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Date Published: July 23, 2017, 1:36 p.m.

 The City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality is located in the Gauteng Province. It is a metropolitan municipality that manages the local governance of Johannesburg, South Africa.Johannesburg is the most advanced commercial city in Africa and the engine room of the South African and regional economy. 

It is divided into several branches and departments in order to expedite services for the city.It is a city with a unique, African character, world-class infrastructure in the fields of telecommunications, transportation, water and power, and with globally-competitive healthcare and educational facilities. However, the city is also one of the contrasts – home to both wealthy and poor, residents and refugees, global corporations and emerging enterprises. 

The executive work of the council is co-ordinated by the executive mayor, who is elected by the council to provide a strategic direction for the municipality. The mayor is assisted by a mayoral committee made up of 10 councillors. The mayoral committee is responsible for individual portfolios and reports directly to the mayor.

A municipal administration headed by the City manager, supported by an executive management team, makes sure that the vision and mission of the council becomes reality - they deliver the services envisioned by the politicians.

The City manager is responsible for employing staff and co-ordinating them to implement all the programmes approved by the council. The mayor and his executive oversee the work of the City manager and department heads.

A long-term growth and development strategy guides the direction of the work of the City; Joburg 2040 outlines the city's goals and objectives. Each year, the council passes a budget and decides on development plans that fit into the Joburg 2040 strategy.

The municipal manager is the municipality’s chief accounting officer. He is supported by executive directors who are responsible for the individual City departments for the delivery of key public services to residents.

In addition, the City runs about 15 agencies or municipal-owned entities. These agencies provide basic services including electricity, water and sanitation; storm water systems; refuse removal services; fire fighting; health services. Various agencies also oversee land use management; municipal roads and public transport; informal trading, abattoirs and fresh food markets; and parks and recreational areas, libraries and other amenities, including local tourism.

Among these agencies are City Power, Johannesburg Water, Pikitup, Joburg Theatre, Joburg Tourism Company and City Parks, to mention a few.

Johannesburg is divided into seven administrative regions, and each region has an executive director who co-ordinates service delivery and urban management matters. Each region with its unique character and dynamics has an office with convenient access to many City services.