Sedibeng Mayor Busisiwe Modisakeng has died after short illness.
Local Government MEC Lebogang Maile says Modisakeng died on Friday morning after a short illness at the age of 60.
"On behalf of the Gauteng provincial government led by Premier David Makhura, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the Modisakeng family; her colleagues in Exco and his organisation, the African National Congress" said Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Urban Planning and CoGTA, Lebogang Maile.
Modisakeng was elected mayor following the 2016 local government elections.
She was also elected the Gauteng Chairperson of the South African Local Government Association (Salga) in 2016.
Her colleagues have described her as a dedicated civil servant and said the country was poorer for her loss.
Salga Marketing and Communications Manager Tebogo Mosala says Modisakeng will be remembered for her exceptional leadership qualities.
"Salga has learnt with great sadness of the passing of a member of its National Executive Committee, Chairperson of Salga Gauteng and Executive Mayor of Sedibeng District Municipality, Cllr Busisiwe Modisakeng. Cllr Modisakeng has over the past two decades served local government with distinction in different capacities. Salga, the local government fraternity and the country have lost a great leader, a wealth of experience and an inspiration to all who have worked with her. Lala ngoxolo."