The Legislature is made up of two components – the political and the institutional support components.
The Speaker of the Legislature (or the House) is essentially the political Head of the Legislature. The Speaker’s responsibility is to ensure that the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, at large, is run efficiently and with adherence to Constitutional rules and the rules of the House.
However, because the Legislature is composed in such a way that there is a staff compliment that gives administrative support to Office Bearers and the Committees of the Legislature – there is a need for an Administrative Head in the institution, who will account to the Speaker on the work of the Units that support MPLs.
The Provincial Secretary or the Secretary of the Legislature is at the helm of institutional support – serving as an administrative head of the institution.