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About the City Manager’s Office

The function and responsibility of the City Manager is cited in the Municipal Systems Act, section 55 as outlined below:

(1) As head of administration the municipal manager of a municipality is, subject to the policy directions of the municipal council, responsible and accountable for:

  • (a) the formation and development of an economical, effective, efficient and accountable administration

    • (i) equipped to carry out the task of implementing the municipality’s integrated development plan in accordance with Chapter 5:
    • (ii) operating in accordance with the municipality’s performance management system in accordance with Chapter 6; and
    • (iii) responsive to the needs of the local community to participate in the affairs of the municipality;
    • (b) the management of the municipality’s administration in accordance with this Act and other legislation applicable to the municipality:

    • (c) the implementation of the municipality’s integrated development plan, and the monitoring of progress with implementation of the plan:

    • (d) the management of the provision of services to the local community in a sustainable and equitable manner;

    • (e) the appointment of staff other than those referred to in section 56(cz), subject to the Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No. 55 of 1998);

    • (f) the management, effective utilisation and training of staff

    • (g) the maintenance of discipline of staff

    • (h) the promotion of sound labour relations and compliance by the municipality with applicable labour legislation;

    • (i) advising the political structures and political office bearers of the municipality

    • (j) managing communications between the municipality’s administration and its political structures and political office bearers:

    • (k) carrying out the decisions of the political structures and political office bearers of the municipality;

    • (l) the administration and implementation of the municipality’s by-laws and other legislation;

    • (m) the exercise of any powers and the performance of any duties delegated by the municipal council, or sub-delegated by other delegating authorities of the municipality, to the municipal manager in terms of section 59:

    • (n) facilitating participation by the local community in the affairs of the municipality;

    • (o) developing and maintaining a system whereby community satisfaction with municipal services is assessed;

    • (p) the implementation of national and provincial legislation applicable to the municipality; and

    • (q) the performance of any other function that may be assigned by the municipal council.

    • (2) As accounting officer of the municipality the municipal manager is responsible and accountable for—

      • (a) all income and expenditure of the municipality;
      • (b) all assets and the discharge of all liabilities of the municipality; and
      • (c) proper and diligent compliance with applicable municipal finance management legislation.

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