About The Municipal Demarcation Board
MDB is established and mandated to demarcate municipal boundaries
of the entire territory of the Republic.
Background to the Municipal
In 1995/96, 1,262 local government bodies across the country were amalgamated into 843 local authorities (now known as municipalities in terms of legislation enacted after the promulgation of the 1996 Constitution).
The introduction of the Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act No 27 in 1998 marked an important milestone in the history of constitutional democracy in South Africa. It was a piece of legislation that gave birth to an independent constitutional body, the Municipal Demarcation Board, which was established and mandated to demarcate municipal boundaries of the entire territory of the Republic.
The Board’s mandate pertaining to the determination of municipal boundaries is provided for in detail in the Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act, 1998, and its mandate pertaining to ward delimitation, capacity assessments, and district management areas in the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 1998.
determination and re-determination of municipal boundaries;
delimitation of wards for local elections;
assessment of the capacity of district and local municipalities to perform their functions as provided for in the Constitution and the Structures Act; and
the declaration and withdrawal of the declaration of district management areas.
In addition Cabinet approved a leading role for the Board in assisting Government Departments in aligning their functional service delivery boundaries to municipal boundaries.
The Constitution Of The Republic Of South Africa, 1996 (Act No 108 Of 1996).
The Board is mandated in terms of section 155(3)(b) to determine municipal Boundaries independently.