The Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) met with the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan municipality this week to clarify issues around the municipal boundary process, although it is still unknown exactly what changes in boundaries there will be.
The MDB is currently considering proposals that might affect the metro municipality’s boundaries. The meeting, which was also attended by mayor Zanoxolo Wayile, follows concerns raised by the municipality regarding some of these proposals before the MDB.
The board’s delegation was led by its chairperson, Landiwe Mahlangu.
There have been two municipal consultative meetings since the MDB started with municipal visits and stakeholder consultations in July last year.
“I was particularly pleased by mayor Wayile’s willingness to devote more attention on the redetermination process and take a much more hands on approach,” said Mahlangu.
MDB will take into account the comments raised when it rolls out the legislative municipal boundary consultative process later in the year.
Current consultations are over and above the legally required practice of municipal boundary determination processes.
Wayile’s spokesperson, Luncedo Njezula, said the mayor was concerned about issues of socio-economic integration of the people in respect of the demarcation.
“The mayor was also concerned about the lack of public education. He felt the communities could not just be demarcated without information being given to them,” said Njezula.
Mahlangu said: “Among the realities we had to confront in dealing with the process of municipal demarcation, is what appears to be lack of sufficient understanding and attention about MDB processes and legislative requirements in as far as municipal and ward boundaries are concerned.”
Changes to municipal boundaries will be finalised before the 2014 national and provincial elections.