Matatiele Local Municipality viewpoint

2015-11-04 06:00

WARM greetings to all readers of this viewpoint.
“Talk to your portfolio head” radio programme
As part of promoting transparency in municipal programmes, the municipality will conduct a “Talk to your Mayor & Portfolio Head” radio programme wherein progress on departmental plans for the new current financial year will be tabled live on Alfred Nzo Community Radio, today 30 October, from 6.15am to 8.45am.

The broadcast will focus on departmental plans for the new financial year moving forward, municipal programmes that the public need to be aware of and visit three identified projects - construction of Matatiele Fresh Produce Market and social development offices and the grain storage tanks as part of monitoring progress and challenges.

Municipality hands over a house to destitute family
Matatiele Local Municipality Mayor Cllr Momelezi Mbedla, councillors from Alfred Nzo District Municipality and Exco members on Friday, 23 October handed over a house to the Sithole family in Mzongwana. This programme forms part of the mayoral imbizo to strengthen municipalities through the back-to-basics local government programme. A 30-year-old mother, Nokonwaba Sithole, with three children aged between 10 and one, were living in a dilapidated flat which could fall apart anytime during stormy conditions. The hut they used to sleep in was burnt down, but no one was injured. The mother is unemployed and survives on the grant of the three children.

Bitline SA 1060 contractor, which is installing water in Ward 5, saw their pain and built a house for the Sithole family. Building the house cost more than R60 000.

When presenting the house, Mbedla praised the contractor who donated the house. He called them “activists for development”.
“All contractors and the business community doing business with government should learn to do something for the community,” said Mbedla.

The new owner of the house, Sithole, said getting a house was a miracle. “When sleeping in my hut I could see the moon from inside, and during heavy rain we had ask for shelter in my mother’s house.”

The family received another boost when the Matatiele Local Municipality presented them with furniture.
The imbizo also included a visit to Mnqayi Bridge that cost more than R1.5 million. After seeing the progress, Mbedla said that “this is part of our monitoring visits to ensure that we deliver quality services and we will continue assessing all projects to avoid waste”.
That is all from us for now. Until next time, stay safe and be blessed.
Thank you sweet people from sweet Matat­, a destination of choice and excellence­.

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