Stakeholders’ meeting held

2015-05-22 06:00
Matatiele local Municipality Mayor Momelezi Mbedla at the stakeholder engagement at Matatiele Town Hall on Monday.
Photo: ntuntu dweba

Matatiele local Municipality Mayor Momelezi Mbedla at the stakeholder engagement at Matatiele Town Hall on Monday. Photo: ntuntu dweba

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IN an effort to listen to views and get suggestions from the community, the Matatiele Local Municipality invited stakeholders to an engagement at the Matatiele town hall on Monday.

Municipal manager Dr Tsepang Nakin said the event was organised to get input from various organisations in a bid to take Matatiele forward.

“We know each organisation has its objective. For instance traditional leaders are experts in traditional matters so we want that expertise,” he said.

Organisations at the event included the Council of Churches, Matatiele Business Chamber, traditional leaders represented by Zanenkosi Tyhali and a women’s forum.

Mayor Momelezi Mbedla said the engagement was the first of its kind by the municipality.

“We have called you here to encourage working together. We want to make decisions according to the needs of the people,” he said.

Mbedla acknowledged the challenges the municipality faces in terms of service delivery.

“Our priority right now is electrifying many areas. We are working to reduce the backlog. We have installed electricity in all our wards however, our roads are in a very bad state, there is poor infrastructure in some areas and the level­ of unemployment is estimated at more than 38%.”

A business chamber representative suggested that the development of factories would create long-term jobs.

“If our town got some of the big companies to open factories here, many people would have stable jobs. We urge the municipality to enforce by-laws as some business owners sleep at their business premises, and that is unacceptable,” he said.

Tyhali said the municipality needs to look closely at the issue of foreign nationals­.

“As traditional leaders in our areas, a chief has to know about visitors in his area. He must know where they are staying and what they are doing so we can get to know each other and can live well together.”

An issue raised by the womenand#039;s forum was that of the high level of rape and killing of women

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