LEGAL SERVICES STRATEGIC BUSINESS UNIT (SBU)

Key focus areas

  • The unit manages all litigation instituted by or against the City, except litigation pertaining to revenue collection.
  • The unit deals with major precedent setting cases and plays an important role in the prevention of litigation by identifying potential risks and dealing with them immediately. These risks are mitigated by ensuring proactive intervention in the form of perusing all reports to be submitted to various decision making bodies of the council, giving advice and providing formal advice on procedures and processes.
  • The unit is responsible for the development and/or review of all by-laws, policies and delegation of powers and ensuring compliance with all legislative requirements.
  • The unit is also responsible for drafting and vetting of service level agreements and all other forms of agreements including but not limited to property related agreements, commercial and corporate agreements, labour and employment related
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The unit runs awareness programmes with a view to educating councillors and officials to comply with legislative requirements