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Council

Municipal decisions are taken in the council, and officials and staff are employed by the municipality to implement those decisions.

It has the authority to pass by-laws, approve budgets and development plans, impose rates and other taxes, charge service fees for the use of municipal services like water and electricity, impose fines for anyone who breaks municipal by-laws or regulations, and borrow money to sustain its projects and activities.



Committees

Various committees are run by the council representatives: the section 79 portfolio committees have an oversight role over different departments, and report back to the council.

There are also standing committees that deal only with council matters. Unlike Section 79 committees, standing committees have delegated decision-making powers relating specifically to the legislature and are required to submit reports to the council.

Some of the standing committees are petitions and public participation, municipal public accounts, audit, programming, ethics and rules.

In addition, the City runs about 15 agencies or municipal-owned entities. These agencies provide basic services including electricity, water and sanitation; storm water systems; refuse removal services; fire fighting; health services. Various agencies also oversee land use management; municipal roads and public transport; informal trading, abattoirs and fresh food markets; and parks and recreational areas, libraries and other amenities, including local tourism.

Among these agencies are City Power, Johannesburg Water, Pikitup, Joburg Theatre, Joburg Tourism Company and City Parks, to mention a few.

Johannesburg is divided into seven administrative regions, and each region has an executive director who co-ordinates service delivery and urban management matters. Each region with its unique character and dynamics has an office with convenient access to many City services.



Metro

Nationally, municipalities are represented in the National Council of Provinces by the South African Local Government Association (Salga). Salga also sits as the employer in the South African Local Government Bargaining Council.

There are three types of municipality in South Africa: metropolitan, local and district. Johannesburg is a metropolitan municipality. Half its councillors are elected through a proportional representation ballot, where voters vote for a party. The other half are elected as ward councillors by residents in each ward.

Joburg, a City where community development, personal growth and social mobility are enhanced so that challenges of poverty, vulnerability, inequality and social exclusion are fundamentally addressed.
 


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Last Updated on 06 September 2016