Dr Tania Coetzee
Senior Lecturer
Political Studies and Governance
15 117
Governance and Political Transformation
IB 123
051 4012628
Theology Building 117

Short CV

Area(s) of Interest

Political environment - Issues pertaining to the form of state, and government organisations, political parties, and constitutional matters

Governance - All aspects of governance (activities, interactions and networks) including issues regarding good governance and the problems and challenges of good governance

Cooperative government and intergovernmental relations - The underlying functioning and manifestations of the roles, functions, powers and responsibilities of the three spheres of government

Area(s) of Expertise

Courses Presented

ENVIRONMENT: focuses on the constitutional design of South Africa. The way in which decisions are being made and implemented in this respect refers to governance. This module lies at the foundation of political environment and dynamics.


GOVR5814 - RESEARCH METHODOLOGY:  students must be able to engage in scientific research and therefore they must know the methods and application of research.


GOVO 5824- COOPERATIVE GOVERNANCE: It focuses on the understanding of the three spheres of government and the interaction between the different spheres relating to intergovernmental relations.


GOVR 5824 RESEARCH REPORT: Students are requested in this module to write an essay of practical research undertaken.


GOVP 7910 - RESEARCH METHODOLGY: Enables students to engage in scientific research and teaches them the methods of research. Students must undertake the research methodology course (theory) and from there write a research proposal on which the research will be done.


GOVE 3724 - SERVICE LEARNING: This module is a practical module that focuses on the good governance practices at government and community level. Students must interact with the community and initiate projects in the different communities to bring about empowerment and transformation.



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


Welcome to GOVE3724. Following is the module guide for COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING.

This is an unique opportunity created for learners in the BA Degree in Governance and Political Transformation to apply knowledge to the praxis.

This module provides clear guidelines for community service learning engagement during this course. This module strives to empower independent thinkers and researchers through civic engagement . 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 effective 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 are political transformation and political management. The establishing of good governance and a liberal democracy with the accompanying value system is of crucial importance for South Africa. The imperative to develop knowledge discernment and skills within the framework of liberal democracy 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.

Good governance and a liberal democratic 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 political transformation, political management and of the political environment. A golden opportunity exists to obtain recognized knowledge concerning the practical implications experienced, problems surrounding good governance within a community as well as liberal democratic principles in general.

The aim of this module is to expose learners to the study of problems of political management. Presently the crisis of political management, not only to legislate the solutions to community needs 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, through representatives of political parties and interest groups, to enter specific constituencies and to learn from the constituent community how they experience the political management, governance and liberal democracy. Dissatisfaction, frustration and even violent conduct have been prevalent in many communities as the result of asserted poor or even non-delivery of services. Questionnaires, interviews and participative observations may be part of the methodological approach. A learner may contribute to the communication between the community and the legislators or political management and may obtain a better understanding of the theoretical framework of political management, but also of implementing liberal democratic government on grass roots level.

3.1 Presentation of the community service learning module

This module is based on the principals of experiential learning and is written in an outcomes-based format. This implies that the validity of your knowledge of prior learning and your personal previous experience will be acknowledged. Furthermore, although independent study will be of crucial importance, there are certain specific outcomes to be achieved in the study process. To achieve the module outcomes and to integrate your knowledge and experience, you will receive literature from textbooks and articles.

The module consists of two parts; the first part is theoretical and constitutes 30% of the module while the second part, constituting 70% thereof, is practical.

The theoretical part will be presented during the third term of the second semester (July – August). The practical part will take place over three months (August, September and October) in three different communities (Bloemfontein).

Structure of the module:
8 credit module (X10 = 80 notional hours)
Over 14 weeks 30% theory (3 weeks)
70% practical (11 weeks)



T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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