The Executive Mayor is the first citizen of the Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality and has the overall political responsibility for the local municipality. The Executive Mayor represents the face of the Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality and is responsible for managing all its affairs. This is a mammoth task in a municipality with 187 629 citizens.
Therefore a Mayoral Committee was set up to assist the Executive Mayor.
Acting as a local cabinet, the Mayoral Committee is made up of 5 members, including the Executive Mayor, who is also its chairperson.
The Executive Mayor and the Mayoral Committee have a political responsibility for sound governance and effective service delivery. They are further responsible for promotion of economic growth and development, management of the municipality’s physical development and promotion of the well-being of the community at large.
Functions and Powers of Executive Mayors
An executive mayor is entitled to receive reports from committees of the municipal council and to forward these reports together with a recommendation to the council when the matter cannot be disposed of by the executive mayor in terms of the executive mayors delegated powers.
identify the needs of the municipality:
review and evaluate those needs in order of priority:
recommend to the municipal council strategies, programmed and services to address priority needs through the integrated development plan, and the estimates of revenue and expenditure. taking into account any applicable national and provincial development plans: and
recommend or determine the best way. including. partnership and other approaches. to deliver those strategies: programmes and services to the maximum benefit of the community.
The Executive Mayor in performing the duties of office, must:
identify and develop criteria in terms of which progress in the implementation of the strategies. programmes and services referred to in subsection (2)(c) can be evaluated. including key performance indicators which are specific to the municipality and common to local government in general:
evaluate progress against the key performance indicators;
review the performance of the municipality in order to improve:
(i) the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the municipality;
(ii) the efficiency of credit control and revenue and debt collection services: and
(iii) the implementation of the municipality’s by-laws:
monitor the management of the municipality’s administration in accordance with the directions of the municipal council:
oversee the provision of services to communities in the municipality in a sustainable manner;
perform such duties and exercise such powers as the council may delegate to the executive mayor in terms of section
annually report on the involvement of communities and community organisations in the affairs of the municipality: and
ensure that regard is given to public views and report on the effect of consultation on the decisions of the council.
The Executive Mayor must perform a ceremonial role as the municipal council may determine, report to the municipal council on all decisions taken.