The course provides a basic overview of ethics management within municipalities. It must be stressed that it is not primarily an ethics course, but focuses on how to manage ethics. It is designed predominantly to assist people in municipalities who will play a role in ethics management, corruption prevention and ensuring high standards of professionalism within their organisations.
Section 57 managers and those managers who report to them, as well as councilors.
Module One gives a short introduction to the course. Concepts that the learner needs to understand to get the most out of the course are defined. Since the course flows from the Local Government Anti-corruption Strategy, the module will explain both the strategy and how ethics management fit into it. Since the aim of ethics management is to influence organisational culture and encourage professional behaviour of public servants, a session will be dedicated to reflecting on what this means in practice.
Module Two gives an overview of the capacity and structures that the learner will need to create within the municipality to ensure that ethics management is attended to. The learner will be guided on how to create an integrity committee responsible for providing strategic direction and appoint an integrity custodian who will take responsibility for the implementation of action plans..
Module Three deals with all those tasks that must be implemented as part of an ethics management programme. Since these tasks form the core of the programme, more time will be spent on this module.
Module Four deals with the tasks that need to be performed at a strategic level. Ideally, module four should precede module three, but participants will be better equipped to discuss the strategic functions once they have an understanding of what the actual implementation of ethics management involves. For this reason it is discussed last.
This programme is non-credit bearing. After successful completion of the programme, Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
There is no formal assessment, but a consolidation exercise at the end of the course will enable participants to apply what they have learned.
This course is presented over two (2) working days.