Workforce Development for LED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mentorship Programme

1. BACKGROUND

The capacity challenges to drive economic development in municipalities in South Africa have led the dti to decide on an implementation plan to develop a mentorship programme for Local Government. The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is mandated to develop capacity building support measures for local and district municipalities, including metros, in die development and implementation of strategies, programmes and projects for economic development.

2. OBJECTIVE OF THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Encourage municipalities to achieve objectives
  • Provide practical support
  • Build and strengthen capacity
  • Enable competitiveness, sustainable development and stimulate investment
  • Transfer of expert skills
 

3. FOCUS AREAS OF THE PROGRAMME

  • To provide support and to bridge gaps 
 

Suggested areas of focus could include:

  • Planning support – assisting with the development of LED strategies
  • Assistance regarding the understanding of spatial considerations, value chains and economic sectors
  • Development and implementation of catalytic and economic development projects
  • Investment promotion and attraction
  • Management and control of local economic initiatives
  • Building of partnerships
  • Guidance on governance issues
  • Coordination of LED initiatives
  • Identifying of comparative and competitive advantages
  • Investment promotion assistance and attraction interventions
  • Data management

*UJ is expected to offer initiatives to assist with skills, in order to achieve potential growth.

4. EXPECTATIONS FROM UJ

  • To develop an action plan
  • To develop process criteria for targeting and selecting municipalities
  • To build partnerships with other institutions in order to add value
  • To undertake needs assessments for municipalities
  • To select reputable experts/mentors
  • To involve other universities
  • To incorporate 10 municipalities in the first year
  • To target municipalities in lagging or underprivileged regions

 

5. MENTORS

Marius Venter
John Lawson
Emil Nothnagel
Johnny Douglas
MC Douglas
 

 
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