Deputy Minister Chana Pilane-Majake officiates National School of Government Councillors’ Certification Ceremony, 17 Feb

Deputy Minister, Dr Chana Pilane-Majake, officiates the National School of Government Councillors’ Certification Ceremony

The Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration, Dr Chana Pilane-Majake and the Executives of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality will officiate at the Certification Ceremony on 17 February 2023, where the National School of Government (NSG) will be awarding Further Education and Training Certificates to the councillors of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality who have successfully completed the Local Government Leadership Development Programme (LGLDP).

Nineteen (19) councillors will receive their certificates after completing a one-year programme. The Programme is specifically offered to political office bearers and officials in the employment of municipalities. It is aligned to a qualification accredited by the Local Government Sectoral Training Authority (LGSETA). This Programme is offered by the NSG as part of the efforts to build a capable developmental state and the professionalisation of the public sector, as directed by Cabinet. The NSG offers a range of accredited and non-accredited training programmes that are tailor made for officials and executives in the public sector. At the local government level, the NSG and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) entered into a partnership to build capacity in municipalities.

The LGLDP is designed to enable political office bearers and managers in municipalities to provide effective governance. “The programme provides skills enabling the executive and political leaders to structure governance arrangements so that municipalities are politically stable, well-administered, financially sustainable and able to deliver municipal services optimally,” said the Principal of the NSG, Prof Busani Ngcaweni.

The LGLDP is structured into five (5) modules:

1. Municipal Government Legislation and Policy Framework: The local government legislative context is critically explored with a focus on the role of political and administrative functions to enable service delivery in the South African Local Government.

2. Cooperative Governance and Intergovernmental Relations: The module focuses on promoting cooperation amongst the three spheres of government. The main intergovernmental and policy processes at national, provincial and local government levels are considered in the context of the objectives of the National Development Plan.

3. Leadership, Governance and Ethics in Municipalities: The module focuses on leadership principles, attributes and values supporting service orientated leadership for a capable state. The personal role of leaders in enhancing ethical, effective and efficient service delivery in municipalities is analysed.

4. Political Oversight and Communicative Functions: The political-administrative interdependencies are highlighted, together with the importance of the oversight role, accountability and communication responsibilities for the realisation of policy objectives and strategic outcomes.

5. Systems and Processes in a Municipality: The module deals with important municipal processes which include the budget and budgeting system, local economic development and an integrated development system.

Source: Government of South Africa