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Mayor Mbedla calls on men to step-up and fight gender based violence

Matatiele Local Municipality Mayor, Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla expressed his deepest concerns over the increasing number of gender based violence cases in Matatiele. This, as today the Department of Education hosts the memorial service of Ms Mpharwane Makumane, 25, who was stabbed to death.

The young female educator at Azariel Senior Secondary School, was allegedly stabbed four times by his partner near her school on Friday, October 24, 2020.

“These barbaric acts cannot be tolerated anymore. We call upon our justice system to ensure they bring to book all those involved in cases of abuse and killing of women and children. It is sad that today, women and children in Matatiele do not feel safe to walk around the streets. This has to come to an end,” said the emotional Mayor. 

Government is currently reviewing its GBV and Femicide strategy. Social ills are a complex issue, that require multi-faceted responses and commitment from all stakeholders, including the civil society formations.

“Violence against women is a men’s problem. As men, we have the responsibility to step up and protect the vulnerable groups in our midst, not to even mention those close to us,” concludes Mbedla.

The Mayor welcomes the swift arrest by the South African Police Service and wishes the affected school security guard a speedy recovery.

Memorial service of the late Makumane is held at Azariel SSS to be followed by a drive-through to her home. Details of the final sendoff will be communicated in due course.

The municipality is reminding the people of Matatiele to adhere to the lockdown precautionary measures of washing hands regularly, practicing social distance and wearing of masks always. This, in order to avoid the COVID-19 resurgence.

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Media Enquiries:

Ms Olwetu Gwanya: Head of Communications

Cell: 072 157 0449 e-mail: ogwanya@matatiele.gov.za

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Matatiele to honour Alfred Nzo through a liberation route marathon.

Matatiele local municipality has dedicated 2019 as the year to commemorate the fore-runners of the struggle movement through its liberation route. The intention is to pause and remember the triumph of the human spirit as showcased by our heroes, whilst ensuring that their spirit lives-on. Named after Matatiele born struggle stalwart, Baphethuxolo Alfred Nzo, the marathon will commence in Qacha’s Nek boarder gate (Lesotho) and finish at North End stadium in Matatiele (SA).

The main purpose of this country to country marathon is to ensure that Qacha’s Nek identity as a political route is sustained. Promotion of economic development relations between Lesotho and South Africa (Matatiele) and preservation of the cultural, political and historical heritage shared by the two countries is achieved.

“For us this is a vital way to commemorate (SA) Matatiele-born political heroes who sacrificially traversed the Qacha’s Nek, to liberate the people and further attract the world to a true African experience offered by Matatiele municipality. This marathon will give runners an opportunity to experience our unique natural landscape, dwellings, animal life and diversity”, said Matatiele local municipality Mayor, Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla. The marathon has the three categories namely: 42.2KM, 21.1KM, 10KM, 5KM and 1.1KM for ages 06 years to 60, categorised according to kilometres.

Details of the marathon are as follows: –
Starting point : Qacha’s Nek boarder gate (Lesotho)

Finishing point : North End Stadium, Matatiele

Date : 13th October 2019

Time: : 05h30am

To remember the fortitude displayed by our heroes, the historic marathon will commence on a gravel road from the majestic mountains of Lesotho, descending to the villages of Belford, passing through Mafube, Ncholu and Protea Khoapa to Zwelitsha and join R56 from Mt Fletcher.

Media Enquiries:

Ms Olwetu Gwanya: Head of Communications

Cell: 072 157 0449 e-mail: ogwanya@matatiele.gov.za

Infrastructure development continues in Matatiele

The Matatiele Local Municipality Council in 2016 adopted it’s 5-year plan with the main focus on infrastructure development. With the plan, the municipality aim to transform the economic landscape in Matatiele, while simultaneously creating significant numbers of new jobs, and strengthen the delivery of basic services.
 
The municipality since 2016 has invested more than R274 million in building new and upgrading existing infrastructure, with a special focus on access roads, bridges electrification.

2018/19 projects include; Nomgavu Access Road, Epiphany Access Road, T13- Zwelitsha Access Road, Mabheleni Bridge, Matatiele Sports Centre, Mountain View Internal Streets, Matatiele Internal Streets(CBD) Phase 2, Ngcwengane Bridge, Freystata Bridges, Nomgavu Bridge, Cedarville Sport Centre, Sijoka Access Road and Lagrange Pedestrian Bridge.

Meanwhile in 2018/19, the municipality successfully energised Tsitsong & Khohlong, Mohapi, Nkungwini, Black Diamond, Nice Field & Mateleng, Pamlaville, Goxe & KwaMatias.

2019/20 planned infrastructure projects are Maluti Internal Streets –Phase 4, Cedarville Internal Streets-Phase 3, Maralakeng Access Road, Nkasela Access Road, Moiketsi Access Road, Mohapi Access Road, Mdeni-Manzini Access Road and Mkhemane Access Road.

To address the electrification backlog, government is moving with speed to connect the people of Matatiele to the national electrification grid as the people of the following areas will be connected during the 2019/20 financial year: Sehlabeng, (Mngeni & Dumisa) Mngeni, Lufefeni, Makhoba (Afzondering, Sphola & Munderstone), Mohapi (Mohapi # 2, Tlhakanelo& Silindini Qili (Qili & Mrwabo), Zitapile and Shenxa. More than 400 job opportunities were and will be created under all these projects.

Ward 22 community becomes latest beneficiary of ICROP

As part of taking government services closer to the people, South African Social Services Agency together with Matatiele local municipality and various government departments took government services to Phalane village. This took place on the 21st of June 2019, under a programme called Integrated Community Registration Outreach Programme (ICROP) which is championed by Matatiele SASSA office.

Integrated Community Registration Outreach Programme is the programme mandated by government to reach different wards in the remote areas of the Eastern Cape. During ICROP, a number of service delivery innovations to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of its services are taken care of.

As a short-term intervention, the agency coordinated all partners to take services to the people of ward 22. Some learners also benefited from school uniforms that were handed over on the day. Immediate need for identified houses were also addressed through food parcels. Delivering the key note address, Matatiele LM Chief Whip

Cllr. Sonwabile Mngenela, applauded government departments for delivering their services collectively and sharing resources. “This indeed shows the effectiveness of Intergovernmental Relations at the local level” and good working relations amongst government departments, he said.

Services rendered included:

SASSA: the agency registered about 50 people onto their system on the day. Ten new applications on various grants were received. Two Provincial transfers were done; two cancellations were also done. Forty-six families were provided with food parcels and twenty pupils received full school uniform.

Department of health, Maluti Sub – District:
The department handed over five walking sticks rendered these services: HCT, HIV testing, Diabetes, and other health related services, while Khotsong TB Hospital rendered TB screening.

Department of Home Affairs: managed to assist twenty people who were enquiring about Home Affairs services. Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs & Tourism assisted former ex-mine workers to apply for their unclaimed pension benefits from various mines in South Africa, 10 people applications were received and will be forwarded to the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA).

Integrated Community Registration Outreach Programme is the programme mandated by government to reach different wards in the remote areas of the Eastern Cape. During ICROP, a number of service delivery innovations to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of its services are taken care of.

As a short-term intervention, the agency coordinated all partners to take services to the people of ward 22. Some learners also benefited from school uniforms that were handed over on the day. Immediate need for identified houses were also addressed through food parcels. Delivering the key note address, Matatiele LM Chief Whip

Cllr. Sonwabile Mngenela, applauded government departments for delivering their services collectively and sharing resources. “This indeed shows the effectiveness of Intergovernmental Relations at the local level” and good working relations amongst government departments, he said.

Services rendered included:

SASSA: the agency registered about 50 people onto their system on the day. Ten new applications on various grants were received. Two Provincial transfers were done; two cancellations were also done. Forty-six families were provided with food parcels and twenty pupils received full school uniform.

Department of health, Maluti Sub – District:
The department handed over five walking sticks rendered these services: HCT, HIV testing, Diabetes, and other health related services, while Khotsong TB Hospital rendered TB screening.

Department of Home Affairs: managed to assist twenty people who were enquiring about Home Affairs services. Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs & Tourism assisted former ex-mine workers to apply for their unclaimed pension benefits from various mines in South Africa, 10 people applications were received and will be forwarded to the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA).

2019/20 final budget summary

The total budget for 2019-2019 financial will be R566, 6 million with a R64, million increase from adjustments budget 2018/19, for the operating expenditure budget a R45,6 million increase and R18, 3 million increase for the capital budget.

All charges excluding electricity and Refuse are proposed to increase by 5% for the 2019/20 financial year, proposed to start 1 July 2019.

Property rates tariff is proposed to increase by 5% for the 2019/20 financial year as follows:   

The electricity tariff is proposed to increase by 13% as per the NERSA guideline.

Refuse tariffs are proposed to increase by 7% and all other tariffs are proposed to increase by 5%.

The 2019/2020 and outer years 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 is explained as follows:

Operating Revenue by source of R505, 351, 549. Operating Expenditure by source of R388, 292, 102. Capital Expenditure by source and municipal vote of R178, 384, 250.

The Mayor concluded by sending a message of hope to the people of Matatiele saying “in spite of the challenges that we are facing as Matatiele Local Municipality, including the state of roads, electricity, potholes and refuse removal we are today saying a new dawn has come and we will indeed take necessary measures to ensure that today is better than yesterday and tomorrow will be better than today,” he said.

Matatiele Youth Parliament held

On the 27th of June 2019, Matatiele local municipality through the office of the Speaker gathered young people for information sharing. The aim of the Youth Parliament was to provide a platform for young people to share ideas, learn and raise their frustrations on the development and empowerment of young people. “As Matatiele LM, we believe education and skills development are essential for the youth to help drive the economy since they are the majority of Matatiele population, “expressed the Speaker of Matatiele Local Municipality, Cllr Nomasomi Mshuqwana.

Issues deliberated on included; strategies applicable to address crime and substance abuse, creation of job opportunities and economic development.

Mr Ndima Mtoto from ward 20 was elected the mayor of the session while Miss Fundiswa Kondile from ward 7 was the speaker. “We are grateful to the municipality for creating this platform for young people, and hoping that our deliberations will bring change to young people of Matatiele,” said Mtoto. The recommendations of the session will be forwarded to the Special Programmes unit for advocacy.

Matatiele electrification agenda attracts Minister Radebe

The Minister of Energy, Minister Jeff Radebe joined by Matatiele local municipality mayor, Cllr Momelezi Mbedla conducted a symbolic electrification switch-on at Chibini village in ward 5 on Friday the 26th of April 2019. This, as a way of showcasing the life changing programme that has brought light to the communities of wards 5 and 9.

The municipality through the national department of Energy has at these two wards, connected 1 273 households to the national electrification grid.

The department of Energy has programmes of mixed electricity access in Matatiele local municipality, that is informed by rolling out grid and non-grid electrification programmes. The aim is to ensure that the strategy that was approved by Cabinet in June 2013 comes to effect. The strategy acclaims that 90% electricity access will be achieved by grid and non-grid technology respectively. In an effort to address challenges of insufficient capacity, the department of Energy has in the past three years focused its funding to address Matatiele local municipality backlog.

Addressing the communities, Minister Radebe indicated that his Department through INEP will continue to allocate and transfer funds to Matatiele local municipality for the implementation of electrification projects. This, in order to assist the municipality to achieve universal access as well as chasing growth.

Honourable Radebe further expressed that the Eastern Cape INEP Regional Office, with the support of the Head Office will always provide support to Matatiele local municipality.

On the day, political principals visited Mokoena family at Chibini village and provided them with electric appliances and groceries. 

The Minister also used this opportunity to conduct inspection of electrification programme and stakeholder engagement process on energy related issues.

Speaking on behalf of the community members, Mme Morena Baleni extended a word of appreciation to government for responding to their basic needs. “We are now able to watch news from the comfort of our homes, and our kids can expand their knowledge in today’s technology”, expressed Mme Baleni.

The day would not be a success without providing government services to the people.  SASSA: the agency registered about 40 people onto their system on the day. Ten new applications on various grants were received. Department of health, Maluti Sub – District: Head count, 20. Dental screening to 15 people and further provided tooth paste and tooth brushes (to encourage hygiene). The department rendered these services: HCT, HIV testing, Diabetes, and other health related services. Social Development assisted 15 people.

Department of Home Affairs: managed to assist 30 people who were enquiring about Home Affairs services. Indeed, together we move Matatiele forward.

Discovery of the last missing body brings relief to Matatiele community

The community of Matatiele is now breathing a sigh of relief after the body of the last missing child was discovered this afternoon. The body was found at Kinirha river, almost 20km away from the place where the incident happened last Wednesday. Six children from Freystata village, aged between six and eight years were crossing a river on their way home from school when they were washed away by flash floods.

The villagers of Freystata have played a major role towards the discovery of all the six bodies. “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the community of Freystata for the unity and dedication they have displayed ever since this incident occurred”, said Matatiele local municipality Mayor, Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla.

The municipality also appreciates companies and shops that heeded its call for donations to support community members that have been conducting the search over the past five days. These include Pick N Pay in Matatiele, Odg Technolgies and Shuru Construction.

The memorial service for all the six children will be held on Thursday, the 14th of March at Popopo primary school, whilst the mass funeral is scheduled for Saturday at the same venue.

Media Enquiries:
Ms Olwetu Gwanya: Head of Communications
Cell: 072 157 0449 e-mail: ogwanya@matatiele.gov.za

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STI/Condom Week campaign held at Moshesh

As part of Sexual and Reproductive Healthy Lifestyle Month activities in February, the Department of Health will embark on campaign to create awareness about condom use.

Matatiele Local Municipality in partnership with Alfred Nzo District Municipality, sector departments and other social partners conducted an awareness campaign of the use of condoms at Moshesh Senior Secondary School on the 14th of February 2019.

This campaign was held on the day of love which also coincides with STI/Condom Week, a health awareness campaign by the South African government to promote safe sex.

Condoms reduces the spread of STI, promote safe sex, prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and also control the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Government approved condoms are freely available at public health facilities and other public institutions. Both female and male condoms are freely available.

     Know Your  Condom Do’s and Don’ts
Check the expiration date on the package.Do not use condoms that are already opened, torn or expired.
Use only condoms that are made of latex or polyurethane (plastic). Latex condoms and polyurethane condomsDo not use condoms made of animal skin.
Use a pre-lubricated condom to help prevent it from tearing. Put a little bit of water-based lubricant (“lube”) outside the condom.Do not keep condoms in a place that can get very hot, like in a car. If you keep a condom in your wallet or purse, be sure you replace it with a new one regularly
 Do not use male and female condoms together( at the same time)
 Do not reuse condoms