Department of Public Administration and Management

Prof E Nealer

College of Economic and Management Sciences
School of Public and Operations Management
Department: Public Administration and Management
Tel: 012 4293341



Fields of academic interests

The nature and extent of public administration and management on the local government sphere of South Africa with the emphasis on human settlements, and the accompanying raw and potable water supply, sanitation, refuse removal and environmental conservation management.



Published Books

  • Bain, E., Naudé, M. and Nealer, E.J. Assignment writing: The Smart Way! Potchefstroom: The Platinum Press (2011)

Chapter contribution to books

  • Nealer, E.J. contributed a chapter “Local government and service delivery.” In Van der Waldt, G. Municipal Management: serving the people. Cape Town: Juta (2007; updated 2013).
  • Nealer, E.J. contributed a chapter “Municipal human resource management.” In Van der Waldt, G. Municipal Management: serving the people. Cape Town: Juta (2007; updated 2013).

Journal articles

29 Articles

(For example):

  • Nealer, E.J. Catchment management through integrated water resource management and co-operative governance in a municipal area. African Journal of Public Affairs, Volume 9 number 1 March 2016, pp. 1-17.
  • Diedericks, M & Nealer, E.J. A proposed water sector plan for the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality (DR KKDM). The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa (TD), 11(1) July 2015, pp. 64-81.
  • Nealer, E.J. & Bertram, W.E. Geo-hydrological- and municipal management aspects of importance in the municipal potable water supply to residents of Lindley. TD, 10(1) July 2014, pp. 241-252.
  • Musingafi, M.C.C, Tempelhoff, J.W.N. & Nealer, E.J. Litmus test for integrated resource management of potable water in Zimbabwe and South Africa: a comparative study in four local authorities. African Journal of Public Affairs Volume 6 number 4, December 2013.
  • Nealer, E.J. & Mtsweni, D. The perceptions of municipal water service officials on the Blue Drop Programme: The case of Nkangala District Municipality. Administratio Publica Vol 21 Issue 2. August 2013.

Paper presentations

40 Presentation of papers

(For example):

  • Nealer, E.J., Mr G. Mohlala, Mr P. Motsoeneng, & Mr EJ Stoch. Potable water supply management in Merafong Local Municipality (Carletonville area). Paper presented at the 7th Ecohealth and Wellbeing Conference @ Hartebeespoort Dam, Pretoria from 16 – 17 November 2016.
  • Nealer, E.J., Me M. Engelbrecht, Mr G. Mohlala, Mr P. Motsoeneng, Prof L. van Jaarsveldt, & Me R. Wessels. Livelihood par “on the edge”: The case of Carletonville. Paper presented at the 6th  Ecohealth and Wellbeing Conference @ Unisa, Pretoria from 1 - 2 October 2015.
  • Nealer, E.J. Effective co-operative governance on the local government sphere: A bridge too far for West Rand municipalities? Paper presented at the International Groundwater Society Conference in Potchefstroom from 15 -16 October 2012.
  • Nealer, E.J. Presented a paper titled Integrated co-operative governance in the quest for improved water resources management at the IWHA International Conference from 5-7 July 2011, Kruger National Park  
  • Nealer, E.J. and Van Eeden, E. Presented a paper “Challenges regarding potable water supply management by South African municipalities” at the Water Resources Management 2009 Conference, 9-11 September 2009 in Malta.


Prof Eric Nealer holds a DAdmin (Unisa) degree in Public Administration and is currently fulfilling the role of senior professor in the Department of Public Administration and Management at the University of South Africa.

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Membership of academic, professional and scientific associations/ organisations

  • Associate member of IASIA (International Association for Schools and Institutes of Administration)

Managing editor of books

  • AJPA: Copy Editor
  • New Contree: Copy Editor

Scientific journal editorial work

  • POLITEIA: Editorial Board member

Postgraduate supervision successfully completed:

19 Masters students:

(For example):

  • Fihliwe Ndala. “Nature of potable water supply in Ngobi Village, Moretele Local Municipality”. Masters student (UNISA). Supervisor. (2017).
  • Simon Matsile. “BEE policy in Education department of NWP”. Masters student (NWU). Sole Study Leader. (2014).
  • Daniel Mosime. “Potable water supply in Mogwase Township, Rustenburg”. Masters student (NWU). Sole Study Leader. (2014).
  • Annandale, E. “Re-routing of water in the Mooi River valley destined for drinking by the City of Potchefstroom”. Research Master student. Sole study leader. (2014).

10 Doctoral students:

(For example):

  • Eric Masondo. “Evaluating medical internship training programme for community service doctors in SA: A departmental perspective”. PhD student (UNISA). Promoter. (2016).
  • Bertie de Wet. “A comprehensive framework for township establishment in the Thabazimbi Local Municipality area: The case of Smashblock informal settlement”. PhD student (NWU). Sole Promoter. (2014).
  • Evelyn Mkhatshwa-Ngwenya. “The implementation of the expanded public works programme (EPWP) in SA (2004 – 2014)”. PhD student (UNISA). Co-promoter. (2016).
  • Diedericks, M. “A comprehensive potable water supply management framework: The case of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality”. PhD student (NWU). Co-promoter Prof G Van der Waldt (NWU). 2013.