BES: Overview of past activities


Sydney on Vaal Community Property Association Executive Committee election

The Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development appointed EISA to manage the election of an executive committee for the Sydney on Vaal Communal Property Association (CPA) situated within the Frances Baard District Municipality, Northern Cape province. BES held consultative meetings with the outgoing committee and department officials and commenced with the nominations phase. Voting and announcement of election results takes place at the AGM.

Krokodilkraal Co-owners Association Executive Committee Election

The Krokodilkraal Co-owners Association is a legal body and consists of 117 original co-owners of Krokodilkraal Farm in Brits in the North-West province. Elections were held in terms of the Krokodilkraal Co-owners Association Constitution. BES set up the polling station and managed voting and counting of manual ballots in the presence of observers and announced the election results in the meeting.

Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) National Working Committee (NWC)

BES was appointed to manage the election of its National Working Committee at the Treatment Action Campaign's 7th National Elective Congress, which was held in Benoni, Gauteng. Two hundred voting delegates from across provinces gathered to elect four national office bearers and five national sector leaders for youth, men, women, LGBTQIA and PLHIV sectors.

Hotazel Mangenese Mine Education Trust (HMMET) Board of Trustees

The Tshikululu Social Investments NPC, a South African social investment fund manager and advisor, appointed EISA to manage the election of two community independent Trustees for the Hotazel Manganese Mine Education Trust. BES advertised the election and nomination criteria in the local newspaper, deployed electoral staff to conduct registration of voters and facilitate the nominations process of candidates in the eight villages. Voters cast their vote in early December.


Dikuno Tsa Sechaba Community Trustees Selection: July 2016 to February 2017

Dikuno Tsa Sechaba Development Trust registration

The Dikuno Tsa Sechaba is a development trust that has been established to serve the local communities who are the beneficiaries of the land that the Anglo Platinum mine operates on.

EISA has been contracted to assist with the selection process of the community trustees from these benefit areas. Dikuno Tsa Sechaba Development Trust registrationThis entailed informing the community about the upcoming selection process; training, evaluating and selecting community members to assist in the registration and nomination process; conducting the registration and nomination process; publication of results and assisting with the selection panel review process.

Registration process

The registration phase ran from the 21-25 September 2016 in the five communities, namely Smash Block,Northam Ward 7,Northam Ward 8,Mantsere Traditional Village and Sebilong.
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Dikuno Tsa Sechaba Development Trust candidate selection interviewAppointment Process
Dikuno Tsa Sechaba Development Trust candidate selection interview

Public Interviews of the shortlisted candidates have been concluded at Amandulbult Recreation Club, Tumela Mine. Candidates from specified communities were interviewed by a Selection Panel constituted in terms of the Trust Deed and those graded first, second, third, fourth and fifth will be the five Community Trustees for the next 5 years and those graded six to ten will be the Alternate Trustees.

The announcement of the successful candidates is 21 days from the date of interviews and once the Trustees are satisfied that the selections process was free and fair.


Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity

After the formation of a partnership between EISA and Africans Rising, a newly formed continental civil society movement, EISA was asked to conduct the election for AR’s first coordinating collective. The election gave EISA and AR the opportunity to work together to strengthen the organisation’s continental footprint. EISA designed the election methodology and assisted the AR interim working committee to establish an international nominations committee, draft the terms of reference for the committee, brief its members on their roles and functions and set up the online voting platform and SMS voting. Forty-six candidates, representing individuals and various organisations from across the diaspora, contested the election in November 2018. Voters were able to cast their votes electronically on BES’s online voting platform and email via a link and a one-time pin. The election was conducted successfully and generated interest across the continent.


Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity (African Rising)

The Africans Rising Interim Working Committee (IWC), a recently launched continental civil society movement, appointed EISA to conduct the election for its coordinating collective. This election provides EISA and Africans Rising with the opportunity to work together to strengthen the organisation’s continental footprint. During this reporting period EISA designed the election methodology in consultation with the IWC. The election will be completed in the new year, with provision made for online and SMS voting.

Mafisa Radio Station

EISA conducted the election for eight board members of Mafisa Radio FM on 29 April at a village outside Rustenburg. Community members attended and voted by a show of hands.


Traditional Council Elections conducted

BES was contracted by the Northwest Local Government and Traditional Affairs department to conduct Traditional Council elections for 55 Traditional Communities in the Northwest where Traditional Council elections were conducted. The elections took place within the North West Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Act, 2009 that determines that 40% of the members of Traditional Councils be democratically elected by Traditional Communities. BES was responsible for the entire electoral process, including registering voters, conducting voter education, nominations, voting and counting. To ensure that capacity was built in the province, EISA contracted and trained over 1000 members of the community as electoral staff.

North West Province 2014 Traditional council elections preparation

In 2013, EISA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Member of Executive Council of the North West Province's Provincial Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Manketsi Tlhape, to conduct elections for 52 traditional councils in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati, Ngaka Modiri Molema and Bojanala Platinum Districts.

Voter registration took place in late November 2014 followed by the candidate nomination process and production of the voters' roll which was audited and presented for inspection. Objections to candidates and voters' roll entries and appeals by candidates and the voters objected were processed and the final rolls were published. In terms of the South African Traditional Leadership and Governance Act of 2005. The elections were tabled for 25 January 2014.

Traditional council voting

According to the set schedule, elections took place on 25 January 2014.The count was conducted immediately after polling and the results were given to candidates and posted outside polling stations thereafter.