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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Local Economic Development 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
36437  National Certificate: Local Economic Development 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Economics 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
LG SETA - Local Government and related Services Sector Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Finance, Economics and Accounting 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  144  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  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 does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
This qualification has been designed to provide the qualifying learner with the competencies needed to undertake a range of local economic development processes with the strategic intent to mobilise local skills and resources around the tackling of development challenges within a municipality. Identifying, harnessing and using resources to stimulate the economy cannot be sustainable unless it is the result of thorough planning, implementation and monitoring processes.

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare the qualifying learner to practise in the local economic development sector in a range of municipalities of different sizes and challenges and to mange the work of others in an LED unit.

Qualifying learners will be able to design and apply systems for the monitoring, reporting and evaluation of LED programmes. The emphasis of the qualification is enabling the learner to design and implement systems and plans to facilitate the work of other officials in an LED unit.

Rationale for the qualification:

Local Economic Development is a process to secure greater local control over business enterprise, labour, capital and other resources. Local Economic Development strategy is based on the concept that economic activity can be used to improve the quality of life for all members of the community.

A Local Economic Development strategy should include economic aspects (growth in jobs, income, business activity, etc.), development (need for structural change, quality of development, etc.) and the needs of the local community (poverty reduction, satisfying basic human needs, integrated social and environmental objectives). Governance is another aspect of economic development that should be included in economic development strategies. Governance is seen as the capacity of institutions to manage and administer policy, processes and programmes that represent the broad interests of all individuals and groups involved while at the same time complying with ethical and legislative requirements.

This means that Local Economic Development cannot succeed if it is merely a once-off exercise of attracting a single development project for an area/community. Local Economic Development means having a clear Local Economic Development strategy that includes the reality of the marketplace, helps create a positive environment for economic activity, reflects the values of its citizens and complies with ethical and regulatory requirements.

Local Economic Development for each community is unique. It means understanding what the community is good at and what it has to offer, where the community`s weaknesses are, what outside threats and opportunities exist, and most importantly, what the community wants and needs. Success in Local Economic Development depends on creating markets that operate efficiently, but appropriately, within the local context.

Local government is involved in local business activities as suppliers of infrastructure, as tax collectors and regulators of land, buildings and permissions. It should also be involved in Local Economic Development as the lead initiator of projects. Adjusting, targeting, streamlining and, in some cases, reducing policies, regulations and taxes can have a significant impact on the success of Local Economic Development.

Local Economic Development (LED) is not a new concept in South Africa, however, since the first democratic local government elections attention is focused on the role of local authorities as facilitators and implementers of LED. A major challenge presently facing local authorities is the broadening of services to their communities and to provide a favourable environment for business development.

The role and functions of local government have changed considerably and local government has been given the task to drive the LED process. Local government officials are, however, not well equipped to deal with this function in terms of knowledge and understanding of what LED, means nor do they have the skills required to implement LED policy and procedures. A wide range of LED manuals and LED training programmes have been developed, which unfortunately do not adequately equip local government officials with the knowledge, insights and skills required to provide this service to local communities.

This need for knowledgeable and skilled officials at local government level to lead LED was the starting point for the development of a comprehensive Local Economic Development Qualifications Framework at NQF levels 4, 5 and 6. These Qualifications should result in the training of LED practitioners in the knowledge and skills required to be successful, LED facilitators and to provide a learning pathway in LED.

The three Qualifications will ensure a comprehensive understanding of LED and its application in the South African context. Local government officials will be able to better fulfil their new role as managers of Local Economic Development.

The National Certificate in Local Economic Development NQF Level 6 is the third and last qualification in a learning pathway that provides learning in the area of local economic development for NQF Level 4 to NQF Level 6. It provides knowledge of and practical skills in local economic development as well as progress along a career path for learners including those who have worked in the sector for any number of years but have no formal qualifications in local economic development.

This Qualification is also flexible enough to accommodate both learners in formal education and learners already employed in the local economic development area and who will be learning on a part-time basis. The qualification has been designed to allow for maximum mobility in the contexts of metros, districts or local municipalities, the building blocks for career progression and to give effect to the notion of life-long learning. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This is the third Qualification in a learning pathway in Local economic Development and it is assumed that the learner will first have attained the National Certificate in Local Economic Development NQF Level 5. Should that not be the case the learner should hold a Qualification at NQF Level 5 in Financial Management and/or Economics and preferably have experience of the local government sector.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL):

The National Certificate in Local Economic Development: NQF Level 6 allows for prior learning to be recognised if a learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this Qualification.

The Qualification may be obtained in whole or in part through RPL.

Application for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) should be made to the relevant ETQA or to an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.

To be awarded the Qualification learners are required to obtain a minimum of 144 credits as detailed below:

Fundamental Component:
  • The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 24 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Core Component:
  • The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 105 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:
  • The Elective Component consists of individual unit standards from which the learner must choose unit standards totalling a minimum of 15 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Qualifying learners are able to:
  • Develop local economic development policy and strategy and an implementation plan in accordance with international trends in economic development and national and provincial strategies and policies.
  • Control the operational and capital budgets of an LED Unit.
  • Initiate appropriate strategic partnerships to contribute to achieving the economic objectives of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP).
  • Mobilise the necessary resources to give effect to the local economic development strategy.
  • Co-ordinate and manage all aspects of a local economic development programme, including monitoring and evaluation.

    Critical Cross-field Outcomes:

    1. Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
    2. Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization and community.
    3. Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively.
    4. Collect, analyse, organize and critically evaluate information.
    5. Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/ or language skills in the modes of oral and/ or written presentation.
    6. Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environments and health of others.
    7. Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
    8. Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
  • The effectiveness of the implementation of local economic development policy and strategy is explained by referring to two programmes of different sizes and challenges in own work context.
  • The use of value management systems and techniques as a budget control mechanism is explained and value management is applied to the operational and capital budgets of an LED Unit.
  • The use and value of specified strategic partnerships and formal networking activities in achieving the economic objectives of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) are explained by referring to examples from IDPs of at least two municipalities of different sizes and challenges.
  • A comprehensive record is provided of the progress in mobilising the appropriate and relevant resources to achieve the objectives of the local economic development strategy as well as any corrective action taken to rectify inadequate progress.
  • The use and value of national and international best practices in monitoring, reporting and evaluating local economic development programmes is demonstrated by referring to practical examples from two programmes of different sizes and challenges in own work context.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Assessment practices must be fair, transparent, valid and reliable and should ensure that no learner is disadvantaged. Learners who wish to be assessed against this qualification should direct enquiries to the appropriate ETQA.

    The focus of assessment must be on the assessment of the learning outcomes rather than learning outputs. The specific outcomes in the Unit Standards guide the learning and training process towards the exit level outcomes on a continuous basis. The purpose is to determine whether these outcomes have been attained. Situations should present a wide range of options. Applications should require significant choices from a wide range of procedures and in a number of contexts.

    Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably linked. Where appropriate, assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values indicated in the various Unit Standards should be integrated. Assessment in communication and mathematical literacy should use authentic local economic development contexts wherever practical.

    Assessment has a formative monitoring function. Formative assessment should be used to assess gaps in the learners` skill and knowledge and to indicate where there is a need for expanded opportunities. The goal is to promote learning and to assess the efficacy of the teaching and learning process. Feedback from assessment informs teaching and learning and allows for the critique of outcomes, methodology and materials. Formative assessment is diagnostic and as such it should guide the learner and the facilitator of learning. It is continuous and is used to plan appropriate learning experiences to meet the learner`s needs. It provides information about problems experienced at different stages in the learning process. As it is criterion referenced, if the learner has met the assessment criteria, s/he has achieved the outcomes.

    Assessment should also have a summative component. Summative assessment may be used on completion of a number of Unit Standards, but should not be the only form of assessment.

    A variety of methods must be used in assessment and tools and activities must be appropriate to the context in which the learner is working. Assessment should take place in an authentic context as far as is possible. Where it is not possible to assess competence in the workplace, simulations, case studies and other similar techniques should be used to provide a context appropriate to the assessment.

    Integration implies that theoretical and practical components should where possible be assessed together.

    Integrative techniques should be used to assess applied competence. Learners should be required to demonstrate that they can perform the outcomes with understanding and insight.

    Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and Critical Cross Field Outcomes are evaluated. Assessment of the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes should be integrated with the assessment of the specific outcomes. The Critical Cross-Field Outcomes are implicit in the Unit Standards and programmes should be designed to extend and further reflect the integration. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Research was done into the Qualifications Frameworks of Scotland, Canada and New Zealand. No comparable qualifications were found. The most significant information and data (although not in the form of Qualifications) were found on the World Bank`s Urban Development website and additional input to the Unit Standards was gained by looking at the websites of a number of international cities.

    Recent participation by the LGWSETA in the UN HABITAT Virtual Round Table - LED Series has provided considerable information and insight into the practice of local economic development around the world and this has been used to confirm/support the inclusion of various Unit Standards in the Qualification. Some of the subject matter experts/resource persons who were specifically consulted to broaden the impact and reach of the Qualification were able to draw on their personal experiences with the practice of economic development at a local level in such countries as Norway and England. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification articulates with the following Qualifications:
  • The National Diploma in Public Administration: Level 6
  • The Bachelors Degree in Public Administration: Level 6. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA according to relevant ETQA policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual Unit Standards as well as the integrated competence described in the Qualification.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant should:
  • be competent in all the outcomes of the National Assessor Unit Standards as stipulated by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
  • registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • be in possession of a Qualification in Public Administration at NQF Level 7 or higher. 

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

    NOTES 
    Exit points for learners who do not complete the Qualification:
  • Learners will be credited with Unit Standards in which they have proved competence.
  • Learners who complete individual Unit Standards but do not complete this Qualification retain their credits. However, should the substance of the Unit Standard change, the validity of the credit towards the Qualification may be reviewed.
  • Learners who change their provider or learning site before completing the Qualification may transfer their credits to the new learning site. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  12891  Apply concepts and principles of business ethics in the professional environment  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Core  110516  Compile and implement a resource plan to support the local economic development policy and strategic plan for a local economic development programme  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  12 
    Core  110477  Design and apply appropriate value management systems and techniques for an local economic development unit  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
    Core  110480  Design and implement a system for the on-going monitoring, reporting and evaluation of a local economic development programme  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Core  110492  Develop and implement a local economic development policy for the local economic development unit  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Core  110496  Develop and implement a strategic plan for a local economic development programme with specific reference to identified economic variables and priorities  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Core  110499  Facilitate negotiations about all aspects of implementing local economic development programmes with a range of relevant stakeholders and role players  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  12 
    Core  110488  Facilitate the establishment of strategic partnerships to contribute to achieving the objectives of the strategic plan for a local economic development programme  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  12 
    Core  110495  Facilitate the inclusion of local economic development objectives in the integrated development planning (IDP) process of the municipality  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Core  110491  Gather and manage information on a range of national strategies and international trends, on an on-going basis to make strategic local economic development decisions  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Core  110474  Initiate and maintain networking opportunities with other municipalities, districts and metros  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Core  110486  Manage the operations of a local economic development unit  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Fundamental  14504  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of e-business as a competitive tool  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Fundamental  14512  Interpret the impact of macro economic decisions or indicators on a business environment  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Fundamental  14515  Present a well-structured argument derived from qualitative and/or quantitative data to map new knowledge and generate a competitive advantage  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  12 
    Elective  337063  Demonstrate knowledge and insight into the principles of monitoring and evaluation in assessing organisation and/or programme performance in a specific context  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  337059  Apply monitoring and evaluation approaches and tools to assess an organisation's or programme's performance in a specific context  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  15 
    Elective  12138  Conduct an organisational needs analysis  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
    Elective  110483  Develop and manage an organisational records system  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Elective  12139  Facilitate the resolution of employee grievances  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Elective  12984  Interpret provisions of a contract and assess liability of clients and other parties to an agency agreement  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    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.
     
    1. BW Khuzwayo Consulting CC 
    2. Change Strategies Consulting Services CC 
    3. CTC College(PTY) LTD. 
    4. Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) 
    5. Edutraining Business College 
    6. Execuprime Business College (Pty) Ltd 
    7. Express Model 405 
    8. Gauteng Association Of Local Authorities 
    9. Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies 
    10. Jobafrik Consulting 
    11. K Shabangu FET College 
    12. Kgolo Institute 
    13. KHOSITHI TRAINING 
    14. Kia Chuma 
    15. Lewerb Holdings (PTY) Ltd 
    16. Masemase Consultancy CC. 
    17. Mgwezane Training and Events Management CC. 
    18. Mortarboard Training Solutions 
    19. Thubelihle Graduate Institute 
    20. Umqondo Consultancy 
    21. University of Venda 
    22. Vicmat Consultants 
    23. Ya Hina Management Consulting and projects 



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