PCF Provincial Training Academy

17 March 2010
Purpose of item
 To engage Local Government in a discussion and get
agreement regardingo the training of local government councillors and officials,
o a terms of reference to take the issue forward.
 The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act 108 of
1996 requires the Provincial Government to support and
strengthen the capacity of municipalities to manage their
own affairs. Refer to sections 154 (1) and 155 (6) (a) and
 The Provincial Government of the Western Cape has, as
part of its Modernisation Program, decided to reform and
professionalise the Provincial Training Academy at
Kromme Rhee to become a world class training institute
with a view to build a Professional Public Service.
 In the light of Province’s constitutional obligation Cabinet
holds the view that the Provincial Training Academy can
also serve local government in the training of Councillors
and officials.
 To ensure success, good co-operation and co-ordination in
this regard, the two spheres of government should agree
on a framework to facilitate the delivery of training,
especially with the view to equip councilors after the 2011
municipal elections. Consensus is imperative for a venture
like this to succeed
 To ensure that all councillors and officials in the provincial
and in local government in pursuit of rebuilding and
modernising the service have:
o Access to, participate in and undergo training and retraining within the South African legislative framework,
that speaks to the strategic objectives of the PGWC and
Local Government.
o Training institutions and facilities in the province that
function on levels of international best practice utilising
the most effective, modern and appropriate technology.
Business case
 The modernisation project stems from the Provincial
Government’s strategic priorities to enhance service
delivery at the coalface.
 The following aspects were identified that gave rise to the
project, relating to the improvement of training, namely:
Practices and processes must be introduced to ensure
that the training effort is aligned to the strategic
challenges in the Province and Local Government
Business case
o Accessibility to government’s training services and
improving the officials experience when interfacing with
government training institutions and undergoing training
o Putting systems, and processes in place to assess
evaluate monitor and control governments institutions and
ensure that the training provided responds to the
strategic needs of the government
o Ensure that training is provided in a cost effective and
efficient and economic manner to ensure that citizens and
customers receive value for money
Expected outcomes
Skills Planning and Development Strategy, Policy and Standards
Skills Planning Framework
Quality training programmes which are within the
legislative framework and aligned to the skills plan
A network of strategic partners
Systems for monitoring, evaluation, reporting and quality control
ICT systems and infrastructure to optimise the functioning
of the Academy
Project 1:
Skills Planning
Project 2:
Design and Delivery
Project 3:
Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
Project 4:
Support and Infrastructure
As part of the above-mentioned projects, the work stream will
focus on both the provincial and local government spheres.
Links and partnerships with HEI’s will be an important focus of
all the Provincial Training Work Stream processes.
 That it be noted that the Provincial Government of the
Western Cape, through its Provincial Training Academy,
intends to formalise accredited and short training courses
in local government in line with its constitutional mandate
to assist and develop the capacity of local authorities.
 That it also be noted that the training will be practical of
nature and that courses will be developed in consultation
with the local government sector.