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Independent Municipal Demarcation Authority Bill on Track

May 20, 2022

Department of Cooperative Governance

The cooperative governance department plans to table the Draft Independent Municipal Demarcation Authority Bill in parliament.

The cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma confirmed this during the department’s 2022 Budget Vote speech in parliament.

The draft bill was published for comment in 2020.

The minister pointed out that the proposed amendments to the Municipal Demarcation Act are largely based on “proposals received from the Municipal Demarcation Board based on lessons learnt over time”.

She added that the 21 Year Review of Local Government will be concluded this year.

“By utilising the 21 Year Review prism we shall be in a better position to introduce further reforms”, she said.

Referring to the Local Government: Municipal Systems Amendment Bill, recently passed by parliament and sent to president Ramaphosa for assent, the minister indicated that the bill “standardises the processes related to the appointment of municipal managers and managers directly accountable to municipal managers”.

“It also provides for competency criteria for such appointments, whilst prohibiting the holders of such offices from political positions”, she said.

“We firmly believe that this legislative intervention, together with the provisions introduced through amendments to the Structures Act, will address many of the governance challenges that are facing municipalities”, said the minister.