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is strengthened with the human resource capacity being continuously trained and retrained. The School has over the years trained thousands of officials within the local government sector on key areas, mainly on leadership, ethics and supply chain management. The facilitated training was mostly directly with the municipalities and in other instances in collaboration with other partners to capacitate municipalities. Such partnerships have been concluded with various provincial cooperative government departments and organized local governments. It is a known fact that the local government sector continues to experience high turnover of staff and these requires continuous building of capacity for ever changing staff components. As a School we have observed and encouraged some best practices in some municipalities that prioritize capacity building for their officials to enable them to deliver on their responsibilities. One of these best practices has been on the capacity being built on members serving on various bid committees before they commence with their duties. These are officials whom some do not possess any background in financial and supply chain management. It becomes crucial that such members are not just thrown in the deep end of serving in these committees that oversee millions of rand in spending, in a high-risk environment, without equipping them with the necessary knowledge of the supply chain environment. The School offers a specific programme on bid committees for the MFMA environment and the course is also offered online with learners being able to complete the course at their own pace. The bid committees in municipalities are changed quite regularly for a variety of reasons and remain the responsibility of the municipality that bid committees members are well capacitated to ensure that the awarding of the bids are done in line with the legal prescripts and follow required competitive processes so the municipality can get value for money.

behavior as one its key priorities within the public sector and the School has over the years been offering a course on ethics in local government which is at the heart of what is required to professionalize the public administration and municipalities. Communities and ratepayers expect services that are offered in an ethical manner and this has not always been the case and there are perceived serious challenges in the area of ethics within the local government sector. Amongst the offerings designed specifically for local government as a sector by the School is the flagship programme on Leadership Programme in Local Government which is aimed at municipal leaders, managers and other officials in municipalities. This is an accredited programme (with LGSETA) with five modules covering a variety of areas including intergovernmental relations and political oversight. The School remains available as dedicated support to local government sector through capacity building and the training is offered on multiple platforms including online, face to face and virtually. Training is offered throughout the country by a pool of highly experienced current and former officials of the state with the programmes content developed specifically for the sector. Major training partnerships have been formed with most metro municipalities and other municipalities, while there are still many more that still require support. The School remains open and doing its bit to improve the capacity of the state, including local government sphere through training and facilitating learning.

The current administration has made ethical

Contact Mr. Lucas Raphela, Director: Financial Management Training Tel: +27 86 100 8326 E-mail: contactcentre@thensg.gov.za www.thensg.gov.za

school of government Department: National School of Government REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

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Municipal Focus Magazine - Volume 51