordinator)

(Quality Assurance & Certification Coordinator)

(Departmental Administrator)

Tel: 021 918 4408 / 4122


Tel:  021 918 4128 / 4122


Tel:  021 918 4375/4122


Tel:  021 918 4121 / 4122


Tel:  021 918 4135 / 4122


As populations across the world increase, there is a growing need for good governance to be married with the demands of environmental, social and economic challenges. In South Africa, service delivery challenges are complex and in need of strong leadership to chart the way forward. The School of Public Leadership (SPL) at Stellenbosch University (SU) provides solutions through unique graduate and postgraduate programmes that add public value.

Students, many of whom are mid-career managers, are guided to incorporate solutions for all levels of society in the workplace. Especially challenging are the “wicked” issues of public leadership – climate change and resource constraints, good governance and job creation. The SPL is the only school in South Africa that combines all three pillars of effective public leadership – good governance, environmental management and sustainable development in one package. Rigorous research is the proven method of finding solutions to problems. The postgraduate programmes offered by the SPL are research-based.

With over 50 students who graduate annually, this means we are constantly generating useful knowledge that is implemented in the workplace. Through its academic programmes and its links with business leaders, national and provincial governments as well as municipalities, the SPL is involved in policy development, management consulting, research, community interaction and project evaluation.

Because of an ever-growing need for sustainable practices in all sectors, the postgraduate training offered by the SPL does not only attract public servants, but also caters for leaders in the private and civic sectors operating in different fields. These include contractors, retail and office managers and leaders at various levels in NGOs

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