Lecturer, Enayat Hamza from the School of Government (SOG) – has created an online environment, ‘Executive Leadership Development Programme (ELDP)’ – for working professionals (local Councillors). This blended learning approach consists of monthly face-to-face lectures, supported by an online environment.
This Short Course (endorsed by the South African Local Government Association as well as the Department of Local Government in the Western Cape) – is designed and offered to participants employed at the local government level: “The course forms part of UWC School of Government’s commitment towards capacitating councillors with the required skills, knowledge and competencies they require in order to face the challenges of serving the aspiration and needs of communities”.
The Programme is structured into five online modules, within the iKamva (Sakai) environment. These modules focus on specific topics, namely, ‘local municipalities; roles and responsibilities and relationships of elected and appointed officials; delegations of powers and duties in a municipality’.
The lectures are placed online to allow participants to view and retrieve the content regardless of their geographical space. After the completion of each module, participants are expected to complete and submit their assignments – online. The announcement tool is also used to inform and remind participants about the ‘open and closing dates of specific assignments and other course work notifications’. The announcements are directly linked to private email clients.
It should be noted that this Programme was placed online in 2011, after consultation with the CIECT team. Since of the start course, a number 134 students – [Councillors from various Municipalities throughout the Western Cape: West Coast, Matzikama, Stellenbosch, Saldanha Bay, Witzenberg, Central Karoo, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay, Overstrand, Breede Valley, Oudtshoorn, Cape Winelands, Langeberg, Drakensberg, Swartland, City of Cape Town] -have participated and engaged within the online environment.
Enayat Hamza states: “This training course forms part of UWC School of Government’s commitment towards capacitating councillors with the required skills, knowledge and competencies they require in order to face the challenges of serving the aspiration and needs of communities”.