Lindile L. Ndabeni

Position: 
Research Fellow & Senior Lecturer
Email Address: 
ndabenil@tut.ac.za
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Qualification Summary: 

BA Education (University of Witwatersrand), MSc Development Planning (University of Witwatersrand), Certificate: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (University of South Africa), PhD (University of Witwatersrand).

Biography: 

Lindile is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) and an academic at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). His educational background is in English as Second Language, History, Education, Development Planning, Economic Geography and Entrepreneurship. At TUT he teaches research methodology at B-Tech and Master Levels and Sustainable Local Development at Master level.

The Research Methodology Course is intended to provide an in-depth examination of research methodology as a science and practice of producing knowledge. Accordingly, the course introduces students to useful concepts regarding the science of research. The course includes an understanding of conceptualization and development of conceptual frameworks that guide the formulation of research questions and the choice of research methodology. That is to say, the course serves as a foundational way of introducing students to the science and techniques of producing scientific knowledge.

An attempt is made to assist the students towards being able to write a proper research topic and sound statement of a research problem, carry out a systematic review of related literature, select method/s of collecting, analyze and interpret the research data. It is expected that students will understand how to produce a reasonable piece of research work and be able to read more advanced texts with better understanding.

Students are also expected to demonstrate mastery of challenging concepts and skills to read theory and research, demonstrate understanding of the content of what they read, and effectively apply and integrate that literature into writing academic projects of their own. Indeed, students are required to develop advanced capabilities that may not be needed in the undergraduate study; demonstrate a genuine desire to expand their knowledge and consequently contribute to knowledge production as scientists; demonstrate the ability to work independently; and grow as critical and independent thinkers.

More specifically, the course highlights a number of challenges in the teaching of research methodology:

  • The tension between pre-theoretical thought and theoretical thought.
  • The contention that reality is not an objective material.
  • Dealing with ambiguity.
  • Dealing with conflicting evidence.
  • Analysis of abstraction.
  • Understanding that science aims at general patterns.
  • Theoretical thought has structure.
  • Integrating perspectives from different and multiple levels.
  • Adopting a theoretical attitude.
  • The battle of world views.
  • Tension between generalization and specificities.

By contrast, the Sustainable Local Development course highlights a number of issues. One, that conventional approaches to local development have not been successful in solving the problems of poverty, unemployment, and development of human capabilities. Logically, there is a need to generate alternative approaches of development that are grounded on real geography of the localities of the developing world. Such approaches should address the legacy of the past which highlights itself through isolation, deprivation, poverty, inequality, and effects of the migrant labour system. Two, that sustainable local development should inter alia, Enhance the role of local government in local development; Help accelerate integration of isolated localities; Enhance democracy and democratic participation; and, Build human capabilities. That is to say, sustainable local development should go beyond criteria based on indices of per capita income as that often hides some realities that poor do not necessarily benefit from economic growth. It should include inter alia; Human development; Economic development; Political development; and, Social development. Three, that sustainable local development depends to a great extent on how knowledge is successfully generated and applied. That is to say, the changing context for local development points to a strong need to understand and adopt the innovation systems approach as an analytical framework. Indeed, the innovation systems approach recognizes the unique geography of the locality. Thus it facilitates the generation of relevant knowledge, provides access to knowledge, enables knowledge sharing, and emphasizes learning. Finally, the focus on local development is important as it contributes to deepening of democracy at local level and use of local knowledge for local development. This has further implications in terms of transforming the way local government operates. The course stresses an evolving process of local development that is truly embedded in local geography.

As part of competency building in government, in 2005-06 Lindile was seconded to the National Department of Science and Technology (Republic of South Africa) as director responsible for human capital.

His knowledge, expertise and research interests are in the following areas:

  • Rural Economic Development
  • Local Economic Development
  • Science and Technology for Development
  • Social Exclusion and Strategies for Social Inclusion
  • Agricultural Systems of Innovation
  • The Role of Local Knowledge in Local Development
  • Policy and Strategy Formulation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • The Teaching of Research Methodology

Selected Books, Chapters and Reports

2012
Ndabeni L., and Jonas, S.

Conventional approaches to local development have not been successful in eradicating poverty, unemployment, and inequality. These challenges continue to face policy makers and development practitioners in South Africa. More specifically, it has become clear that at the global level, there are structural differences between the global North and the global South. What makes sense in the North...

Keywords: Equality, inclusion and participation | Lindile L Ndabeni, PhD | local development | Public participation | Selected Books, Chapters and Reports | Sustainability
2009
Lindile Ndabeni

The objective in this paper is to review the technology stations program at Tshwane University of Technology. The technology stations are a product of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) policy objectives. The DST's policy is aimed at strengthening and expanding mutually beneficial links between universities of technology and small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs). The...

Keywords: Lindile L Ndabeni, PhD | Local economic development | Selected Books, Chapters and Reports | South Africa | teaching
2008
Lindile Ndabeni

In the knowledge economy, knowledge and technological innovations are increasingly becoming the driving forces behind economic and social development. Within this framework, the critical challenge lies in the identification of sources for further growth; particularly within the small enterprise economy. The aim of this article is to examine the links between knowledge, innovation and small...

Keywords: Lindile L Ndabeni, PhD | Local economic development | Selected Books, Chapters and Reports
2008
Lindile Ndabeni

This paper examines the contribution of small business incubators to the development and promotion of small medium and micro enterprises. The International Labour Organization argues that small business incubators are innovative instruments that are increasingly considered to be of prime importance in developing and promoting competitive small firms. The location of technology stations at...

Keywords: Lindile L Ndabeni, PhD | Local economic development | Selected Books, Chapters and Reports
Lindile Ndabeni

Universities are expected to produce graduates that are globally competitive while remaining locally relevant. The third mission in South Africa is an important instrument through which the Tshwane University of Technology attempts to remain locally relevant. In particular, the technology stations programme is aimed at strengthening and expanding the mutually beneficial links between...

Keywords: Lindile L Ndabeni, PhD | Local economic development | Selected Books, Chapters and Reports

Presentations and Other

2013
Lindile L Ndabeni and Rasigan Maharajh

After nearly two decades since the ending of apartheid colonialism, poverty, unemployment, inequality, and environmental degradation remain persistent problems. In seeking to improve the quality of life for all its inhabitants, South Africa must also reduce poverty, create employment, and redress widening inequalities. Both at national and provincial levels, policy development aims to enhance...

Keywords: Equality, inclusion and participation | Lindile L Ndabeni, PhD | Presentations and Other | Rasigan Maharajh
2013
Lindile L. Ndabeni

19 years into democracy and we still have huge challenges of development:

  • Poverty
  • Unemployment
  • Inequality

Rural development

Keywords: Lindile L Ndabeni, PhD | Local economic development | Presentations and Other
2012
Lindile L. Ndabeni

Concluding remarks:

  • South Africa’s economy is largely driven by cities
  • Towns and cities serve as concentrations of economic activity within the national spatial economies
  • Economies of scale
  • Specialised business services
  • Infrastructure
  • 71% of population live in cities and towns, particularly along the coast, Gauteng, and Limpopo and...
Keywords: Innovation theory, systems and indicators | Lindile L Ndabeni, PhD | Presentations and Other
2012
Lindile L. Ndabeni

Introduction

  • Institute for Economic Research on Innovation
  • We undertake research that seeks to promote sustainable economic growth, social development and political democracy
  • We are centrally concerned with evidence-based policy research
  • We believe that academics should not only interpret the world without doing anything to change it
  • Background...
Keywords: Equality, inclusion and participation | Lindile L Ndabeni, PhD | Presentations and Other
2011
Lindile L. Ndabeni

Outline

  • Profession and professional
  • Rise of information age and professionals
  • Indigenization
    • South Korea, Japan, Germany, Afrikaners in South Africa
  • Thought leadership
  • Local as sub-national
  • Concluding remarks
Keywords: Lindile L Ndabeni, PhD | Local economic development | Presentations and Other
2011
Lindile L. Ndabeni

Conclusions

  • Africa’s inclusive development and growth depends on agriculture especially in rural areas
  • Productivity and economic opportunity are highly variable across sub-national regions
  • But, the reliance on access to capital and globalized markets means that these opportunities are likely to be captured by large-scale private enterprises
  • Africa’s...
Keywords: Lindile L Ndabeni, PhD | Local economic development | Presentations and Other
2010
Lindile Ndabeni

Thank you chairperson, Honourable Deputy Minister, our Vice Chancellor and Principal, all protocols observed, ladies and gentlemen.

My name is Lindile Ndabeni. I work here at this Institution as one of the staff members. As Rasigan has correctly pointed out, indeed our work seek out new answers to a number of problems that we experience as a locality, as a province, as country, and a...

Keywords: Equality, inclusion and participation | Lindile L Ndabeni, PhD | Presentations and Other
2008
Lindile Ndabeni

In managing Gauteng as a global city region it will be important to enhance:

  • Alliances with regional universities and research centres
  • Boost the regional innovation systems of Gauteng
  • Overcome silos in policy making and improve co-ordination in the management of the city region
Keywords: Innovation theory, systems and indicators | Lindile L Ndabeni, PhD | Presentations and Other

IERI Working Papers

2008
Lindile Ndabeni

The problem of rural poverty, unemployment, lack of incomes, and marginalization has become an important area of policy in practice in South Africa. More specifically, employment is seen as an important policy instrument through which the marginalized rural inhabitants can enter and participate in the broader national economy. It is not surprising, therefore, that this area of policy concern...

Keywords: IERI Working Papers | Lindile L Ndabeni, PhD | Local economic development