The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), the Department of Provincial and Local Government (DPLG), the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and LGSETA will be rolling out the second phase of the ICT skills training programme for municipalities in all nine provinces. 

This training programme, Local Government Network (LGNet), will equip municipal employees with basic IT skills so that they can effectively utilise the virtual private network which links local government and its stakeholders as an e-community as well as to an online Local Government Resource Centre (LGRC).
The first phase of the programme, which took place in 2005, managed to provide training to 126 municipalities of the 183 in the country.
The second phase of the programme is intended to provide training to the remaining 57 municipalities.
The LGNet’s LGRC serves as a one-stop knowledge-sharing resource centre where municipal and local government stakeholders can exchange pertinent knowledge, pool resources and enhance co-ordination efforts.
Already, about 1 400 municipal employees from 124 municipalities across the country have completed their training. About 1 500 municipal employees have been earmarked for the second rollout of the programme.
Upon completion of their technical training, municipalities will be able to effectively harness the benefits of the LGRC and LGNet to help them function better in meeting the challenges they face in fulfilling their developmental responsibilities.