Legal Services

Legal Services Overview


Legal services is for strategic reasons located within the office of the Municipal Manager.

The duties and responsibilities of Legal Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide accurate, comprehensive, effective, timeous and professional legal advice and services to the District Municipality as well as to provide input during meetings of Council and the Mayoral Committee;
  • Provide legal direction and support to the administration and the political leadership to ensure that decision-making in the District Municipality is legally compliant;
  • Provide legal advice in the formulation of by-laws, policies and procedures to ensure that the municipality complies with all relevant legislation as well as its Constitutional mandate;
  • Manage the legal risk function within the organization;
  • Provide legal and administrative support in respect of all property matters;
  • Co-operate with other spheres of government in developing sound working relations and minimise areas of dispute or potential dispute in the legal context.
  • Ensure legal compliance to ensure that the District Municipality operates within legislative parameters and regulations.
  • Assist with the drafting of Council by-laws, policies and procedures within the relevant legal framework through the policy direction of Council;
  • Contract management (draft, peruse, review or amend SLA’s, agreements, declarations, resolutions, other legal documents etc.);
  • Giving effect to the constitutional right to access to information as required by the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No 2 of 2000)
  • Giving effect to the constitutional right to the protection of personal information as required by the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (Act No 4 of 2013)
  • Manage the flow of legal communication, advice, opinions, contracts and other legal documentation form and to the District Municipality;
  • Undertake research in order to compile and submit legal opinions and advice to the District Municipality as a whole;
  • Monitor ongoing litigation by and against the District Municipality and co-ordinating interaction between the Departments and external legal practitioners engaged by the District Municipality;
  • Updating the Rules of Order of the District Municipality as well as the System of Delegations;
  • Keep abreast with the latest legislation and legislative changes, court rulings, circulars and legal articles and commenting thereon;
  • Enhance organisational efficiency by establishing a corporate governance compliant environment that enables the municipality to achieve its objectives.

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