The Town Clerk’s office ensures coordination, implementation and operational responsibility for activities of the organization. It is also responsible for the integration and balancing of the organisation’s resources to achieve optimal service delivery standards and to provide direction and coordination of the various departments. The principal and statutory duties of the Town Clerk include:
- Provision of comprehensive and authoritative information to Council and its committees for these bodies to exercise their authority
- Implementation of all decisions, directions and policies of Council.
- Preparation of budgets and approval of Council expenditure and, most of all, ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of Council’s operational machinery. The following are some of the challenges that Council is faced with:
- Finances – Council has just embarked on a turnaround programme which should see her reduce unnecessary expenditure and increase revenue collection. If this programme becomes successful we hope that Council shall be credit worthy and be able to borrow for implementation of major projects.
- Land for cemetery – Over the years Council has been trying hard, and still is, to secure an alternative site for a cemetery but so far the effort has not been successful.
- Solid waste management site – With assistance from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Government, our parent ministry, we are also trying hard to secure an alternative land for a solid waste management site. We now have the money but the challenge is securing the site. However, we hope to secure it soon.
- Bus rank congestion – This has been a challenge for many years. However, talks with public transport operators are ongoing towards having some of them relocate to a satellite bus rank within the city.
- Street vending – The number of street vendors is ever increasing in our city as a result of the challenging economic situation in Swaziland. However, as Council we are trying to manage the situation hence today there is a lot of difference.
- We also have projects for which we intend entering into Public, Private Partnerships such as construction of a new bus terminus, a new market for the city, a parkade to alleviate vehicular congestion in the city as well as establishment of a new upmarket township to be known as Mkhosi Township. However, so far we have not been successful.