Cllr Ndevu was born at Phepheni Village, EmaXesibeni, where she also passed her Matric at Rode Senior Secondary School in 1993. She then later obtained her National Diploma in Human Resources Management at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Her empathy for education saw her completing another National Diploma in Public Relations Management at the Oval College.
During the period of 2008, she further capacitated herself with leadership qualities and participated in the National Leadership Development Programme. Between her political tenures in 2013, she pursued her studies at the Wits business school in Johannesburg, where she obtained a certificate programme in management development for Municipal Finance (CPMD).
The newly elected Mayor boasts with 20 years of experience in Local Government, where within 15 years she conducted an oversight role as a PR Councillor at Umzimvubu Local Municipality. During the year 2000, she led the Special Programmes Standing Committee where she serves all special groups and forums. Between 2011 and 2016, she served the Municipality as the Portfolio Head for Budget and Treasury (BTO). She was then later deployed to serve as the Portfolio Head for Human Resources in Administration.
From 1999 to 2005 she served as the ANCYL Branch Secretary and was later elected as the ANC Branch Secretary from 2013 to 2020. During this period, she was also elected to serve as an ANC Sub Regional Deputy Secretary in 2016. Cllr Ndezu emerged as the ANC Women’s League Chairperson between the period of 2019 to 2021. She was an LET manager during the 2021 Local Government Elections.
During this period, she was also elected to serve as a Sub – Regional LED Coordinator for Umzimvubu and was later elected as the ANC Sub-Regional Deputy Secretary in 2016. Cllr Ndevu emerged as the ANC Women’s League Chairperson between the period of 2019 – 2021 and was an LET manager during the 2021 Local Government Elections.
ABOUT THE OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
DELEGATIONS AND STATUTORY FUNCTIONS OF THE MAYOR
1.1 STATUTORY FUNCTIONS OF THE MAYOR AS SET OUT IN SECTION 49 AND 50 OF THE STRUCTURES ACT
1.1 Presides at meetings of the executive committee and signs the minutes of its meetings;
1.2 Designates appropriate duties to the Executive Committee Members;
1.3 Decides when and where the executive committee will meet, but if a majority of the members request the mayor in writing to convene a meeting of the committee, the mayor must convene a meeting at a time set out in the request;
1.4 Receives input on council’s integrated development plan from the municipal manager, tables this in the Executive Committee, conveys the recommendations of the executive committee to council for approval of an integrated development plan;
1.5 Receives the Auditor-General’s report and deals with it in terms of the relevant legislation;
1.5 Performs all duties in terms of the Municipal Finance Management Act relative to the processing of the draft annual budget;
1.7 Certifies the annual budget.
1.2 OTHER FUNCTIONS OF THE MAYOR
1.2.1 Is the political head driving council’s policies and strategies;
1.2.2 Performs the duties, including any ceremonial functions, and exercises the powers delegated to the Mayor by the municipal council or the executive committee;
1.2.3 Interacts with the public;
1.2.4 Receives and interviews representatives and delegations from public interest groups, and makes recommendations to the executive in this regard;
1.2.5 Represents the council at meetings and functions;
1.2.6 Makes press statements on behalf of council;
1.2.7 Leads development and strategy process;
1.2.8 The public relations and external communication function in consultation with the Municipal Manager.
1.3 LINE OF AUTHORITY
1.3.1 Reports to the executive committee and council.
DELEGATIONS AND STATUTORY POWERS OF MAYOR
- Delegated authority to approve leave for Municipal Manager, and/or appointment of Acting Municipal Manager and Managers whilst on leave or outside Council’s jurisdiction. (No sub-delegation for appointment of acting Municipal Manager)
- Delegated authority, with the Municipal Manager, to table before the municipal council not later than seven  days after receipt of any allegation of misconduct of a Section 56 Manager, failing which the mayor may request the Speaker to convene a special council meeting within seven  days to consider the said report. All suspensions shall be on full pay. Suspension must be done by allowing the Official at least 7 (seven) working days to respond to the letter informing him/her of Council’s intention to suspend him/her, before his/her suspension.
- Delegated to recommend official trips and subsistence & traveling claims for the Speaker.
- Delegated to recommend official trips and subsistence & traveling claims for the Councillors.
- Delegated to approve official trips and subsistence & traveling claims for the Municipal Manager.
- To approve the attendance by Councillors of meetings, conferences etc. within the RSA , thus ensuring that, in particular, Executive Councillors and Portfolio Committee Chairpersons receive exposure to matters concerning their portfolios.
- To recommend to Council, Councillors to attend international meetings/conferences/seminars, etc.
- Signing on behalf of the municipality an employment contract of the Municipal Manager.
- To approve the key performance areas of the Municipal Manager.
- To review the performance contract of the Municipal Manager.
- Entering on behalf of the municipality into an annual performance agreement between the municipality and the Municipal Manager
- Delegated authority to accept short-term notice of Resignation of Municipal Manager, and Section 56 contract appointees. (No sub-delegation).
- Delegated authority to approve travel and subsistence expenses of Municipal Manager.
- Delegated to approval of special program project/ event/function and funding
- Delegated to approval of movement of funds between budget votes.
- Delegated to approval of a recommendation for the re-allocation of funds provided for a specific project towards a similar project if the original project can no longer be proceeded with.
- Delegated authority in terms of Section 99 of the Municipal Systems Act to:
(a) Oversee and monitor the implementation and enforcement of the Municipalities Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy and By-laws.
(b) Oversee and monitor the performance of the Municipal Manager in implementing the Debt Collection Policy and By-laws.
(c) Evaluate and review the Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy and By-laws.
(c) Report to Council in terms of what was done in terms of (a), (b) and (c) above every after 6 (six)
- Delegated authority to present and give political guidance over the budget process. (No sub –
- Delegated authority to co-ordinate budget and I.D.P processes and Policy formulation and to table the budget and I.D.P yearly, including the revised budget and I.D.P to Council. (No sub-delegation)
- Delegated authority to ensure Council’s budget is in compliance with the Council’s I.D.P and to
obtain a copy of the District Council’s I.D.P. and ensure that Council’s IDP is compatible to the District Council’s IDP. (No sub-delegation)
- Delegated authority to report to MEC for finance, any delays in approval or tabling of the budget, signing of annual performance agreements and the I.D.P, and to request extension of time if needed. (No sub-delegation).
- Delegated authority to table approved budget to community in meetings to be held publicly. (No sub-delegation).
- Delegated authority to table the budget in Council at least 30 days before the end of the current financial year, and submit his comments on the budget, including comments received from the public. (No sub-delegation).
- Delegated authority to report to National Treasury and MEC for finance and Auditor-General of actual non-compliance with a provision of Chapter 4 of the L G M F M A, and any remedial or corrective steps taken to prevent re-occurrence of the problem. (No sub-delegation).
- Delegated authority to report to the South African Police if a matter has not been reported to the SAPS, all alleged irregularities of the Municipal Manager/Managers. (Section 173(5) of the Municipal Finance Management Act) (No sub-delegation).
- Delegated authority to report to Auditor-General where a tender is approved other than the recommended one, and the reasons for this deviation if not done by the Municipal Manager. (No sub-delegation).
- Delegated authority to take appropriate steps to ensure that Council does not incur a liability or risk payable in a foreign country. (No sub-delegation).
- Delegated authority to manage and develop Performance Appraisal Management Systems to be approved by Council. (Section 39 Municipal Systems Act). (No sub-delegation)
- Delegated authority to draft the Municipality’s Integrated Development Plan (Section 29 and 30 of the Systems Act) and revise plan yearly thereafter (to be submitted to Council for approval). (No sub-delegation)
- Delegated authority to recommend review mechanisms to provide Municipal services (Section 77 to 82 of Municipal Systems Act), and to be approved by Council. (No sub-delegation)
- Delegated authority to approve urgent assistance by Council in matters like disasters, floods, fires etc., subject that this decision is reported to Council for ratification, within 7 (SEVEN) days.(No sub-delegation).
- Delegated authority to identify the needs of the Municipality, in line with Council’s approved IDP,subject to Council’s approval. (No sub-delegation)
- Delegated authority to review and evaluate the needs of the Municipality in order of priority, in line with Council’s approved IDP, subject to Council’s approval. (No sub-delegation)
- Delegated authority to recommend to the Municipal Council Strategies, Programmes, Services, By-laws and Polices, to address priority needs through the IDP, and the estimates of revenue and expenditure, taking into account any applicable National and Provincial development plans, or which will address shortcomings or needs of the Municipality in general.(No sub-delegation)
- Delegated authority to recommend and determine the best way, including Partnerships and other approaches, to deliver those strategies, programmes and services to the maximum benefit of the community for Council’s approval. (No sub-delegation)
- Delegated authority to approve the draft implementation plan and services delivery and budget plan, received from the Municipal Manager.
- Delegated authority to present any and all reports of the Executive Committee to Council.
- The power to make any press statements on behalf of the Council.
- The power to receive reports with recommendations from directors through the office of the Municipal Manager on all matters that must be dealt with by either the Mayor or the Council in terms of these delegations, and for which a specific committee has not been created to consider the matter beforehand.
- All powers, necessary or incidental, to execute the following:
(a) The responsibility for the quality and speeding of decision-making.
(b) The responsibility to ensure that integration takes place between the various committees.
(c) The responsibility to play a prominent role, in consultation with the Municipal Manager, in building and maintaining a good relationship between the Council, Councillors and the administration.
(d) The responsibility for political supervision of the administration.
(e) The responsibility to be available, on a regular basis, to grant interviews to the public and visitors to the Municipal offices and to interact with prominent business people and developers.
- To approve international co-operative agreements