The Easter long weekend is around the corner. It is a time when many South Africans travel around the country to visit family, friends or for religious purposes. It is also a time when there are increased traffic volumes on our roads.
Unfortunately this period usually sees a high rate of road accidents and fatalities. This is concerning for government because most road accidents can be prevented and are caused by human error.
The root causes of these accidents are driving under the influence of alcohol, excessive speeding, not wearing seatbelts, dangerous overtaking, talking on the phone while driving, un-roadworthy vehicles and pedestrians failing to observe traffic rules.
This year our country also has to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 remains with us and is spread through contact with others, particularly at events or gatherings where there are a large number of people. During this Easter holiday we must strictly adhere to social distancing, wearing a mask at all times in public and washing our hands with soap and water or sanitiser.
“Stay Safe: Act responsibly and stay protected, always”
Human Rights Day is observed annually on the 21st of March 2021 and Matatiele Local Municipality hosted the human rights awareness programme targeting children in Dengwane village, Ward 6.
The ward was identified as one of the areas in need of education about the rights of disabled people & there is high rate of abuse towards this sector.
The programme was hosted on the 24 March 2021, where Cllr. Zolile Bono handed over sanitary packs to girls from Isipho SamaHlubi NGO.
Cllr. Masechaba Tsoloane, a member of Communications & Special Programmes Standing Committee, yesterday handed over 50 KGs of potato seeds, 100s seedlings (Spinach, Carrot, Beetroot, Green pepper, Onion, Cabbage, butternut and turnip) to Bophelong Support Group at Ned village in Ward 25.
Municipal employees currently assisting prospective students with registration funding to any higher institution of learning.
COMPULSORY DOCUMENTS TO BE ATTACHED ON THE APPLICATION 1. Matric Certificate/statement of symbol. 2. Acceptance letter from University. 3. Confirmation of payable amount for registration fee. 4. Proof of residence from the ward councillor. 5. ID Copy (s)/death certificates (if deceased) /affidavit in the case of single parent• Student ID Copy• Parents ID Copies. 6. Proof of income• Letter from SASSA if parent/s or guardian is earning grant• Affidavit of unemployment or self-employed of the parent/s or guardian • Three months Bank statement of the parent/s or guardian • Confirmation of employment from the employer of the parent/s or guardian• Random physical verification will have to be conducted where needs be • False information will lead to disqualification
Mavuso Shabalala, is today a qualified Engineer, working at EThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, thanks to Matatiele local municipality youth skills empowerment programme. Shabalala is one of more than 500 young people from Matatiele, who have benefitted from municipal skills empowerment programme. The young man from Nkau village in Matatiele had no one to take care of his university tuition fees after he passed matric at Mariazell High School. With unemployed parents and as the first born at home, Shabalala’s academic determination drew him to the municipal offices. “To be honest, I was just trying my luck, I didn’t think I could really get help to enrol at varsity”, confessed Shabalala.
Currently this programme has produced Accountants with CA articles, Agricultural Scientist, Engineers etc. The Municipality promotes scarce skills and therefore the bursary programme focuses mainly on students studying towards BSc. Electrical Engineering, Bcom Accounting, Bachelor of Agriculture. Bsc Electrical Engineering, Bsc. Civil Engineering, a Bachelor in Urban and Regional Planning.
In its quest to radically improve education levels in Matatiele, and prepare young people’s entry into economic activity, Matatiele local municipality has over the past few years implemented various programmes. This, in an effort to reduce unemployment, whilst ensuring young people contribute towards growing the economy of Matatiele and that of the country at large. Since 2014, the municipality has enrolled those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds in universities and other institutions of higher learning.
Matatiele local municipality continues to radically address service delivery backlogs, with electricity being one of the main priorities. More than 3 500 rural households have been connected to the national electrification grid. Witness to this are the people of Tsitsong, Mohapi, Black Diamond, Pamlaville, Nkungwini, Kwa- Matias, Goxe, Khohlong, Mateleng and Nice Field.
Electrification beneficiaries in Matatiele also include, but not limited to people of Zitapile, Afsondering, Mandastone, Siphola, Lufefeni, where eight hundred and forty households were recently connected. Thlakanelo village is one of the 2019/2020 fiscal year electrification programme recipients, with ninety-seven connections from R70 177.00 that was allocated to the municipality by the Department of Minerals Resources and Energy.
The municipality has managed to reduce the electricity backlog which was sitting at 45% in 2015 to less than 25%. So far, about 89% households across all wards have been electrified, leaving only 11% households not connected to the national electrification grid. Nearing towards completion stage, are Qili, Makhoba, Mahareng and Chere villages.
Construction of the state of the art sports center with artificial turf for the soccer and rugby field. The center boasts with an eight lane athletic synthetic track, change rooms, clear-vu fencing walkways, sub surface drainage and swimming pool (planned for the next phase).