Index Baviaans, Ikwezi and Camdeboo stakeholders have until 30 July to make submissions about proposed merger
Date Added: 13 July 2015

Residents and stakeholders from the Baviaans, Ikwezi and Camdeboo local municipalities have until the 30th of July to make submissions with the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB), which is responsible for the determination of municipal boundaries, regarding the proposed merger of the three municipalities into one larger municipality.

The written representations and views can be sent to:

The Municipal Demarcation Board
Private bag X 123, Centurion 0046,
Fax 086 524 8643

The merger of the three municipalities is expected to better service delivery for their communities.

While the municipalities are vast in terms of land mass, they are among the smallest in the country in terms of population and economic activities, which means they have small revenue bases from which to fund projects such as housing delivery, job creation and other public services without assistance from government in the form of grants.

Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, in April added his support to the idea, which was proposed by the Minister of Cooperative Governance, Pravin Gordhan, saying that this will assist government to speed up service delivery and deal with financial challenges faced by these municipalities.

“It has to be the sense of scale in terms of ability to generate scale, to generate revenue, the ability to invite support in terms of national fiscal, in terms of equitable shares. The larger you are, the more likely you are to get resources and the capacity to support the municipality.

“We think it will go a long way, but of course, it must follow due processes and I hope the Demarcation Board will in due course be able to make a determination on this regard,” Musualle said.

The Eastern Cape Provincial Government and the Sarah Baartman District Municipality are also assisting local municipalities to ensure that they better manage their funds and achieve better audit outcomes.

“The ability to provide leadership supervision over the municipal council, it's something we have joined hands with the municipalities particularly to target the most needy municipalities for support,” the Premier said.

The Municipal Demarcation Board also held public meetings with stakeholders and residents in the Ikwezi, Baviaans and Camdeboo local municipalities from April 15th to 17th.

The legal process of merging the municipalities – including public consultations, the creation of new wards, is expected to be completed by October this year.

Elsewhere in the Eastern Cape, the Municipal Demarcation Board met residents about the proposed mergers of the Gariep and Maletswai Municipalities; the Nxuba and Nkonkobe Municipalities and the Inkwanca, Tsolwana and Lukhanji Municipalities.