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. This 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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.