Back to school for KZN lawmakers

2010-03-26 00:00

IT’S back to school next month for members of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature after speaker Peggy Nkonyeni launched a capacity- building programme for MPLs at the legislature in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

The European Union-sponsored programme will see MPLs working from next month to complete an introductory course in public administration by October or November.

Nkonyeni said the introduction of the course is the result of a training needs analysis for members, which was undertaken by the legislature last year.

“The main objective of the analysis was to assess the training needs of our members. Although the initial response from members was less than desirable, we persevered because of our strong belief that this matter was relevant to all of us.

“Eventually, we got sufficient responses, which then enabled us to proceed with a capacity-building programme for our members. This launch (yesterday) is therefore a progressive realisation of our dream to become a truly modern and activist legislature that posterity will be proud of,” Nkonyeni said.

The programme, designed by different institutions of higher education in the province, among them the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban University of Technology and the Moses Kotane Institute, was set up in January last year with the aim of addressing shortfalls in performance in science, technology engineering and mathematics in KwaZulu-Natal.

Nkonyeni said the public administration course will enhance MPLs’ ability to implement the mandate of their terms of office, which is to play an oversight role, law-making and ensuring public participation in parliamentary programmes.

 

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