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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of the policy and legal framework guiding Local Government 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244175  Demonstrate an understanding of the policy and legal framework guiding Local Government 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Administration 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Public Administration 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
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 unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for learners who are working within a Local Government structure and have been elected municipal councillors. The completion of this standard will enable the learner to perform the function of councillor within the broader legal framework that guides Local Government.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the legislative and policy framework applicable to Local Government in a Local Government councillor context.
  • Explaining the functions and powers of municipalities.
  • Explaining structural and formal elements of municipalities.
  • Explaining the policy development process and the institutions protecting constitutional democracy. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner accessing this standard will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the legislative and policy framework applicable to Local Government in a Local Government councillor context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The legislative framework applicable to municipalities is understood and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The framework includes, but is not limited to, laws applicable to municipalities such as the Constitution (1996), Municipal Demarcation Act (1998), Municipal Structures Act (1998), Municipal Systems Act (2000), Municipal Finance Management Act (2003) Municipal Property Rates Act (2004), Intergovernmental Relations Framework Act (2005) Division of Revenue Act, Organised Local Government Act (1997), Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (2000), Promotion of Access to Information Act (2000), International Relations Policy Framework Act (1998) and relevant sector legislation, White Paper on Local Government (1998), White Paper on Public Service Delivery (Batho Pele principles).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The policy framework applicable to Local Government is understood and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Policy includes, but is not limited to, the white paper, policy statements and reports.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The notion of developmental Local Government is defined and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Legislative processes in South African are understood and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legislative processes include, but are not limited to, national, provincial and municipal processes.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the functions and powers of municipalities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Categories of municipalities are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Municipal functions are described and listed with explanations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Municipal powers are described and listed with explanations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Municipal functions and powers are related to enabling legislation and the scope and limits of municipal powers and functions are described with explanations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain structural and formal elements of municipalities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements for the formation of various municipalities are understood and described in relation to enabling legislation and policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The structures of various municipalities are understood and described in terms of relevant legislation and policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Functional structures of councils are examined and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The dissolution of Local Government in various contexts is understood and described with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the policy development process and the institutions protecting constitutional democracy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The processes for establishing the need for municipal policy and by-laws are understood and described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The processes of policy and by-law formulation are understood and explained within the framework of the institutions protecting constitutional democracy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Policy and by-law implementation, monitoring and review are understood and described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Policy and by-law processes are analysed according to various criteria. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Criteria include, but are not limited to, original objectives, unintended consequences, cost benefit, social policy.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Any individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The legislation and guidelines relating to councillor functions and local government.
  • The functions and roles of counsellors.
  • Policy framework relating to local government.
  • The functions and powers of municipalities.
  • Requirements for formation of various municipalities.
  • The policy development process.
  • The institutions protecting constitutional democracy. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking processes by demonstrate an understanding of the policy and legal framework guiding Local Government. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community in demonstrating an understanding of the policy and legal framework guiding Local Government. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in order to ensure an understanding of the policy and legal framework guiding Local Government. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to effectively implement understanding of the policy and legal framework guiding Local Government. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to inform others of the policy and legal framework guiding Local Government. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility to the environment and health of others in ensuring that information pertaining to understanding of the policy and legal framework guiding Local Government is applied. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognising that by demonstrate that the policy and legal framework guiding Local Government do not exist in isolation but are affected by the overall constitution, public and local government trends and frameworks and other related factors. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities by ensuring that the policy and legal framework guiding Local Government is applied. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58578   National Certificate: Local Government Councillor Practices  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 
    Core  58644   National Certificate: Local Government Support Services  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    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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    14. Growth Management Consulting 
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