Change afoot

2015-05-05 06:00

A new draft proposal of wards for the next election has been put forward.

This proposal sees Green Point included in a new ward with Mouille Point and the Waterfront, which stretches to Woodstock.

In preparation of local government elections, the national Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) has released proposed boundaries for Cape Town, which will see the creation of five new wards and the alteration to a number of current wards.

The board is mandated to demarcate ward boundaries in all municipalities that are divided into wards.

The demarcations are currently up for public comment through the City of Cape Town, as the City has been invited to a consultative ward demarcation meeting with the board and is inviting public contributions to present to the board.

The first proposal saw Mouille Point and the Waterfront incorporated into a new ward with the CBD, Zonnebloem, Woodstock and Paarden Eiland. Green Point was incorporated into Ward 77, which will also covers Bo-Kaap, Gardens, Vredehoek and Oranjezicht (“Uncertainty over ‘new’ wards”, People’s Post, 10 February).

Chairperson of the Good Hope Subcouncil Demetri Qually says due to the increase in the number of voters, the number of wards in Cape Town will increase from 111 to 116 for the 2016 elections.

“As part of the delimitation process, the board issued a preliminary draft proposal for new ward boundaries, including a new Ward 115, and invited the City and other interested parties to make comment and submit alternative proposals,” he says.

The City drafted an alternative draft proposal and invited public comment thereon.

The City’s draft proposal for Ward 115 split Green Point and Mouille Point into separate wards, explains Qually.

However, after presentations from Green Point, Mouille Point and City Bowl ratepayers’ associations, a new proposal has been put forward.

Green Point Ratepayers’ Association spokesperson Luke Stevens says the associations have banded together to improve the initial ward demarcation proposal.

“We are very pleased to observe that the City has been responsive: they altered their initial proposal a few days ago. Green Point has now been moved into Ward 115 together with Mouille Point and the common. This was an absolute necessity,” he says.

The amended proposal was submitted at the MDB meeting last week.

On the City Bowl side, Vredehoek has been reunited with the rest of its neighbourhood in Ward 77.

But there are still some changes necessary, says Stevens.

“A legacy voting district boundary has caused a loop of De Waterkant to remain across the road in Ward 77. Our first prize would be for the whole of De Waterkant and also of Bo-Kaap to be included with us in 115 as we have very many common issues to address,” he says.

While the comment period on the City’s proposal has lapsed, further ward demarcation proposals may be submitted directly to the board.

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To comment, visit www.demarcation.org.za. Completed forms must be submitted before 23 March via fax to 086 524 6843 or via email to wards@demarcation.org.za.V

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