As we enter the fifth week of the public consultation sessions on draft electoral wards, we would like to reflect on the month that was, and take you along the journey on how the sessions fared.

It should be noted that, despite disruptions experienced the process was completed. The MDB will not be in a position to reconvene the meetings that were disrupted however, community members and Municipalities are advised to consult among themselves and reach a consensus and submit the ward submission form by 30 April 2020.

A synopsis of the sessions from 03 February to 28 February 2020 is as follows:

ProvinceNumber of Municipalities VisitedNumber of Meeting ConvenedNumber of Meetings DisruptedMeetings Postponed
Eastern Cape3321One meeting in Amahlathi Local Municipality disruptedOne meeting in Mnquma Local Municipality postponed to 25 March 2020 (Town hall Butterworth):

Reason for postponing:
Community protests against the municipality
Kwa Zulu Natal4427All meetings were convened successfully.

One meeting in Edumbe Local Municipality postponed to 26 March 2020 (Dumbe Community Hall):

Reason for postponing:
Community protests against the municipality.
Mpumalanga1712
Four Meetings disrupted:
1. Mbombela Local Municipality
2. Emalahleni Local Municipality
3. Thaba Chweu Local Municipality
4. Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality
None
Western Cape2516One meeting disrupted:
1. Saldanha Bay Local Municipality
None
Total1197462

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