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Government relationsRegion: Gauteng
Venue: ProComm House, 108 Bram Fischer Drive, Ferndale, Randburg
Date: 12 September 2017
Time: 8:30 - 16:00
Registration: 08:00 to start promptly at 08:30
CPD Points: 7,5

Engaging with government will always be easier if you know how government is structured and how it operates and functions. Business and government are two sides of the same coin, since a nation will not function if one of these entities is not taking the role seriously and passionately. ‘Government relations’ is more than just wining and dining politicians and public sector officials.

This one-day workshop is targeted at public relations professionals who want to obtain a practical understanding of government relations. With the emerging influence of social media, government and public officials are now frequently using this as a channel and platform to engage with the public and its stakeholders.

In South Africa, the constitutional and legislative framework of government is anchored in public participation. This is typically the case in all spheres of government namely national, provincial and local including Parliament.

Workshop outline:
The workshop is designed to be interactive and to encourage participation. The following areas will be covered:

  • Introduction to government relations and definition of  the terms
  • How government is structured and understanding the way government functions
  • Building a solid network of political principles including technocrats that drive strategic agendas of government
  • Understanding how policy formulations are executed right up to promulgation into an Act of Parliament
  • Defining political risk, mitigating that risk for business purposes
  • Drafting public policy positions, researching policy issues to raise them during engagement with government
  • Hospitality and entertainment

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand government relations
  • Understand how to prioritise the government relations function at a strategic and functional level
  • Develop a workable government relations plan
    • Government engagement framework
    • Protocol management

About our facilitator:
Thabang ChiloaneThabang Chiloane is an experienced communication professional whose work in government has provided him with valuable understanding and insight into its workings. He brings a combination of a BA degree and 20 years experience in public and private communication. Thabang currently fulfills the critical role of managing stakeholder relationships specifically in the public sector space. He was previously head of Group Government Relations at the banking group Absa and prior to that headed up group communications at Sanlam. Between 2006 and 2008 he was in charge of communications for the deputy president of South Africa. Earlier in his career, he headed up communications for the Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Government, the National Department of Housing and the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Transport. He also spent two years at GCIS setting up BuaNews, the Government News Agency. His work in the private sector has completed the proverbial circle. Thabang is highly strategic and motivated with irresistible and contagious optimism. He has a passion for motivating others and seeing them excel in life.

Thabang is well-travelled and open-minded, a people's person who leads through motivation and inspiration of teams to succeed. He is a social and emotionally intelligent leader and uses these skills to reach set objectives. Thabang is a self-starter, a thinker and a relentless inspirer. His experience includes government relations, public affairs and communication, protocol and etiquette training. He is an award winning journalist as well as a published poet and author, master of ceremonies, motivational speaker and speech writer.

CPD Programme Fees 2017:
The PRISA CPD programme adheres to the criteria required by SAQA for a recognised professional body. The programme is put together following the Global Alliance best practice professional development framework. Services Seta SDL no 950721458
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Duration: 1 days
CPD Points: 7,5
*Early bird PRISA Member: R2260.00
Late PRISA member: R2500.00
*Early bird non member: R2750.00
Late non member: R3000.00
PRISA registered student: R1310.00
  • Accommodation NOT included in any of the fees            
  • Fees subject to change

*Early bird: Book and pay before 14 August 2017
Student and member fee rate/s only applicable if PRISA membership fees are paid in full at time of booking.

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ProComm House, 108 Bram Fischer Drive, Ferndale
PO Box 2825, Pinegowrie, 2123, Johannesburg, South Africa