n Journal of Public Administration - Empowering women councillors through a leadership development programme

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The provision of better services to the people is a constitutional obligation of the South African government, and for that to happen local municipalities need to have leaders with the right sets of skills. For that reason, local municipalities saw it fit to introduce programmes that would empower their councillors with necessary and appropriate leadership skills that would enhance their performance for the betterment of service delivery. The Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality in the Limpopo Province is one of the municipalities that initiated leadership development programmes with the aim to empower women councillors with the skills that would see them improve their leadership skills for better municipal performance. The purpose of this article is to ascertain how effective the leadership programme introduced by the Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality has been empowering women councillors with much needed skills. The article argues that although there have been successes in the implementation of the programme, challenges such as, lack of funding for the sustainability of the programme, the duration of the programme and the use of facilitators need to be addressed.

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