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Community Participation

What is a local Councillor?
A local councillor is a person who provides political leadership in a ward of a municipality. It can be a metropolitan municipality, district municipality or local municipality.

A local councillor can be elected as an independent candidate or represent a political party. They occupy an office for a period of five years in line with the local government elections.

The ward councillor is elected by citizens living in the ward where he/she is standing for elections.

What is the role of a councillor?
A ward councillor is expected to make sure that the concerns raised by people in his/her ward are represented in council.

He/she must also ensure that the ward committee exists and that people in the ward participate in local government.

The councillor must report back regularly through ward meetings and help the community in identifying needs and priority areas of development, which will help the municipality’s planning processes.

Issues you can raise with your councillor:
  • Water supply
  • Illegal electricity connections
  • Housing
  • Refuse collection
  • Faulty traffic lights
  • Dilapidated infrastructure
  • Grass that needs cutting
  • Any other services offered by the municipality.
Complaints against your councillor
When you have a complaint against your councillor, you can approach the chief whip’s office of the political party he or she belongs to. If it is an independent councillor, you can approach or send a petition to the council’s office. 
PARTICIPATION IN MUNICIPAL IDP AND BUDGET PROCESSES
What is a municipal IDP?

An Integrated Development Plan is the grand or master plan for the entire jurisdiction of a municipal area and sets out the desired outcomes and key priorities of that municipal government. It gives an overall framework for the development of that municipality. It pulls together and attempts to present a holistic, aligned picture of the various and multiple sector plans and strategies, including ward based plans.

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Our Areas Of Involvement

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Grassroots Voice

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Living Environments

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Livelihood Initiatives

Strengthened

Grassroots Voice

Responsive

Living Environments

Sustainable

Livelihood Initiatives

Information For the Public

 

Who is my ward Councillor?

Add this number 082 046 8553 and text “Hi” in WhatsApp. Type in “Who is my Ward Councillor”