The municipal outer boundary change/re-determination process is now open, and is conducted in terms of the Municipal Demarcation Act (MDA) of 1998 and other appropriate legislation enacted in terms of Chapter 7 of the Constitution.

In line with lessons learnt in the previous cycle and to maximise public participation, members of the public and stakeholders who wish to submit proposals to determine or re-determine municipal boundaries, not ward boundary delimitation are welcome to submit by not later than 31 March 2022. It should be noted that no late submissions will be accepted after the closing date.

All proposals submitted must be motivated in terms of section 24 and 25 of the MDA (Demarcation criteria) and section 2 of the Municipal Structures Act (MSA) for re-categorization of municipalities.

More information on the process including proposal submission forms can be obtained on the MDB website ( or on request by contacting 012 342 2481 or email at

The proposals must be emailed to or faxed to 012 3422480, or posted to Private Bag X123, Centurion, 0046 or hand delivered to Eco Origins Office Park, Block C1, 349 Witch-Hazel Avenue, Highveld, 0157. The proposals must be addressed for the attention of the Chairperson of the MDB.

Different categories of outer boundaries

Municipal boundary changes are classified as follows:

  • Class 1, Technical and minor boundary re-determinations- This re-determination entails a small scale boundary adjustment and alignment with a minor impact on the geographic area, a negligible or no impact on the number of voters and no impact on the capacity of the affected municipalities.
  • Class 2, Consolidation and Annexations- This is a medium scale boundary re-determination that may impact on a sizable geographic area, and number of voters in one or all the municipalities affected. This type of determination may impact on ward arrangements but will not materially impact on the capacities of the affected municipalities to deliver services.
  • Class 3 – Amalgamations- This type of re-determination entails a major and large scale municipal boundary re-determination which will have a significant impact on the geographic areas, the number of voters, and the capacities of the affected municipalities, the re-determination includes the merging of adjacent municipalities or the splitting of municipal areas to create other municipal areas.
  • Class 4- Categorization- This is a type of re-determination that involves the categorisation of any new Category A Metropolitan, Category C District and Category B Local municipalities with or without boundary changes; Category A must satisfy Section 2 of the MSA and Section 24 and 25 of the Act respectively; the Board will categorise an area that qualify to be a category A municipalities after consultation with National Minister responsible for local government, the MEC for local government in the provinces concerned, and SALGA.

Related enquiries can be sent to: or contact MDB on (+27) 12 342 2481.