The Speaker is regarded as the Chairperson of Council in all scheduled sittings; he guides all proceedings and serves as the custodian of legislative requirements. Legislative imperatives: Sections 79 and 80 of the Municipal Structures Act Imperatives.
The Office of the Speaker is more critical in ensuring and or the establishment and functionality of all Ward Committees. All training and resources required for their production need to be coordinated by the office. They are to assist ward councillors at the ward level and to carry out their respective political mandates. They are to assist in basic delivery challenges encountered by communities in their various wards. The office of the Speaker has to coordinate training for Ward Councillors and their Ward Committee members.
The Speaker heads a committee that handles all petitions by the community. Petitions are received by the Municipality and may be directed to the IDP Office, the Municipal Manager or office of the Speaker. The petition is a written request, representation, submission or complaint lodged by a community member (or members) with the Municipality/ or Council in respect of an issue that the petitioner would like the municipality to address as service delivery is municipal mandate.
The Speaker’s Office needs to ensure that they drive consultative processes in all 31 wards or 109 villages within Moses Kotane Local Municipality. It may be of any engagement as long as it engages the community’s. Legislation, requires all Ward Councillors to hold at least one public meeting per ward per quarter but the Office of the Speaker’s through its Public Participation Processes encourages Councillors to hold monthly meetings not to lose touch and address all community challenges, as they are the ears and eyes of the Municipality at local level.
Office of the Speaker functions
- Effective Management of Council and its functionaries and the implementation of the code of conduct
- Interface with Traditional Leadership
- Support to Councilors
- Establishment and functioning of Ward Committees
- Facilitating Public Participation in Legislative matters
- To promote active involvement of communities in council activities