National Certificate: Local Government Councillor Practices
Faculty of Education
Purpose of Qualification
Purpose of 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:
Act as rep resentatives of the community they serve.
Provide leadership roles in a council.
Act as custodians or guardians of public finances.
The policies and the legal framework guiding Local Government are explained in the context of the councillor function.
The functions and powers of municipalities are explained with examples.
Public participation as a key municipal objective is explained and applied from a councillor perspective.
Co-operative governance is explained in the context of other government departments and how this impacts on Local Government objectives.
An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the different types of municipal councillors is demonstrated and explained with examples and reference to a particular work context.
Roles and responsibilities of municipal councillors are integrated and coordinated to achieve Local Government objectives.
The concepts of democratising development, empowering and redistribution are understood and applied in a particular work context.
The code of conduct for municipal councillors is applied to a particular work context.
The levels of authority and the scope of delegation are identified as they relate to municipal councillor roles and responsibilities.
Leadership principles are applied to the councillor role. Council and related meetings are facilitated in order to achieve Local Government objectives.
Integrated Development Planning (IDP) is applied to Local Government councillor function.
The overall principles of performance management is integrated in order to achieve Local Government objectives and identify key councillor function.
The basic principles of municipal budgeting and financial management are applied to councillor function.
Local Economic Development (LED) is integrated into the councillor function.
Key municipal programmes are identified and integrated into overall councillor functions.
The processes for the participation and involvement of the general public and civil society representatives within the municipality are facilitated according to Local Government public participation objectives.
Ward committees, community development workers, NGOs and CBOs are engaged in public participation processes in order to achieve Local Government objectives in a particular manner.
The private sector is engaged to enhance Local Government objectives.
Key municipal interests are advocated to enhance public participation and citizen involvement in Local Government processes.
Demonstrate an understanding of the interests of the people in a municipality.
Demonstrate an understanding of the main issues in their municipality.
Provide the link between the public and the council and ensuring primary loyalty to the public.
Participate in policy making.
Participate in decision-making pertaining to local government matters.