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Programme Brochure
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The programme is targeted at women leaders whose sphere of influence and focus is local governance – women in middle and senior management or elected positions of leadership.

This is a nationwide programme; we seek to attract a wide variety of applications and to select a cohort that reflects consideration of equity, diversity and representation across age, race, ethnicity, disability and location.

Selection criteria

Programme entry requirements are as follows:

  • Be a woman within the local government sector (councillors, municipal managers, managerial personnel, etc.).
  • Be in a management or elected position of leadership.
  • Have a post matric/grade 12 qualification, OR if the highest qualification is matric/grade 12, have at least 5 years’ experience in the local government sphere and apply for a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for access/entry (RPL for entry application form). RPL for access/entry seeks to ensure that no one is denied the opportunity to enter the programme due to the manner in which previous learning was acquired.
  • Language ability (comprehension and writing) to fully engage the programme, which will be conducted predominantly in English.  Programme delivery will seek to ensure accessibility and representativeness. 
  • Demonstrate ability, willingness and preparedness to be mentored and work with the mentor paired with her, and fulfil the programme’s mentorship obligations and commitments, as agreed with the mentor and programme leaders.
  • Must be willing to transfer skills and mentor others.
  • Demonstrate hunger and intrinsic motivation to participate in the programme and grow in her public leadership role.
  • Ability, motivation and commitment to attend and participate fully in all components of the programme.