The Mayor for Mbhashe Local Municipality
The roles and functions of the Mayor
The Municipal Structures Act requires the mayor to preside at meetings of the executive committee, performs the duties including any ceremonial functions, and exercises the powers delegated to him or her by the Municipal Council or the Executive Committee.
While mayors and city managers often develop and propose policies, their basic responsibility is to carry out the council’s directives and to implement the policies adopted by the council. Commissioners serve both legislative and executive roles. The relationship of the executive to the legislative body varies by form of local government: mayor-council, council-mayor, or commission.
Mayors, county executives, city managers, and staff do not make policy decisions. However, they have strong influence on the policymaking process and its resultant decisions. For example, they propose budgets, oversee staff-led studies and analyses related to proposed policies, and make policy recommendations to councils. Through their ongoing contacts with key interest groups, elected and appointed chief administrative officers and department heads influence (and are influenced by) other participants in the policy development process.
Mbhashe Municipality is committed to co-ordinate all resources of Government, Businesses, Civil Society and Community towards the development of the local economy.
The Speaker for Mbhashe Local Municipality
The roles and functions of the Speaker
The speaker of a municipal council has function to:
(a) presides at meetings of the council;
(b) performs the duties and exercises the powers delegated to the speaker in terms of section 59 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act 32 of 2000)
(c) must ensure that the council meets at least quarterly;
(d) must maintain order during meetings;
(e) must ensure compliance in the council and council committees with the Code of Conduct set out in Schedule 1 to the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act 32 of 2000);
(f) must ensure that council meetings are conducted in accordance with the rules and orders of the council.
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The Chief Whip for Mbhashe Local Municipality
The roles and functions of the Chief Whip
The following functions are delegated by Council to the Whip of Council, in terms of national conventions on the duties and functions of the Whippery. The Whip of Council is required to:
(i) ensure the effective and efficient functioning of the Whips Committee and the Whippery system;
(ii) assist with the smooth running of Council meetings by:
(aa) determining, prior to Council meetings, items on the agenda which political parties may wish to discuss and advising the Speaker accordingly;
(bb) ensuring that all political parties have nominated councillors to represent their parties and lead discussion on those areas identified by the party, and forwarding such names to the Speaker at least 12 hours before the time set for the Council meeting to commence;
(cc) allocating speaking times for each of the political parties, in line with the principles of democracy;
(dd) ensuring that Councillors adhere to the speaking times allocated to their political parties; and
(ee) assisting the Speaker to maintain order in Council by requiring Councillors to adhere to the Rules of Council regarding general conduct in meetings;
(iii) ensure the allocation of Councillors to standing committees in accordance with the representation of parties in Council;
(iv) ensure that Councillors observe the Code of Conduct for Councillors in any meetings, workshops or seminars approved by the Speaker; and
(v) ensure that Councillors are familiar with the Code of Conduct for Councillors and to facilitate training as and when there is such a need