About the Office of the Speaker
The Speaker’s Office is the custodian of Public Participation. Public
participation should be approached and executed in a manner that is not
cosmetic, but rather premised on the notion that the people themselves
are best qualified to express their needs and subsequently oversee the
addressing thereof, utilizing the rates and taxes they are obliged to
pay. This really means that the Office of the Speaker is very important
to all programmes of the municipality. Stakeholder management is at the
centre of the effective municipality and that is done through the
Speaker’s Office. One of the Key stakeholders is the Ward Committees who
a legislative structure. They are managed through the Speaker’s Office.
Up to now the Ward Committees have been established in all wards
although there are still challenges with Ward 6.
The Ward Committees
have already receive some training on core municipal processes, which
is an accredited course conducted through the LG Seta. The focus has
been on the four members of each ward committee including the
secretaries. The secretaries have also been works hoped on the key
functions of secretaries. There is still more training earmarked for
ward committees and that will be given in collaboration with COGTA, LG
Seta and Speaker’s Office.
Other functions of the Speaker’s Office
is to ensure the functionality of all Council committees (sect 79)
including the MPAC. The functionality of section 79 committees will help
enhance the effectiveness of Council and improve its efficiency. This
is done by ensuring that the section 79 committees have a schedule of
meetings that they follow and they do sit and have terms of reference.
This committees report to Council directly through the Office of the
Speaker. The Office is also responsible for oversight in the completion
of Council resolutions.
Capacity building programmes for Councillors
is also the responsibility of the Speaker’s Office. Above the induction
training given by SALGA the Speaker’s Office is also pioneering other
training for Councillors to fill in the gaps that might exist in
improving the capacity of all elected representatives.