Gauteng province – a political snapshot

Provincial legislature

  • Each of South Africa’s nine provinces is served by a provincial legislature
  • The provincial legislature elects the province’s premier and 10 members of the executive council (MECs)
  • Provincial legislatures create their own laws, taking into cognisance the unique nature of each province
  • The Constitution informs the running and governance of all provinces
  • The legislature is an institution entrusted to ensure that the government delivers services effectively and responds to the priorities of the people of the province who voted it into power. It is responsible for passing laws, and calling on the premier, the Executive Council and all provincial government departments to be accountable

Gauteng legislature

  • The Gauteng Provincial Legislature is made up of 30 to 80 members who sit at the Johannesburg City Hall 
  • Those serving the legislature are called Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPL)
  • The Provincial Parliament is referred to as “The House” and comprises members drawn from South Africa’s various political parties. A democratic election process informs the percentage of party representation 
  • The term “the house is sitting” describes periods when MPLs are engaging in discussion and debate to pass laws that affect Gauteng
  • MPLs are divided into 14 committees representative of all political parties so that bias is minimised
  • These committees gather regularly to discuss Bills. They liaise with Provincial Government Departments in terms of groundwork  
  • Members of the public are encouraged to enter into discussion with the committee and raise concerns that will influence law creation 
  • By the time the Bill goes before “The House” parties have already decided whether they will support it or not 
  • At the sitting each member gives an opinion on the Bill, which is passed by majority vote during tabling. Debates are open to the public who may view the proceedings but are not given an opportunity to express their views
  • The institution of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature is housed at the Johannesburg City Hall, on the corner of Loveday Street and President Street in central Johannesburg

Premier: Mr David Makhura

Members of the Executive Council

  • MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation: Ms Faith Mazibuko
  • MEC for Community Safety: Ms Sizakele Emelda Nkosi-Malobane
  • MEC for Economic, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development: Mr Lebogang Maile
  • MEC for Education: Mr Andrek Panyaza Lesufi
  • MEC for Finance: Ms Barbara Creecy
  • MEC for Health: Ms Qedani Mahlangu
  • MEC for Infrastructure Development: Mr Jacob Mamabolo
  • MEC for Social Development: Ms Nandi Mayathula-Khoza
  • MEC for Roads and Public Transport: Mr Ismail Vadi 
  • MEC for Human Settlements and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Mr Paul Mashatile

Local Government

  • Gauteng is divided into three metropolitan municipalities: City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane and Ekurhuleni  
  • Each falls under the leadership of a mayor elected by the Gauteng provincial executive committee
  • Mayor of Ekurhuleni: Mzwandile Masina 
  • Mayor of Johannesburg: Herman Mashaba 
  • Mayor of Tshwane: Solly Msimanga
  • Each metropolitan municipality manages its own local governance via branches and departments that see to service delivery