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More time for municipal boundary change requests

2011-12-23 08:45

Johannesburg - South Africans have more time to request certain municipal boundary changes, the Municipal Demarcations Board said on Thursday.

"The new deadline is set for 20 January 2012," said MDB chairperson Landiwe Mahlangu.

However, he said the revised deadline would only be applicable in "exceptional cases".

Mahlangu said the board had received a request to grant more time for organisations or individual people to submit their proposals for re-determining municipal boundaries.

"It is important to MDB that this process is as inclusive and consultative as possible."

500 applications received

The extensions would be granted on a case-by-case basis; whereby the board would look at why the proposal was coming in late and if the organisation or individual had tried to previously make contact with the board.

The applicant would be informed on January 24 whether their proposal would be considered.

This year the board travelled around the country to gather input from South Africans.

In November, Mahlangu said the board had already received about 500 applications.

He said at the time that some cases could see major and large scale changes leading to mergers, re-categorisation and even the establishment of entirely new municipalities.

Some of the changes could also include amalgamations or a simple change of municipal boundaries to follow a feature such as a road or a river.

This year, a number of cases dealing with demarcations went to court.

Soweto municipality

Just before the municipal elections this year, the Constitutional Court ruled in favour of the MDB in a case that could have delayed elections.

The Hola Bon Renaissance Foundation (HBRF) had wanted to establish a municipality of Soweto.

However, the court found that the foundation had not followed proper procedure in trying to get their wish fulfilled.

In August this year, the Constitutional Court dismissed an application by Moutse residents to have the municipality's move from Mpumalanga to Limpopo declared invalid.

At the time Mahlangu said the demarcation process was necessary to help South Africa move on from its apartheid past.

"In the end, demarcation should do away with [the] historically racially motivated design of municipalities," Mahlangu said.

Protests

One of the key pieces of apartheid legislation was the Group Areas Act of 1950 which allocated different racial groups separate residential and business areas.

In post-apartheid South Africa, demarcation issues have also seen protests flare up.

In March, Matatiele residents marched against the incorporation of the area into the Eastern Cape; asking instead to be reincorporated back into KwaZulu-Natal.

Khutsong residents staged violent protests since 2006, including petrol bombing the homes of ANC councillors, blocking roads and the destruction of municipal property, against their incorporation into the North West.

The municipality was finally returned to Gauteng following an announcement made by the ANC in December 2008.

At the beginning of 2012, the MDB will embark on another round of consultations around boundary changes.

The entire process of re-determining municipal boundaries is set to be completed by 2013.

The next general election is in 2014 and the next local government election is in 2016.

Comments
  • Ben - 2011-12-23 08:56

    As if there is nothing better to do. Change boundaries, change names. Rather change the attitude.

      Kala - 2011-12-23 09:00

      I agree Ben. One would think that there are more important issues that need to be dealt with. There are probably ANC family members without jobs so the government needs to create new municipalities and new mayors.

  • Van - 2011-12-23 08:56

    The ancESTORS will try and erode the DA.

  • pws69 - 2011-12-23 09:04

    It is important to monitor this. Before the 2009 and 2011 elections the ANC changed certain municipal boundaries for the sole reason of winning wards by subdividing strong DA wards. It backfired in a few cases, giving the DA additional wards, but the fact that they did this is worrisome.

  • Jan - 2011-12-23 09:13

    The Nats came to power in 1948 by manipulating the borders of voting districts. The ANC did the same thing to gain control of some municipalities such as Pretoria. Who will gain from this session?

      jowza1 - 2011-12-23 09:23

      VIVA,THE DAGGA PARTY,VIVA

  • George - 2011-12-23 09:27

    You have had 17 years to do this Fu@k how much slower can you get. Just now you will be laying charges of stalking against a snail that has been following you for 17 years

  • Henk - 2011-12-23 09:36

    this is ONLY an opportunity to move boundaries in order to benefit the anc where they lost control.

      Piet - 2011-12-23 13:56

      Exactly that. Well thought through Henk and the lie exposed

  • Xenswim1 - 2011-12-23 09:56

    Important needs or exceptional circumstance - change boundries to ensure that ANC areas are incorporated into none voting ANC wards. Tried that in Durban ward 64 and it failed. The ANC got more votes in that traditional area but the few that voted DA actually caused the majority swing over all.

  • Khetha Nqubuka - 2011-12-23 11:48

    WE(Brown skinned-African) gave the ANC the mandate to govern, so to you racists who voted for the DA and FF+ get use to the idea that we will change everything that represents apartheid and everything that gives you a wrong idea that you superior. So don't patronise us, campaign win elections then you can decide how we run government until then stay put and shut up or follow your uncles to Australia and New Zealand. Only remain here if you want to build this society

      Walter - 2011-12-23 17:51

      Excuse me, WHAT are we building, exactly? A society, a government that is more and more corrupt, does not care about people living in absolute poverty, young people who cannot find jobs (possibly because of the many uncles who create jobs and opportunities in Australia and New Zealand instead?) and we should 'worry' (and I am being very kind here) about boundary changes? Now, get real, aren't there any more pressing issues (like some I have mentioned?)? And whether you are brown skinned or whatever is really of very little interest to me, it has nothing to do with any issue here, or does it?

  • TamaraSays - 2011-12-23 16:25

    Time for cANCer to try and absorb enough municipalities in the Cape to take the province. Eish.

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