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The Municipal Demarcation Board is an independent authority responsible for the determination of municipal boundaries. The Board's status as an independent authority is also protected by section 3 of The Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act, 1998, and various judgments by the Constitutional Court. In addition to the determinations and re-determinations of municipal boundaries, the Board is also mandated by legislation to declare the district management areas; to delimit wards for local elections; and to assess the capacity of municipalities to perform their functions.
The Board’s vision is the progressive realization of ideal structures of local government that are spatially integrated, institutionally sound, functionally viable and developmental in orientation.
To perform its functions and to exercise its powers in such a manner as to empower municipalities to fulfil their constitutional obligations, primarily the provision of democratic and accountable local government, and effective, efficient and sustainable service delivery within sound boundaries.