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Social cohesion and demarcations

30 October 2018
12:15 - 14:00

Date: 30 October 2018
Time: 12:15 – 14:00
Venues: Pretoria, Durban, PE and Cape Town

The Municipal Demarcation Board is confronted with challenges of municipal boundary demarcations. Municipal boundary demarcations often result in disputes especially in areas where there are traditional leaders presence. There are communities for example which prefer to stay where they are and not to be moved elsewhere. Others expressed a need to have their own municipalities. These pose a potential conflict especially in traditional areas which are characterised by socio-cultural dynamics hence demarcations in those areas are a potential source of strife. Against this backdrop, the seminar aims to understand why municipal boundary demarcations in traditional areas are a potential source of strife and discontentment. There is a need to engage in how to resolve spatial transformation challenges when demarcating municipal boundaries in traditional areas. We need to propose the best way in which municipal boundary demarcations challenges could be resolved to enhance social cohesion and integrated development.

Programme Director: Professor M. Kanyane Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery, HSRC






12h15 – 12h20

Opening remarks

Professor M. Kanyane (DGSD, HSRC)




12h20 –  12h40

Municipal Boundary Demarcation in Traditional areas: A potential source of strife?

Liz Mazibuko (Manager: GIS, MDB)

12h40 – 13h00

Municipal demarcation challenges affecting traditional communities and leadership – Proposals and response mechanisms

Hosi M Ntsanwisi (NHTL)




13h05 – 13h20

Reflection by Panellists on the key issues raised during presentations & on other related matters

1. Jane Thupana (Chairperson of the Board, MDB) (13h05 – 13h10)

2.Johan Meiring (Director: Information Management, DTA)

(13h10 – 13h15)

3.Father SmangalisoMkhatshwa (Chairperson of Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM) (DAC) (13h15 – 13h20)


13h20 – 13h55

Discussions and way forward 

– Discussions

– Way forward                                                      

All (audience)

13h55 –  14h00


Session Chair





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