Plenary executives for smaller councils?
Oudtshoorn. 15 March 2013. 00h01. Western Cape local government MEC Anton Bredell is considering scrapping mayoral committees at smaller municipalities, it was reported on Thursday.
Bredell told the Cape Argus that smaller municipalities such as Swellendam, Kannaland, Prince Albert, Matzikama and Berg River, were spending a “huge chunk” of their annual budgets on councillors’ remuneration.
“I don’t have the numbers, but it has simply become too expensive. In some of these municipalities, 80% of the councillors serve on the mayoral committee, and all of them have to be paid extra.”
I simply have no idea what Bredell is talking about!
s60 of the Local Government Municipal Structures Act clearly limits the Mayco to 20% of councillors, or ten councillors, whichever is the least.
More members may only be appointed with Bredell’s permission.
Either Bredell does not know the legislation governing local government, or he does not know what is happening in Western Cape municipalities.
Bredell planned to make a proposal to the provincial cabinet for these committees to be replaced with a plenary executive system.
A plenary executive system limits the exercise of of executive authority to the municipal council itself.
Such council has no Speaker and is chaired by the Mayor.
This news broke as I was leaving a meeting with ANC functionaries who have been pleading for a plenary executive system for months.
These ANC members realise the dire political and administrative situation in Oudtshoorn. And they want rid of Gordon April, the influence of Jeffrey Donson, and the dead wood in the Mayco – without handing power to the DA.
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The timing of this inspired Bredell idea is quite interesting. Bredell is having this a-ha moment some months after the DA’s provincial congress, because to have had such lucidity before congress would not have endeared Mayco councillors about to lose a significant portion of their incomes.
What Bredell proposes boils down to a grade 2 speaker busted from R483,568 to R181,338 per annum – a 62.5% cut in salary!
This plan will reduce a grade 2 Mayco member from R453,345 to R181N338 per annum – a 60% cut in salary.
This will not go down well.
How will someone react who entered into a 60 month lease on a car on the basis of earning R453,345 per annum and committed his 25% of salary travel allowance or R113,336.25 to payments and now finds himself with only R68,001.75 per annum after car payments.
That is just R5,666.81 per month before tax…
Bitou is one of the most cash strapped municipalities and, by the DA’s own reckoning, technically bankrupt. Yet Bredell approves the appointment of 3 staff members in the Deputy Mayor’s office at a cost tot council of around R600,000 per annum.
Bredell should go. And if he does not go he should be fired. And if he isn’t fired the person not firing him should be fired.
Politicians. Ye gods and faeries.
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