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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of public participation in Local Government 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244300  Demonstrate an understanding of public participation in 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  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 seeking to enter Local Government and wishing to acquire general competences relevant to the functioning of Local Government. This unit standard enables a learner to acquire the necessary administrative competences required to support service delivery objectives within own Local Government work context.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Discussing the history of Local Government and its transition to public participation.
  • Identifying what is meant by public participation in Local Government.
  • Identifying and explaining the mechanisms that exist to support public participation.
  • Identifying and discussing the functions of ward committees, municipal councillors and mayors as forums for public participation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify what is meant by public participation in Local Government. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of public participation is discussed with examples that relate to typical Local Government programmes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The various parties to engage in public participation are identified and the importance of their support explained in the context of Local Government service delivery objectives. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The various groups engaged in public participation include but are not limited to voters, participants n the policy process, consumers and service users, partners in resource mobilisation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The benefits that public participation delivers are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Benefits include but are not limited to making government more responsive to people's needs and aspirations, empowering citizens to fulfil their potential as partners with government, deepening democracy beyond the representative dimension in to a more participatory system.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Discuss the history of local government and its transition to public participation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The general exclusion of public participation and citizen involvement under apartheid is briefly discussed with reference to the impact this had on Local Government. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The old process versus the new process for ensuring public participation is compared with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The transition process that was introduced to ensure public participation is discussed with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The challenges facing Local Government in public participation are identified and explained briefly with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and explain the mechanisms that exist to support public participation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of strategic management is briefly explained in relation to public participation support. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of the IDP in ensuring public participation is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of performance management within Local Government is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of municipal budget hearings to support public participation is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the functions of ward committees, municipal councillors, mayors and other related stakeholders as forums for public participation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of ward committees and their roles and responsibilities are explained in relation to the achievement of public participation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of councillors and their roles and responsibilities are explained in relation to the achievement of public participation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The purpose of mayoral powers and structures and their roles and responsibilities are explained in relation to how they achieve public participation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The purpose of traditional leaders and their roles and responsibilities are explained in relation to how they achieve public participation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The purpose of community development workers (CDW's) and their roles and responsibilities are explained in relation to how they achieve public participation. 


    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 
  • Public participation and the history of local government in relation to this.
  • The functions and roles of ward committees.
  • The functions and roles of councillors.
  • The functions and roles of mayors.
  • The forums and stakeholders that support public participation programmes. 

  • 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 to determine why public participation is so important to local government. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community to ensure that public participation is sustained within own work context. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in order to provide effective support services that contribute towards the sustainability of public participation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how the various forums and how they work to ensure public participation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to gather information relating to public participation programmes/initiatives. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility to the environment and health of others to process information relating to public participation programmes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognising that public participation within local government do not exist in isolation and there are a variety of internal and external factors that determine how effective public participation is. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities by ensuring that own support service activities contribute effectively to public participation. 

    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  58644   National Certificate: Local Government Support Services  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 
    Elective  57804   National Certificate: Public Administration  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 


    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.
     
    1. ABA Sebenzi 
    2. Asiphokuhle Training and Research Institute 
    3. Bantubanye Skills 
    4. Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) 
    5. Johsie Enertprise 
    6. Jucamo Shelf 4 CC. 
    7. Kgolo Institute 
    8. Lewerb Holdings (PTY) Ltd 
    9. Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) 
    10. Mod-Mosh Projects and Consulting (PTY) LTD 
    11. Mortarboard Training Solutions 
    12. Nhlahle Development Agency 
    13. NS Global Academy 
    14. Powernexus 
    15. Tloumogale Business Development & Consulting 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.