On Tuesday the 12th of February saw the community of ward 23 at Mangolong village and surrounding areas having an opportunity to access services provided by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) at their community hall, without having to travel long distance.

The FSCA is the market conduct regulator of financial institutions, that provide financial products and financial services, financial institutions that are licensed in terms of a financial sector law, including banks, insurers, retirement funds and administrators, and market infrastructures.

The Regulator saw a need to conduct roadshows in rural areas this in partnership with the department of economic development, environmental affairs and Tourism Consumer Protection Unit, with the aim to assist and relocate ex-miners who did not get their pension monies after they retired from various mines in South Africa. This as to give beneficiaries what is due to them. Speaking on an exclusive interview with our Communications Unit, Mr. Elliot Modisa - Consumer Education Manager indicated that they are verifying applications and assisting claimants to fill in their claim forms. He further indicated that those who could not go to Mangolong on Tuesday, they can go to the Department of Economic Affairs in Maluti for assistance.

“By going out to rural areas, we want to ensure an efficient financial sector where our customers are informed about our services and are treated fairly,” said Mr Modisa. He also advised the public to be aware of people who ask them to pay in order to access these services.

Alfred Nzo region and Matatiele in particular, is facing a challenge of ex mine workers and their beneficiaries that are exploited by people who claim to assist them in claiming their pensions from their former places of employment. Communities are further discouraged to continue submitting their documentations to people who claim to assist them with a fee of R1 500.

Matatiele LM executive committee led by the mayor met with Matatiele business owners on the 05th of December 2018 at 17h00 to discuss with business owners plans to boost the economy of Matatiele, whilst empowering the designated groups of our community.

Through this engagement, political principals and administration executives of the municipality interacted with the business community to highlight plans in relation to special programmes activities. Key aims of the engagement were to formulate working relations with the business community; to present municipal programmes for partnership purposes, and to reach an agreement about sponsorship for identified key programmes.

We would like to extend a word of gratitude to all business owners who came through and pledged their support to assist in bettering the lives of designated groups. Indeed together we can move Matatiele forward.

Matatiele local municipality continues to radically address service delivery backlogs, with electricity and construction of access roads being one of the main priorities.

The municipality through the Infrastructure Services Department (ISD) appointed  Mabona Civils to build a bridge amounting to R8.8 million. This project is set to better the lives of more than 200 community members of Freystata in ward 15 and further create job opportunities.

“We are happy to have been provided with a construction of a bridge, it was difficult for us to go to town during rainy days” expressed Mme Mathabo Lebenya - a community member.

More projects are on tender stage, include amongst others, Ngcwengane and Nomgavu Bridges in wards 7 and 18. 

The Mayor of Matatiele local municipality Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla joined by Executive Committee Members will on Thursday the 12th of July 2018 handover various electrification projects in Wards 3, 4, 5 and 9 and also introduce contractors who will roll out 2018/2019 projects.

The municipality has managed to reduce the electricity backlog which was sitting at 45% in 2015 to less than 30% with 19 492 households not connected to the national electrification grid. 

Through these electrification projects, about 3 802 households were connected to the national electrification grid during the 2017/2018 financial year in the following areas: Chibini, Pamlaville, Nkali, New-Resh, Chere, Thotaneng, Nyaniso – Nkalweni, Bubesi A & B, St. Benhards, Mahareng, Madlangala, Mahangu, Magayazidlele, Zikhalini and Maphokong Edrayini, Kwa – Mbobo, Gudlintaba, Khashule and Makgwaseng. 17 local labourers were employed in each project and 2 qualified electrification students were trained. 

Mayor Mbedla said the municipality is appreciative of the patience that these communities have displayed since the municipality consulted with them over its challenges.

“As part of the implementation of the National Development Plan, the municipality continues to provide access to energy through the Integrated National Electrification Programme (INEP) working with the Department of Energy and Eskom. The aim of this programme is to ensure sustainable development and growth of the economy through increased access to electricity,” he said.

In the current fiscal year, the municipality is planning to reduce the backlog by 1 960 connections in these life changing multimillion projects; Black Diamond, Goxe and Matias, Khohlong and Tsitsong. 

Furthermore, in the pipeline awaiting the 14 days objection period will be the communities of Nice Field and Mateleng, Nkungwini and Pamlaville Phase 2 who will become happy recipients of electrification projects.

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