Role of the Speaker

Profile of Speaker

Mr. Sello Matena is the Speaker of the Metsimaholo Local Municipality. He matriculated in 1986 and completed a Secondary Teacher’s Diploma with Technikon of Northern Transvaal. He is currently doing his B.Compt with UNISA.

Mr. Matena worked for Sasol Infrachem from 1990 to 2000 as a Process Controller. He then moved to Metsimaholo Local Municipality as a Councillor (ANC). He was a Member of Mayoral Committee for Finance, IDP and LED from 2000 till 2010 and is currently the Speaker of the Council.

Sello Matena joined the ANC in 1993 and became branch executive of Sasolburg in 1999. He was then elected as the Branch Deputy Chairperson in 2001 and later elected in 2002 as the Branch Chairperson to date. He served as a Chief-Whip from 2007 to 2010 and as the SACP branch secretary (2002-2009), also as SANCO Regional Chairperson (2005-2007).

Contact Details

Cell:            083 276 4977
Office:         (016) 973 8318
Fax:             (016) 976 3083

Role of the Speaker

The Constitution and Municipal Structures Act requires that every Council elects a Chairperson, who is called The Speaker. The aim of the Office of the Speaker is to structure the two functions of a Municipal Council, i.e. its legislative function and its executive function.

The Speaker presides at meetings of the Council and performs the duties and exercises the powers delegated to the Speaker. These duties include;

  • Ensuring that Council meets at least quarterly;
  • Maintaining order during meetings; must ensure
  • Ensuring compliance in the Council and Council committees with the Code of Conduct of Councillors and
  • Ensuring that Council meetings are conducted in accordance with the rules and orders of the Council.

Office of the Speaker

Secretary to the SpeakerMs. Portia Lerata

Office:         (016) 973 8317
Fax:             (016) 976 3083

Political Advisor to the Speaker:  Mr. Doctor Tseeke

Cell:            071 1734 554
Office:         (016) 973 8437
Fax:             (016) 976 3083