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Chairperson Thabo Manyoni – we asked him to unpack for our readers how this important cog fits into the local government elections. Please provide an in depth overview of the work of the MDB? 2021 marks the 21st anniversary of the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB). We are a Constitutionally-created body and the only demarcation authority in the country. The MDB as an independent authority has continued to deliver its mandate without fear, favour or prejudice. Our mandate is derived from the Municipal Demarcation Act (Act No. 27 of 1998) and Municipal Structures Act (Act No. 117 of 1998) and to this end the MDB: • Determines and re-determines municipal boundaries • Delimits ward boundaries for local government elections • Conducts municipal capacity assessments to ascertain whether municipalities have the requisite capability to fulfil their constitutional obligations • Advises the responsible MECs on the allocation of powers and

functions between local and district municipalities • Provides advisory services on related local government matters. The MDB has played an instrumental role in deepening democracy in South Africa through the reversal of apartheid spatial logic - creating boundaries that do not run along ethnic, racial or class lines, integrated settlements, facilitated an equitable service delivery and an inclusive tax-base to foster socio-economic development. Part of your mandate is to determine the boundaries of municipalities together with the wards within these municipalities. When are these boundaries determined? To be clear - the MDB is responsible for delimiting municipal inner (wards) and outer boundaries but is not responsible for provincial boundaries. Wards are delimited every five years preceding the local government elections (LGE) – the next one will take place this year – and municipal boundaries are done once every five years.

To be clear - the MDB is responsible for delimiting municipal inner (wards) and outer boundaries but is not responsible for provincial boundaries. Wards are delimited every five years preceding the local government elections (LGE) – the next one will take place this year – and municipal boundaries are done once every five years.

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