In an effort to continuously inform and keep our stakeholders and Skills Development Facilitator’s updated with the LGSETA’s progress of its mandate, the LGSETA hosts annual Interprovincial SDF Forums. The annual sessions are a result of the LGSETA’s efforts to garner feedback from SDFs and provincial stakeholders on how the organisation can formulate and implement strategies to align its operations and more importantly, to create positive greater impact in the local government sector as far as skills development and service delivery is concerned. The sessions are held to create common understanding amongst concerned provincial stakeholders in terms of the LGSETA’s mandate and how municipalities can share in this vision and more importantly for municipalities to have a platform to share best practices.

The annual sessions took place in November at St. Francis Bay, Port Elizabeth hosted by the coastal provincial offices and in December at Mabula Lodge, North West, hosted by the inland provinces.

The theme of the event was ‘Breaking New Ground in Skills Development in the Local Government Sector’ with special guest speakers to address the delegates about reshaping skills development towards Fourth Industrial Revolution in the local government sector, and enhancing quality learning for greater impact. Special guest speaker Ms Karabo Moloko, a seasoned consultant and motivational speaker, gave a very energetic and thought provoking presentation about the Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on skills development in the local government sector.

Dr Harlan Cloete, from Siyakhana Consulting, gave a presentation about a Scarce and Critical Skills Strategy designed to be all about taking action that is full of intent. Mr Ngoako Malatji from National Treasury presented about good governance in municipalities. In his presentation, he constantly reiterated the importance of Human Resources personnel and SDF’s appointing well qualified Municipal Managers, Finance and SCM Officials who are well versed when it comes to good governance, financial management and leadership.

QCTO’s Acting Cluster Head of Occupational Qualifications Management, Mr Tobile Gqili spoke about the quality management of learning and three SDFs from Hessequa Municipality, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and ZF Mgcawu District Municipality shared their best practice of how the WSP Planning & Implementation process is followed in their respective municipalities.

From the LGSETA, the Learning Programmes Manager, Ms Linda Budaza, presented about the effective implementation of learning in the workplace and Mr Jonathan Braun from ASDSA presented about the professionalization of the SDF function.


The topics were as follows:

  • Reconceptualising training, learning and teaching to ensure relevance for the 4th Industrial Revolution in the local government sector
  • Overview of Skills planning and Skills development handbook: Best Practice Tools and Process; Rethinking Occupational Skills sets that can respond to the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Implications for careers and career changes within the local government sector; Scarce and Critical Skills Strategy.

The two-day session was very informative and provided LGSETA with very important inputs that will later assist the LGSETA and the municipalities in executing their mandates.