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Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act No. 56 of 2003)

Chapter 7 : Responsibilities of Mayors

52. General responsibilities


The mayor of a municipality

(a) must provide general political guidance over the fiscal and financial affairs of the municipality:
(b) in providing such general political guidance, may monitor and, to the extent provided in this Act, oversee the exercise of responsibilities assigned in terms of this Act to the accounting officer and the chief financial officer, but may not interfere in the exercise of those responsibilities;
(c) must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the municipality performs its constitutional and statutory functions within the limits of the municipality's approved budget;
(d) must, within 30 days of the end of each quarter, submit a report to the council on the implementation of the budget and the financial state of affairs of the municipality; and
(e) must exercise the other powers and perform the other duties assigned to the mayor in terms of this Act or delegated by the council to the mayor.