HAVE YOUR SAY #WardDelimitation2020

The MDB will be entering the fourth week of the public consultation sessions on the draft sets of wards #WardDelimitation2020. As such, it is imperative to reiterate that, the MDB will not conduct any municipal boundary re-determinations until after the 2021 Local Government Elections (LGE). Communities can however submit their proposals now but the process will re-open after the 2021 LGE.

As alluded above, the MDB is currently embarking on a nation-wide public consultation on draft electoral wards in preparation for the 2021 local government elections. The consultations started in February 2020 and will conclude in April 2020.

It is important for communities to note that, the maps which are available are DRAFTS for consultation purposes only, they have no legal status. The consultations are meant to solicit inputs from communities on how the wards should be configured based on the norm of respective municipalities. Draft maps are obtainable on MDB website.

Communities should also note that, the MDB has no influence in the determination of the formulae for the determination of the number of councillors nor the determination of the number of councillors, and therefore appeals to all stakeholders not to ask the MDB to change the formula, increase or decrease the number of Councillors nor the number of wards.

We therefore call on members of the public to actively participate and express their views on how their wards should be configured.

There are two options available for communities to express their views, one is being part of the physical meetings. The second option is to fill in the ward submission form which can be obtained on the MDB website www.demarcation.org.za

Communities and municipalities are encouraged to consult among themselves and reach a consensus. Their proposal should be aligned to the criteria for ward delimitation and can be submitted by not later than 30 April 2020 to registry@demarcation.org.za

With regards to the timeframes of the ward delimitation process, after the public meetings in February to April 2020, the MDB will consider all public proposals received and delimit wards. The wards will be published in provincial gazettes for objections by May 2020. Any aggrieved person will have 14 days to object.

The MDB will then consider all objections, and publish its final decisions in provincial gazettes by July 2020. As indicated previously, the MDB will then handover the final ward boundaries to the IEC in August 2020 to start preparing for the 2021 local elections.

MDB WARNS COMMUNITIES OF A HOAX WARD CONSULTATIVE MEETING

The Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) has been alerted of a hoax message that is purported to have been released by the MDB, inviting the community members of Eersterust to a ward consultative meeting today, 18 February 2020 at 18:30 (Eersterust Civic Centre).

The community is cautioned to ignore and regard the invitation as a hoax. It should be noted that, the sessions in Gauteng will only commence in March 2020. The meeting for the City of Tshwane is on 18 March 2020 at Sammy Marks Council Chamber at 09:00.

MDB DISCOURAGES DISRUPTION OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION SESSIONS

The MDB is gravely concerned about the disruption that erupted during the public consultation session at Mbombela Municipality earlier today, 06 February 2020. The well attended meeting was unfortunately disrupted by a group of youth who claimed to be coming from Umjindini. They shouted and used vulgar language in expressing their demand for the former Umjindini municipality to be ‘divorced’ from Mbombela municipality. The youth further cited lack of service delivery as the main reason for their disgruntlement.

The MDB is currently embarking on a nation-wide public consultations sessions on the draft sets of electoral wards in preparation of the 2021 local government elections.

“If communities continue in this manner and disrupt the MDB meetings, they will miss an opportunity to engage with us however they can still fill forms accessible on the MDB website and submit their proposals by April 2020”,said Ms Jane Thupana,

Member of the Board.

Although there were no injuries sustained, amid damage to property and theft, the MDB appeals for cooperation as the public consultation sessions will run until April 2020.  Any person who wilfully disrupts or threatens the proceedings, will be committing a punishable offence as provided for in the Municipal Demarcation Act. In addition, the disruptions disadvantage ordinary members of the public who want to participate in having a say in how their wards would be reconfigured in preparation for the 2021 Local government elections.

STATE OF READINESS FOR THE PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS ON DRAFT ELECTORAL WARDS IN PREPARATION FOR THE 2021 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

The MDB briefed the media on Thursday, 23 January 2020 brief on the upcoming public consultations on draft electoral wards, in preparation of the 2021 local government elections (LGE). The nation-wide public consultations will kick-start from February to April 2020.

More information on the ward delimitation process including a copy of the draft sets of wards, draft ward maps and the schedule of meetings etc is available on the MDB website.

RESEARCH SEMINAR-07 NOVEMBER 2019-THE IMPACT OF MUNICIPAL AMALGAMATIONS ON SERVICE DELIVERY

Convergence of great minds, as local government experts, academics and thought leaders deliberate and unpacks the impact of amalgamations on service delivery. One of the key recommendation that emerged from the discussion is that perhaps there should be a legislative review whereby amalgamations are conducted every 10 or 15 years in the interest to promote stability and socio-economic development.

Local government challenges will not be resolved by demarcation. Concerted efforts including the district development model, is set to take local government to greater heights.

FACT: There is no direct correlation between amalgamations/demarcation and performance of municipalities

MDB’s DRIVE TO BOOST ACTIVE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

In its quest to strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders, the MDB led by the Chairperson of the Board, Thabo Manyoni met with the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL), Ikosi SE Mahlangu to share ideas on how to enhance public participation on demarcation related processes specifically in traditional communities.

The parties unequivocally agreed that Communities have a right to receive basic services. They vowed to work closely with local authorities as they discharge their powers and functions towards providing adequate services to communities. It is envisaged that through such decisive interventions, community disgruntlements can be minimised.

Both parties agreed to work together to encourage communities to actively participate in the upcoming Public consultation sessions to commence from February -April 2020, where communities will have an opportunity to configure their wards.

#ConfigureYourWards

#WardDelimitation2020

MDB at Qwaleni Village (Eastern Cape)

Chairperson of the Board along with MDB officials were at Qwaleni Village in the Eastern Cape.

MDB’s action is guided by the law and the demarcation processes, we have heard your concerns and reiterate that we will only be able to resolve the matter after the Local Government Elections (LGE) in 2021.

MDB presents its Annual Report to the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

For the first time since its establishment, the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) achieved a clean audit opinion on its annual financial statements. The Boards performance on predetermined objectives has increased incrementally for the past five years with performance improving from 59% in 2015/16 financial year and reaching a staggering 96% in 2018/19 financial year. Chairperson of the Board, Thabo Manyoni attributed the performance to the diligence and commitment of the employees supported by the Board, “I am truly emboldened by the excellent performance of the management and staff at MDB during the year, who worked tirelessly to ensure that the Board achieved the desired results. I look forward to working with everyone in the organisation as we continue to provide exceptional service and reignite our impact on the local government sector”, he said.

MDBs WARD DELIMITATION PROCESS GAINS MOMENTUM

MDBs WARD DELIMITATION PROCESS GAINS MOMENTUM

In an effort to obtain stakeholder support on the ward delimitation process, the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) is engaging all key stakeholders, which includes amongst others Mayors, MECs, as well as Municipal Managers. The objective is to ensure that our stakeholders are empowered and get a clear understanding of the process of ward delimitation.

Every five years, the MDB delimits wards in metropolitan and local municipalities for electoral purposes. To this end, the MDB will conduct technical sessions with municipalities to configure draft wards between September and October 2019.

The process commences with the publication of formulae to calculate the number of councilors by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) and thereafter the publication of the number of councilors by the provincial MEC’s responsible for local government. ,.

 Thus far the Minister Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma published the formulae in July 2019 and six provinces have published the number of Councillors, namely:  

  • Limpopo
  • North West
  • Western Cape
  • Mpumalanga
  • Eastern Cape and
  • Free State

CURRENT STATUS OF THE WARD DELIMITATION PLAN

As indicated above, the MDB will now focus on the technical sessions with all Provinces, thereafter a nationwide public consultations on the first draft set of wards will commence from January 2020. Details of these consultations will be communicated towards the beginning of January 2020.

In anticipation of a robust public participation, MDB appeals to all stakeholders to embrace the ward delimitation process and familiarise themselves with process in order to participate meaningfully.

More information on the Ward Delimitation Process can be obtained on the MDB website, www.demarcation.org.za