12, 18 -19 March 2013
The Ethics Institute of South Africa, as part of its project on ethics and anti-corruption in local government, conducted workshops at the eMalahleni Local Municipality.
The workshop entitled: “Ethics Interactive Workshop” took place on the 12th March 2013 for councillors and on the 18th and 19th of March for municipal staff members (junior and top management). The purpose of these workshops was to engage on ethics issues pertinent to the municipality.
The first training that took place was aimed at the councillors as they form an integral part of decision making in major municipal processes where the community is concerned. The session with the councillors was both interactive and interesting. The workshop achieved its primary goal of raising awareness among the councillors, as they spoke much of ethical dilemmas they faced as representatives of communities.
Workshop with Management
On the 18th and 19th of March, we also conducted a workshop with top and junior management respectively. As expected, the discussions with management were much more insightful and much deeper because they handle the day to day running of the municipality. Present were, among others, delegates from the municipal manager’s office (MM was also present), human resource managers, CFO, and chief internal auditor.
The managers participated in a two-hour Appreciative Inquiry discussion, during which the managers looked back at when they started working at the municipality and revisited their hopes and dreams they may have had. They also evaluated the kind of progress that they would like to see in future. They identified the ethics-risk and ethics-opportunities that are present in the municipality; and also identified certain values that they think may be instrumental in future.
All workshops conducted at the eMalahleni Local Municipality have been a great success in that a key objective was to get the delegates talking on ethical issues. The hopes of the managers were, among others; to better the situation of service delivery in their municipality, and were appreciative of the platform. The three workshops have been a fertile channel through which to look at the ethical dilemmas that need purposive action.