Council

chainCouncil Meetings are held monthly to discuss various development issues and public submissions. Residents, members of the public and the media are welcome to attend these meetings. During these sessions decisions pertaining to land development, the municipal budget and staff matters, municipal bylaws and all other decisions that affect the future of Oranjemund and its residents are voted on.

Members of the public are not allowed to intervene or speak during these proceedings, but councillors, as representatives of local community constituencies, may request that a particular submission be referred back to the Management Committee for further discussions.

The powers and functions of the Mayors are prescribed in the Local Authorities Act (Act 23, 1992). In terms of the statutory functions of the Mayor of a Municipal Council, the Mayor is responsible for, amongst others to be the principal head and, in consultation with the municipal council to:

  • Initiate and formulate planning and development policies.
  • Initiate and promote the creation of employment
  • Closely monitor the implementation of the policies
  • Be accountable to the inhabitants of the local authority
  • In consultation with the municipal council, investigate and endeavour to solve any issue pertaining to the local authority
  • Be responsible for the promotion and creation of the social well-being of the inhabitants of the local authority

The Mayor remains the first citizen and represents the Town at ceremonial functions. The Mayor is at the centre of the system of governance. The Mayor does not make decisions in a vacuum. Instead, he or she takes collective decision in consultation with Councillors, the Chief Executive Officer, departmental heads, citizens, staff, and other stakeholders in the government and businesses sectors in order to receive input about changes in the operational environment of the Town or potential changes to legislation.

In addition, the Mayor should spread goodwill and attend public appearance events for business openings, school functions, speeches, community functions. The Management Committee is a sub-committee of Council ensuring that the decisions of the Council are carried out. It is composed of five members nominated amongst councilors. The Management Committee is responsible for the final compilation of the budget for approval by Council. The Management Committee controls the expenditure of Council and report at meetings of the Council on the exercise of the powers and the performance of the duties and functions entrusted by Council to them.