Rural field administration: from apartheid to a new South Africa

Kotze, D.A.

Africanus 24(2): 31-39


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This article traces some of the field administration traditions of South Africa. Field administration refers to all deconcentrated government offices at local (district and subdistrict) level. It represents the interface between government departments and the people whom they are serving. The article focuses largely on the field administration that evolved in the so-called black homelands and became associated with segregationist policies. While the country is moving towards democracy and reform in many fields, a post apartheid field administration system should be built upon the country's changing development needs, diversity, and administrative traditions. In the light of these considerations the article raises the question whether it is not advisable to maintain some form of diversity in field administration.