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Francois Theron, Senior lecturer at the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch


=About the Researcher= Contact: Theron, Francois Stellenbosch University, South Africa, e:mail to ft1@sun.ac.za Tel no. (South Africa +27) 021- 808 2195 (office)

Brief Statement of Research Interests

Francois Theron, a South African anthropologist and social development consultant, is a senior lecturer at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He holds a BA (Social Sciences), BA Honours (Social Anthropology) (Cum Laude); BA Honours (Public and Development Management ) (Cum Laude) and MA (Social Anthropology) (Cum Laude) from Stellenbosch University. He is a member of numerous academic and professional organisations and societies (see below).

Experience: Senior Lecturer (School of Public Leadership), External examiner/moderator for academic programmes/examination paper scripts and M-these's (UCT, UWC, UNISA, CPUT, JU, Namibia Polytechnic, UKZN, University of the North West).

Specialists Areas: Francois Theron’s main fields of interest and research relate to poverty; housing; social forestry; sustainability; integrated urban/rural development strategies and community development issues. In this regard, he specifically focuses on public participation; social learning processes; capacity-building; empowerment and sustainability. He also has a special interest in action research methodology. Francois has numerous scientific publications to his name (see publications) in development management and related fields of study. He is a supporter of inter-disciplinary research which leads to numerous capacity-building projects in South Africa; training short courses; professional consultation and supervision of Masters students, of whom he has supervised many (See 2.8 Thesis Supervised).

Current: PhD – research project - Assessing public participation and participatory strategies for Developmental Local Government in South Africa.


CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUS


1. Research theme: developmental local government (DLG) and community capacity-building at municipal/community level in South Africa.

2. Key words: local government; good governance; service delivery; public value; participation; partnerships; capacity-building; empowerment and sustainability; social capital/indigenous knowledge generation and appropriate social research methodology.

3. Main and related foci: interface between local government (municipal officials) as facilitators and enablers of service delivery on the one hand and local public/community beneficiaries on the other hand. Establishment of municipal-community partnerships via Integrated Development Planning (IDP); linking institutional local government capacity (nuts & bolts: technical knowledge at local government level/top-down & prescriptive) with local community and grassroots capacity (hearts & souls: social capital/indigenous knowledge systems at grassroots level/bottom-up: social learning) through social learning applications; improved public participation through model construction and appropriate strategies (inter alia IAP2’s and World Bank Toolboxes, plus local knowledge generation); re-training/orientation of local government officials towards a change agent approach (Theron ed. 2008); development of grassroots training programmes (2 short course training programmes: Public Participation and Integrated Community Development Planning (See 3. Short Courses SPL Marketing) and appropriate grassroots social research methodology, etc.

4. Analytical construct and theory building: analytical linkage of the so-called “building blocks” of development, i.e. 4.1 public participation 4.2 social learning process 4.3 capacity-building 4.4 empowerment and 4.5 sustainable development (Davids & Theron & Maphunye eds. 2009 and Theron ed. 2008).

5. Analytical departure: inter-disciplinary – public management; development studies; sociology; anthropology and political science, plus institutional and grassroots inputs.

6. Linkage: international and national agencies/institutes – IAP2; World Bank; Eldis; Prodder; SANGONET; HSRC and numerous NGO’s and training agencies.

7. Research methodology: literature study; focus groups; interviews; participatory learning via training and participatory observation.

8. Outputs on research and related themes: Numerous chapters in prescribed books; published journal articles; conference papers; supervised MA/MPA – theses; nationally accredited short course training programmes (Public Participation in Local Government & Integrated Community Development Planning); Community outreach projects (Breytenbach Multi-Cultural Community Centre, Wellington & Wellington Community Police Forum); External consultation, i.e. local and provincial government.


SPECIALIST TEACHING AREAS (past/present):

Lecturing:

  • PDM 114 : Orientation to Developments, Society and State
  • PDM 314 : Micro Development Management Strategy
  • MPA : Integrated Community Based Development
  • MPA: Public Sector Management Development Programme
  • MPhil : Development Planning for Sustainable Development
  • MPhil: Social Research Methodology


Research Interests (past/present):

  • Development philosophy, theory, strategy, management and policy issues
  • Development planning and project management
  • Urban and rural development management
  • Public participation, social learning process, capacity-building and self-reliance, empowerment and sustainability issues
  • Community development planning (IDP, PPP and LED)
  • Poverty issues
  • Strategic planning and project management
  • Social forestry and community capacity-building
  • Social research methodology


Membership of professional associations/societies (past/present):

  • Anthropology Southern Africa
  • Association of Southern African Schools and Departments of Public Administration and Management (ASSADPAM)
  • Western Cape Public Administration Training Research Forum
  • South African Foundation for Public Management and Development
  • South African Management and Development Institute (SAMDI)
  • South African Institute of Town Planners
  • South African Foundation of Public Management (SFPUM)
  • Institute for Housing for South Africa
  • Development Policy Management Forum (DPMF) (Roster of African Experts)
  • South African Association for Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM)
  • Forum for Community Development
  • CIVICUS: Associate organisational member

Committees (Stellenbosch University) (past/present):

  • Bellville Park Library Users Committee (Chairperson)
  • Bursary Committee
  • Undergraduate time table & roster Committee
  • CTL (Centre for Teaching & Learning) Committee
  • Social Dynamics (Faculty Committee) (BA programme, Faculty of Social Sciences and Arts)
  • IT committee (Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences)

Community interaction and capacity-building (present):

1. Breytenbach Centre: Multi-functional community based art and culture centre in Wellington. As director of the BS guidance is given with regard to planning community projects; strategic planning and funding the BS.

2. Wellington Community Police Forum: Multi-focus community based forum in Wellington. As forum member guidance is given with regards to planning community projects; strategic planning and linking with the NGO and CBO sectors.

3. Bosman Family Farms/Bosman Wines Wellington: As social development consultant guidance is given with regards to social planning and capacity-building, inter alia with regards to Fairtrade expectations.

4. Wellington Forum: Multi-stakeholder forum facilitating capacity-building between community, municipality, NGO's/CBO's and others in the form of planning partnerships.

Publications

Forthcoming

                            FORTHCOMING BOOK   2014  

Development, the State and Civil Society in South Africa, (eds.) Davids, I. and Theron, F. (August/September) Van Schaik Publishers.


                            FORTHCOMING JOURNAL ARTICLE



                            FORTHCOMING CONFERENCE PAPER

Latest book publications

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1. Davids, I & Theron, F & Maphunye, KJ (eds.) (2009): Participatory development in South Africa. A development management perspective (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (ISBN: 978-627-02760-4) (Book) (252 pages) (Text book: 5 chapters) (See also chapters in book) Van Schaik Publishers (To be updated with new title , 2014).

2. Theron, F (ed.) (2008): The development change agent. A micro-level approach to development (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (ISBN: 978-0-627-02729-1) (Book) (311 pages) ( Text book: 8 chapters) (See also chapters in book) Van Schaik Publishers.


NEW BOOK - SEE UNDER FORTHCOMING 2014

Books

1. Theron, F (1984): Anthropological perspectives on the study of labour migration: An evaluation of selected decision making models (M.A.-thesis)(SU)

2. Jeppe, WJO, F Theron and PH van Rooyen (1985): Die Derde Wêreld: 'n Kaartbeeld (Departement Ontwikkelingsadministrasie en Instituut vir Kartografiese Analise, SU) (Book) (ISBN: 0-7972-0048-7) (27 pages)

3. Jeppe, WJO, F Theron and PH van Rooyen (1985): The Third World in Maps (Department of Development Administration and the Institute for Cartographic Analysis, SU) (Book) (ISBN: 0-7972-0048-7) (27 pages)

4. Theron, F and J De V Graaff (1987): Rural - urban migration: aspects of theory, policy and practice (University Publishers & Booksellers Ltd, Stellenbosch) (Book) (ISBN: 0-86995-136X) (64 pages)

5. Theron, F & WJO Jeppe and JPJ van Baalen (eds.) (1992): NGO's in Development. (University of Stellenbosch Reproduction Section, SU (Book) (ISBN: 0-7972-0401-6) (194 pages)

6. Theron, F (ed.) (1992): Gemeenskapsontwikkeling: Enkele perspektiewe. Gedenkbundel vir die Forum vir Gemeenskapsontwikkeling. (Universiteit van Stellenbosch Reproduksie Afdeling, SU (Book) (ISBN: 0-7972-0351-6) (79 pages)

7. Meyer, IH, F Theron and A van Rooyen (eds.) (1995): Public and Development Management. School of Public Management, Bellville. (Book) (ISBN: 0-7922-0470-9) (315 pages)

8. Burger, APJ, F Theron and A van Rooyen (eds.) (1996): Challenges in change. School of Public Management, Bellville. (Book) (ISBN: 0-7972-0563-2) (323 pages)

9. Theron, F, A van Rooyen and F Uys (eds.) (1998): Spanning the Global Divide. Networking for Sustainable Delivery. (Book) (ISBN: 0-7972-0714-7) (226 pages) (School of Public Management and Planning: Bellville. University of Stellenbosch)

10. Theron, F and I H Meyer (2000): Workbook: Public participation in local government. A framework for action (Book) (ISBN: 0-7972-0783-X) (195 pages) (School of Public Management and Planning: Bellville. University of Stellenbosch)

11. Theron, F, A Van Rooyen and JPJ Van Baalen (eds.) (2000): Good governance for people: Policy and management. (Book) (ISBN: 0-7972-0786-4) (323 pages) (School of Public Management and Planning: Bellville. University of Stellenbosch)

12. Theron, F and E Schwella (eds.) (2000): The State of Public and Development Management in South Africa. The Mount Grace 11 Papers. (Book) (ISBN: 0-7972-0775-9) (209 pages) (School of Public Management and Planning: Bellville. University of Stellenbosch)

13. Davids, I, F Theron and A Van Rooyen (eds.) (2001): Public and Development Management in Action. (Book) (84 pages) (School of Public Management and Planning: Bellville. University of Stellenbosch)(ISBN: 0-7972-0834-8)

14. Davids, I, F Theron and KJ Maphunye (2005): Participatory Development in South Africa. A Development Management perspective. (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (ISBN: 0-627-02599-4)(Book)(243 pages)

15. Theron, F (ed.) (2008): The development change agent. A micro-level approach to development (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (ISBN: 978-0-627-02729-1)(Book) (311 pages)

16. Davids, I, F Theron and KJ Maphunye (2009): Participatory Development in South Africa. A Development Management perspective. 2nd Ed.(Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (ISBN: 9780627027604)(Book)(252 pages)

17. Davids, I, and Theron, F (eds.) (2014): Development, the State and Civil Society in South Africa (3rd edition) (Van Schaik Publishers) Forthcoming, August/September

Chapters in Books

1. Theron, F and D Barnard (1997): Participation and development planning in Liebenberg, S F and P Stewart (eds.): Participatory development management and the RDP. Juta, Cape Town. (pp. 35-62)(ISBN: 0-7021-3831-2)

2. Theron, F and S Wetmore (1997): Participatory learning and action: methodology for the new development vision in Liebenberg, SF and P Stewart (eds.) Participatory Development Management and the RDP. (pp. 85-107)(ISBN: 0-7021-3831-2)

3. Theron, F and S F Liebenberg (1997): Assessing basic needs for the effective implementation of the RDP in Liebenberg, SF and P Stewart (eds.) Participatory Development Management and the RDP. (pp. 121-131) (ISBN: 0-7021-3831-2) (Also paper at international conference)

4. Theron, F and I Meyer (2001): John Savage, the ideal(istic) Housing Manager…? in Davids, I & Theron, F & Van Rooyen, A (eds.) Public and Development Management in Action. (pp. 39-44) (School of Public Management and Planning: Bellville. University of Stellenbosch)(ISBN: 0-7972-0834-8)

5. Theron, F and C Kihato (2001): Building without empowering: The toilet project, in Davids, I & Theron, F & Van Rooyen, A (eds.) Public and Development Management in Action. (pp. 45-53) (School of Public Management and Planning: Bellville. University of Stellenbosch)(ISBN: 0-7972-0834-8)

6. Theron, F and D Schutte (2001): A needs analysis of the people of Kwantele, in Davids, I & Theron, F & Van Rooyen, A (eds.) Public and Development Management in Action. (pp. 57-64) (School of Public Management and Planning: Bellville. University of Stellenbosch)(ISBN: 0-7972-0834-8)

7. Theron, F and J Hattingh (2001): On the quality and standard of reasoning in research, in Davids, I & Theron, F & Van Rooyen, A (eds.) Public and Development Management in Action. (pp. 65-76) (School of Public Management and Planning: Bellville. University of Stellenbosch)(ISBN: 0-7972-0834-8)

8. Theron, F and L Liebenberg (2001): The broad and narrow of research, in Davids, I & Theron, F & Van Rooyen, A (eds.) (pp. 77-82) (School of Public Management and Planning: Bellville. University of Stellenbosch)(ISBN: 0-7972-0834-8)

9. Meyer, I, M Cupido and F Theron (2002): Citizen participation in government: myth or reality? In search of a pragmatic approach to improve local governance, ( pp. 58-82)( Also paper at international conference), in Van der Molen, K & Van Rooyen, A & Van Wyk, B (eds.) Outcomes-based governance: Assessing the results (Heinemann: Sandown)(ISBN: 0-79620-184-6)

10. Theron, F (2005): Trends in micro-level development, in Davids, I & Theron, F & Maphunye, KJ, Participatory Development in South Africa. A Development Management Perspective (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (ISBN: 0-627-02599-4) (pp. 104-110)

11. Theron, F (2005): Pubic participation as a micro-level development strategy, in Davids, I & Theron, F & Maphunye, KJ, Participatory Development in South Africa. A Development Management perspective (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (ISBN: 0-627-02599-4) (pp. 111-132)

12. Theron, F (2005): Integrated development planning as a micro-level development strategy, in Davids, I & Theron, F & Maphunye, KJ, Participatory Development in South Africa. A Development Management perspective (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (ISBN: 0-627-02599-4) (pp. 133-148)

13. Theron, F and S Wetmore (2005): Appropriate social development research: a new paradigm to explore, in Davids, I & Theron, F & Maphunye, KJ Participatory Development in South Africa. A Development Management perspective (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (ISBN: 0-627-02599-4) (pp. 151-166)

14. Theron, F (2005): Guidelines for writing scientific documents and using basic social research methodology, in Davids, I & Theron, F & Maphunye, KJ Participatory Development in South Africa. A Development Management perspective (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (ISBN: 0-627-02599-4) (pp. 167-186)

15. Theron, F (2008): The development change agent - a micro-level approach to development, in Theron, F. The development change agent: a micro-level approach to development. (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) ISBN 978 0 727 02729 1 (pp. 1-22)

16. Theron, F (2008): The change agent-project beneficiary partnership in development planning - theoretical perspectives in Theron, F. The development change agent: a micro-level approach to development. (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (pp. 41-75)

17. Theron, F and Ceasar, N (2008): Participation - a grassroots strategy for development management, in Theron, F. The development change agent: a micro-level approach to development. (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (pp. 100-123)

18. Ceasar, N and Theron, F (2008): Community health - the community health worker as change agent, in Theron, F. The development change agent: a micro-level approach to development. (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (pp. 147-172)

19. Ham, C., Chirwa, P and Theron, F (2008): The forester as a change agent - from trees between the people to people between the trees, in Theron, F. The development change agent: a micro-level approach to development. (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (pp. 173-201)

20. Theron, F and Wetmore, S (2008): Action research methodology - alternative options for grassroots research and community participation, in Theron, F. The development change agent: a micro-level approach to development. (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (pp. 202-219)

21. Theron, F (2008): Key themes, reflection and action for development change agents - a call for a change agent-beneficiary partnership, in Theron, F. The development change agent: a micro-level approach to development. (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (pp. 220-259)

22. Theron, F and Saunders, JJ (2008): The change agent as author and researcher - an introduction to professional writing skills and social research skills, in Theron, F. The development change agent: a micro-level approach to development. (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (pp. 262-293)

23. Theron, F (2009): Reflecting upon micro-level development: an assessment of concepts, principles and strategies for change, in Davids, I & Theron, F & Maphunye, KJ Participatory Development in South Africa. A Development Management perspective 2nd ed. (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) ISBN 978 0 627 02760 4 (pp. 104-111)

24. Theron, F (2009): Public participation as a micro-level development strategy: the principles and context for authentic and empowering development, in Davids, I & Theron, F & Maphunye, KJ Participatory Development in South Africa. A Development Management perspective 2nd ed. (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (ISBN: 978-0-627-02760-4) (pp. 112-134)

25. Theron, F (2009): Contextualising integrated development planning: an opportunity for public participation in developmental local government, in Davids, I & Theron, F & Maphunye, KJ Participatory Development in South Africa. A Development Management perspective 2nd ed. (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (ISBN: 978-0-627-02760-4) (pp. 135-151)

26. Theron, F and Wetmore, S (2009): Appropriate social development research: an introduction to selected issues, in Davids, I & Theron, F & Maphunye, KJ Participatory Development in South Africa. A Development Management perspective 2nd ed. (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (ISBN: 978-0-627-02760-4) (pp. 155-171)

27. Theron, F and Saunders, JJ (2009): Scientific writing skills and social research methodology: an introduction of basic techniques, in Davids, I & Theron, F & Maphunye, KJ Participatory Development in South Africa. A Development Management perspective 2nd ed. (Hatfield: JL van Schaik) (ISBN: 978-0-627-02760-4) (pp. 172-113)

28. Mubangizi, B C & Theron, F (2011): Public leadership in local government for public value – The role of South Africa’s community development workers, in Bjorkman, J.W et al. (Eds) Public Leadership and Citizen Value: The Winelands Papers 2010. (The Hague: Netherlands, Eleven International Publishing) (ISBN: 978 94 90947 361) (pp.123-134)

29. Theron, F (2014): 5 co-authored chapters in Development, the State and Civil Society in South Africa, Van Schaik, forthcoming, August/September

Journal Articles

1. Theron, F en P Du Toit (1984): Etnisiteit en Kleurlingskap. Politikon, Vol. 11, no. 1, June: 55-66

2. Theron, F en P Du Toit (1984): 'n Antwoord op etnisiteit en sogenaamde ‘Kleurlingskap’ in perspektief. Politikon, Vol. 11, no. 2, December: 49-52

3. Theron, F (1985): Die arbeidsmigrasiebesluitnemingsproses: 'n evaluering van drie geselekteerde besluitnemingsmodelle. Africanus, Vol. 15, no. 182: 4-20

4. Theron, F and P du Toit (1988): Ethnic and minority groups and constitutional change in South Africa. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 7, no. 182: 133-147

5. Theron, F (1989): Stedelike uitdagings: 'n Holistiese en interdissiplinêre benadering tot stedelike beplanning (INNOVO)

6. Theron, F en JS de Swardt (1989): Op soek na interdissiplinêre samewerking: Enkele uitdagings. Tydskrif van die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut van Stads- en Streekbeplanners, No. 26, April: 29-31

7. Theron, F and A PJ Burger (1996): Public management technology for development. Administratio Publica, Vol. 7, no. 1, June: 46-73

8. Theron, F and A PJ Burger (1997): Development Management: A post-modern perspective. Administratio Publica, Vol. 8, no. 1, June: 1-23

9. Theron, F and L Liebenberg (1997): Exploring the myths of community development: A call for a new approach. Administratio Publica, Vol.8 no.2 December: 28-41

10. Theron, F and C Ham (1998): Community forestry: Project implementation through communities as a whole or through interest groups? Southern African Forestry Journal, No. 181, March: 45-49

11. Theron, F and S Wetmore (1998): Community development and research: Participatory learning and action – a development strategy in itself. Development Southern Africa, Vol. 15, no. 1, Autumn: 29-54

12. Theron, F and N Ceaser (1999): Assessing attitudes and perceptions on integrated development planning. The case of Stellenbosch. Administatio Publica, Vol.9 no. 2 December: 58-86)

13. Theron, F and C Ham (2001): Community forestry resources. A case study of selected woodlots in the East Cape Province. Southern African Forestry Journal, no.191 July: 65-74

14. Theron, F and F Muyonjo (2002): Addressing social exclusion: The Bloekombos case. Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 37, no. 4, December: 492-506 (Article and also paper at international conference)

15. Theron, F and C De Swardt (2004): Poverty and the African Urban Poor: Money, hunger and morbidity in Cape Town. Development Update, Vol. 5, no.1, April 2004:105-122

16. Theron, F and D Wyngaard (2004): Provision of low cost housing in the context of Developmental Local Government: the Wesbank project. Africanus, Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 34, no.2 May: 45-64

17. Majam, T & Theron, F (2006): The purpose and relevance of a scientific literature review: a Holistic approach to research. Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 41, no. 3.1: 603-615 (Special edition)

18. Gebremedhin, S H & F Theron (2007) Locating community participation in a water supply project – the Galanefhi Water Project (Eritrea). Anthropology Southern Africa, Vol. 30, no.1&2: 20-28

19.Theron, F, Ceasar, N and Davids, I (2007): Participation through IAP2 guidelines: An opportunity or challenge for Integrated Development Planning in South Africa? The International Journal of Participation, April IAP2 (on line)

20. De Swardt, J and F Theron (2007) Cape Town African poor: an assessment of poverty manifestations and impact Africanus. Journal for Development Studies, Vol. 37, no. 1: 21-35

21. Draai, E and F Theron (2007) Employment equity at newly merged institutions: The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 42, no.2, June.

22. Theron, F and S Wetmore (2007) Research innovation in public and development management: Locating participatory learning and action (PLA) in the participatory development debate. Journal of Public Administration, Vol 42, no.6, November, pp472-489

23. Gugushe, NM, Grundy, IM, Theron, F and Chirwa, PW (2008) Perceptions of forest resource use and management in two village communities in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science, Vol. 70 no. 3: 247-254) (on line: NISC)

24. Mubangizi, B. and Theron, F. (2011). Inculcating public leadership for citizen value: reflecting on Public Administration curricula. Administratio Publica, Vol. 19, no. 1, pp33-50

25. Mchunu, N. and Theron, F. (2013). Contextualising public protests: The case of Khayelitsha. Administration Publica, Vol. 21, no 2, June, pp105-128

26. De Beer, CM, Ham, CC., Langin, DW. and F. Theron. (2014). The socioeconomic impact of the phasing out of plantations in the Western Cape regions of South Africa. Southern Forests: A Journal of Forest Science, Vol. 76, no 1, pp57-64

27. Theron, F. and Mchunu, N. (2014). Revitalizing the "good" in good local governance - calling for active participatory citizenship, forthcoming in AJOPA (August)

Papers and posters at National and International Conferences

1. Theron, F. & Liebenberg, S. (1995): Assessing basic needs for effective implementation of the RDP. (International Conference on Management) (ICMA, Pretoria)

2. Theron, F. & Ceaser, N. (2001): Assessing attitudes and perceptions of integrated development planning: A case study approach. (8th International Winelands Conference: Outcomes Based Governance: Assessing the results, Stellenbosch)

3. Meyer, I, Cupido, C. & Theron, F. (2001): Citizen participation in government: myth or reality? In search of a pragmatic approach to improve local governance. (8th International Winelands Conference: Outcomes Based Governance: Assessing the results, Stellenbosch)

4. Theron, F, Meyer, I. & Cupido, M. (2002): Public participation for Developmental Local Government. Assessing public participation and partnership approaches. (Western Cape Housing Conference, Cape Town)

5. Theron, F. & Muyonjo, F. (2003): Addressing social exclusion in Bloekombos. A South African case study in poverty alleviation. (International Institute of Administrative Sciences, 2nd regional International Conference, Yaounde, Cameroon) (14-18 July) (IIAS)

6. Theron, F. and Draai, E. (2004): Issues for higher education transformation: Port Elizabeth Technicon. (Southern African Association of Public Administration and Management) (SAAPAM)

7. Mavundla, K. & Diederichs, N. & Ham, C. & Theron, F. (2006) Review of small scale fibre craft enterprises in the KwaZulu-Natal Woodlands. Poster presented at the 4th Natural Forest and Savannah Woodlands Symposium (Port Elisabeth)

8. Mubangizi, B.C. & Theron, F (2010) Public leadership in local government for public value – what role for South Africa’s community development workers? (12th International Winelands Conference: Public leadership for added citizen value and the dr. Samuel Sarphati innovative public leadership knowledge event, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch)

9. Mubangizi, B.C. & Theron, F. (2010) Public leadership for citizen value: reflecting on Public Administration teaching and learning. ASSADPAM Conference, Pretoria

10. Gwala, M. & Theron, F. (2012) Beyond community meetings: towards innovative participation in developmental local government. 13th International Winelands Conference, Stellenbosch

11. Mchunu, N.A. & Theron, F. (2013) Contextualising public protests in Khayelithsa - reflecting on appropriate public participation strategies. SAAPAM Conference, Cape Town

12. Baloyi, N.J. & Theron, F. (2013) The significance of implementing sector policing in rural areas: creating a public policy and resource framework for the 2030 vision. ASSADPAM Conference

13. Mchunu, N.A. & Theron, F. (2014) Re-igniting active citizenship: The third sector in strengthening local democracy. 14th International Winelands Conference, 2-4 April, Spier, Stellenbosch

14. Engelbrecht, M., Lange, J. & Theron, F. (2014) Sustaining administrative effectiveness after municipal elections through change management. 14th International Winelands Conference, 2-4 April, Spier, Stellenbosch

Book reviews in journals, manuscripts and project proposal evaluations

1. Theron, F and P Du Toit: Groep sonder grense. Die rol en status van die gemengde bevolking aan die Kaap, 1652 - 1795 (HF Heese) (Politikon)

2. Theron, F: Up against the fences. Poverty, passes and privilege in South Africa (H Giliomee and L Schlemmer) (Africanus)

3. Theron, F: South African perspectives : Essays in honour of Nic Olivier (P Hugo ed.) (Politikon)

4. Theron, F: Migration decision making. Multi-disciplinary approaches to micro level studies in Developed and Developing countries (F de Jong and RW Gardener) (Journal of Contemporary African Studies)

5. Theron, F: Children on the front line: The impact of apartheid, destabilization and warfare on children in Southern and South Africa (Report for Unicef, United Nations) (Politikon)

6. Theron, F: Risk acceptability according to the Social Sciences (Douglas, M) (Ethnology)

7. Theron, F: South African Keywords: The use and abuse of political concepts (Boonzaaier, E and J Sharp) (Politikon)

8. Theron, F: Making a move: Perspectives on Black migration decision-making and it's contexts (Steyn, HP and N Boersema) (Africanus)

9. Theron, F: South African Public Administration: Past, present and future (Gildenhuys, JSH) (Politikon)

10. Theron, F: Community Development: Putting plans into action (Swanepoel, H) (Development Southern Africa)

11. Theron, F: South Africa – Netherlands Research Programme for Alternatives in Development (SANPAD) (External evaluator for The Netherlands Government)

12. Theron, F: Whose reality counts? Putting the first last (Chambers, R) (Development Southern Africa)

13. Assessor for the PAWC regarding the Consolidated Municipal Infrastructure Programme Award for Best Practice – International Habitat Award Competition (4 projects)

14. Theron, F: Anthropology and development. Understanding contemporary social change (Olivier de Sardan, J-P)(Anthropology Southern Africa, vol. 30 no.1&2, 2007)

15. Theron, F: Community development. Breaking the cycle of poverty. 4th edition (Swanepoel and De Beer 2006) (Journal of Public Administration, vol. 42, no. 1, 2007)

16. Theron, F: Ideas for development (Chambers, R 2005) (Politeia, Vol. 27, no. 1, 2008)

17. Theron, F: Consolidating developmental local government. Lessons from the South African experience (Van Donk et al. 2008) (Anthropology Southern Africa. Vol 31 (3&4), 2008

18. Theron, F: A radical history of Development Studies. Individuals, institutions and ideologies (Kothari ed. 2005) Administratio Publica. Vol 18, issue 1, 2010

19. Theron, F: 365 Ways to change the world. How to make a difference one day at a time (Norton 2006) Politeia

20. Theron, F: 2011 The great turning from empire to earth community. pdf (Korten 2006) Administratio Publica, Vol 19, no 1, 2011.

21. Theron, F: 2012 Community Development: Breaking the cycle of poverty by Hennie Swanepoel and Frik De Beer (5th ed.) 2011 ISBN 978 0 70218 875 6 Journal of Public Administration, Vol 47, 1.1 March 2012, pp 420-422.

22. Theron, F: 2014 Deconstructing development discourse. Buzzwords and fuzzwords (Cornwall and Eade eds, 2010) Administratio Publica, Vol 22, issue 1, 2014

Theses Supervised

'MA-,M-Admin, MPA and MPhil theses – completed (Supervisor):'

1. 'n Ontwikkelingsrol vir die S.A. polisie: 'n nuwe benadering tot polisiering (MHW Fourie, MPA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, US) (Supervisor) (1994)

2. ‘n Ondersoek na die verband tussen ‘n streekwelsynsraad se hoeveelheid inligting, die volledigheid van 'n raad se welsynsprogram en die graad van effektiewe raadsfunksionering (MS van Brakel, MPA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1993)

3. A developmental perspective of the public library system as a service to the disadvantaged black communities of the Western Cape with special reference to the Cape Peninsula (GN Lawrence, MPA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1994)

4. Beplanning vir gemeenskapsontwikkeling in Delft. (JD Slabbert, MA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1994)

5. ’n Oorsig van die ontwikkeling van omgewing impak raming as omgewings-bestuur instrument sedert 1970 (J Beukman, MA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1995)

6. Development and research: An analysis of participatory learning and action – a development strategy in itself (SB Wetmore, MPA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1996)

7. The planning of informal housing in the Western Cape with reference to Marconi Beam (B van Wyk, MPA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1996)

8. Strategiese beplanning vir gemeenskapsontwikkeling (JPJ van Baalen, MPA-tesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1996)

9. Participatory development: A functional model for Christian non-governmental organizations (F S Liebenberg, MA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1996)

10. The assessment of the complexity of rural poverty: The case of the Mtumbane community (D Z Zipete, MPA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1998)

11. ’n Ontleding van die ontwikkelingbeplanningsproses van die Provinsiale Administrasie Wes-Kaap (PAWK) (F P Hanekom, MPA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1998)

12. A strategy for the provision of sustainable water supply in the upper Tsitsana village: A community development project (A N Mdletye, MPA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1998)

13.Perspectives on informal settlements with special reference to the Cape Metropolitan area (B A Braaf, MPA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1998)

14.Integrated development planning: Applying the theory in Worcester (MPA-thesis, A L Liebenberg, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1998)

15. Social exclusion, basic needs and housing: The case of Bloekombos Housing Development Project (F Muyonjo, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1999)

16. Assessing attitudes and perceptions of Councilors and officials in implementing IDP within the Municipality of Stellenbosch (N Ceasar, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (1999)

17. An integrated development approach for policing: The case of Operation Good Hope (R de Lange, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2000)

18. ‘n Ondersoek na die opheffing van sosio-ekonomiese omstandighede van TB pasiente in Bishop Lavis as nie-mediese intervensie (A Swartz, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2000)

19. Development challenges in Khayelitsha: An analysis of related issues (M P Nquadini, M-Admin-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2000)

20. Participatory research and community development (G G Parker, MA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2000)

21. Analysis of a rural development programme: The case of Gxetu (N Mzamo, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2000)

22. An evaluation of the WITS University Refugee Research Programme: The impact of research findings on implementation of projects (A Wright, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2001)

23. Gender discrimination in the SADF: Women as combat soldiers in the South African Army with reference to the Western Province Command (S Veldtman, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2001)

24. Poverty alleviation through community development: The case of Pro Pride, Ethiopia (H Atfaye, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2001)

25. Low cost housing as a poverty alleviation strategy: the Wesbank case (D Wyngaard, M-Admin-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2002)

26. The impact of international funding on projects in developing countries (BB Hansen, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2003)

27. The impact of the Community Based Public Works Programme of the Department of Public Works in Groutville (N Mthembu, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2003)

28. The evaluation of World Vision’s Area Development Programme in Lesotho: the case of Taung (NF Motsomi, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2003)

29. Assessing community participation for sustainable development: The Galanefhi Water Supply Project (S H Gebremedhin, MPA-thesis, School of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2004)

30. Employment equity at Port Elizabeth Technikon (E Draai, MPA-thesis, School of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2004)

31. Delft SAPS as an instrument for community development (F Booysen, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2005)

32. An analysis of the Urban Renewal Programme of the City of Cape Town. A study of Michell’s Plain (J MacKay, MPhil-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2006)

33. Decentralization for community development. A Rwanda case study (P Mutagoma, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2006)

34. An assessment of the effects of participation on sustainable development in a rural electrification project: a case study of the Ipari Efugo Project (Itodo, IA, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (Supervisor) (2008)


35. 1998 - Community participation in low-income housing projects : experiences of newly-urbanised Africans in Mfuleni in the Cape Metropole/Baba, Mbulelo Mazizi

36. 2005 - Assessing community participation : the Huidare informal settlement/Nampila, Tutaleni

37. 2005 - Co-operative governanace in integrated development planning : local economic development in the Eastern Cape/Nelana, Bulumko

38. 2005 - The Mayor's listening campaign in the integrated development planning process : a case study of the city of Cape Town/Gutas, Thembani Lawrence

39. 2005 - Community participation in housing development : the Boystown informal settlement project/Xali, Nomawethu

40. 2006 - Community building for economic empowerment in rural Mozambique: An exploratory study in the Maganja da Costa District/Saide, Eusebio M.

41. 2006 - Development through e-government : strategic options for South African application/Heginbotham, Melanie Janet

42. 2006 - Assessing public participation strategies in low-income housing : the Mamre housing project/Davy, Janine

43. 2007 - Assessing community participation in development planning and service delivery : a case study of the Omusati Regional Council/Nekwaya, Joel Hishi

44. 2008 - Assessment of different approaches to public service provision by the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality/Kwangwane, Thulani Thompson

45. 2008 - An assessment of Rosendal-Mautse participation in the IDP process of Dihlabeng Municipality/Fokane, Molete Edwin

46. 2009 - An assessment of the role of public participation in IDP : the Thulamela Municipality/Siphuma, Zwiitani Ralson

47. 2009 - Participatory budgeting in the South African local government context : the case of the Mantsopa local municipality, Free State Province/Leduka, Moliehi

48. 2010 - An assessment of South African housing co-operatives : the case of Ilinge Labahlali housing co-operative, Nyanga, Cape Town/Herbst, Adriana

49. 2010 - An assessment of the effectiveness of primary health care services in addressing HIV/AIDS by providing anti-retroviral treatment: the case of Du Noon clinic in the Western health sub-district of the city of Cape Town/Sifanelo, Gloria Monica

50. 2011 - An evaluation of public participation in public meetings: the case of the Khayamandi community in the Municipality of Stellenbosch/Gwala, M.

51. 2012 - The link between poor public participation and protest: the case of Khayelitsha/Mchunu, N.T.

52. 2013 - An Evaluation of the impact of community participation and multi-organisational partnerships on the implementation of sector policing in the rural areas of the Limpopo Province/ Baloyi, Jackson

53. 2013 - The challenge of CDW's in the implementation of the CDWP in Makhado Local Municipality - Limpopo Province/ Rikhotso, Harris

54. 2014 - The effectiveness of community development workers (CDWs) as change agents in their pursuit of a holistic approach to development: a case study of CDWs in the Western Cape / Martin, Wilhelmina


Co-Supervisor:

1. A political - administrative study of urban Africans in South Africa with reference to the greater Cape Town area. (M Meyer, MA-thesis, Department of Development Administration, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

2. Toepaslike Bestuurstegnologie vir Bekostigbare Fisiese Ontwikkeling - 1992 (APJ Burger, MA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

3. Die impak van ’n deelnemende besluitnemingstyl op gemeenskapsgerigte polisiëring - 1994 (WB Viljoen, MPA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

4. Paths to self-development in the public sector - 1997 (G J Trussell, MPA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

5. Community participation in the Saldanha Steel project: A case study - 1997 (PI Daniels, MPA-thesis, Department of Public and Development Management, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

6. An evaluation of community health: The case of the Belhar community health centre - 1998 (G I Melville, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

7. Transformasie leierskap in die Suid-Afrikaanse Lugmag - 1997 (J Saayman, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

8. Professional internal auditing in the Public Sector - 1998 (H J du Toit, MPA-Thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

9. A community development curriculum for applied theology - 1999 (K T August, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning) (co-supervisor)

10. An alternative approach towards housing and integrated development strategies, with special reference to Khayelitsha - 2000 (T S Nkwenkwezi, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

11. ‘n Ondersoek na ernstige geweldsmisdaad. ‘n Gevalstudie. - 2000 (L Siegelaar, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

12. Challenges facing members of top management in restructuring and rationalizing the Department of the Premier: The case of Mpumalanga Province - 1999 (S Masilela, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

13. Training as tool for SMME development within the youth sector in the Kosh area - 2000 (M Moiloa, MPA-thesis, School of Public Planning and Management, U.S.)(co-supervisor)

14. Optimalisering van gemeenskapsdeelname in geintegreerde ontwikkelingsbeplanning - 2000 (J Smit, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

15. The impact of beneficiary listing on housing project implementation - 2001 (R Mbogo, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

16. Community forestry and rural livelihoods. A case study of the Diepwalle Forest Community in the Southern Cape (H Fredericks, M.Sc in Forest Sciences, School op Public Management and Planning, U.S) (co-supervisor)

17. Assessing poverty alleviation in Botswana in terms of the Copenhagen Declaration - 2002 (M Chepete, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

18. Omgewingsvolhoubaarheid met ontwikkeling - 2003 (JH Bosch, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

19. Assessing the ways in managing HIV positive officer candidates under training in the South African Navy - 2003 (R Rezelman, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

20. An evaluation of the extent to which the National Skills Development Strategy has been implemented by a private sector company - the case of AngloGold Limited - 2003 (T Dube, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

21. The implementation of the national HIV/AIDS policy in the Vhembe (Mutale area) district of the Limpopo Province of South Africa - 2003 (EBK Luyirika, MPA-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

22. Influence of wilderness experience on adoption of environmentally responsive behaviour (B de Wet, MPhil-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)

23. Towards ecological sustainable sanitation. Oshiwana Penduka informal settlement (J Herero, MPhil-thesis, School of Public Management and Planning, U.S.) (co-supervisor)


Internal & External Examiner:

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Special Projects

Capacity-building and training

  • Managing Integrated Development for Service Delivery (JUPMET-project)(Cape Town)
  • Management of development planning and implementation programme for the RDP (JUPMET-project)(Cape Town and Kimberley)
  • Capacity-building programme for Laingsburg (Laingsburg project for Engen Petrol)
  • Stellenbosch RDP Forum -strategic planning for public participation and transformation (Stellenbosch)
  • Management Consultancy Programme: Consulting for a learning organization (Workshop presented on The utilization of consultants in a development context) (Cape Town)
  • Leadership Development Programme for the SAPS (International programme) (Bellville)
  • RDP Community Capacity Building Programme (Bellville, Kimberley and De Aar)
  • Housing Policy and Management Programme (National training programme for Department of Housing) (Cape Town and Bellville)
  • Community Capacity Building Manual (Training guide project for the Centre for Local Government Training) (Bellville)
  • Presidential Review Commission on Transformation and Reform of the Public Sector (Departmental Structures and Functions -assessor) (PAWC) (Cape Town)
  • Capacity-building programme for the Christian Student’s Association, Joshua Student Movement (Stellenbosch)
  • Community Development: Theory and practice in South Africa, Development Action (Stellenbosch)
  • Future perspectives on community development in South Africa., Specialist group of community workers, PAWC (Franschhoek)
  • Programme for project management for Local Government. EDI and World Bank, University of the Western Cape (Bellville)
  • The role of community development as development strategy, Khayelitsha Civics (Bellville)
  • Personal skills for managers programme. A SAPS capacity-building project (Bellville)
  • Integrated Development Planning for Local Government (Partnership with the Foundation for Contemporary Research and PAWK ) (Bellville)
  • Public participation/ PPP’s and LED for local government (Partnership with DBSA/ FCR/ NBI) (Cape Town and Bellville)
  • Leadership Development Programme for Mbombela Municipality (Nelspruit)
  • Public participation strategies in project management (PAWK) (Cape Town)
  • Public participation strategies for Developmental Local Government (PAWK)(4 X) (Bellville and Cape Town)
  • Housing Standing Committee: The human interaction context of housing: Public participation, capacity building and empowerment (PAWC)
  • Department of Health: Capacity-building and training intervention regarding alcohol abuse in the Drakenstein District (Paarl/Wellington)(PAWC) (Paarl)
  • Child Welfare: Community development, project management training and capacity- building workshop (Athlone)
  • Rooting government amongst the people - Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Western Cape. Conference on Public Participation (Cape Town)
  • Capacity-building training short course programme for councilors: Public participation theory and strategy. West Coast District Municipality (Bellville)
  • Stakeholder communication and public participation: Orientation to the housing environment and policy context. Winelands District Municipality (Stellenbosch)
  • Portfolio Committee: Housing and Health capacity-building progarmmes (Bellville)
  • Middle Management Development Programme (PAWC, Stellenbosch)
  • Public Participation for Local Government (numerous short courses for officials and NGO's) (See also 3 Marketing for Broschure)
  • Integrated Community Development Planning (short courses for officials and NGO's) (See also 3 Marketing for Broschure)
  • Training and capacity-building through community development (Bosman Family Farms) (Wellington)

Public address meetings

  • Urbanisation in the Third World – a critical discussion of selected aspects of the urbanisation process, Stellenbosch Dagkring (Stellenbosch)
  • The role of community development as development strategy, Khayelitsha Civics (Bellville)
  • The role of community development in capacity-building (Forum for Community Development) (Stellenbosch)
  • Public participation in crime management (Wellington Community Police Forum)(Wellington)
  • Capacity-building through public participation - facilitating community and SAPS partnerships (Wellington SAPS) (Wellington)
  • Capacity-building and community participation training and partnerships (Provincial Government Western Cape: Public Participation Unit) (Wellington)
  • Empowering public participation facilitators - an appropriate mix of context specific strategies (Western Cape Provincial IDP Managers Forum) (Langebaan)
  • Assessing public participation training (Western Cape Government) (Caledon)

Projects and Proposals

  • Benchmarking impact of public sector initiatives on civil society: Governance for democracy (Project proposal for SANPAD)
  • Rural-urban demarcation assessment project for PAWC (with Department of Sociology, US) (Stellenbosch and Cape Town)
  • Public participation strategies for community policing (Wellington Community Police Forum)

Selection and Recruitment

  • Helderberg Project (Recruitment, assessment and appointment project for PAWC) (Somerset West)
  • Tygerberg Project (Recruitment, assessment and appointment project for PAWC) (Bellville)
  • Nortje & De Villiers Consulting Engineers: Staff appointment assessments (Paarl)
  • Breytenbach Centre: Staff appointment assessments (Wellington)

Chairperson and facilitation

  • IMFO Workshop (co-ordinator/facilitator) (Stellenbosch)
  • Public value in a democratic state: Innovative teaching, training and practice? ASSADPAM, International Conference (Session facilitator) (Stellenbosch)
  • PAWC: Ministry of Social Development. Panel member for assessing funding and capacity-building processes for NGO partners of Ministry (2 x 2 week sessions) (Cape Town)


Current Projects

  • Journal articles on community health; LED; public participation and protests and community meetings as public participation strategies

Short Courses SPL/Marketing

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