MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FROM MR ANDRIES NEL, MP, DEPUTY MINISTER FOR CO-OPERATIVE GOVERNANCE & TRADITIONAL AFFAIRS TO THE MUNICIPAL DEMARCATION BOARD (MDB) ON THE OCCASION OF THE CELEBRATION OF ITS TWENTY YEARS OF EXISTENCE
We congratulate the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) on its twentieth birthday.
The MDB has played a vital role in the long, complex, difficult, but also exciting, journey of building democratic developmental local government and transforming the painful legacy of spatial injustice bequeathed by the ruinous and unjust system of more than 1200 segregated apartheid local entities.
The MDB continues to be a firm and important ally in achieving our National Development Plan’s goal of transforming the national space economy and ensuring that by 2030 South Africa observes meaningful and measurable progress in reviving rural areas and in creating more functionally integrated, balanced and vibrant urban settlements.
The MDB has participated actively in both the formulation and implementation of the Integrated Urban Development Plan (IUDF) which marks a New Deal for South African cities and towns.
The IUDF aims at steering urban growth towards a sustainable model of compact, connected and coordinated cities and towns that are liveable, safe, resource-efficient, socially integrated, economically inclusive and globally competitive, where residents actively participate in urban life.
The MDB has also supported the Back to Basics approach to supporting municipalities to ensure that they put people first, deliver basic services, practice good governance, adhere to sound financial management and build capable institutions.
The MDB has carried out the often sensitive task of demarcating municipalities and wards in a way that is independent and credible. In so doing has contributed to consolidating our constitutional democracy and building a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous nation.
We commend the leadership and officials of the MDB, past and present, for acquitting their difficult and complex tasks with dedication and integrity, often under difficult circumstances.
We thank Ms Jane Thupana, the Chairperson, and members of the MDB as well as Mr Muthotho Sigidi, the CEO, and staff of the MDB for the excellent working relationship that we have enjoyed with them. We wish them well in their future endeavours.
As the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs we respect the independence of the MDB and undertake to continue supporting its important work and ensuring the collaboration of all relevant stakeholders in the spirit of co-operative governance.