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This week on Khetha #37

Radio Stations: SABC Radio Stations
Topic: Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA)
Original Script Written by: Clara Vilankulu
Edited by: Thato Mabitsela
Programme Date: 16 – 19 September 2019
Week: 37
Target Audience: Learners, school leavers as well as college and university graduates

Script Notes:

  • The programme is entitled LGSETA Learning Interventions and career guidance
  • This script will be translated to other official languages and broadcast on 10 PBS radio stations.
  • The programme is characterised by the radio presenter and a guest from the Department of Higher Education and Training.
  • The radio presenter is the main anchor of the programme, and he/she will control the activities on the programme.

The objectives of this programme are to:

  • Provide listeners with information on what the LGSETA is about and services we offer;
  • Provide an overview of the learning interventions within the LGSETA;
  • Provide listeners with clear and thorough knowledge of the career opportunities within the local government sector;
  • Get individuals excited about opportunities within the industry;
  • Provide information on application requirements and processes; and
  • Provide information on funding.

The entire programme runs for 30 minutes; which includes PSAs.

Opening Billboard: ‘This programme is brought to you by the Department of Higher Education and Training in partnership with SABC Education.’

Programme Introduction

Presenter: Good day and a warm welcome to all our listeners. It is time for another exciting episode of Khetha, brought to you by the Department of Higher Education and Training in partnership with SABC Education.

Today we will be talking about the learning interventions and the various career opportunities available in the local government sector. Also, higher education that are offered by the Local Government Sector and Education Training Authority, also known, as the LGSETA.

We are joined in the studio by our guest speakers from the LGSETA and from Municipality who will tell us more about these exciting opportunities that are available within the local government sector. It is good to have you on the show ********.

Guest: Thank you******** and greetings to you and the listeners

Presenter: Can you tell us about the LGSETA?

Guest: The Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA) provides an environment to facilitate the training and up-skilling of local government employees and people involved in local government structures, as well as unemployed youth in South Africa.

The LGSETA has a monumental role in enlightening unemployed youth, and the public at large about the various skills development interventions and career opportunities in local government as well as in higher education and training.

Presenter: Can you please explain to our listeners what local government is all about?

Guest: Local government is the sphere of government that is closest to the community, and it is a critical component of the country’s development aspirations. Local government plays a role in ensuring that the citizens of South Africa have a better life. It is where the community most feels service delivery, and it is responsible for the following:

  • The provision of household infrastructure and services such as water, electricity, roads etc.
  • The creation of liveable, integrated cities, towns and rural areas and
  • Promotion of local economic development.

Presenter: Why would you encourage the youth of South Africa to consider a career in local government?

Guest: This might sound like a cliché, but it is so because it is true: the youth is the future. With that said, we need the youth of South Africa to be a driving force of local government. Local government needs youth who are hungry, inspired, willing to learn, wanting to make a positive impact. We encourage the youth to consider careers in local government, and to play their part in making our country a better place for all who live in it and future generations.

Presenter: What are some of the career options the youth can pursue in the local government sector?

Guest: There are several career options to pursue in the local government sector, such as:

  • Municipal Manager
  • Municipal Finance
  • Plumbing
  • Councilors
  • Technicians
  • Artisans
  • Engineers (Electrical, Civil)
  • Municipal planning (including urban planning)
  • Local Economic Development (LED) Officer/ Coordinator
  • Internal Audit
  • Asset Management
  • Emergency Services
  • Community Development Worker

Presenter: This sounds very interesting. We know that SETAs are also mandated to look at facilitating access to scarce and critical skills in each sector. Are there scarce and vital skills in local government?

Guest: Absolutely, there are indeed many skills that are considered scarce and critical in the local government sector. The Department of Labour defines scarcity of skills as “the inability to find suitably qualified and experienced people to fill vacancies.” We know we are dealing with such a reality in South Africa as a whole, more in local government.

The LGSETA strives to aid that reality by firstly assessing the extent to which the skills are scarce and has mechanisms in place to address the scarcity issues in place. These mechanisms involve training people in local government and unemployed youth, as well as accrediting training providers who train people on the skills that are needed in local government. 

Presenter: Can you please give us examples of these scarce and critical skills in the local government sector?

Guest: Presently, some of the scarce skills that are present in local government are:

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Project Manager
  • Plumber
  • Accountant
  • Electrician
  • Water Quality Technician
  • Construction Project Manager

For more information regarding scarce skills, kindly visit the Department of Labour’s website (www.labour.gov.za)

Presenter: With the high unemployment rate in South Africa, how does skills development assist learners and unemployed youth in having a fighting chance in seeking employment?

Guest (LGSETA): Skills development within the local government sector is targeted at increasing the skills of local government employees, increasing the chances of getting employment for unemployed youth and learners in South Africa. Not only do we focus on employability – a strong focus is also on the youth pursuing entrepreneurship. Skills development takes place through the implementation of learning programmes either by the SETA or by a municipality.

Presenter: What are the types of learning programmes offered by the LGSETA?

Guest: We focus our efforts in ensuring that how learners are trained and educated fulfills the requirements of the local government sector, through the following learning programmes.

Apprenticeship: Technical training that includes theoretical and practical learning. Apprenticeships are trade-related where after passing a Trade Test and being awarded a National Trade Certificate the learner is recognised as a qualified artisan.

Theoretical learning can take place at a TVET College or through a learnership. Practical training takes place at an approved workplace.

Internship: An internship is a temporary position within an organization created to provide learners with supervised on-the-job training. This is targeted at graduates who are seeking work experience at any entry-level.

Learnership: A learnership is a structured learning, which includes theoretical and practical training. Academic learning takes place in a classroom, and practical knowledge takes place within a workplace. Learnerships lead to a qualification that is registered in the NQF.

Skills Programme: Skills programmes are offered as short-term focused training interventions aimed at addressing a particular skill. They are provided as a cluster of unit standards, which are registered in the NQF. Credits gained in a skills programme can be used towards a full qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): is a process whereby a learner’s prior learning can be formally recognised regardless of where and how the knowledge was obtained. On completion of the RPL process, the learner will gain credits either towards registered unit standards or qualification.

Work Integrated Learning: Work Integrated Learning (WIL) refers to the period when TVET, University or University of Technology learners are working on the relevant industry to receive specific in-service training to apply theory in practice.

Meaning it is an opportunity for the learner to apply and merge theoretical knowledge gained in their academic studies to “real world” workplace practical experiences. WIL prepares the learner for a career by providing an opportunity to develop the relevant professional skills as it involves all the competencies and skills that the learner must acquire.

The duration that a learner depends on the nature of their programme at the institution.

Bursary: I think most of the learners will be familiar with this one; the bursary is a form of financial assistance that is offered to learners who intend to pursue their studies in the area of scarce and critical skills within the industry.

Presenter: How do people get access to these opportunities?

Guest: All the LGSETA learning interventions we spoke about can be accessed directly through the listener’s local municipality. Furthermore, as the LGSETA, we actively engage with the learners and unemployed youth through career expos, school, and higher education visits. These visits are aimed at educating and creating awareness about youth-targeted opportunities. They also produce a platform for information sharing and appreciation of the built environment.

For more information about the learning programmes, listeners can contact their provincial or municipal offices or visit the LGSETA’s website: www.lgseta.org.za

Presenter: How would you advise the listeners to prepare themselves for some of the learning interventions you mentioned?

Guest: If you are interested in registering for any of the interventions, you can follow these simple steps:

  • Plan a career path: Identity which career is the best fit for you. Know your interests and aptitudes and finally choose school subjects that are most relevant to your career;
  • Identify the learning intervention that supports your chosen career path- you need to identify the skills you need to reach your goals
  • Find out as much as possible about the learning intervention you’re interested in
  • Enquire about the applicable criteria for entering the learning intervention; and
  • Find an employer willing to provide practical work experience.

Presenter: Any last words enclosure for our listeners?

Guest: Opportunities are available within our communities.

We urge all listeners to take advantage of all the opportunities that are available to them within the local government sector and endeavor to pursue careers in local government. I will conclude by quoting Aristotle, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” Do not wait for tomorrow; seek opportunities today!

Presenter: This is truly inspiring; thank you. To our listeners – that brings us to the end of our show, thank you for tuning in. For more information about the LGSETA and the various initiatives within the province, our listeners can reach us through

  • Head Office: 1st Floor, 47 van Buuren Road, Bedfordview
  • Tel: (011) 456 8579
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Website:

Presenter: Thank you. So how can one get in touch with you if they need further information?

Guest: For more information about the LGSETA, our listeners can reach us through the following channels:

  • Our website address: 
  • Email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Our social media platforms Facebook: @LGSETA Creating Greater Impact and Twitter: @LGSETA_official.

Listeners can also feel free to go to YouTube to check out some of the projects by the LGSETA. They must search for LGSETA.

For more information on career and vocational guidance, our listeners can do the following:

  1. SMS with your question or send a “, please call me” to 072 204 5056, or
  2. Call 086 999 0123, which is a call share line, from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm,
  3. Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. Visit our offices at 123 Francis Baard, Pretoria
  5. Facebook at
  6. Twitter at 

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 Closing Billboard “This programme was brought to you by the Department of Higher Education and Training.”

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