Cllr Tebogo Africa
The Executive Mayor is the political head of the institution and chairs the Mayoral Committee. He is head of the Mayoral Committee. His function and powers are outlined in Chapter 3 of the Local Government Municipal Structures Act of 1998.
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.
The Executive Mayor in performing the duties of office, must:
(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:
The Executive Mayor must perform a ceremonial role as the municipal council may determine, report to the municipal council on all decisions taken by the Executive Mayor. The Deputy Executive Mayor of a municipality exercises the powers and performs the duties of the executive mayor if the executive mayor is absent or not available or if the office of the executive mayor is vacant.
Election of Executive Mayors
If a municipal council chooses to have an executive mayor it must elect an executive mayor and. if the MEC for local government in the province so approves, also an executive deputy mayor from among its members at a meeting that must be held within 14 days of the councils election; or if it is a district council, within 14 days after the last of the local councils has appointed its representatives to the district council, A vacancy in the office of executive mayor or executive deputy mayor must be filled when necessary. The procedure set out in Schedule 3 applies to the election of an executive mayor and executive deputy mayor.
Term of office of Executive Mayors
The Executive Mayor and a Deputy Executive Mayor must be elected for a term ending, subject to section 58, when the next council is declared elected; and may not serve as executive mayor or deputy executive mayor for more than two consecutive terms. When a person is elected to fill a vacancy in the office of executive mayor or deputy executive mayor. the period between that election and the next election of an executive mayor or deputy executive mayor is regarded as a term. The Executive Mayor whose two consecutive terms have expired. may not immediately after the expiry be elected as deputy executive mayor.