500 possible boundary changes

2011-06-28 19:14

Pretoria - More than 500 municipal boundaries could be changed by the next general election, Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) chairperson Landiwe Mahlangu said in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Mahlangu said the board had identified the potential major and minor boundary changes.

These should be completed by early in 2013, after the MDB had received input from various stakeholders, and the process finalised by May 2013.

"We need to open up this process. We are asking those who have submissions to make, they should do so," he said.

Those wanting to make submissions should do so by December 15.

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

Robert Willemse from the board's research department said that of the 500 potential changes, some 60 were as a result of applications sent to the Board. The balance were "technical refinements" to align municipal boundaries with features such as a road or river.

He warned that creating a municipal boundary did not necessarily ensure a viable municipality.

He said that the previous municipal ward demarcation process before the last local government election had cost approximately R7m.

Willemse did not expect the current demarcation process to cost more.

Without controversy

Mahlangu said he was aware of two requests to have a municipality split into two. He said there was a possibility that there could be more such requests.

Mahlangu said the MDB would visit various municipalities across the country later this year to hear submissions.

He said the changing of boundaries was an "emotive issue" and he expected that the process would not "be without controversies".

While there would be submissions from the public as well as public meetings, there would be no referendums on boundary changes.

Mahlangu said the demarcation process did not allow for it, and a constitutional amendment would be required for referendums within the affected municipalities.

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

Between the two elections the process of re-demarcating municipal ward boundaries would take place in consultation with the Independent Electoral Commission.

  • USSA - 2011-06-28 19:17

    This is bar none...the biggest waste of money I have seen yet. It is only superseded by the stupid name-change of Towns, cities and streets....what a load of absolute bull$hit.

      ZACommentator - 2011-06-28 19:52

      It's to ensure ANC strong holds by incorporating different areas together. A clever move by the scum bags

      Grayman - 2011-06-28 20:12

      @ZAC - Dead right there - they can dress it up as they like,(to follow a road or river...what crap) it is still a ploy to ensure that more pro ANC areas are incorporated into weak ANC areas. DESPERATE TIMES FOR A DESPERATE ORGANISATION.

      paulf - 2011-06-29 08:51

      I can see trouble coming here. I can see riots etc happening. ANC is greedy for more power, end of the story.

      tommo - 2011-06-29 10:35

      Jeez, always blah blah moan moan whine whine. Re-demarcating areas from time to time is actually a good idea, as over time areas morph and change so that old boundaries stop making sense. The point to make is that whoever does this should be a completely autonomous body, which have zero political affiliations. Read the recent Economist article on how California state did this. It was revolutionary in that the people who rezoned the areas were 100% independent and they were told to ignore any politics and do it on what they considered were boundaries that grouped actual communities.

  • Snoek - 2011-06-28 19:30

    Spending like drunken sailors...

  • franssmith100 - 2011-06-28 19:31

    what if some not so strong anc areas are included in strong areas to suit the anc voting count...?

      Sentor - 2011-06-28 20:28

      It's called gerrymandering - 2011-06-29 07:42

      Its called re-arranging the deck chairs (on our submarines)

  • World Traveler - 2011-06-28 19:35

    Waste of taxpayers cash! Another anc cash-cow for functionaries!

  • maseratifitt - 2011-06-28 19:36

    Political power games are more important to our "leaders" than service to the people. The people are only important when it comes to casting a vote. Soon this importance will also fade when more creative vote counting procedures are employed.

  • - 2011-06-28 19:50

    Why on Gods green earth did they not do this the last time they spent R7m????

  • Jaja - 2011-06-28 19:51

    Hello Zimbabwe!!!

  • Juggernaut - 2011-06-28 19:55

    For starters split Cape Town up. Remove Bellville, Parow, Durbanville, Kraaifontein and KuilsRiver. Durbanville and Bellville were doing just fine before the 1994 foulup.

      Worldwise - 2011-06-28 23:13

      So was Fish Hoek, it was one of the municipalities with a bank balance in the black. Until the ANC decided to amalgamate all the municipalities in Cape Town so that this money could be stolen and used elsewhere. Guess where it was spent and go look at the results of wasting millions.

  • luluthezulu - 2011-06-28 20:01

    Reply to ZACommentator: the ANC learned all the tricks from the Apartheid Nat Govt. We reap what we sow.

      franssmith100 - 2011-06-28 20:04

      @luluthezulu - herein lies the problem; you say; "We reap what we sow." the problem with you guys is that you NEVER SOW....., YOU ONLY REAP, BUT OTHER PEOPLE'S

      william.nettmann - 2011-06-28 20:33

      Spot on. The Nats were masters at this, and I am sure that SA is in no way unique - probably find that most governments in the world do this, one way or another. See

      Worldwise - 2011-06-28 23:15

      The ANC was supposed to replace the Nats with a "Better life for all", not another corrupt system. Why do you think the whites voted to end apartheid on 17 March 1992? Crap excuse, go invent another one.

      onetickie - 2011-06-29 09:25

      @luluthezulu: By making that sweeping comment you have just admitted they had to copy something/someone because they INCAPABLE OF FIGURING OUT, MAKING/DESIGNING OR CONSTRUCTING ANYTHING THEMSELVES.

  • Olavin - 2011-06-28 20:07

    In a time of economic crisis we need less pork-barrel spending.

  • Joker - 2011-06-28 20:16

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      william.nettmann - 2011-06-28 20:40

      Nice picture!

      Worldwise - 2011-06-28 23:15


  • thinker - 2011-06-28 20:35

    Just a suggestion - close the MDB and move their funds to Housing (sorry Human Settlements). Do the same with the group concened with name-changes of Cities, Towns etc and move their funds to building of new clinics.

  • jvl - 2011-06-28 21:23

    We voted for councellors in certain wards,if they change boundaries,do wards change?Will the ward be halved if a river runs through it? Will municipality debt be transferred if it falls under new one?Will bankrupt municipalities suddenly become the problem of a new ones?Will the reasons to do this be discussed or is the simple answer,just for the power and money.

  • ouJaPes - 2011-06-29 02:21

    Your comments are to angry and do not assist. As people move from city to city & life is not stagnant, demarcation becomes important in RSA as it is in all other parts of the world. Both the DA and ANC have complained against MDB, with ANC taking them to court recently. What informs your negativity? If you feel all is lost in this country hat and tno one can do any good, than just leave. Otherwise lets respect each other and discuss the facts before us instead of just labeling each & every one who tries to do good! PLEASE!!!

      Rob - 2011-06-29 06:54

      Don't be so dof.

      Ed - 2011-06-29 10:55 my comment below, i agree wholeheartedly with you. what these other people do not understand is taht nothing stays the same and that citiea do grow. it is a global phenomenon and governments around the world, primarily because of rapid economic growth and urbanisation, continuously need to redraw long as the system is not used for political purposes, it is a necessity. ed.

      Ed - 2011-06-29 10:56

      PS: to seem to be the dof one:)

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-06-29 07:00

    Step 1 towards taking the Western Cape back! Group together different areas to split the vote and voila! ANC has the Cape again... *insert swear word*

  • Lekker Jan - 2011-06-29 09:29

    Yes, all things considered, this must be the most pressing issue in SA right now.

  • Ed - 2011-06-29 09:43

    Hi Guys...sorry to say, but this is actually a natural processa and is conducted by most developed and many developing countries. It is a logical process as, since the first Trek Boer left the climes of the W.Cape some 250 years ago, new towns have sprung-up all over the country. With rapid economic growth, linked with our Apartheid past where many people were taken from one area and dumped in the middle of nowhere, many of these areas have now grown into each other, thus changing our towns and urban areas. Urbanisation is also a global prcess that has ensured that boundary changes must occur. The crucial thing is to ensure that this process does not occur so as to benefit teh ruling party in areas where they are currently losing votes or have lost wards:) Ed

  • Badballie - 2011-06-29 12:24

    is this really in the best interests of the affected municipalities or is it an exercise in consolidation of power by the ANC?

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