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Role of the Mayor’s Office

A summary of the duties of the Mayor assigned in terms of Section 56 of the Municipal Systems Act, are as follows:

  • Identify the needs of the municipality and recommend to Council strategies, programmes and services to address such needs;
  • Identify and develop criteria for the evaluation of strategies, programmes and services implemented to address needs of the municipality;
  • evaluate progress against key performance indicators;
  • review the performance of the municipality in terms of its:
    – economy, efficiency and effectiveness;
    – Credit control and debt collection efficiency;
  • monitor the management of Administration;
  • oversee the sustainable provision of services to communities;
  • perform duties and exercises powers as delegated by Council;
  • reports annually on the involvement of communities and community organisations in the affairs of the municipality;
  • such reports must be presented at institutional political forum to ensure ownership of the reports by the Executive;
  • gives attention to the public views and report on the effect of consultation on the decisions of council.
  • In addition to the above, the Mayor is assigned financial responsibilities as prescribed under Chapter 7 of the MFMA, which can be summarised as follows:
  • providing general political guidance of the fiscal and financial affairs of the municipality;
    monitoring and overseeing the exercise of financial responsibilities assigned to the Accounting Officer and Chief Financial Officer in terms of the MFMA;
  • taking all reasonable steps to ensure the municipality performs its Constitutional and statutory functions within the limits to the municipality’s approved budget;
  • submitting a report to Council, within 30 days of the end of each quarter, on the implementation of the budget and the financial state of affairs of the municipality;
  • performing any other powers and duties that me be delegated by Council;