The Municipal Manager is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a strategic management system for the municipality as a whole to ensure the achievement of the municipality’s strategic objectives and its development.
The Municipal Manager is responsible and accountable for the formation and development of an economical, efficient and accountable administration as head of the administration, to ensure that objectives of sound governance principles are achieved
The Municipal Manager has the responsibility to oversee the implementation and maintenance of the municipality’s IDP and to ensure the proper execution of the IDP; Strategic management to ensure effective and efficient provision of services as per our vision statement.
As the Accounting Officer the Municipal Manager is also responsible for various financial management duties as prescribed in the Municipal Finance Management Act
Municipal manager’s accountability
Section 51(i) contains a paramount principle that should determine the municipality’s course in moulding the role of its municipal manager. It states that the municipality must organise its administration in a manner that enables it to hold the municipal manager accountable for the overall performance of the municipality. This has two consequences:
- The council must have the tools to hold the municipal manager accountable, i.e. to demand explanation and to review his or her performance.
- The municipal manager must have the tools to answer to that accountability: the administration must be managed so that the municipal manager can account for the performance of the entire administration.
Section 51 further states that the municipality must hold the municipal manager accountable for the overall performance of the administration (s 51(i)). When the Systems Act says that the municipality holds the municipal manager accountable, the onus is firstly on the council to hold the municipal manager accountable. Section 55(1) makes the municipal manager’s responsibility subject to the policy directions of the council: the municipal manager is not responsible for the policy, but for its implementation.
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
The Municipal Manager of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality is bound by the requirements of section 55 of the Municipal Systems Act that stipulates the responsibilities of the Head of the Institution
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