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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Local Government Councillor Practices|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|58578||National Certificate: Local Government Councillor Practices|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|LG SETA - Local Government and related Services Sector Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies||Public Administration|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||122||Level 3||NQF Level 03||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.|
This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
The purpose of the qualification is to enable qualifying learners to apply the relevant competences required to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of a Local Government councillor and therein:
The learning outcomes contained in this qualification are based on the competencies required to contribute to municipal processes from a councillor perspective. These competences relate to:
Learners entering this qualification may come from various backgrounds and will generally be persons, elected for the purpose of serving as a Local Government councillor in order to achieve municipal objectives.
The qualification is aimed at learners in a Local Government context who facilitate democratic relations between the community, Local Government and various stakeholders that impact on Local Government democratic processes. The qualification provides key competences to councillors to fulfill their mandate in respect of improving the lives of all people in their municipalities. It provides the learner with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes required to be a proactive link between the public and the council. The councillors play a critical role in achieving the objectives of Local Government, including giving a practical meaning and substance to the basic political commitment that 'the People Shall Govern'. The councillors play a critical role in the facilitation of proper communications between various parties within Local Government and the community to ensure that Local Government objectives are achieved in a proactive and democratic manner. The typical learner enrolled for this qualification will be a council member, wishing to improve his competencies related to the fulfillment of the requirements of his/her role as a council member. In addition persons seeking future employment in the Local Government sector may choose to complete the qualification.
This qualification is part of the learning pathway in Local Government administration, management and governance. The learning pathway includes learning opportunities in administration and finance, local economic development and leadership in Local Government, and integrated development planning. The learning pathway provides varied opportunities for a learner wishing to embark on a career within local government and are also complementary to other qualifications within the public sector.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It is assumed that the learners accessing this qualification are competent in:
Recognition Of Prior Learning:
The structure of this Unit Standard based Qualification makes the Recognition of Prior Learning possible. Learner and Assessor will jointly decide on methods to determine prior learning and competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in the Qualification and the associated Unit Standards. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of an Integrated Assessment.
Recognition of Prior Learning allows for:
All recognition of Prior Learning is subject to quality assurance by the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
Access to the qalification:
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The qualification is made up of Unit Standards that are classified as Fundamental, Core and Elective. A minimum of 122 credits is required to complete the qualification:
Unit standards totaling thirty six (36) credits are allocated to the Fundamental Component: twenty (20) credits in Communication and sixteen (16) credits in Mathematical Literacy.
All these standards are compulsory.
Unit standards totaling seventy six credits (76) have been allocated to the Core Component of this Qualification. This is to ensure that the Qualification has a strong Councillor focus. The unit standards classified as Core describe the integral functions and activities required to be a Local Government councillor. They provide an opportunity to develop knowledge of key municipal processes, facilitate public participation in Local Government processes and to facilitate corporate governance via an understanding of intergovernmental relations. The unit standards encourage the application of knowledge and skills in real life situations.
All these standards are compulsory.
There are unit standards totaling sixty one (61) credits in this Component. These unit standards continue from the core component in focusing on learning areas pertinent to a Local Government councillor. Learners are required to select Electives that add up to at least ten (10) credits.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Demonstrate an understanding of how Local Government functions.
2. Fulfill the roles and responsibilities of councillors to achieve Local Government objectives.
3. Apply municipal processes to the councillor function.
4. Facilitate public participation and citizen involvement in Local Government processes.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
Because assessment practices must be open, transparent, fair, valid, and reliable and ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, an integrated assessment approach is incorporated into the Qualification.
Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably linked. Whenever possible, the assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values shown in the unit standards should be integrated.
Assessment of the communication, language, literacy and strategic analysis and planning competencies should be conducted in conjunction with other aspects and should use authentic municipal development contexts wherever possible.
A variety of methods must be used in assessment and tools and activities must be appropriate to the context in which the learner is working. Where it is not possible to assess the learner in the workplace or on the job, simulations, case studies, role-plays and other similar techniques should be used to provide a context appropriate to the assessment.
The term 'Integrated Assessment' implies that theoretical and practical components should be assessed together. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and assess combinations of practical, applied/ed, foundational and reflective competencies.
Assessors and moderators should make use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.
Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are evaluated. The assessment of the critical cross-field outcomes should be integrated with the assessment of specific outcomes and embedded knowledge.
|An international search found that there are several countries that offer qualifications for Local Government councillors. In particular a number of qualifications were found in:
The best information about designing and evaluating Local Government qualifications was found in Australia, where the only qualification associated with unit standards and assessment criteria was found.
Some countries have induction handbooks on the councillor function as is the case in South Africa.
Comparatively, in African countries, councillor development facilitation was found in:
However, the programmes are more informal in nature and tend to be encompassed in other Local Government programmes.
At present Tanzania has short programmes for councillors and Ward Committees members.
Zambia is still setting up suitable public participation processes. To date, the focus has been on social development of the urban poor. Zambian councillor activities and related programmes centre on poverty alleviation programmes and do not include planning and municipal processes and structures as in this South African qualification.
Malawi instituted a Local Governance and Development Management Programme in 1997 to contribute towards the eradication of poverty in Malawi by improving governance through broader citizen participation in decision-making and enhanced performance of central and local government in district development.
The United Nations Development Program participated in capacity building for effective decentralized participatory development at district and community levels aimed at enhancing government and civil society capability to design, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate anti-poverty programmes. The specific capacity building strategies included undertaking civic education for local governance, human rights and sustainable livelihoods issues.
Ireland does not have a specific qualification for councillors. However it does have a similar type of induction handbook as has been developed in South Africa. This handbook articulates to a Generic Management diploma with the following modules:
This modular approach is based on the Competency Framework for Public Sector Managers, developed in conjunction with the Chief Executives' Forum.
Supervisory, Administrative and Operational Staff Development:
Competency based programmes, which are accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management, are available to employees in supervisory, administrative/clerical and operational posts.
The Women's Development Steering Group is promoting a major initiative which run throughout 2006. It is branded "Women in Local Councils Making a Difference".
Elected Members' Training and Development:
The Steering Group, comprising two representatives each from the National Association of Councillors, the NI Local Government Association and the Employers' Side of the NJ Joint Council, issued a Councillor's Handbook and a template for an Induction Programme following the Local Government elections in 2005:
The following are the generic objectives:
On successful completion of the programme, participants will:
In the UK there are no formal qualifications for councillors. However there is a national framework contract in place for vendors of key training short courses. There is also a councillor mentoring programme in place.
The main body that works with councillors is the I&DeA (Improvement and Development Agency). This body works in partnership with all councils to enhance the performance of the best, accelerate the speed of improvement and develop the Local Government sector as a whole. From the 3rd April 2006, the I&DeA has been responsible for the following work:
In essence, the programme objectives of the I&DeA are similar to that of South Africa and their vision is to 'ensure prosperous and cohesive communities, offering a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for all'.
The primary purpose of the national programmes is to develop affordable programmes that address council's shared capacity building needs. The programme focuses on seven themes, ie. leadership, corporate capacity, workforce capacity and support for generic skills. Specific council capacity building includes:
More specifically, a councillor mentoring programme is in place and it aims to provide an innovative way to establish support and build political leadership capacity within local authorities. It offers a range of peer mentoring activities that will continue to build capacity and support increased role effectiveness and performance of councillors at all levels.
There are no formal qualifications listed for councillors in the United States although there are many short courses addressing Local Government councillor capacity building programmes. The courses are listed as follows:
Interestingly, Delaware has a Delaware Institute for Local Government Leaders. Its last programme addressed contemporary issues facing local governments, including:
It would seem that the United States, whilst offering no formal qualifications for councillors does have a wide variety of short courses that address critical and contemporary local government issues from a councillor's perspective.
There is a strong focus in Local Government programmes in Australia, including formal qualifications as listed below:
LGA60104 Advanced Diploma of Local Government (Operational Works).
More specifically, the unit standards are catagorised according to:
The unit standards titles are listed below (the levels are not indicated):
Regulatory services units.
Australia offers the most comparable standard based qualifications to our South African qualification.
The whole issue of Local Government decentralisation in development is a major focus of the United Nations and has been since the 1990s. South Africa is clearly in line with this focus.
The main problem that the United Nations has identified is that there are not many success stories around the world due to a lack of any real decentralization and a lack of incentive for true public participation. The role of the councillor in various countries is a conventional role that has been part of the local government system for long period of time. However, the agenda of public participation is a critical issue in South Africa's local government system and South Africa's particular municipal processes, objectives and programmes differ from other countries due to the unique agenda for South Africa, eg. Batho Pele and Ubuntu philosophies. The whole role of councils is legislatively defined and these laws vary from country to country. Therefore only generic comparisons are possible. Of all the countries researched Australia is the only country that offers standards and qualifications based programmes in local government capacity building that ties in comparably with the career pathway outlined within Local Government education and training in South Africa.
|This Qualification articulates horizontally with the following qualifications:
This Qualification articulates vertically with the following qualifications:
Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant.
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||244185||Apply key municipal processes in a council function||Level 3||NQF Level 03||12|
|Core||242860||Apply the Batho Pele principles to own work role and context||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Core||244175||Demonstrate an understanding of the policy and legal framework guiding Local Government||Level 3||NQF Level 03||10|
|Core||13915||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS in a workplace, and its effects on a business sub-sector, own organisation and a specific workplace||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Core||242858||Demonstrate knowledge of and apply the Public Sector Code of Conduct in own work roles and context||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Core||244180||Exercise leadership in a councillor context||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Core||244174||Facilitate co-operative governance and inter-governmental relations||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Core||244186||Facilitate Council and related meetings to achieve Local Government objectives||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Core||244188||Facilitate public participation and citizen involvement in Local Government processes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Core||244183||Fulfil the roles and the responsibilities of a councillor||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Core||244190||Utilise advocacy and lobbying skills to represent municipal interests in inter-governmental structures and processes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Core||120394||Apply communication principles, strategies and processes in a leadership role||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||119472||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9010||Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Fundamental||9013||Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Fundamental||119457||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9012||Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119467||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||7456||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119465||Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||123462||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the project and the project support services environment||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||242894||Demonstrate knowledge of gender, equity and diversity issues in development projects||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Elective||123436||Facilitate community participation in democratic processes and structures||Level 3||NQF Level 03||7|
|Elective||120383||Provide assistance in implementing and assuring project work meets quality requirements||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Elective||120385||Apply a range of project management tools and techniques||Level 4||NQF Level 04||7|
|Elective||242900||Apply administrative principles in the implementation of public sector procedures and work schedule||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||120391||Apply leadership skills to relationship management||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||242902||Demonstrate an ability to apply the principles of problem identification, analysis and decision-making within immediate work context||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||242819||Motivate and Build a Team||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
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|8.||Break The Chains Development Services|
|9.||BW Khuzwayo Consulting CC|
|10.||Change Strategies Consulting Services CC|
|11.||CTC College(PTY) LTD.|
|12.||Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)|
|14.||Ditirelo Skills Development Services|
|15.||Edutraining Business College|
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|42.||Misol Projects cc|
|43.||Mission Point Consulting|
|44.||Mod-Mosh Projects and Consulting (PTY) LTD|
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|64.||Tshwane Training Institute (PTY) LTD.|
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