Madibeng Local Municipality is a category ‗B‘ municipality with a Mayoral Executive system as contemplated in sections 7 en 9 of the Structures Act.
The Mayoral Executive system allows for the exercise of executive authority through an Executive Mayor in whom the executive leadership of the municipality is vested and who is assisted by a Mayoral committee.
The Executive Mayor is not only the political leader of the Municipality but also the
The Executive Mayor‘s area of responsibility from a geographical perspective is not limited to the geographical area of the municipality. Due to the municipality‘s involvement in co-operative governance the Executive Mayor‘s influence is much wider, e.g. the Premier‘s Co-ordinating Forum82, District Forum83, Salga, Mayoral Forum, etc.
As regards the functional area the Executive Mayor possesses all the powers conferred by law on the office, as well as those powers that have been delegated to him/her, or can be implied, or derive from civic culture or tradition.
In this capacity the Executive Mayor performs important functions, including
The Executive Mayor is the political leader of Madibeng Municipality.
Political leadership is the key to better local government. Political leadership is a complex process by which persons in power influence their followers, civil society and wider public to accomplish societal goals.
In local government the political leaders, under the leadership of the Executive Mayor, are necessary for initiating as well as for hastening the process of change in the community it serves. To this end the Executive Mayor must lead and introduce this process of change by applying leadership attributes.
The Executive Mayor must understand the hopes, aspirations and needs of the people and identify the goals of the society. He/she must formulate a vision of the municipality‘s future and acquire or develop the capacity to mobilise resources to achieve the common societal goal.
As the political leader the Executive Mayor is expected to have certain attributes in order to be effective as leader
Leadership skills are of limited use without concomitant powers. It is for that reason that the Municipal Council has delegated appropriate powers to the Executive Mayor. The Structures Act and MFMA also confer important powers on the Executive Mayor.
The Executive Mayor‘s must also promote and protect the constitutional status, institutions, powers and functions of the municipality; as well as the principles of co-operative governance and intergovernmental relations.
The Executive Mayor is the chief adviser of the Municipal Council.
The Executive Mayor must provide leadership and guidance to council including
The advisory function of the Executive Mayor is also evident from the statutory and delegated powers and duties conferred on the office – see infra and more particular two specific provisions in the Structures Act, namely