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Strategic Focus Areas


The LGSETA has the following strategies aligned to the five stratigic priority areas:

LGSETA Stakeholders

Discretionary Grant Window

The Discretionary Grant (DG) Window is aimed at creating synergy and collaboration between the different departments within the SETA but also to ensure that the DG allocations contribute to better coordination of skills development projects.

District Development Model (DDM)

The District Development Model (DDM), which came into existence in September 2019, provides an integrated framework that embraces Inter-Governmental Relations (IGR) across three spheres of government (national, provincial, and local government). The DDM refers to a one-joint plan that is developed through cooperative governance to enable the three spheres of government to function in unison.


The DDM will enable the LGSETA to provide a contextual and integrated approach to addressing skills planning and development across the 44 district and eight metropolitan municipalities.  The DDM will provide opportunities to create strategic partnerships that lead to better coordination and integration between local, provincial and national government stakeholders regarding skills planning and development.  The LGSETA has adopted a DDM strategy that addresses skills development relating to following nine municipal-service areas namely:

  • Energy
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Waste and Refuse Management
  • Town and Regional Planning
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Settlements and Housing
  • Community Services
  • Economic Development
  • Transport, Roads and Storm Water

Strategic Partnership Model

Partnerships are critical for enabling the SETA to be able to deliver on its mandate as well as further strengthening and contributing towards making a greater impact in the communities of the local government sector. In March 2021, the LGSETA board adopted strategic partnership model that is aimed at forging strategic partnership with partners to enhance the delivery of the LGSETA strategy. The strategic partnership model put emphasis on the LGSETA value chain on key internal stakeholders and the possible types of partnerships.

The strategic partnership model provides for three types of partnerships:

  • Non-Monetary Partnership
  • Monetary Partnership
  • Co-Funding by Both Partners

Councillor Development Strategy

Councillor Development Strategy is meant to ensure that municipal councillors are adequately equipped and capacitated to execute their oversight role in their various functions within the municipalities.  The Councillor Development Strategy presents a journey of skills development that consists of three pillars:

  • Councillor Development and Skills Audit: This pillar on focuses on two strategic deliverables which are Councillor Development and Skills Audit.
  • Function Based and Development: This pillar aimed at building capacity and skills to councillors based on their assigned functions and portfolios in the municipality.
  • Soft Skills Development Programme: Although soft skills development does not directly influence demand of skills in local government, the skills gaps or top-up skills remain critical for Councillors in executing their roles and responsibilities.

Smart Cities Concept

Focuses on digital transformation to support the Metropolitans on Smart Cities. The concept of smart cities in the country wherein automation of municipal services is supported by infrastructure and planning for ease of access to basic services is critical for local government and the country.