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w2 independent candidate campaign course 11 january 2023


Key Points

  • Successful campaigns usually require a campaign manager to coordinate the campaign's operations.

  • Activists are the 'foot soldiers' who are loyal to the cause. They are the true believers who will carry the run by volunteer activists.

  • Political consultants advise campaigns on virtually all of their activities from research to field strategy.

  • There are different departments created while assembling the staff in order to structure all of the campaign roles.

Key Terms

  • pollster: A professional whose primary job is conducting pre-election polls.

  • consultant: A person whose occupation is to be consulted for their expertise, advice, or help in an area or specialty. Alternatively, a party whose business is to be similarly consulted.

  • quadrennial: Happening every four years.

  • activist: A person who is politically active in the role of a citizen; especially, one who campaigns for change

In a modern political campaign, the campaign organization will have a coherent structure and staff like any other large business. Political campaign staff is the people who formulate and implement the strategy needed to win an election. Many people have made careers out of working full-time for campaigns and groups that support them. However, in other campaigns much of the staff might be unpaid volunteers.

w1 independent candidate course 4 january 2023


To contest a municipal election as an independent ward candidate, you don't need to register as a party does. You must be nominated and submit the required documents during the candidate nomination period, which is detailed in the election timetable published once an election date has been proclaimed.

An Independent Ward Candidate can be nominated by a person (the Nominator) who:

  • ordinarily resides in the municipality in that ward; and

  • is registered on that municipal segment of the voters' roll.

The following documents must be submitted:

  • A prescribed nomination form signed by the Nominator (published before municipal elections).

  • A prescribed acceptance of nomination form (published before municipal elections) signed by the candidate which includes an undertaking to be bound by the Code of Conduct and a declaration that the candidate is not disqualified from standing in the elections in terms of the Constitution or other applicable legislation together with a copy of the first page of their ID book.

  • A copy of the page of the candidate's ID book on which the candidate's photo, name and ID number appear (no need to be certified).

  • A prescribed form (published before municipal elections) containing the names, surnames, ID Numbers and signatures of at least fifty (50) voters whose names appear on the voters' roll of any one of the voting districts of the ward the candidate is contesting.

  • The prescribed election deposit of R1,000.00 paid by means of a bank guaranteed cheque in favour of the Electoral Commission.

  • An A5 colour photo (head and shoulders) of the independent ward candidate as first choice, but black and white will not be rejected.

Please note: An Independent Ward Candidate must submit the required documents before the deadline stated in the election timetable.

What do independent candidates do? Independent candidates can contest elections on the basis of their personal appeal or to promote an ideology different from any party. Independents currently hold 6 seats in the Indian Parliament.



Pretoria - Property developer Balwin has announced plans to build the Mooi­kloof Mega City development east of of the city.

The development will initially have 16 000 apartments at a present value of about R9.6 billion in phases over the next few years in what the company described as one of the world’s largest sectional title projects.

This may be extended to up to 50 000 apartments, with a total development value of about R44bn in today’s terms, the group said. Apartment prices will range from R499 000 to R799 000.

Balwin said that the project would provide a much-needed economic injection in the post-Covid-19 environment, creating roughly 115 000 direct and indirect job opportunities throughout its life cycle.

Mooikloof Mega City is located off Garsfontein Drive and an estimated 6km from the junction with De Ville Bois Mareuil Drive, where Woodlands Boulevard Mall is located, and 8km from Solomon Mahlangu Drive, which gives access to the N4 and other main arterial routes.

w51 list of political parties in south africa 20 december 2022


  • ANC African National Congress