Speaker of Council Cllr Patricia Kumalo
About the Speaker of Council
Ald Kumalo is in her second term of office, having first been elected in 2008, and has been instrumental in putting in place systems and structures to ensure the proper functioning of Council. The Separation of Powers governance model was implemented during her time as Speaker - critical systems and mechanisms had to be put into place.
Cllr Kumalo's history of political involvement started in the trade union movement in the late 70s when she occupied various leadership positions. She was also active in the ANC where she served as the Branch Executive Manager of the Sandile Gxoyiya ANC branch, as well as the chairperson of the ANC Women’s League in the Sandile Gxoyiya branch. In addition, she served the South African National Civic Organisation at the level of street committee and the SACP as its Deputy Chairperson in Vosloorus.
Currently she serves as an ANC Regional Committee member and a Regional Working Committee member. In the previous term, she served as the South African Local Government (SALGA) Women’s Commission Provincial Chair (Gauteng).
Cllr Kumalo joined the NPO sector in 1994 when she was employed by the Sexual Harassment Education Project, ending her decade-long stint there as Executive Director.
The Speaker is responsible for ward committees and serves as the primary spokesperson and communicator regarding issues related to the legislative arm of local government. A key mandate for the Office of the Speaker is to work closely with ward councillors to ensure they have functional work space in the communities they serve as they are the link to council.
Internal regulatory instruments were put in place and prioritised during her time, without which it would not have been able to move and implement the decisions of Council.
Another milestone under her belt, is the approval of the Delegations of Authority for Political Structures, in line with the requirements of section 59 of the Systems Act. This defined the roles, powers and functions of political structures, and ensured operational efficiencies.
Putting in place the Standing Orders of Council to regulate and guide the procedural aspects relating to the conducting of Council and Committee business as well as regulating councillors’ conduct in meetings was another mammoth task undertaken; as was the establishment of ward committees in 2012.