A gathering on Thursday evening, 7 March 2019 in the Overstrand Banqueting Hall in Hermanus, marked the graduation ceremony of officials from various municipalities across the Province - including Overstrand, Theewaterskloof and Cape Aghulhas - on successfully complete a course in Integrated Community Development Planning.

This training course is aimed at establishing participatory democracy to enhance public participation in municipalities. It also seeks to ensure that public participation is firmly entrenched and institutionalised within municipalities.
Overstrand Executive Mayor, Dudley Coetzee congratulated the graduands and commended them for the effort they put in to strive for success. He also thanked the Public Participation Directorate, who appointed Stellenbosch University to conduct and facilitate this accredited NQF level 8 course, for the role played in the continued

strengthening of the skills base of our officials through training programmes such as these.

He continued by saying “the main purpose of the project was to train and build the capacity of Municipal Public Participation officials, using various topics and modern approaches to public participation”.

“Further, it assists municipalities in strengthening community participation and governance matters, i.e. the IDPs, budget process and service delivery projects, to name but a few. The programme moreover aims to create an environment that allows communities to influence and own the development that takes place in their respective areas”.

Proudly holding her Integrated Community Planning Development certificate is Overstrand Municipality’s Senior Administrative Officer Natashia Dyantyi. Pictured with her are Stellenbosch University’s Prof Francois Theron (left) and Western Cape Government’s Directorate Community Development and Public Participation Sipho Phendu (right).


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