How is the municipality structured?
The Constitution of 1996 requires that a municipality "must structure and manage its administration and budgeting and planning processes to give priority to the basic needs of the community and to promote the social and economic development of the community".
The boundaries of the newly established municipality now include a large area characterised by very different features. Five former municipalities - that of Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor, Montagu and Robertson - have merged into one and are now known as the Langeberg Municipality.
The Langeberg Municipality is in the Cape Winelands District of the Western Province.
The Langeberg Municipal Council is the ultimate political decision-making body of the municipality. Ward councillors are the major link between the municipal government and the residents. The Executive Mayor of the Langeberg takes overall strategic and political responsibility for the city, while the Municipal Manager heads the city's administration. The heads of departments and officials are responsible for physically implementing policy.
So who does all the work?
Following the local government elections that took place on the 3rd of August 2016, the Langeberg Municipality has been structured with the embodiment of a Council as follows:
The Municipality is led by an Executive Mayor, ALD SW van Eeden. The Mayor takes overall strategic and political responsibility for the area. There are 23 councillors with 12 being ward councillors and 11 being proportional representation councillors. The Democratic Alliance has a majority with 12 councillors. The ANC has 6 seats. Another 5 parties also have elected representatives on the council (one PDM member, one Cope member, one LIP member, one EFF member and one ICOSA member).
The Acting Municipal Manager, Mr A Everson, heads the Langeberg administrative division and provides the link between the political and administrative arms of town government. The administration has just over 600 employees divided into the Executive Mayoral Office, the Municipal Manager's Office and five directorates - Financial Services, Infrastructure Engineering Development, Corporate Services, Community Services and Strategy and Social Development.
“From one of the best, to the best.”
… to progress and grow from being one of the best municipalities, to be the best municipality.
By providing cost effective quality services to the Citizens, exercising good leadership, ensuring accountable governance and maintaining sound financial management.
in order of priority
- Housing: Effective approach to human settlement and improved living conditions of all households
- Basic Service Delivery: Maintain the infrastructure to provide basic services to all citizens
- Local Economic Development: Create an enabling environment for economic growth and decent employment
- An Efficient, effective, responsive and accountable administration
- Sound financial management: adherence to all laws and regulations applicable to Local Government
- Effective stakeholder engagements: to promote civic education
What is an Integrated Development Plan?
The Municipal Systems Act defines an IDP as "a single, inclusive and strategic plan for the development of the municipality". This document is a tool that will enable the municipality to achieve its constitutional objectives. These are:* To provide democratic and accountable government for local authorities.
- To ensure the provision of services to communities in a sustainable manner.
- To promote social and economic development.
- To promote a safe and healthy environment.
- To encourage community participation in local government matters.The IDP is seen as a management tool for the administration as well as a tool for the development of partnerships and strategic alliances on different levels.