Training opportunities

Members to benefit from more training opportunities

Members of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures stand to benefit from further training opportunities that will enhance their ability to understand and manage their parliamentary work for optimal service delivery. The South African Legislative Sector (SALS) has concluded an agreement with the University of Witwatersrand, which will culminate in the latter offering an Advanced Certificate in Governance and Public Leadership to qualifying Members.

In 2011, the first group of 193 recipients of the Certificate in Governance and Leadership graduated from the University of South Africa at a certificate ceremony held at UNISA on 18 November 2011. This group represents 70% of the total number of Members who fully participated in the programme and were assessed.

The Advanced Certificate in Governance and Leadership will be offered to qualifying Members from June 2012, at their respective Legislatures. Members will be expected to attend 3-day contact sessions, participate in Learning Group sessions and also complete all assignments and coursework in order to graduate.

The minimum entry requirements are a Matriculation Certificate plus successful completion of the Certificate in Governance and Leadership, offered by UNISA. Members with a 3-year diploma or degree also do qualify to enrol for the programme.

Four modules will be offered from June 2012 to December 2012, with the possibility of an extension to June 2013. The modules to be offered are: Managing delivery, programmes and projects; Oversight, monitoring and evaluation; Financial oversight and accountability and Policy, politics and power.

Preceding the programme, a series of orientation sessions have been held in all Legislatures in order to share the course content with Members and also to prepare them in advance of the commitments required. It is hoped that a significant number of Members will enrol for the programme, setting them on course for the anticipated Masters degree in Governance and Leadership, should they successfully complete this programme.