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Matatiele host Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians from the 18th to the 20th of June 2018 at the Maluti Civic Centre.

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians is an organ established by the Constitution of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association - Africa region, it was founded in 1989.

The Eastern Cape Sub-National Branch of the Commonwealth organised well-attended dialogue to implement resolutions of the CWP conference that took place in New York where amongst others, a resolution was taken that the CWP branches must hold workshops and conferences in rural areas to raise awareness for women on their rights to uplift them and highlight the opportunities that are available to them. In responding to the said resolution, the CWP branch of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature resolved to host a two- day dialogue session in Alfred Nzo District in 2018.

Outlining objectives of the CWP dialogue Speaker of the Eastern Cape Legislature, Ms Noxolo Kiviet indicated that, main objectives are to expand accountability by the leadership across the spectrum on women representation, to mobilise active participation of women in government programmes, to critically interrogate involvement of women in Africa agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development. Participants included members of Parliament led by the deputy speaker, Mr Les and National Ministers; MPLs from the national parliament and other Legislatures, councillors from municipalities in Alfred Nzo District, civic society organisations; academic institutions; women delegates form our wards respectively, business fraternity, student organisations, traditional leaders; government institutions, and Africa diaspora.

Women have raised a number of challenges they face on their daily lives, women and children abuse, unemployment were raised sharply during the high level panel discussions that presented about how gender based violence is affecting communities and the opportunities for women at community level and an ooverview of government programmes to address gender inequality.

Building up to the dialogue, political principals accompanied by government officials handed over a house, groceries and provided social work services to a 72 – year old woman - Mrs Moleko at Protea in ward 6. Mrs Moleko looks after 3 grandchildren whereby two of them are living with disabilities and solemnly depend on social grant incentives.

First day of this three - day programme was concluded by a massive “services on wheels” programme at two areas i.e. Maluti and Ha- Nchodu village where communities were able to access government services without having to travel to town. Departments such as Home Affairs, Social Development, SASSA, Health, Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs & Tourism, Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Department of Human Settlements and SAPS formed part of bringing government services closer to the people.

“We are happy as the local municipality to have been given the opportunity to host an event of this calibre, as it had economic spinoffs for our local accommodation establishments, filling stations and catering services companies, to mention but a few” said Cllr Mshuqwana, Matatiele LM speaker. The event also honoured the 100 years’ centenary of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu and remembered one of our own – the late Mme Maggie Resha – a struggle icon who sacrificed her time and contributed to the liberation of our country. Mme Resha hail from Ramohlakoana in Matatiele.

The Matatiele Local Municipality Mayor Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla and the Route 56 Matatiele Forum this afternoon announced the suspension of the roads related protest action.  

Speaking at a joint meeting between Matatiele Local Municipality, R56 Forum leadership and the Department of Roads & Public Works (DRPW), the R56 Forum Chairperson Nhlanhla Dhlamini said although they still have areas of concern, the people of Matatiele have decided to allow things to go back to normal. “After a very difficult discussion with the community members, we have decided to suspend the action and let the DRPW teams on site continue with the maintenance of our roads. We will continue negotiating in good faith to resolve all outstanding issues”, said Dhlamini.

Earlier today, the Mayor led a delegation of Councillors, management and officials, visiting sites where DRPW is busy with road maintenance. The Mayor introduced the working teams and the machinery on-site, to the community. This, as part of a short term intervention to the roads debacle in Matatiele.

“There are issues that we can resolve in the short term like blading of the roads and other things, but there are those that need planning and can be realized in a medium to long term. We want to ensure Matatiele communities that we will work with all stakeholders to address the challenges we are facing’, said Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla.

The municipality will soon organize a meeting between the DRPW, Office of the Premier and the Forum to negotiate the way forward and address other grievances.

From Monday this week, traffic was brought to a standstill in town and nearby areas and shop owners forced to close down their operations, when protest actions resurfaced.

In commemoration of the Africa month, the Matatiele Local Municipality Speaker Cllr. Mshuqwana took the Council meeting to the people of Ramafole on the 29th of May 2018, Council received and approved the municipality’s final budget tabled by the Mayor, Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla.

The approved budget comprises of a capital budget amounting to R142 million, as well as the operational budget of R337 million.

The Mayor assured Matatiele residents that their frustrations and challenges are on top of their agenda. “It is our mandate as this Council to ensure that, we provide access roads, electricity, clean and healthy environment. Creation of a conducive environment for investments, and promotion of economic development also tops our agenda,” he said.

The budget was presented under difficulties that the country is currently facing in relation to economic growth, resulting to reduced financial resources for the municipality.

Property rates will not increase in terms of rate randage charge. Exemptions will be increased from R55 0000 To R65 000.

Rebates will be increased from 35% to 40% for residential properties, from 10% to 15% for business, government and industrial properties (no exemption), and from 65% to 70% for agricultural/farm properties.

On Electricity - as per advice from National Treasury based on depending on NERSA approval, municipal electricity will increase by 6.84%. The refuse removal charges will be increased below inflation at 5%.

Other municipal charges relating to utilization of municipal services, hall hire fees, and other charges will also be increased by 5%.

Turning his focus to the state of the Municipality, the Mayor assured communities that in spite of the challenges in relation to roads, electricity, potholes and refuse removal - ‘a new dawn has come’.  “Necessary measures will be taken to ensure that today is better than yesterday and tomorrow will be better than today. He went on to say now is the time for all of us to work together, in honour of Nelson Mandela, to build a new and better Matatiele for all.

To address the backlog of electricity, the following areas will be connected to the national grid in the next financial year: Tsitsong, Khohlong, Black Diamond, Mohapi, Nice Field, Mateleng, Goxe, Nkungwini, KwaMatias A and Pamlaville Phase 2.

“Our communities continue to raise their frustrations when it comes to potholes in and around town and access roads. We share the same sentiments with them, indeed most of our roads are not in good conditions,” and in such the following roads will be constructed: Sijoka A/R, Epiphany A/R, T13 to Zwelitsha A/R, Nomgavu A/R, Vikinduku A/R, Butsula via Taung A/R, Gudlintaba A/R, Ngcwengane-Bomvini A/R, Matatiele CBD internal streets phase 2, Mountain View internal streets, Cedarville internal streets phase 3, Maluti internal streets phase 4. Our major infrastructure projects are; Lagrange pedestrian bridge, Matatiele Sports Centre, Silo Facility phase 2, Freystata bridge, Mabheleni bridge, Ngcwengane bridge and Nomgavu bridge.

The residences for staff at Nyaniso clinic have been completed which was (Phase 1) and the tender for construction of the clinic itself is in process and that will be (Phase 2).

In Matatiele the Department of Human Settlements will build 1278, spending an amount close to Three Million Rand. These projects are underway: Mvenyane 500, Maritseng 1500, Masakala 550, Mehloloaneng 898, Mdeni 30 and Thaba-Chicha 500. Projects that are on planning include the following: Sandfontein 100, Pote 40, Zwelitsha 500 and Chibini 500.

The Mayor also re-assured the people of Matatiele that the municipality is implementing tough measures and controls to ensure a clean audit opinion is achieved. This given the fact that the municipality received a qualified audit opinion in 2016/17 financial year.

In the next financial year, the Department of Transport has promised to Re-gravel DR08646. Onguleksnek nature reserve to border gate 8km which is at planning stages, maintenance by in-house teams (Heavy Blading) of DR08013 Maluti to Ramatsilitso Border, maintenance of DR08071 and DR08069 to Mandlangala. Maintenance by in-house of DR08646 to Masupa and Heavy maintenance of DR08070.

The surfacing of the road between Mvenyane and Cedarville is underway. Using the in-house plant, badly affected roads will be prioritised.

Some schools in the following Wards will receive school uniforms from SASSA: 1,3,4,6,7,8,11,12,13,15,21,23 and 24.

 

As the custodian of greening function in South Africa Minister Zokwana officially launched Arbor Week in Matatiele Local Municipality at the Cedarville Town Hall. The launch was in partnership with the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR), Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Matatiele Local Municipality, and the corporate sponsor, Total South Africa.

Greening of our landscapes and the planting of trees for beautification, aesthetic value and nutrition is an important forestry service.

The Minister handed over 100  Peach trees Councillor Thabiso Mohoto from Ward 26  for  distribution  to 50 households.  Each household will receive two trees as part of DAFF’s contribution to food security.

As part of the implementation of the greening programme it is estimated that about 3000  trees  would  have  been  planted  by  the  end  of  the  campaign  throughout  the  area  of Matatiele Local Municipality.

The Minister commenced the launch with visits to projects in Cedarville. The Minister, MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, ANDM Executive Mayor Cllr. Sixolile Mehlomakhulu and MLM Mayor Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla planted fruit trees in a family cooperative, Ingcambu Agricultural Development in Cedarville and donated vegetable seed packs. Most vegetables grown by the cooperative are destined for school feeding and nutritional programmes around the area.

This was followed by tree planting at the Maluti Multi-Disability School and GI Primary School in Cedarville. This is a new school that has requested wind breaks, 30 trees have been provided and the Minister and his guests planted 7 trees. The tree planting drive was concluded with planting of trees at the entrance of Matatiele town.

Welcoming more than 3000 attendees His Worship Cllr. Mbedla emphasized that Matatiele Local Municipality is one of the municipalities in the province with areas that are biophysically suitable for commercial forestry. In this land of ours, we boost with more than 500 community forestry plantations.

He pleaded with the Minister and MEC to work with the municipality to open an institution of higher learning focusing on agriculture. “We have identified agriculture and manufacturing as the most contributing sectors to the economy of our municipality. In line with this realisation, during our recent IDP outreach programmes, we received a proposal from the people of Matatiele to open a tertiary institution with a special focus on agriculture. I therefore submit leadership to you that we work together to realise this proposal,” he said.

Total South Africa has donated R2, 4 million for the Abor week greening campaign. The South African Post Office will supply trees in Gauteng to the value of R 50 000. SAPPI will also donate indigenous trees to be planted in and around Matatiele.

The theme for this year‘s campaign is “Forests and Water” with the aim of emphasising the planting of indigenous trees that conserve water. The Department promotes the trees of the year. For this year the Buffalo Thorn and Ebony Trees have been selected as trees of the year. The trees of the year are selected from the species that are becoming extinct from our indigenous heritage. One species is common and the other is rare in terms of occurrence.

Media Statement

12 March 2018

Matatiele LM Mayor to pave a way forward on service delivery challenges

In the past few weeks, the municipality has noted with concern the high level of disheartenment amongst our communities. This, as a result of what many view as service delivery related challenges, currently experienced by the municipality.

The Mayor therefore saw the need to update the Matatiele community on these and other matters, through the local media.

It is against this background that the Mayor will host a media briefing on how the municipality plans to fast-track basic service delivery and the municipal audit outcome for 2016/17 FY (focusing on the turn-around strategy).
All media houses are encouraged to attend the session which will take place as follows:
Date         : 20 March 2018

Time         : 09h00

Venue      : Municipal Council Chambers

Media Enquiries: Ms Olwetu Gwanya: Manager: Communications, Special Programmes Unit Cell: 072 157 0449 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Issued by Matatiele Local Municipality

Eco futures Expo currently underway at King Edward High School on a mission to expose young people to the opportunities and benefits of a future in the green environmental realm.
Learners are being encouraged to follow opportunities available in the green economy.

Organised by Umzimvubu Catchment Partnership Programme an umbrella body made up of Environmental Rural Solutions (ERS), Conservation SA, Department of Enviromental Affairs and DEDEAT in partnership with Matatiele Local Municipality.

Government has discussed the development of green economy for years, but have not yet taken up the potential it has for jobs and entreprise creation.

These partners are strongly committed to unleashing the potential of the green economy, so more programmes to support millions of green initiatives for young people must be developed.

Sustainable development is a core organising idea in the NDP and it endorses the need to move to a low carbon economy, while acknowledging that this transition will require innovative sollutions.
One of those solutions is UmAfrica General Trading recycling company owned by Zimasa Ndlela Mgubho village in Ward 17. The company recycles all types of waste in Matatiele compress it and is sold to Impact Recycling in Durban. This young entrepreneur currently employs 6 permanent staff and more than 18 casuals.

"If the municipality can build a buy back centre where we can buy all types of recyclables", says Ms Ndlela.
Another young entrepreneur who is for green economy and was funded by the municipality more than R40 000 and R21000 from SEDA is Ms Alink Setloboko from Ward 19.
She is running a water less mobile car wash.

Matatiele Local Municipality is offering registration assistance to students who cannot afford to pay for their registration fees.

 

On 28 – 29 July, Matatiele local municipality gathered young people under one roof as part of information sharing. The Youth Empowerment Indaba, aimed at providing a platform for young people to network, learn and share ideas and concerns on how to develop and empower young people.

The youth was encouraged to dream big and help take the municipality forward, as the government continues to invest in their education and skills development. Over the two-day inaugural Indaba, some of the topics covered included; dealing with unemployment head-on, skills empowerment, green economy, youth entrepreneurship & agriculture, healthy lifestyle and ICT for youth development.

"Young lions, the time is now for you to apply your minds on how you are going to contribute towards building an inclusive economy that will create more opportunities for the youth and which will reflect the demographics of the municipality," Acting Mayor Cllr. Thembeka Dyantyi told delegates as she welcomed them to the Indaba.

Furthermore, the Indaba provided a directive to the relevant stakeholders and government in particular, with regards to the development of young people of Matatiele.

The government believes education and skills development are essential for the youth to help drive the economy. The young people make up the majority of municipalities’ population.

Out of the Youth Indaba, the Municipality will have a youth empowerment strategy that will be a guiding tool for youth development in Matatiele.

A key factor for the government is the focus on youth in public employment schemes as well as in the entrepreneurial sector.

A pledge was made by panellists who discussed topics around jobs and entrepreneurship to work together to promote youth development.

The youth proposed that a youth office and structure must be formed to implement youth related programmes or agenda. “A fund from the municipality and government departments must be set aside to support businesses owned by young people”, the youth appealed. The municipality would like to extend a word of gratitude to all stakeholders that came through and showed interest in developing youth of Matatiele.

Matatiele Local Municipality Bursary Programme 2018. In need for financial assistance to pursue your desired degree? Good news, MLM bursary programme is currently opened for the following fields: Urban, Regional & Town Planning and Agricultural Science.

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