The Institute is a common law association with a constitution serving as its founding document. Periodically, the members in general meeting elects a national executive committee as well as office-bearers. 

Its day-to-day operations are managed by a Chief Executive Officer, supported by a secretariat. The Institute is funded from membership fees and occasional surpluses from member events hosted.

Past Presidents

  • Mr Thomas Lindelo Mkaza (Founding President)
  • Mr Mojalefa “JJ” Matlole
  • Mr Dave Wilken
  • The Late Mr Musa Soni
  • Mr BB Biyela
  • Ms Thoko Mashiane
  • Mr Kenny Leluma
  • Mr George Seitisho
  • Ms Dudu Maseko
  • Mr Khayo Mpungose
  • Mr Luzuko Mdunyelwa
  • Mr Mxolisi Nkosi
  • Mr Monde Stratu (Immediate Past President)


The Secretariat supports the general administrative and statutory needs of the institute -

  • National Office
  • Executive Officer
  • Accounting and Treasury
  • Conferences and Committees
  • Communication
  • Membership Records

The secretariat is provided by VdW&Co, an association management company based in Sandton.


The Constitution of the Institute allows for branch networks in all nine provinces of the Republic of South Africa. Each Branch Network is headed up by a chairperson and a local committee.

Local Branches provide opportunities for members to meet and to associate with each other as may be required from time to time.

Branch Chair: Dr Mpilo Ngubane
Branch Representative: Ms Zanele Mngadi

Branch Chair: Ms Dudu G Maseko
Branch Representative: Ms Mankoe B Makupu

Eastern Cape
Secretary: Mr Tobela Nota

Western Cape
Branch Chair: Mr Johan Jacobs
Branch Representative: Mr G W Louw

Free State
Branch Convener: Mr Mphahlela Selby Lengoabala

Branch Convener: Dr Derrick Ndlovu

Northern Cape
Branch Convener: Mr Thembilizwe A Loko

Branch Convener: Ms Feziwe Nogilana


The Institute for Local Government Management of South Africa (iLGM) was formally established on 19 January 1997. The iLGM was born out of the erstwhile Institute of Town Clerks of Southern Africa (ITC) and the more recent Institute for Municipal Management (IMM). This was after protracted negotiations between the National Executive Council of the latter body and the National Working Committee representing the interests of the then emerging managers in local government. Other key players in local government also took part in the negotiations, thereby making the process inclusive and extremely consultative.

The negotiations led to an agreement which culminated in the formation of the all inclusive professional body, the iLGM. From the onset the principles of accessibility, democracy, transformation, professionalism and representivity guided the negotiation process. These principles were later enshrined in the constitution of iLGM.


The iLGM aims to be the centre of excellence of local government management in South Africa and Africa.


To promote excellence in local government management through the development and capitation of managers in the sector and through lobbying of stakeholders and advocacy.


Developing and sustaining excellence in local government management

Strategic Objectives

The Institute developed a Five Year (2005 – 2010) Strategic Plan with four (4) Strategic Objectives, namely:

  • Develop organisational and institutional capacity of the iLGM;
  • Build the institute as a knowledge resource and development practitioner in local government;
  • Promote capacity building initiatives aimed at enhancing local government management; and
  • Enhance the profile of the organisation amongst its stakeholders through effective communication.

Benefits to Members

The Institute offers the following BENEFITS to its members:

  • Belongingness
  • Personal growth and development
  • Networking with colleagues and other stakeholders
  • Interactive website with links to other associations such as ICMA, SOLACE, LGMA, SALGA, SOLGM and others
  • Opportunity to contribute to transformation of local government
  • Enhanced service delivery
  • Training and Development
  • International Manager Exchange Programmes, Fellowship Programmes and others
  • Municipal Manager’s Post Graduate Diploma, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
  • Access to information

iLGM Constitution

  • Please click here for the iLGM Constitution

iLGM Programmes

The Institute offers benefits to Private Sector companies who participate in its Corporate Partnership Programme.

The institute runs a variety of programmes aimed at achieving its strategic objectives. These programmes range from Workshops, Seminars and Conferences to International Manager Exchange Programs. Some of the programs are run in collaboration and co-operation with companies from the Private Sector as well as with the national Department of Provincial and Local Government. 

Membership Requirements

In line with its established principles of accessibility and representivity,  the Institute has a number of membership categories to attract members from a broad base while maintaining focus on its core business. Set out below are various categories of membership and requirements applicable to each category.

Full Member
To become a full member, it is required that the applicant must occupy a managerial position in a municipality, municipal entity, provincial department of local government or national Department of Provincial and Local Government and possess a three year post-matric qualification. A full member has full voting rights and can be voted into office.

Any person who is registered for a suitable course at a recognised educational institution. Such a course should be relevant for a managerial or administrative career in local government. The student member has no voting rights but can use the Institute’s facilities and benefit from its training programmes available from time of time.

This membership category is for full members who have rendered exceptional service to the Institute or local governance in general.

Honorary membership is conferred to any person who has rendered exceptional service to the Institute.

Special Category
This membership caters for persons who are not employed in local government, but comply with the requirements of the institute. It also caters for members of professional institutes or organisations outside South Africa, which promote similar objectives to those of the Institute.

The applicable membership fee for all categories is determined by the Institute from time to time.

Structures of iLGM

National Executive Committee (NEC)
The NEC comprises of the President, the Vice-President, the Immediate Past President and representatives from all the nine provinces. The NEC is responsible for the formulation of the Institute’s policy and its general management.

Presidential Co-ordinating Committee (PCC)
The PCC is made up of the President, Vice President and Immediate Past President. The PCC deals with the day-to-day management of the affairs of the institute.

Provincial Executive Committees (PECs)
The Institute has active branches in all nine provinces. It is at this level where members are encouraged to participate actively, either in the development of policy for the Institute and/or for the purpose of directly dealing with issues affecting local government.