The Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) is an independent organisation which is mandated to determine and re-determine municipal boundaries, de-limit ward boundaries in local and metro municipalities. The MDB also conducts municipal capacity assessments to determine whether municipalities have the capacity to fulfil their powers and functions. Established in 1999 the MDB celebrates twenty years in existence , it’s against this backdrop that it will convene a conference to reflect on the past twenty years to reflect on the lessons learnt by the organisation as well as to engage stakeholders on the opportunities that lie ahead for the organisation.
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EThe Municipal Demarcation Board is an independent authority responsible for the determination of municipal boundaries. The Board's status as an independent authority is also protected by section 3 of The Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act, 1998, and various judgments by the Constitutional Court.
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Opening and knowledgeable of Guest:Programme director
Purpose and Objectives of Conference:Ms Jane Thupana, Chairperson (Municipal Demarcation Board)
Opening Address: Honourable Minister, Dr Zwelini Mkhize (Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs)
Honourable Minister, Dr Zwelini L. Mkhize (Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs)
Ms Jane Thupana Chairperson (Municipal Demarcation Board)
Mr Ashraf Adam Deputy Chairperson (Municipal Demarcation Board)
Video: Reflections on the Municipal Demarcation Board’s contribution towards spatial transformation in South Africa over the past 20 years
MODERATOR:Prof. Philip Harrison (University of Witwatersrand)
PANEL DISCUSSION 2International trends, Challenges and best practices with regards to municipal amalgamations.
MODERATOR:Prof Jaap de Visser (University of Western Cape)
SUB-PLENARY 1:Impact of the wall to wall municipalities and the two tier system of local government on service delivery.
FACILITATOR:Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina
SUB-PLENARY 2:The logic of ethnic identity in the demarcation of local government boundaries.
FACILITATOR:Mr Mashwahle Diphofa, Director General (Department of Traditional Affairs)
SUB-PLENARY 3:Significance of “community/citizen will in demarcation”: Finding a balance between community will and technical/legal considerations.
FACILITATOR:Mr Garry Moonsamy
The overall aim of this conference is to provide a platform for engagement amongst relevant stakeholders that can add practical value on discussions regarding the challenges and opportunities of the MDB within the constitutional mandate it operated in since it was established in 1999. This will be accomplished by reflecting on the past and present lessons in order to shape the future.
a. This conference is important because over the years since its existence, the MDB has been involved in determining and re-determining municipal boundaries, delimiting ward boundaries in local and metropolitan municipalities and rendering advisory service on matters in terms of Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act, (Act No. 27 of 1998) as well as other appropriate legislation and in particular Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, (Act No. 117 of 1998). Consequently, this conference is: (i) Firstly, an endeavour to enable the MDB to reflect on its achievements and failures in relation to its constitutional mandate. (ii) Secondly, this conference would serve as a follow up session or an extension of the 2016 MDB conference, to provide further knowledge on the topical issues as well as opportunities for further deliberations.
The Conference seeks to achieve the following objectives: a. To reflect and consider the MDB’s contribution and lessons learned on spatial transformation over the 20years of existence and set the path for the next 20 years. b. To reflect on Local Government architecture (two tier system, wall to wall, categorisation of municipalities, powers and functions, (intermediate cities). c. To reflect on how the objectives and goals of National Development Plan (NDP) can be achieved through demarcation. d. To reflect on relationship between demarcation, ethnicity and racial issues as well as its impact on social cohesion. e. To reflect on international trends or best practices on demarcation process. f. To launch outcomes of the 2018 Municipal Capacity Assessments and inauguration of the new Board.
Birchwood accommodation rooms are suitable for your larger conference groups, requiring a multiple-day stay. All 334 Birchwood rooms are conveniently located in close proximity to the larger conference venuesensuring you don’t miss any detail of your meeting or event.
Each room is equipped with a host of both functional amenities and entertainment options including a flat screen television, selected satellite channels (video and audio), reading material, shampoo, body lotion and more.
14 View Point Rd, Bardene, Boksburg, 1456
GPS Coordinates: 26.1755° S, 28.2505° E
|Team Member||Province||Contact Numbers|
|Nomvuselelo Nombila||Eastern Cape||043 727 1150|
|Mathanapa Motlogeloa||Free State||051 447 1960|
|Enid Molebatsi||Gauteng||011 276 1150|
|Lungile Mbatha||Kwazulu Natal||031 817 0000|
|Maggie Maboya||Limpopo||015 291 1400|
|Fikile Sihlangu||Mpumalanga||013 752 1200|
|Northern Cape||Cecilia Louw||053 836 7900|
|North West||Natasha Badenhorst||018 462 5290|
|Jabulile Ngubane||021 449 9811|
For mor information please email us at: 20years@.demarcation.org.za