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Leadership in Municipal Governance

This course will help you develop a clear vision for what we want to achieve in South Africa. By enhancing our vision establishment and strategic foresight capabilities, we can work towards building a more prosperous and sustainable future for all.

Effective oversight engagement is essential for ensuring that our communities are well-governed and that public resources are being used effectively. By strengthening our oversight capabilities, we can ensure that our leaders are held accountable and that our communities thrive. Join Africa’s leading School of Governance to develop a forward-thinking approach in a world that is changing at an unprecedented pace.

Target audience:

  • Members of local Council Executives and Councillors 

Programme Information

Applications Open
12 December 2023
Applications Close
25 March 2024
Academic Category
Short Course
R39 000.00
Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Establish and articulate future oriented perspectives, plans, policies and strategies in the context of markets, the economy, and state intervention.
  • Appreciate the parameters for governance action and the manner in which leadership is best exercised within specific local government contexts.
  • Collate information on local developments and analyse and interpret such information to make judgements.
  • Use appropriate and contextually relevant oversight strategies and tools to monitor and evaluate the implementation of plans and programmes.

Status of certificate:

  • As per the Council for Higher Education (CHE), a short course that does not carry credit towards a qualification on the HEQSF cannot be assigned and allocated NQF levels and credits.

  • Short courses are short learning programmes offered by higher education institutions outside their formal structured undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and they, therefore, do not lead to qualifications on the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF). They serve a range of social and educational purposes, including improving or refreshing participants’ knowledge and skills in a particular field, improving participants’ readiness for specific formal higher education programmes, continuing professional development, learning to use technology, personal fulfilment, social development and good citizenship, to mention a few. (

  • You will receive a Certificate of Competence on successful completion of this course.

Course content and dates


This module provides participants with the ability to use appropriate and contextually relevant oversight strategies and tools to monitor and evaluate the implementation of municipal plans and programmes.


This module provides an exploration of future-oriented policies, plans strategies and practices. It incorporates an analysis of approaches that optimally establish a balance between current and future needs.


This module provides learners with the ability to collate economic and finance information on local developments and analyse and interpret the information to make judgements on local economic and finance strategies.


This module provides an assessment of leadership practices that facilitate the achievement of public value and specific results in complex local governance contexts, incorporating an analysis of leadership practices that enhance institutional performance. The module provides learners with the knowledge, skills and applied competence for the exercise of political leadership and assists in establishing the parameters for ethical leadership action at the local level.

Assessment methods:

  • Individual and Group assessment = 25%
  • Exam or exam equivalent = 75%
Admission requirements
  • Preferably an undergraduate qualification or equivalent at NQF6 and/or 3-5 years of relevant leadership experience.
Course duration

The four modules will be delivered over five weeks in block release format. You will be required to attend class for four days a week, once a month, over a period of five months.

Start date: 8 April 2024


  • ONSITE course delivery is at the Wits School of Governance located in Parktown, Johannesburg.
  • OFFSITE deliveries are offered subject to the commitment of a minimum numbers of participants being registered for the course.
  • ONLINE delivery will require the participant to have connectivity and devices.
  • Please note that travel and accommodation will be at the cost of the students’ respective organisations. 

Disclaimer: Cancellation of programmes by WSG

WSG is entitled to cancel or change the date of delivery of a programme without notice and for any reason without incurring any liability to individuals who have applied or are enrolled on the programme or any funders of such individuals (“participants” or “funders of participants”).

Without derogating from the aforesaid, and insofar as it possible, WSG will provide the participants or funders of the participants with 30 (thirty days) days written notice of any cancellation or changes in the dates of delivery of the programme.

Insofar as the programme is cancelled or rescheduled prior to delivery of the programme then in that event the participants and funders of the participants will not be charged the full programme fees.