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Title: The management of community development projects in Mafunze and Inadi Tribal authorities
Authors: Phoswa, Octavia Heavy-Girl Duduzile
Issue Date: 5-Jun-2013
Abstract: This thesis explores the management of community development projects in Mafunze and
Inadi Tribal authorities. These are rural areas situated on the Westside of Pietermaritzburg
along Bulwer Road. The community development projects were developed as means for
rural development after the apartheid regime. When the African National Congress came into
power after the first democratic elections in 1994, they came up with a working policy
document which was the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). Most of the
community development projects were executed as per principles of the RDP. The
management of these projects involved a number of stakeholders as dealt with extensively in
the study.
The research was a case study analysis which aimed to determine the extent to which socio-
economic upliftment is achieved through community development projects and their
management thereof. The sample was drawn from a population of eleven community
projects. Project committee members were interviewed in their mother language as most of
the committee members would not understand English. The study concentrated on the views
and opinions of the stakeholders in the management of community projects. The responses
were translated from IsiZulu to English while other comments were captured in IsiZulu then
translated into English. The ethical conduct and confidentiality was highly emphasized and
kept as such as project communities feared that they may be victimised.
The study revealed that total commitment of the community in development issues is vital.
This called for active participation in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. It
also revealed that most projects collapsed after being handed over to the community; further,
the study did reveal that there was more room for improvement in terms of skills exchange
programmes with the international community.
Description: Submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Masters in Technology: Public Management, Durban University of Technology, 2013.
Appears in Collections:Theses and dissertations (Management Sciences)

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