"Defining 20 Years of Demarcation"

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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20 Years of Demarcation

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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09H00 – 10H00

Plenary session 1: a scene setting plenary and key note addresses

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)

10H00 – 10H20


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)

10H20 – 11H50

Video:  Reflections on the Municipal Demarcation Board’s contribution towards spatial transformation in South Africa over the past 20 years


10H50 – 11H10


11H10 – 11H40 Room to be confirmed

International trends, challenges and best practices with regards to municipal amalgamations.

  • Presenter: Dr Enid Slack, Director, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IFMG) and Adjunct Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy University of Toronto
11H40 – 12H10 Room to be confirmed

Ethnic articulation through space: The logic of ethnic identity in the demarcation of local government boundaries.

  • Presenter: Dr Douglas Karekona Singiza, (enrolled advocate of the High Court of Uganda and currently serving as secretary of the Commission of Enquiry in land matters in that country)
12H10 – 13H10

PANEL DISCUSSION 1:Articulation of the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) and the National Development Plan (NDP) towards defining a context for local government restructuring.

MODERATOR:Prof. Philip Harrison (University of Witwatersrand)


  • Ms Sue Bannister, (Member of the National Planning Commission) - Head Presenter
  • Mr Valli Moosa
  • Mr Ivor Sarakinsky (University of Witwatersrand)
  • Mr Andries Nel, Deputy Minister (Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs)
LUNCH - TIME 13H10 – 14H00
14H00 – 15h00

PANEL DISCUSSION 2International trends, Challenges and best practices with regards to municipal amalgamations.

15H45 – 16H30

MODERATOR:Prof Jaap de Visser (University of Western Cape)


  • Dr Enid Slack (IFMG, University of Toronto, Canada) - Lead Presenter
  • Dr Alan Mabin (University of Witwatersrand)
  • Dr Steven Friedman (University of Johannesburg)
  • Cllr. Thembi Nkadimeng (Exec. Mayor of Polokwane Local municipality)
TEA BREAK 15H00 – 15H15


15:15 - 17:00

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


  • Mr Sithole Mbanga Chief Executive Officer (South Africa Cities Network)
  • Mr Themba Fosi Deputy Director General (Department of Cooperative Governance)
  • Mr Xolile George Chief Executive Officer (South African Local Government Association)
  • Prof Mark Oranje (University of Pretoria)

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)


  • Dr Douglas Karekona Singiza (Judicial Training Institute, Uganda)
  • Prof Luka David Mosoma Commissioner, (Deputy Chairperson - CRL)
  • Prof Francis Joseph (University of Venda)
  • Prof Nomalanga Mkhize (Nelson Mandela University)

SUB-PLENARY 3:Significance of “community/citizen will in demarcation”: Finding a balance between community will and technical/legal considerations.

FACILITATOR:Mr Garry Moonsamy


  • Prof Somadoda Fikeni (University of South Africa)
  • Dr Sipho Mokoena (University of Limpopo)
  • Ms Nontando Ngamlana (Afesis-Corplan, Aphesis-Community Research and Planning)



08H30 – 11H00



Documents and Presentations


1 MDB twenty year celebration    


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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.


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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
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