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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Determine the development mandate and direction of a municipal area 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120508  Determine the development mandate and direction of a municipal area 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Public Administration and Management 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
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 
Learners working towards this standard will be working within a National or Local Government sector. This standard will enable the learner to apply strategic level development and governance competences to ensure integrated and sustainable processes, outcomes, structures, strategies, planning, implementation management, monitoring and evaluation at a municipal level. This standard will also add value to public officials who are seeking to develop a career pathway towards an accomplished integrated development planner or public sector management and administration specialist.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Facilitating the development of a vision statement for the municipal area.
  • Determining the strategic long term direction for the development of the district and metropolitan municipal area.
  • Determining underlying values and principles to guide development direction.
  • Ensuring impact and guidance by the long term municipal vision and strategies. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard should be competent in Communication at NQF level 4 and Computer Literacy at NQF level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Long-term policy directives include aspects such as sustainable (socio-economic, environmental and institutional) development, restructuring the apartheid space-economy, etc.
  • Commitment is obtained on long term strategic directions by those role players responsible for decision-making, those responsible for implementation and other stakeholders.
  • Underlying development principles are interpreted in a context specific way from a wide range of policy directives and legislation (i.e. NEMA, DFA, MSA). This includes principles of sustainability, land development, environmental management, accessibility etc. in a range of functional areas.
  • Intergovernmental planning requires: adhering to relevant legislation and policy directives; joint prioritisation and resource allocation and co-ordinated implementation within government's shared areas of focus namely metropolitan/district areas.
  • Sustainable infrastructure development and investment is addressed, taking cognisance of the infrastructure life cycles, financial viability and maintenance.
  • City development strategy is addressed within the context of determining the development vision and development direction for a municipal area. Development projects are discussed in terms of the implementation factors to be co-ordinated between the municipality and other institutions/role players. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Facilitate the development of a vision statement for the municipal area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The value, nature and critical elements of a vision statement are explained using examples of good statements as reference points. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The existing vision in guiding action and creating a common purpose is evaluated against the new objectives set for the municipality/district. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of a shared vision for the development of a district and the strategic buy-in of role players in a district and metropolitan municipality in the creation of a vision is discussed and evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relevance of and appropriate processes/ways to popularise the vision statement and long term development direction are set out. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Determine the strategic long-term direction for the development of the district and metropolitan municipal area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Key long term strategic objectives, are identified, evaluated and designed. Based on the identified development issues, objectives and priorities of other role players (especially province and national government, neighbouring municipalities and provincial sector departments for the area) as well as policy directives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Criteria, key factors and indicators are evaluated and developed to direct and monitor the long term integrated and sustainable development in the municipal area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The way in which the (district and metropolitan) municipality's long term development direction is aligned with key national policies and programmes are evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The alignment of the long term strategic development direction and the municipal vision is illustrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A spatial interpretation of the long term development vision and strategic direction of the district/metropolitan area is developed to guide development decisions and strategies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The interconnectedness between the municipal area and its neighbouring municipalities, broader regional, provincial and national context in terms of infrastructure, natural resources, social services, economic linkages, urbanisation/migration patterns, etc. is determined, analysed and appropriately reported on. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Determine underlying values and principles to guide development direction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The way in which the municipality's operations and strategies are aligned with key national policies and programmes are evaluated and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples include but are not limited to addressing supporting the principles of the EPWP, LED, HIV/AIDS.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The way in which the approach to development of the municipal area and developmental decision-making are aligned with the NSDP principles, environmental sustainability, sustainable human settlement approach is explained and evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An approach is developed for the specific municipal area to guide approaches, programmes and decisions with regards to address service delivery. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Service delivery includes but is not limited to back logs, providing basic services, addressing housing delivery, restructuring the apartheid space economy, ensuring sustainable infrastructure, etc.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Ensure impact and guidance by the long term municipal vision and strategies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information on the long term development direction are presented in such a way that the impact thereof and of long term development trends are clearly articulated for the various sectors, areas and role players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Specific aspects for coordination and engagement are identified and differentiated in terms of their relevance to specific areas, functional units, spheres and/or agencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A monitoring system is designed to ensure that the strategic milestones are regularly monitored, for example through overarching sustainability and quality of life indicators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant processes and events are identified and a framework is set in place to ensure that the municipal vision and long term strategies inform medium term and annual prioritisation, resource allocation and planning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A capacity building programme is developed to promote awareness and understanding on sustainability and other long term development considerations amongst citizens, the youth, municipal officials, politicians and other relevant role. 


    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 
    The learner must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • Strategic thinking and knowledge of strategic planning processes.
  • Differentiate and define the terms goal, objective, strategy, programme and project.
  • Planning processes.
  • City and regional planning.
  • The role of key sectors and disciplines in development, i.e. Development economics, Environmental management and planning, Transportation planning, Services and infrastructure, Social facilities, Welfare, Health, Sports and recreation, Housing, land, agriculture, tourism, land reform etc. Strategic thinking and knowledge of strategic planning processes.
  • Differentiate and define the terms goal, objective, strategy, programme and project.
  • Planning processes.
  • City and regional planning.
  • The role of key sectors and disciplines in development, i.e. Development economics, Environmental management and planning, Transportation planning, Services and infrastructure, Social facilities, Welfare, Health, Sports and recreation, Housing, land, agriculture, tourism, land reform etc. 

  • 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 the development mandate and direction of a municipal area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community to effectively gain buy in to the vision for a municipal area and engage all relevant role-players in the implementation thereof. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in order to focus on long term direction whilst catering for planning activities required in the short term. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to adequately determine the strategic long term direction for the development of the district and metropolitan municipal area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to engage role-players in vision and strategic implementation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility to the environment and health of others compiling, implementing and evaluating strategic plan. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts relating to determining development mandates and direction within a municipal area does not exist in isolation and that buy-in from stakeholders and economic and governmental trends and developments will impact on the efficacy thereof. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities by ensuring that the development and direction of a municipal area is determined in an effective manner. 

    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  50205   National Certificate: Municipal Integrated Development Planning  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 
    Elective  66089   National Certificate: Human Settlements Development  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    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.
     
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    2. Akili Training 
    3. Amabamba Recruitment 
    4. Asiphokuhle Training and Research Institute 
    5. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    6. Bantubanye Skills 
    7. BF QUALITY SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    8. Break The Chains Development Services 
    9. Classic Human Capital Solutions 
    10. CTC College(PTY) LTD. 
    11. Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) 
    12. Ditirelo Skills Development Services 
    13. Edutraining Business College 
    14. Elective Training Institute Enterprise CC 
    15. Eskilz College (Pty) Ltd 
    16. Ethekwini Corporate and Human Resources Skills Development Unit 
    17. Express Model 405 
    18. Glere Skills and Consultants 
    19. Growth Management Consulting 
    20. Gudlhuza Development Solutions cc 
    21. Inafrica General Trading Pty LTD 
    22. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    23. Jobafrik Consulting 
    24. Kamanga Skills Projects 
    25. Kgolo Institute 
    26. KHOSITHI TRAINING 
    27. Kia Chuma 
    28. Lewerb Holdings (PTY) Ltd 
    29. Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) 
    30. Maono Tai Consulting and Training 
    31. Masemase Consultancy CC. 
    32. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    33. Mgwezane Training and Events Management CC. 
    34. Miczo's Enterprise 
    35. Mission Point Consulting 
    36. Mmalethabo Consulting 
    37. Mortarboard Training Solutions 
    38. MTHENGENYA & ASSOCIATES 
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    40. Nemalale Eagles Consultancy CC 
    41. Nhlahle Development Agency 
    42. NJ & L Trading Enterprise CC. 
    43. NS Global Academy 
    44. Outeniqua Leadership Institute 
    45. Pachedu Skills Solutions 
    46. Paseka Business Enterprise 
    47. Pioneer Business Consulting 
    48. PTDEV (Pty) Ltd 
    49. Solstice Networks CC. 
    50. Talent Emporium Academy (PTY) Ltd 
    51. Thubelihle Graduate Institute 
    52. Tsebo Kitso Trainings 
    53. Tshelopele Development Institution 
    54. Umqondo Consultancy 
    55. University of Fort Hare 
    56. University of Venda 
    57. WEINVEST INVESTMENT CC 
    58. Ya Hina Management Consulting and projects 



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