Question NW2233 to the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

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14 November 2016 - NW2233

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether ward committees are dissolved by his department or the local municipal council on a local government election day; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) Whether all ward committees were dissolved in all municipalities on 3 August 2016; if not, in each case, (a) why not and (b) what are the names of the municipalities where ward committees were not dissolved, (3) Whether any costs were incurred for any ward committees that were not dissolved on 3 August 2016 after the local government elections; if so, what are the relevant details in each case? NW2563E


1)  Ward committees are dissolved by local municipal councils in line with the Local Government Municipal Regulations for the Term of Office of Ward Committee Members (2009). The Regulations seek to regulate the implementation of section 75 of the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, no.117 of 1998, which provides for the alignment of the term of office of ward committees to that of municipal council (5 years).

(2)(a)In line with section 75 of the Municipal Structures Act all ward committees across provinces and municipalities were dissolved and ceased to exist from 3 August 2016 with the exception of two local municipalities in the province of Kwazulu Natal.

Ward Committees in the two municipalities were allowed to serve beyond the approved term of office to ensure and allow for smooth transition and provide hand over reports to new councils and were only dissolved at the end of September 2016.

The following are the municipalities where ward committee served beyond the approved term of office:

  1. Ingwe Local Municipality, and
  2. Emadlangeni Local Municipality

(3) The following table reflects details of costs incurred per municipality:


Number of wards

Cost incurred



90 000





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