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Wits School of Governance

Welcome to the Wits School of Governance (WSG), a place where we focus on building capacity for governance. We seek ways of getting to grips with the wicked problems that beset governance in South Africa whether at local, provincial, national, or continental levels.

Students - get a free copy

WSG and Wits Press are giving 100 free copies of FeesMustFall: Student Revolt, Decolonisation and Governance in South Africa to current Wits students who cannot afford to purchase the book. Write to us about your #FeesMustFall experiences  to stand a chance of getting a free copy.

The book dissects the influence of the days of the 2015 student protests that shook the government and ends in mid-2016. We forefront students’ primary voices, and in their writings, this book’s student and activist authors reveal, with no holds barred, how coloniality, race, patriarchy, structural and physical violence alienate, colour and continue to taint life in South African society and its universities. More information ...

Wits School of Governance

The Wits School of Governance is the leading regional institution in the arena of governance, policy and development management for the public sector.

The Wits School of Governance has, since its inception in 1993, been at the forefront of an international movement to transform public and development management, and is today the largest producer of postgraduates in its field in Southern Africa.

The Wits Graduate School of Public and Development Management has become the Wits School of Governance

The Wits Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM) was established in the early 1990s with the primary purpose of helping to build a post-apartheid public service and since its inception, has been at the forefront of an international movement to transform public and development management in South Africa and the region. P&DM has contributed to public service capacity development over the past 20 years, and has played a pioneering role in using the independent and neutral space of the university to facilitate interaction between civil society, the academy and practitioners.

By continuously developing new knowledge regarding the complex interface between government, society, and development, P&DM has contributed to the creation of more professional and reflective practices around governance in the country and across the continent. During 2013, the School was involved in an extensive process to re-evaluate and reposition itself in the current South African and African context. One of the outcomes of this process was a decision to change the name of the school to the Wits School of Governance. To proceed to our new site, follow this link:

The name change allows the School to reflect current thinking whilst retaining its commitment to building capable, developmental public administrations by providing a space to explore how the world works, analyse regional and global trends, and review practice as a basis for innovation and enabling social change. We welcome you to join us on the journey of building a capable and developmental state for our country and continent.


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