The programme has been designed to prepare students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue managerial positions within Local Government. The curriculum is industry-relevant for South African and African markets and is aimed at developing critical skills and knowledge to meet the scarce-skill government environment.
This qualification contains 8 credit-bearing modules and follows a teaching and learning plan. Students will also have access to an expert Programme Lecturer during their studies. Upon completion of this programme, students will be equipped with the expertise to make complex decisions and solve problems that face our Local Government today.
To gain access to this programme, candidates must have one of the following qualifications:
National Senior Certificate with at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning; OR
A Senior Certificate with at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning; OR
A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) (Level 4) with at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning
*Supporting documents include a certified copy of ID Document/Card and Grade 12 certificate [NSC, NC, NCV (NQF level 4)]. Students without Grade 12 are required to prove 12 months of relevant working experience.
*Foreign learners are required to provide a copy of their highest school qualification, passport, study permit and SAQA evaluation.
*If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may still enrol on the basis of relevant work experience or mature age exemption through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
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The Higher Certificate in Local Governance provides students with an industry-relevant curriculum for both the South African and African markets and is aimed at developing critical skills and knowledge to meet the scarce-skill government environment.
Upon completion of this programme, students will be equipped with the expertise to make complex decisions and solve problems that face our Local Government today. In addition, this programme has been developed in collaboration with a leading professor who serves as the Director of the School of Public Management, Governance and Public Policy in the College of Business and Economics at a renowned public University in South Africa, which further provides industry relevance and expertise to the students of this programme.
This Higher Certificate in Local Governanceis intended for both individuals who are already employed in public sector institutions or who aspire to work within the public sector. The programme effectively merges theory and practice and equips students with academic knowledge and skills at a Local Government level. Therefore, this programme is relevant to individuals in a variety of roles such as:
Local Government Officials Students who already work in Government Departments
Students with an interest in Local Government matters
Politicians who are within the Local Governance space e.g. councilors
Module 1: Academic Literacy This module is designed to equip students with the required academic knowledge and skills for successful completion of their programme online. The module explores various strategies and techniques for studying effectively, problem-solving and logic, building effective reading and academic writing skills, as well as preparing students for assessment throughout their studies
Module 2: Local Governance in Context The purpose of this module is to provide knowledge and insight regarding the broader context of local governance with specific reference to the developmental mandate, statutory obligations, structures, and systems of municipalities.
Module 3: Municipal Service Delivery The purpose of this module is to orientate students about service delivery objectives, approaches, types of stakeholders involved, and mechanisms for effective service delivery in a local government sector environment. The module will also enable the student to identify and implement innovative ways for continual service delivery improvement by applying the principles of project management.
Module 4: Local Democracy and Urban Planning The purpose of this module is to provide a broad overview of the obligations of municipal councils to foster local democracy through community participation mechanisms and to incorporate community needs and priorities in urban planning.
Module 5: Good Corporate and Financial Governance The purpose of this module is to provide the foundations of the principles and practices of good corporate governance and its relevance to financial governance. It includes a broad overview of municipal budgeting processes, financial planning, asset management, auditing and accounting, and supply chain procedures.
Module 6: Trends in Urban Governance The purpose of this module is to identify, analyse and interpret the potential consequences and impact of various key trends in urban governance.
Module 7: Local Government Policy Making and Analysis The purpose of this module is to orientate students in local government policy-making including the impact of policy processes, problem identification, policy analysis, and proposals for policy formulation and enhancement and integrating policy into overall service delivery and monitoring and evaluating the efficacy thereof.
Module 8: Good Corporate and Financial Governance The purpose of this module is to orientate students regarding selected local governance leadership issues and specific reference to managerial, national, provincial and local governance leadership; leadership and local service delivery; leading a learning organisation and visionary leadership, transformational leadership; leading change and innovation and the leadership role of the South African government in Southern Africa and the African continent as well as in the BRICS. Within the context of African and Ubuntu-leadership, the module further seeks to impart knowledge regarding traditional leadership and the role of tribal authorities in local governance.
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