The Municipal Council of Madibeng Local Municipality is obliged to appoint a person as Municipal Manager.
The Municipal Manager is by law the head of the administration and also the Municipality‘s Accounting Officer. A Municipal Manager must possess the necessary skills to perform the functions of the office.
The Role of a Municipal Manager is primarily threefold in nature, namely
The Municipal Manager also has some other less prominent roles, e.g. in relation to access to information, elections etc.
The Municipal Manager must ensure that the administration of the affairs of the municipality are governed by the democratic values and principles enshrined in the Constitution, namely:
(a) A high standard of professional ethics must be promoted and maintained;
(b) Efficient, economic and effective use of resources must be promoted;
(c) Public administration must be development-oriented;
(d) Services must be provided impartially, fairly, equitably and without bias;
(e) People‘s needs must be responded to, and the public must be encouraged to participate in policy-making;
(f) Public administration must be accountable.
(g) Transparency must be fostered by providing the public with timely, accessible and accurate information.
(h) Good human-resource management and career-development practices, to maximise human potential, must be cultivated.
(i) Public administration must be broadly representative of the South African people, with employment and personnel management practices based on ability, objectivity, fairness, and the need to redress the imbalances of the past to achieve broad representation.
The area of responsibility of the Municipal Manager is geographically limited to the geographical area of the municipality. Due to the municipality‘s involvement in co-operative governance the influence of the Municipal Manager is wider, e.g. the activities of structures to liaise with province, Salga, institutes etc.
The Municipal Manager also has extensive statutory and delegated powers and duties as well as powers and duties that are ancillary to such delegated powers and duties.
The Municipal Manager‘s powers and functions are categorised hereunder according to the identified roles. These powers are subject to the policy directions of the Municipal council and monitored by the Executive Mayor.
The Municipal Manager has a number of procedural duties to perform regarding the Constitution of the Municipal Council, namely –