This course provides administrators, government officials and legal practitioners with a better understanding of Local Government Law. Delegates will gain knowledge regarding municipal administration and topics such as sustainable service delivery, local government powers and functions, municipal elections and important aspects of municipal finance and fiscal management (including the MFMA and the MPRA) are covered during the course. E at UP also offers an online training option for this programme.
After proper completion (attendance and examination) candidates should be able to:
- Have a good understanding of the constitutional place and role of local government;
- Explain the composition, term, internal management and general functioning of local government under the SA legal system;
- Explain the basic legal principles relevant to Local Government; and
- Provide legal advice on a variety of constitutional and other municipal legal disputes.
- Introduction to SA Public Law (including Local Government law)
- The status, objects and developmental challenges of Local Government in SA
- The legal nature, rights and duties of municipalities
- Local Government in a systems of cooperative government and municipal monitoring and supervision
- New institutional models of Local Government
- Composition, election and term of Local Government in SA
- The specific powers and functions of Local Government
- Political structures and internal procedures
- Basic functional activities of Local Government and municipal service delivery
- Personnel, staff and labour matters in Local Government
- Municipal finance, debt collections and general fiscal management
- Aspects of public administration, performance management and public participation
- Aspects relating to developmental planning and unique legal requirements
Option 1: Class contact sessions
This option requires delegates to attend 13 evening class sessions (one evening session per week for approximately 3 months) and also one (1) Saturday work shop of approximately five (5) hours. Lectures will commence at 18h00 every weekday evening session and will take place at the UP Hatfield campus in Pretoria. (Full programme details will be made available at the beginning of the course) During the course delegates will be able to interact directly with experts within the field of local government law and will also be able to ask and debate specific legal issues of interest.
Option 2: Online training
For those delegates who cannot attend in person, an online training option (e-learning) has been designed to facilitate the unique training needs of busy professionals and practitioners who wish to complete the course but are unable to attend classes at the UP campus. Delegates enrolled for the online training will receive the relevant course material via courier, and will then be given access to a specific web-page in order to view a video of the specific class contact sessions. All administrative arrangements will be conducted online. Please note: delegates must have access to a computer and internet connectivity.
Law and Human Rights
Who Should Attend:
The course will greatly benefit administrators, political office bearers and members of the public working in/with local governments as well as lawyers, legal advisors and advocates dealing with or advising clients on local government matters.
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