Democratic Alliance eThekwini objections to gazetted ward demarcations

Note: A response was received from the MDB’s Robert Willemse acknowledging this submission:
“All submissions will be considered by the Board. In terms of the Structures Act, 1998, the Board may confirm, withdraw/vary a delimitation. The final decisions of the MDB will be gazetted after 19 August 2010.”

A further response from Robert relating to when these Demarcations will be reflected in the IEC data follows:
“The MDB already submitted some of its ward delimitations to the IEC – to empower the IEC to prepare for the 2011 elections.
All wards, including the final wards for eThekwini, will be submitted to the IEC by 1 Sept 2010. The MDB will consider all recorded objections by 19 Aug 2010.”


Summary: DA in eThekwini objections to 1 July gazetted ward demarcation proposals

The DA submitted proposals with the key intention of reuniting fragmented communities and during the consultation process reminded the MDB that it has a legislated mandate to do the same. We are disappointed that despite this the second round of MDB proposals do not address the issue of several communities split between multiple wards.

We’ve just completed a very successful FIFA Soccer World Cup tournament in our country which has helped unite our people. Coming out of the event, where we’ve all seen what government can do if it sets its mind to it, the one thing we have common agreement on is the prioritisation of service delivery, something our Government has been emphasising of late.

All proposals tabled should thus seek to improve service delivery and therefore the more practical the shapes wards have and the more easily recognisable the ward is to the surrounding communities, the more effective the ward councillor will be able to be.

The proposals tabled by the DA, ANC and the original MDB proposals do not require the splitting of any Voting Districts. Further, the DA proposals succeed in reuniting several communities which had been split over multiple wards in both the old and new MDB proposals and the ANC proposals.

It is our contention thus, that of the three sets of proposals, the DA’s proposals are most compliant with the legislation and most likely to result in an improvement in service delivery. Wards which are as closely identifiable with communities as possible will thus greatly simplify the process of finding the correct ward councillor when a community member is in need.

We are concerned that the MDB has accepted only one of the DA’s proposals which seeks to reunite fragmented communities and particularly the basis upon which such selective application has been made. Our proposals for wards 12 and 14 which intended to address the KwaNdengezi community being split in two were accepted, yet proposals in other areas such as Verulam which arguably had more merit were not.

Warwick Chapman and Geoff Pullan
Democratic Alliance Demarcation Coordinators, eThekwini Muncipality


FORM MDB5 (Download)

WARD DELIMITATION
OBJECTION IN TERMS OF ITEM 5(2) OF SCHEDULE 1 TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT: MUNICIPAL STRUCTURES ACT, 1998

Name of municipality: eThekwini
Code: ETH
Name of aggrieved person/institution: Democratic Alliance
Contact person in case of an institution: Warwick Chapman and Geoff Pullan
Address: c/o City Hall, Durban
Tel. number:  N/A Cell number: 083 7797 094 and 083 6959190
Email address: ward18@ethelkwini.org and geoffpullan@iafrica.com

We hereby object to the delimitation of the boundaries of the following wards:

WARD REASON/MOTIVATION
102 Very strange shape, no recognisable community served
34 Observe the very significant boundary that is the N2 national highway
35 Observe the very significant boundary that is the N2 national highway
11 Observe the very significant boundary that is the N2 national highway
30 Unify split Cato Manor community under a single ward
31 Observe N3 and Ridge Rd as boundaries
32 Observe N3 and Ridge Rd as boundaries
26 Unify split CBD and South beach communities
27 Unify split North beach and Morningside communities
28 Unify split Musgrave and Greyville communities
29 Unify split Chesterville community
18 Reunites Pinetown community under a single ward
24 Reunites Westville community under a single ward
52 Unnecessary changes
53 Unnecessary changes
55 Unnecessary changes
57 Unnecessary changes
9 Unify split Hillcrest community under a single ward
9 (VD Split) Ratio in which this VD is split is probably incorrect
10 Unify split Hillcrest community under a single ward
91/6 Split VD and correct unwieldy shape

We request the Municipal Demarcation Board to consider the following alternative proposals:

Ward Preferred VD listing Motivation
102 43362288        1983
43360725        2422
43360736        2155
43362042        2624
43360624        3117
43360635        1121
43362222        3110
Total:                16532
In the case of ward 102,  VD 43350049 contains the land upon which the significant Cornubia housing development will take place.  Cornubia is planned to contain over 70000 individual housing units[1] which are to be built between this election and the next.
We thus expect Cornubia to become either a ward of its own, or more likely, several new wards once completed.  The DA’s proposal for this area caters for this eventuality and ensures that the splits can be executed easily without producing oddly shaped wards as would result from the other proposals.
Lastly, our proposal for ward 58 succeeds in keeping the airport and beachfront communities in a single ward while not affecting the unity of the Verulam community which we consildated into Ward 60.
35 43350016        3603
43350049        1893
43350050        2800
43350027        3435
43350038        3986
Total:                15717
In our proposals, we specifically structured wards 102 (above), 36 (MDB accepted our proposal) 35, 34 and 11 such that they observed the very significant boundary that is the N2 national highway.
34 43360455        2030
43360466        1400
43360444        2618
43360499        2792
43360398        2790
43360477        3190
43360488        1444
Total:                16264
In our proposals, we specifically structured wards 102 (above), 36 (MDB accepted our proposal) 35, 34 and 11 such that they observed the very significant boundary that is the N2 national highway.
11 43360589        2378
43360523        2160
43360501        2468
43360512        1068
43360590        1131
43360602        2659
43360613        2202
43362211        2045
Total:                16111
In our proposals, we specifically structured wards 102 (above), 36 (MDB accepted our proposal) 35, 34 and 11 such that they observed the very significant boundary that is the N2 national highway.
30 43371413        3513
43371424        2926
43371828        7159
43371390        4555
Total:                18153
In the gazetted proposals, Cato Manor is split between wards 29, 30 and 101.  The Act specifically requires that in performing demarcation you avoid the fragmentation of communities.  Patently, the Cato Manor community is avoidably split into 3 and thus in contravention of this requirement.
31 43360242        2208
43360286        1182
43360275        2051
43360231        1477
43360219        1592
43360118        1449
43360264        2561
43360309        1731
Total:                14251
Using the very recognisable boundaries of the N3 national highway into the City and the road which runs along the top of the Berea, Ridge Rd, our proposals structured a very recognisable and easily defined set of wards.
Because the Berea comprises high density residential areas immediately adjacent to one another, it is even more important to have very clear boundaries separating wards.  For this reason we tried to make use of the most recognisable boundaries in the area.
We are convinced that service delivery is assisted when a community can easily identify their ward councillor.  Conversely, it is easier for ward councillors to provide a service when the area they serve is easily identifiable.
32 43371244        6603
43371301        2590
43371288        1942
43371299        1639
43371985        2014
Total:                14788
As above
26 43360017        2886
43360040        3047
43360028        3047
43360039        2223
43371255        5514
Total:                16717
In the gazetted proposals, the CBD is split between wards 26 and 28.  The Act specifically requires that in performing demarcation you avoid the fragmentation of communities.  Patently, the CBD community is avoidably split into 2 and thus in contravention of this requirement.
27 43360073        2044
43360062        2839
43360185        2763
43360163        1724
43360174        3114
43360196        1190
43360208        1940
Total:                15614
In the gazetted proposals, the North Beach community is split between wards 26 and 27.  The Act specifically requires that in performing demarcation you avoid the fragmentation of communities.  Patently, the North Beach community is avoidably split into 2 and thus in contravention of this requirement.
28 43360107        2698
43360130        1746
43360084        3298
43360095        2402
43360141        2491
43360152        2269
Total:                14904
In the gazetted proposals, the CBD and parts of Musgrave are lumped into the same ward.  These are vastly distinct communities and while our proposal above addresses the CBD issue, this proposal deals with the Musgrave and Greville communities which are split by these proposals.  The Act specifically requires that in performing demarcation you avoid the fragmentation of communities.  Patently, these communities are avoidably split and thus in contravention of this requirement.
29 43370502        2673
43370388        3762
43371491        1360
43371480        2666
43371839        2617
43371435        2510
Total:                15588
In the gazetted proposals, the Chesterville is split between ward 29 and 24.  These are vastly distinct communities and this proposal and our proposal below for ward 24 seeks to remedy the proposed situaiton.  The Act specifically requires that in performing demarcation you avoid the fragmentation of communities.  Patently, these communities are avoidably split and thus in contravention of this requirement.
18 43390504        3533
43390964        441
43390571        4015
43390515        5502
43390560        2361
Total:                15852
In the gazetted proposals, the Pinetown community is split between ward 18,  21 and 16.  The Act specifically requires that in performing demarcation you avoid the fragmentation of communities.  Patently, these communities are avoidably split and thus in contravention of this requirement.
Our proposal seeks to reunite the entire Pinetown community under a single ward 18, and removing the significant Westville portion currently in ward 18.
24 43390784        1562
43390076        2479
43390201        2956
43390212        2217
43390526        3518
43390087        4189
Total:                16921
In the gazetted proposals, the Westville community is split between wards 18, and 24.  The Act specifically requires that in performing demarcation you avoid the fragmentation of communities.  Patently, these communities are avoidably split and thus in contravention of this requirement.
Westville is a very distinct and identifiable community which is current split across wards 18 and 24, proving counter-productive when community members seek to identify their councillor.
52 43361524        1746
43361535        1308
43361838        2008
43361849        1608
43361850        2195
43361861        1998
43361872        2555
43361883        1145
43361894        2118
Total:                16681
We see no reason whatsoever for the changes made to the wards 52, 53, 55 and 57.  The changes are limited entirely to that group of four wards in that the VDs have been shifted from one ward to an adjacent other until the knock-on effect has been neutralised.
It would appear that the changes are unnecessary and split existing communities.
53 43360129        3701
43360253        1084
43360927        1597
43361287        6627
43361760        1448
43361940        1007
43361951        2009
Total:                17473
We see no reason whatsoever for the changes made to the wards 52, 53, 55 and 57.  The changes are limited entirely to that group of four wards in that the VDs have been shifted from one ward to an adjacent other until the knock-on effect has been neutralised.
It would appear that the changes are unnecessary and split existing communities.
55 43360792        946
43361333        1401
43361344        1392
43361366        1237
43361399        2178
43361401        1678
43361489        2385
43361669        1966
43361670        1480
43362008        2419
Total:                17082
We see no reason whatsoever for the changes made to the wards 52, 53, 55 and 57.  The changes are limited entirely to that group of four wards in that the VDs have been shifted from one ward to an adjacent other until the knock-on effect has been neutralised.
It would appear that the changes are unnecessary and split existing communities.
57 43361557        2769
43361681        3596
43362154        2145
43362165        3689
43362176        2405
43362187        1008
43362244        1123
Total:                16735
We see no reason whatsoever for the changes made to the wards 52, 53, 55 and 57.  The changes are limited entirely to that group of four wards in that the VDs have been shifted from one ward to an adjacent other until the knock-on effect has been neutralised.
It would appear that the changes are unnecessary and split existing communities.
60 43350140        1229
43350072        1600
43350139        1595
43350487        353
43350151        2369
43350195        418
43350162        1658
43350173        2619
43350184        1821
43580820        2701
43584026        467
43584037        736
Total:                17566
The DA’s proposal for Verulam was one of the most important in our package of 53 proposed.  In all the other proposals tabled, the town of Verulam was split over multiple wards for no reason we can readily ascertain.  The legislation as well as the DA’s proposals seek to reunite the fragmented community of Verulam under a single ward councillor.  We thus request some explanation why our sensible proposals have not been accepted.
9 43400078        4088
43400450        2000
43400405        3188
43400797        3693
43400810        996
43400854        798
43400865        2336
43583171        931
Total:                18030
While our proposal for ward 9 did result in an elongated ward, it must be understood that the Hillcrest/Waterfall community resides on either side of Inanda Rd M33 which extends from the east to the west along the length of our proposed ward.
Further, assuming the revised split estimate tabled below is accepted, we propose that in order to reduce the fragmentation of the Hillcrest community, the northern portion of the split VD (43400450) be moved to Ward 9 from ward 10, the Hillcrest High School VD (43400078) be moved back into ward 9 from ward 8, the portion of the split Forest View Primary VD (43400393) be moved into ward 10.  The intention would thus be to create a ward which extends the length of the M33 Inanda Rd.
The Act specifically requires that in performing demarcation you avoid the fragmentation of communities.  Patently, this community has been avoidably split and thus the current proposal for ward 9 is in contravention of this requirement.
10 43400045        4404
43400067        5056
43400393        2689
43400438        2368
43400809        813
43400843        883
Total:                16213
In order to reunify the Hillcrest Community as described above, VD 43400393 is required to move into this ward.
9 (VD Split) 43400450 (Hillcrest Library Activities Room)
The new proposal included in the MDB’s gazetted proposals to split VD 43400450 (Hillcrest Library Activities Room) in two provides an opportunity to address to an extent the elongated nature of our ward 9 proposal.  We do, however, dispute the accuracy of the estimated number of voters in each part of the split VD.
Considering the orthographic overlay below showing location of residential areas, the proposed split for 43400450 is more likely to be 2000 in the northern portion and 137 in the southern portion (and not 1000 and 1137 respectively).  The northern portion contains all of the residential dwellings in the VD and the southern portion only a few farmhouses and rural dwellings.
6/91 Since the 1 July gazetted eThekwini proposals include the splitting of a few VDs, we would like to bring the the attention of the MDB a very unweildy VD which results in a very strangely shaped Ward 6.  43400146 (Kwamyeza School) has an extremely unfortunate shape and sufficient voters (3333) that it should be split into two or preferably three more sensibly shaped VDs.  The Voting Station is in the south eastern end of the VD (Emalangeni) and thus voters in the north west (Moya) are much closer to other VDs.
We would thus propose that 43400146 (Kwamyeza School) be merged with 43400540 (Dept Of Works) and then split into 3 new VDs something along the lines of the rough diagram provided below.

I confirm that:
    each cluster of voting districts form a contiguous ward;
    the number of voters in each ward fall within the minimum and maximum of voters allowed per ward;
    the proposed ward boundaries comply, in general, with the criteria.

SIGNATURE

NAME AND SURNAME

DATE


1. Sutcliffe: http://www.durban.gov.za/durban/government/media/cmn/cmnitem.2008-08-29.4130384866

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