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17 November 2021

HSRC to present the findings of the municipal officials’ skills and capacity study

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Press Release

Pretoria, Wednesday 17 November 2021 – The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) invites members of the media to join a webinar presenting the findings of the Public Officials Skills and Capacity study on Thursday, 18 November 2021 at 10h00.

The central aim of the study, conducted between 2019 and 2021, was to assess the capacity and skills of officials in eight municipalities across four provinces, to gain a better understanding of their capacity constraints and their support requirements.

The webinar is also intended as a platform to reflect on the findings and to discuss further recommendations for policy and practice.

The study was supported by the Open Society Foundation (OSF) and conducted by the Development, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) research division of the HSRC.

Details of the event:

Date: 18 November 2021

Time: 10h00 – 12h00


For media interviews, please contact: Adziliwi Nematandani, Contact numbers: 0827659191 or Email:

About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development. Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organizations, and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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Written by Lebogang Setlhabane

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