SEMINAR ON THE REDETERMINATION OF MUNICIPAL BOUNDARIES AFFECTING SAKHISIZWE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY HOSTED BY CALUSA AND THE SIRC

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CONTEXTUAL BACKGROUND
In March 2023, the Municipal demarcation board published a proposed municipal boundary
redetermination circular, which, if approved, would see the Sakhisizwe Local Municipality
lose three wards to the Senqu Local Municipality and two villages moving from the Intsika
Yethu Municipality to Sakhisizwe, namely Lower Seplan and Maqwathini villages.
The process of determining the Municipal boundaries was open for 30 days for affected
communities to make written submissions on the proposed redetermination of Municipal
Boundaries. CALUSA and the SIRC made a written submission to the Demarcation Board
on the proposed redetermination of Municipal Boundaries 1
Phase 2 of the process of redetermining Municipal Boundaries, according to the
Demarcation Board’s Circular 1 of 2023, should begin once the demarcation board has
considered all submissions and published its decision; the public should be afforded an
opportunity to comment on the decision.

PROBLEMS WITH THE DEMARCATION BOARD’S PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS
Public participation in South Africa is an important aspect of our democracy because, in the
past, people were marginalised from having a say in matters that affected them based on
race, they were treated as subjects, and the post-1994 era is supposed to undo this.

The demarcation board has been engaged thus far by CALUSA in Conjunction with the
newly established NGO, Sakhisizwe Information and Research Centre (SIRC), and the
Xalanga Civic Platform to provide more information concerning the rationale behind the
proposal to redetermine municipal boundaries affecting the Sakhisizwe Municipality. The information has recently been received from the demarcation board, two months past the deadline for written submissions.

BUILDING COMMUNITY AWARENESS AROUND THE DEMARCATION ISSUE
In response to the proposal to redetermine Municipal boundaries, CALUSA and the SIRC
have decided to hold a seminar to inform community structures about the proposal to
redetermine Municipal boundaries in the Sakhisizwe Municipal Area and what its
implications will be, with the aim of soliciting the structures’ views and to develop a shared
position based on the submission made by CALUSA and the SIRC and the inputs to be
made by the community structures that will be participating in the programme.

1 See CALUSA and SIRC Submission Objecting to the Proposed Municipality Boundary
Redeterminations
https://calusa.co.za/2023/06/06/submission-objecting-the-proposed-redetermination-of-municipality-boundaries-the-case-of-the-sakhisizwe-municitipality/

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