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The Demarcation Board has divided the City of Cape Town into 111 geographic areas called wards to effectively manage service delivery to the whole city. Wards are represented by ward councillors elected by registered voters in the community. The ward councillor must look after the interests of all residents in the community regardless of the political party they support or even if they did not vote or are not South African citizens. The ward councillor is advised by the ward committee.  

Ward Committees

What is a Ward Committee?

A Ward Committee consists of a group of up to 10 community representatives who are associated with the prescribed sectors in their ward. The Ward Committee acts as a forum for community-related issues and is chaired by the ward councillor. Although the Ward Committee has no delegated powers, it serves as a direct link between the community and the structures of council.

Role and functions

The membership of the Ward Committee should be representative of the registered community-based organisations in the ward, and Ward Committee members must regularly consult with their sectors to advise the ward councillor on needs and priorities. Issues marked for attention may then be taken to the subcouncil for formal consideration.

Ward Committees aim to increase the participation of local residents in municipal decision-making. Its members can identify and propose projects to improve the lives of its residents as well as monitor service delivery issues that are a concern in the community. With the assistance of the ward councillor and input from the community via its sectoral representatives, the Ward Committee can ensure that residents are well represented in local government.

Online resources

Click on the following documentation for more information:

Community Organisations

Community-based organisations (CBOs) are voluntary organisations representing common interests. They are very important to the City for communication and consultation purposes. Each subcouncil (SC) maintains a database of registered CBOs in each ward in its area.

From time to time Council will request CBOs to re-register in order to ensure that information is as accurate as possible and to ensure they are regularly mandated to speak on behalf of their communities.  If you do not see your organisation in the database, click here to download the application form.

View list of current registered Organisations


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