Matatiele Local Municipality viewpoint

2015-05-01 17:31

WARM greetings to all readers of this viewpoint.

Johannesburg strengthens relations with Matatiele

Johannesburg conducted a workshop with Matatiele Local Municipality political principals and employees on the integration of migrants into local­ communities on 21 April in the Matatiele town hall. This was an effort to educate and make people understand the process of the integration of migrants.

Mayor Cllr Momelezi Mbedla in his welcoming speech condemned xenophobia stating that “Africans should unite because we all come from the same background”. He further highlighted that all Africans originate from Central Africa as the Nguni people and that there were no boundaries which demarcate South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.

The municipality is in a process of reviewing relations with Johannesburg which will assist the two municipalities to learn best practices to improve the level of service delivery.

The workshop was attended by representatives from all African countries and beyond. Attendants raised the following matters - foreign nationals should not isolate themselves or form their own community, and the foreign nationals must be part of the business association in Matatiele as this will improve working relations which will bring “oneness”.

The group also visited Magadla community in Ward 10 for a community dialogue. This was to educate people about the issues pertaining to immigrants, and asking them to accept them into their communities.

Assistant director for migration in Johannesburg Jeffrey Nyawane highlighted important issues on how the Migration Support Office is managed, funded and finally committed that there will be exchange of officials to improve efficiency and for learning purposes.

Child Protection Week

National Child Protection Week is commemorated annually in South Africa to raise awareness of the rights of children. The campaign first began in 1997 and will this year be commemorated under the banner “Working together to protect children”.

The aim of child protection is to ensure the safety, well-being, care and protection of children through an integrated multidisciplinary approach.

Government and civil society has done much in this regard since 1994. The country has progressive child protection laws, policies and programmes that are aimed at preventing and addressing violence against children. However, despite this many children still remain vulnerable to abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Reducing the high levels of violence against children must therefore be our common goal.

Government urges everyone to wear a green ribbon during Child Protection Week to show support for promotion of the rights, care and protection of the child. The green ribbon was adopted by the National Child Protection Committee in 2004 and refers to life and growth. Wearing the green ribbon shows you care and support Child Protection Week.

The National Department of Social Development, the DSD Provincial Department and the Greater Kokstad Local Municipality, in partnership with the South African Social Security Agency and the National Development Agency, are hosting National Child Protection Week from 25 May to 31 May at the Franklin sports ground in Kokstad.

That is all from us for now, till next time, stay safe and be blessed.

Thank you sweet people from sweet Mata, a destination of choice and excellence

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