Office of the Executive Mayor
Cllr Mpho Samuel Chakane, was first elected as a Councilor in 2015 and later elected as the council speaker in 2016 after the local government elections.
Cllr Chakane is the current Executive Mayor of Moqhaka Local Municipality, he was elected into office in October 2020, taking reigns after the untimely death of his predecessor Cllr Lucky Phooko who passed on, in September 2020.
During his Mayoral acceptance speech, he emphasized the need to fastback the programme of residential sites, infrastructure development, job creation and sustainable provision of basic services to the residents of Moqhaka local Municipality.
The executive work of the council of Moqhaka Local Municipality is co-ordinated by the Executive Mayor, who is elected by the council to provide a strategic direction for the municipality.
The Executive Mayor is assisted by a Mayoral Committee. The Mayoral Committee is responsible for individual portfolios such as community development, housing or finance, and reports directly to the mayor, The Executive Mayor is also assisted by the Supporting staff in his office.
The structure act defines an Executive Mayor as an Executive Mayor elected in terms of section 55 of the act. Only municipalities of the type that have a mayoral executive system may have an executive mayor. A mayoral executive system is a system of municipal government which allows for the exercise of executive authority through an executive mayor in whom the executive Leadership of the municipality is vested and who is assisted by a mayoral committee.
The powers and functions of the Executive Mayor are set out in section 56 of the structures Act. The executive Mayor is the political head of the Municipality and exercises both statutory and ceremonial functions.
These functions are illustrated below. Functions and powers of Executive Mayors
(1) 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 mayor’s delegated powers.
(2) The executive Mayor must-
(a) Identify the needs of municipality
(b) Review and evaluate those needs in order of priority.
(C) Recommend to the municipal council strategies, Programmes 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
(d) 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.
(3) The executive mayor in performing the duties of office must-
(a) 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;
(b) Evaluate progress against the key performance indicators;
(c) 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;
(d) Monitor the management of the municipality’s administration in accordance with the directions of the municipal council.
(e) Oversee the provision of services to communities in the municipality in a sustainable manner.
(f) Perform such duties and exercise such powers as the council may delegate to the executive mayor in terms of section 59 of the local government: Municipal Systems Act; 2000 (Act 32 of 200);
(g) Annually report on the involvement of communities and community organizations in the affairs of municipality; and
(h) Ensure that regard is given to public views and report on the effect of consultation on the decisions of the council.