February is known to be the safety month, and as such the municipality together with partners we have targeted this month to roll-out some of our safety programmes. The Municipality is conducting two major awareness programmes targeting people with disabilities and the community in general for HIV prevention.
#Disability rights re. public transport
The Alfred Nzo Department of Transport in partnership with Matatiele Local Municipality will on the 15th February 2017 host the Public Safety Awareness session for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in Matatiele. The session will seek to address challenges currently witnessed in relation to public transport services rendered PWDs in and around Matatiele. The Department of Transport has a mandate to change the status quo for better, whilst the MLM designated groups strategy compels the municipality to prioritise the wellbeing of PWDs amongst other groups. It is our wish to bring stigmatization and suffering of PWDs to an end. One of the ways to realize this is through awareness sessions, to educate transport operators and road users on the White Paper re. Disability Rights.
As the champion of our designated group strategy, you are requested to welcome the attendees of the Disability awareness campaign scheduled to take place as follows:
Date : 15 FEBRUARY 2017
Time : 10H00
Venue : MATATIELE TOWN HALL
A decision was made by the Eastern Cape AIDS Council to ride the Valentine’s day wave in order to remind our people about the danger of unprotected sex. For this reason, the week of Feb 14 is known to be the condom week. Through this approach we hope to remove formalities on the issue of HIV prevention and hopefully introduce some humor as a tool to help educate communities about serious risks involved in unprotected sex. This includes the risk of catching and spreading sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS as well as helping to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Part of that has been to come up with slogans through the years for the week such as:
Don't be silly, protect your willy/bowie
if you’re smart, you’ll shroud your spout
It will be sweeter if you wrap it
No glove, no love!
So this is what we will be doing together with our major partner in this case – DOH and other stakeholder like TB/HIV Care, World Vision etc. The whole day activations will be held as ff:
15th @ Uncedo taxi rank
16th @ Drakensburg Taxi rank
17th at the Matat bus stop