Dr Tania Coetzee
Senior Lecturer
Political Studies and Governance
15 117
Governance and Political Transformation
IB 123
Theology Building 117

Short CV

Publications (Short List)

Coetzee, T. 2010. Cooperative Governance and Good Governance: Reality or Myth. Journal for Contemporary History. 35(2):84-107.

Joannou, N.A. & Coetzee, T. 2010. Tendencies of a dominant party system in the Free State legislature (1994-2008). Journal for Contemporary History. 35(1):139-156.

Swanepoel, M.P. Duvenhage, A & Coetzee, T. 2011.  Vigilantism as a feature of political decay in the post-1994 South African dispensation. Journal for Contemporary History. Journal for Contemporary History, 36(1):114-133.

Müller, J. & Coetzee, T. 2012. The Role of Social Capital in Socio-Economic Development. African Journal of Public Affairs. Vol. 1(2) December (International accredited). IBSS indexed. ISSN 1997-7441.

Coetzee, T. 2017. Governance practices in Africa. Contemporary Journal for Africa Studies. CJAS 4.2: 67-89.

Coetzee, T. 2018. The contribution of Governance towards Political Science. Journal of Public Administration. 53(1)24-38.

Rakhare, M and Coetzee, T 2020. The impact of civil society on Governance in Lesotho. Insight on Africa. Vol. 12(2): 129-144 DOI: 10.1177/0975087820909333. 



Area(s) of Interest

Governance, Governance Leadership, Intergovernmental Relations, Research Methodology.


Area(s) of Expertise

Courses Presented

Undergraduate courses presented

Course Code

Full name of Course


GOVE 3724

Service Learning




Postgraduate courses

Course Code

Full name of Course


GOVP 5814

Governance Environment and Challenges


GOVO 5824

Cooperative Governance


GOVR 5824

Research report


GOVR 5814

Research methodology


GOVP 7910

Research methodology and Research proposal



Community Service

2007   Provincial and Local Government white Papers development and review process. Report (Recommendations, comments and reflections) sent on 22 October to Mr. Powell Deputy Director-General: Governance, Policy and Research: Department Provincial and Local Government Republic of South Africa.

2007 The national state department Provincial and Local Government requested written reflection and a discussion on the provincial and local government white papers development and review process document which were released on the 31 July 2007.

2010   The Free State Provincial Government (Premier’s Office) conducted an interview regarding the Free State Growth and Development  Strategy. The interview was conducted by Dr. Zwelakhe Tshandu Chief research manager Human Science Research Council. 2  November 2010.

2011   The Free State Provincial Government (Premier’s Office Mr. Ramatiisa and Mr. Albie Van Rensburg) conducted a focus group discussion  regarding the Free State Growth and Development Strategy. The discussion viewed the governance process and the discussion paper of Prof. Kondlo. 14 July 2011.

2012  The Free State Provincial Government (Premier’s Office Mr. Ramatiisa  and Mr. Albie Van Rensburg) requested input on the Free State Growth and Development Strategy. The report highlighted the principles of good governance. 21 May.

2012  The Free State Provincial Government (Provincial Programme Officer Mr. Thabo Letsoalo) requested input on the Millennium Development Goals. The report highlighted the target based on good governance practices. 21 September.

2013  The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Free State Provincial requested a critical reflection and report on improving the functionality of the District Intergovernmental Relations Forums. The report was send to the Director General Mr. Vusi  Madonsela. 4 November 2013.

2013   Training session with Age in Action Free State Management Committee regarding the essence of good governance.  Bloemfontein.  7 June.

2015   Training session for The Free State Gambling and Liquor Authority.  Managers Team.  Good governance practices.  Bloemfontein.  17 February.

2015   Training session for The Free State Gambling and Liquor Authority. Officials.  Good governance theory and practices.  Bloemfontein.  30 Junie.

Service Learning

GOVE 3724

This module provides clear guidelines for service learning engagement during this course.  This module strives to empower independent thinkers and researchers through civic engagement[1].  The purpose of this study guide is to provide a preview of the literature, to help you with the administrative and organisational details of the module, and to enhance communication between you and the lecturer as effectively as possible.

As the Programme in Governance and Political Transformation has a specific niche and focus, it is obvious that an opportunity will be provided for learners of the Programme to take a community service teaching module.  The niche and focus of the Programme is governance.  The establishing of good governance with the accompanying value system is of crucial importance for South Africa.  The imperative to develop knowledge discernment and skills within the framework of governance and in basic reasons for the creation of a community service learning module is evident and therefore there is a great need to empower decision makers within the political management and to assist also NGO’s in their governance practices.

Good governance dispensation is pivotal to the Programme.  A specific need has been identified within this dispensation and learners in the Programme are in the position to obtain the necessary theoretical knowledge of governance. A golden opportunity exists to obtain recognized knowledge concerning the practical implications experienced, problems surrounding good governance within a organisations as well as governance principles in general.

The aim of this module is to expose learners to the study of problems of governance.  Presently the crisis of good governance, not only to legislate the solutions to community needs through NGO’s but to implement the policies, is quite obvious (community needs).

Learners will be able to make a contribution to good governance through the knowledge and experience gained at the workstation.  Learners will be able to partake in discussion with Non governmental organisations and how the leaders of the NGO experience the political management and governance practices.  Students will engage in the operation of NGO’s and will assist the NGO’s in enhancing governance practices. Students will become part of the different projects and services which the NGO’s are offering.


[1] Civic engagement is active collaboration, building on the resources, skills, expertise, and knowledge of the campus, communities and service provider to improve quality of life and service in the communities. The scholarship of engagement informs the discipline and profession, engages learners in active and relevant learning, builds upon community assets, and provides a means by which higher education can apply knowledge and resources to address civic issues (http://www.iport.iupui.edu).



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