Going the extra MILE

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News of the important contribution that eThekwini Municipality’s Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) has been making to South African and African municipalities has reached the Presidency.

A delegation from the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency was received by MILE and the International Relations Office with the objective of these senior officials learning and sharing good practice, as well as deepening their understanding of the city’s knowledge management and capacity enhancement programmes.

A presentation explaining the structure of MILE and how it operates was done to Nox Chipeto (Director) and Futhi Umlaw (Deputy Director in the Presidency). Umlaw commended MILE on the efforts they make to enhance capacity within local government and to document institutional knowledge.

Lessons for the Presidency

Umlaw said there were many lessons that they were taking back to the Presidency, which will assist the Department in advancing its programmes and becoming more effective.

Sogen Moodley, Senior Manager for MILE, said they were humbled to have hosted the delegates from the Presidency. “The purpose of MILE is to facilitate the enhancement of professional and technical capacity of local government professionals on the African continent and of course to position the eThekwini Municipality as a platform for innovating, learning and sharing with other municipalities, associations and networks, both locally and internationally. We are indeed privileged to be afforded this opportunity to make a difference in building our continent!”

For more information on the programmes and on the Municipal Institute of Learning, go to

(Credit: eThekwini Municipality)

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