The Council

The Council approved and implemented the separation of powers between its executive and legislative arms of government. This separation of powers was meant to allow for checks and balances to be created in the process of delivering services to Thaba Chweu community as well as to enable Council to derive the benefits outlined below
Increased achievement of the statutory objective of Section 38 of the Municipal Structures Act which provides that a municipality must:
  • promote a culture of performance management among its political structures, political office bearers and councillors in its administration;
  • and administer its affairs in an economical, effective, efficient and accountable manner.
Strengthened role of Council as a legislature and policy maker, enhanced oversight role and
Improved community participation in local government affairs;
Improved and meaningful debate on matters that affect the municipality and are reserved for consideration by the Council;
Strong independent oversight for the effective achievement of the municipal mandate
Clear accountability levels, representation and participation through:
  • Clear delineation of powers and functions among the legislature and executive arms,
  • Executive accountability for service delivery and development,
  • Independent and representative oversight by the legislature.
The separation of powers in Thaba Chweu is implemented by means of a governance framework defining appropriate roles, responsibilities and accountabilities, for political structures and political office bearers as well as for the Municipal Manager and the Municipal Administration.

The different roles and responsibilities in the governance framework are summarised below:


Council must strive to achieve the objectives of local government as depicted in section 152 of the constitution. Council is responsible for the approval of municipal by-laws, the IDP, budget and tariffs. Further, Council, through its various committees, monitors and scrutinizes delivery and outputs as carried out by the Executive. In relation to public participation, Council is tasked with the responsibility of facilitating stakeholder and community participation in the affairs of the municipality through the ward committee system.

Ward councillors play a central role in the communication process between the communities they represent and the municipality, reporting back regularly through ward meetings and assisting the community in identifying needs and priority areas for development which feed into the municipality's planning processes.

Thaba Chweu is made up of 14 wards with 21 councillors, consisting of the 14 directly elected ward councillors and 7 proportional representatives elected through political party lists. Each of the ward councillors chairs a ward committee as part of the Ward Participatory System that brings participation to community levels.


The Executive

The role of the executive is to execute Council’s mandate by implementing by-laws, policies, strategies and Council’s decisions as well as ensuring that the municipality operates effectively. The mayor is responsible for exercising the powers, functions and responsibilities delegated by the Council in conjunction with the Mayoral Committee.

The Executive Mayor is at the centre of the system of governance since executive powers are vested in him by the Council to manage the daily affairs of the Municipality. This means that s/he has overarching strategic and political responsibility. The legislative arm of Council has oversight over the business of the executive. The Executive Mayor has the responsibility of appointing a Leader of Government Business and to sub-delegate powers and responsibilities to the MMCs who are responsible for monitoring and evaluating the performance of the heads of departments for which they are responsible. Over and above these responsibilities the Executive Mayor also establishes Mayoral Committee Clusters.


Thaba Chweu Local Municipality, is a municipality of South Africa, located in the Ehlanzeni District Municipality, Mpumalanga.
Thaba Chweu Local Municipality


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