Today marks the second State of the City Address under the multi-party coalition government. One thing I can assure you, is that a coalition government takes NOTHING for granted. We wake up each day, with the privilege of serving the people of our City, driven by the knowledge that we are NOT protected by a majority in this Council. Whether this government lasts another day, another month or the rest of the term, every day will be used to deliver change to the people of our City. We explore ideas beyond the scripts of our own individual manifestos. We do this because this is what the people of our City wanted; for no single party to believe that they will be able to rule arrogantly over our people. The result of this has been a better government. A cleaner government. A government more connected to its people, more accountable to the legislature. Download the full speech here
THE City’s governance model has two separate functions – the executive and the legislative.
Joburg Growth and Development Strategy 2040: Governance
The legislative function is the political administration. It is made up of the councillors; elected and proportional representatives chosen every five years during the Local Government elections. The council is led by the Council Speaker. It sits for monthly meetings to discuss how best to create a World Class African City of the Future – "a vibrant, equitable African city, strengthened through its diversity; a city that provides real quality of life; a city that provides sustainability for all its citizens; a resilient and adaptive society".
The Speaker is supported by the Chief Whip of Council whose responsibility is to build relationships among the various political parties and ensure a well-oiled governing party.
The council is the body that makes policy and oversees its implementation. Its key role in its current structure is to focus on legislative, participatory and oversight roles.
Council also ensures debate and discussion takes place between the different political parties.
Diepsloot has been described as a developmental township with the government focusing in the area. In the book Diepsloot, it was said that no other place has expierinced development like Diepsloot has. We will bring all latest information on each and every project, government of private businesses taking place in our ever growing township. You are welcome to send us information at Mothakge@diepsloot.com
Housing, Transport, Public safety, Economic Development and Finance, Infrastructure and Services, Community Development 1 (Sports, Culture, and Youth), Community Development 2 (Women, Faith Based Groups, CBO and NGO’s), Environment, Health, Development Planning and Urban Management
Established in terms of the Local Government Act of 1998, ward committees play a critical role in municipal affairs in that they assist democratically elected representatives in all the wards to carry out their mandate. Although ward committees have no legal persona, they have an advisory role and support ward councillors. Their main objective is to enhance the participation of the public in municipal affairs. Under the leadership of ward councillors, they facilitate meaningful participation in council affairs and in the resolution of residents’ problems, over and above other stakeholder engagements.
Cllr Da Gama has encouraged residents to take part in the elections to ensure that their concerns are adequately addressed at relevant council portfolio meetings. He said the City had already started making preparations for the elections.
“We have embarked on an extensive civic education awareness campaign. Residents who have time to serve their community should avail themselves to be elected by their sectors to any portfolio of their interest.” Ward committees are constituted by portfolios such as housing, transport, public safety, finance and economic development, infrastructure and services, community development, community development, health and social development, development planning and urban management.
“The ward committees will work with councillors to ensure that public participation processes represent the full diversity of interest in their respective wards. However, the ward councillor remains at all times fully and solely accountable to council, their political party and the community.”
Ward committees under the leadership of ward councillors facilitate meaningful participation in the affairs of council and resolution of residents’ problems over and above other stakeholder engagements. They advise and make recommendations to ward councillors on matters and policy affecting the ward and assist the ward councillor in increasing the participation of residents in municipal decision-making.
Ward committee meetings are held once a month to discuss issues emanating from the community through the various sector representatives and to obtain feedback from the ward councillor on critical issues and decisions reached at council.
Cllr. Cate Mphahlele
Councillor: Ward 95
Cllr. Abraham Mabuke
Councillor: Ward 113
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