In the Cape Colony and later the Cape Province: a local government body consisting of a council of elected members responsible for the provision of services outside municipal boundaries; DCnoun1 Also attributive.
Introduced in 1855, divisional councils were superseded by regional services councils (see RSC) in the late 1980s.
1855Act 5 inG.W. EybersSel. Constit. Doc. (1918) 83Every such district shall elect one person to be a member of the Divisional Council of such division.
1855Act 5 inG.W. EybersSel. Constit. Doc. (1918) 71V. All persons..registered as voters..shall be entitled to vote for the members of the divisional council.
1864Act 27 inStat. of Cape of G.H. (1868) 113It shall be lawful for the divisional council of any division..to employ..labourers to eradicate and burn the said weed.
1871J. McKayReminisc. 277Why should not Divisional Councils expend a little money for the extirpation of ignorance, as well as the burr-weed.
c1881A. DouglassOstrich Farming 234The Divisional Council valuations can always be obtained by inquiring at the Divisional Council office, which is in the town where the district magistrate resides.
1915D. FairbridgeTorch Bearer 304What state are the roads in then, that one of the horses should have come down..? I will tell Johannes to write to the Divisional Council.
1926M. NathanS. Afr. from Within 254The Cape rural districts are governed by divisional councils, which are mainly concerned with roads and bridges, and have the power to raise rates for carrying out their objects.
1942Off. Yr Bk of Union No. 22, 1941 (Union Office of Census & Statistics) 93Divisional Councils, The powers and functions of divisional councils..relate to the maintenance of roads, bridges, pontoons and ferries, and the control of outspans and trekpaths; local rating; vehicle taxation; and public health.
1951L.G. GreenGrow Lovely 144Trapping of game on the mountain slopes was discussed by a special meeting of the Divisional Council in 1910.
1978Rhodeo (Rhodes Univ.) 28 July 5In February 1975 the Cape Divisional Council rounded up squatters in the peninsula and resettled them at Crossroads.
1988Race Rel. Survey 1987–8 (S.A.I.R.R.) 122As a result of the establishment of RSCs a number of bodies were abolished, including the 13 development boards, the Transvaal Board of Peri-Urban Areas and 38 divisional councils in the Cape.
In the Cape Colony and later the Cape Province: a local government body consisting of a council of elected members responsible for the provision of services outside municipal boundaries; DCnoun Also attributive.
Hence divisional councillornoun phrase, a member of a divisional council.
1980Grocott’s Mail 30 Sept. 5Dias Divisional Councillor Mr J— L— was acquitted last Wednesday on a speeding charge after a speed trap...was described..as ‘highly irregular and illegal’ by a Grahamstown magistrate.
1982E. Prov. Herald 18 June 2The committee would resume its hearing on Tuesday when it would start concentrating on getting evidence from divisional councillors.
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