Mentorship program: Internal audit – 2021

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Elevate your career

Why - international opinions

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Mentorship program - March 2021 to January 2022

Immeasurable value added to your career path

through mentorship and direct access to

our team of specialists.

Aligned to LGSETA qualification - pre-requisite

for position of Municipal Chief Internal Auditor

Accreditation number: LGRS-844-111025

Certificate: Municipal Financial Management

16 Unit Standards | Credit value: 166

Elevate your career
Be respected by the client - broad-based and specific knowledge
Make a difference in local government
Become a chief internal auditor

Join this one opportunity.  A portfolio of evidence needs to be submitted, which will be based on work performed in the work place.

Next Step Academy (NSA) provides a 60% bursary for this program, with free mentoring and assistance to embed the knowledge gained into your auditing career.



Designed to ensure delegates are able to learn and apply acquired skills and earn credits towards the full certificate qualification.

LEARNING PROGRAMME 1: Strategic Management, Budgeting, Performance / Internal audit's role

  • Revenue management
  • Budgeting and mSCOA
  • Financial analysis
  • Strategic planning
  • Cash flow management
  • Performance management

LEARNING PROGRAMME 2: Municipal Accounting and Risk Management / Internal audit's role

  • Investment management
  • Risk management
  • Asset management


LEARNING PROGRAMME 3: Governance and Legislation / Internal audit's role

  • Intergovernmental relations
  • Governance and ethics
  • Stakeholder participation

LEARNING PROGRAMME 4: Cost and Capital Planning / Internal audit's role

  • Operational costing techniques
  • Capital budgeting and financing

LEARNING PROGRAMME 5: Municipal IT Support and Project Management / Internal audit's role

  • Information technology

LEARNING PROGRAMME 6: Supply Chain Management / Internal audit's role

  • Supply chain management 
  • Bid committees
  • Demand management
  • Acquisition management

Mentorship benefits - Free

Each participant will get 10 hours during the program to engage with experts in the field.

Engagements can include:

  • Career planning
  • Risk based audit planning
  • Engagement management
  • Reporting and root cause analysis
  • Quick wins during audits
  • GRAP and IFRS advice and financial analysis
  • ICT auditing

Additional value:

  • Videos, recordings, POE assist
  • Access to all the financial data, risk assessments, strategic plans, LED development plans of municipalities
  • Access to our research database and auditing templates
  • Participation in our QAR assessments
  • Access to our database on GRAP standards and IFRS
  • Access to combined assurance reports

Shaping the future - Free

10 "Shaping the future" sessions - one hour specialist sessions:

  1. Municipal manager of a top ten municipalities - The role of risk management in a muni
  2. Constitutional law and POPI expert - Dr Dirk Brand - The future of district municipalities
  3. Effective performance management- Prof Erwin Schwella - The balancing act - effective service delivery
  4. Issues raised by the A-G - CFO of top ten muni - Key risk areas and GRAP compliance
  5. Digitalization in local government - Thembelani Mpangha - The new risk universe
  6. District municipality manager - Value of shared services
  7. Auditor-general - Reliance on the work of the internal auditor 
  8. Value creation - Ex municipal manager Dr Louis Scheepers - Seven areas for Internal Audit to add value
  9. Fraud and corruption - Forensic Expert Werner Wiehart  - The role of forensic auditing 
  10. Emotional intelligence + internal auditor - Psychologist Lyzette Schwella -building trust with your clients 

Free attendance to our annual internal audit conference

August 2021

Leading speakers on ICT auditing, cyber security, data mining and remote auditing


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Accreditation number: LGRS-844-111025

Registration and enquiriesClient Information Centre

Tel: +27 72 623 8555 or 083 999 7955

Email: or


Payment options

Option 1: 

Upfront payment = R21 300

Option 2:

Deposit = R5 300, 11 equal payments = R1 455.  No interest.

Option 3:

No deposit, 12 equal payments of R2000.  Interest  = 12.7% 


Facilitators -

Deon van der Westhuizen

(CAE retired, CA(SA), CIA, International speaker, Governance and Combined Assurance expert, GRAP specialist)

Thembelani Maphanga

(ICT and Audit Committee member, Consultant with government)

Prof Erwin Scwhella

(Political commentator, Governance and Ethics expert)


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Dr Louis Scheepers

(Municipal Manager retired, Governance and Municipal Legislation expert.

Dr Dirk Brand

(Constitutional Law specialist, POPIA expert)

Dr Jacques Stofberg

(Municipal Financial Management Expert, GRAP expert)


I have known Deon for the last 9 years - he has a thorough knowledge of local government and financial sustainability.  He has an active interest in financial analysis, governance, risk and control issues. His knowledge is frequently used by Councilors, Ministers of Finance, MM and CFO forums.  He is an international presenter on issues of combined assurance, the three lines model and GRAP accounting

Joggie Scholtz

Municipal Manager - Swartland Municipality

Dirk Brand -  expert facilitator of the GIZ-funded project on Good Financial Governance in Key Sectors in 2017. This 4 month capacity building project in public financial management included key aspects of good financial governance such as budgeting, costing of services, effective revenue management, risk management.

Prof. Dr. Fieguth

Hochschule Kehl

Deon van der Westhuizen has been appointed at the University of Stellenbosch: School for Public Leadership (SPL) since September 2010. As Chartered Accountant (SA) and CIA providing services to various governmental institutions, his skills were used in several areas applicable to the public sector. His experience in both Public Financial Management and local government led to his inclusion on many projects within the SPL, as well as research projects.

Prof Erwin Schwella

Stellenbosch University

Jacques is regarded as an expert in the field of internal audit and risk management, and during several engagements with National Treasury acquitted him on both professional and technical levels.

Francisco Nassaux

AECOM International Development Europe

Deon is a seasoned practitioner with a strong combination of theoretical knowledge and practical application and a working knowledge of the legislative framework governing local government.

Anton Groenewald

Municipal Manager: Swellendam Municipality

Thembelani serviced on our ICT committees and is a professional and competent professional in the field of ITC management


Dr Dirk Brand provided excellent and professional project coordination as well as technical and strategic input into the GIZ project.  He has valuable and in-depth practical expertise on public financial management and public policy issues and his professional and personal contribution in this regard, was clearly visible to Provincial Treasury and the participants.


Dr Harry Malila


Course Features

  • Lectures 24
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration Lifetime access
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 0
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self

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