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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Higher Certificate in Local Government and Development Management 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
96713  Higher Certificate in Local Government and Development Management 
ORIGINATOR
Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Higher Certificate  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Public Administration 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  140  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 091/21  2021-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
36083  Certificate: Local Government and Development  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  140   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
The Higher Certificate in Local Government and Development Management is a one year qualification that aims to increase public service management capacity at local government level. It is directed towards persons who do not have any formal post school qualifications and who have limited work experience. It provides a foundational understanding of local government and development management.

Upon successful completion of the qualification, the learner should be able to:
  • Explain the distinctiveness of local government as part of the public sector in development and service delivery.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of governance within a prescribed statutory and legal framework.
  • Understand the influence of the environment on local government and differentiate between the influences of the various role players in this regard.
  • Apply ethical practices in management and decision making in local government.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the components of the external environment and its impact on local government.
  • Understand the process of managing finances and budgets in local governments.
  • Apply managerial skills in managing a local government workforce optimally.
  • Apply project management skills in managing local government.

    Rationale:
    The Higher Certificate in Local Government and Development Management [HCert (Local Government and Development Management)] aims to build the capacity of local government officials and those wishing to join the public service. The qualification provides foundational learning in the functional areas of local government and development management.

    This qualification also empowers learners with a high level of professional expertise together with a broad range of managerial skills in the local government sector. The HCert (Local Government and Development Management) is tailor-made for the local government environment, allowing managers and councilors to meet their different professional needs while keeping up-to-date with the latest issues.

    The qualification ensures that learners gain knowledge, skills and competencies in the principles and practices of local government management enabling them to make a difference in service delivery to local communities.
    The Certificate in Local Government and Development Management:
  • Develops communication and analytical skills of learners.
  • Promotes equity by providing affordable access to public management education to learners previously denied such opportunities.
  • Recognises and caters for the career and economic needs of learners who are in employment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    This qualification may be obtained in whole or in part through the recognition of prior learning.

    In the cases where prior learning is to be recognised for purposes of access to the qualification:
  • It is assumed that the learning derived from work or life experience will be a major element in the profiles of non-standard entrants primarily by means of an examination of their curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Such `non-standard` candidates will be selected on the recommendation of a senior manager from their organisations/ companies.
  • Where appropriate, interviews will also be conducted to assess the applicants.

    Some of the key criteria that will be used in evaluating non-standard` applicants include:
  • The applicants motivation, maturity and realistic approach to their studies.
  • Job description, covering relevant area of work, giving examples of tasks carried out, possibly supplying references.
  • The nature and level of life/work experience and prior study, and the learning which has resulted from such experience.
  • Details of in-company short courses, length, content of material covered, standard achieved.
  • The clarity of the applicant`s educational goals and objectives.
  • The extent to which the applicant can provide evidence of the threshold skills and knowledge for the qualification.

    Where prior learning is recognized for advanced standing, credit will be given for prior certificated learning in accordance with established practice at South African higher education institutions. The amount of `specific credit granted is dependent on the match between prior learning and award towards which the intended qualification leads.

    Credits may only be accumulated for modules, which are prescribed within the structure of a named award.

    Entry Requirements:
    The minimum entry requirement is either a:
  • Senior Certificate (SC).
    Or
  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) passed with Higher Certificate studies.
    Or
  • National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF Level 4. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The qualification consists of compulsory modules with 20 Credits each totalling 140 Credits.
    Modules:
  • Local Government Finance.
  • Local Government Law.
  • Local Government Human Resource Management.
  • Local Government Management.
  • Project Management.
  • Disaster Management.
  • Ethics and Professionalism. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Explain the distinctiveness of local government as part of the public sector in development and service delivery.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of governance within a prescribed statutory and legal framework.
    3. Apply ethical practices in management and decision making in local government.
    4. Understand the process of managing finances and budgets in local governments.
    5. Apply managerial skills in managing a local government workforce optimally. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcomes 1:
  • The context of local government in South Africa is described.
  • The functions, powers and duties of local government are explained.
  • Intergovernmental relations are analysed.
  • Local government structures are described.
  • The phenomena of urbanisation and regionalisation are defined.
  • The impact of urbanisation on local government management is evaluated.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcomes 2:
  • The concept of law is defined.
  • The sources and classification of law is identified.
  • Municipal and administrative law are distinguished.
  • The legal framework of local government is identified.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcomes 3:
  • The concepts of ethics and professionalism are explained.
  • The origin and nature of ethics and professionalism are explained.
  • Ethical behaviour in a local government context is displayed.
  • Measures to ensure ethical conduct are outlined.
  • Levels of professionalism are evaluated.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcomes 4:
  • The role of the government in the economy is outlined.
  • The elements of local government finance are listed.
  • Basic financial management principles in the work environment are applied.
  • The relevant policy and legislation relating to local government finance are identified.
  • The budgetary process is explained.
  • A budget is prepared and presented.
  • A business plan is prepared.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcomes 5:
  • Disaster management activities are analysed.
  • The capacity to communicate effectively is developed.
  • The provisions of relevant legislation are evaluated.
  • Project management skills are demonstrated.
  • Human resource principles in a work environment are applied.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Assessment focuses on:
  • The application of management theory to a practical local Government context.
  • The methods of research used.
  • Maintaining a balance between theory and practice and its relevance to the level of the qualification.
  • The use of appropriate technology to ensure effective communication and development of ideas.
  • The critical evaluation of legislation and the formulation of new strategies.
  • The learner working under time constraints.

    The Assessment methods measure the extent to which the learner has achieved competence in the different areas of study delivered through course modules.

    These assessment methods include:
  • Case studies.
  • Report writing.
  • Interpretative and analytical problem solving in the written examination.
  • Research and work based assignments.
  • Self assessment activities in the course material. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    MANCOSA was established in the post 1994 period with the view of addressing the critical shortage of access to management education in South Africa. Between 1995 and 2000 MANC0SA was engaged in providing Private Higher Education to South Africans in association with its former partner the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, a College of the University of Brunel, in the United Kingdom.

    The Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College is listed as an accredited state recognised institution in the United Kingdom. During this 5-year period MANCOSA successfully delivered tuition and academic and administrative support to learners enrolled on Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College Qualifications.

    The outcomes and assessment criteria, the degree of difficulty and the notional learning time of this qualification has been developed and benchmarked against MANCOSA`S former international partner, the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College and best national and international practice. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
  • The MANCOSA Certificate in Local Government and Development Management articulates vertically with Diploma Qualifications in Public Management.
  • The expertise acquired doing this qualification in full or in part can be measured against requirements of other qualifications at MANCOSA or other institutions to obtain credits for specific modules that could be credited for horizontal articulation with relevant or similar qualifications at NQF Level 5. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    This qualification replaces Qual ID 36083, which is the Certificate: Local Government and Development, Pre-2009 Level 5, 140 credits. 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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    1. Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) 



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