Matat viewpoint

2017-03-31 06:02

GREETINGS dear reader. It is my pleasure to once again welcome you to the Matatiele Local Municipality viewpoint.

This is our strategy to ensure that you are well informed of our recent accomplishments at your respective areas.

We encourage you to participate in this democratic process.

Our indigent support programme to test free basic services is one of the government’s poverty eradication programmes that seeks to reduce vulnerability among the indigent (poor) people.

This comes about because of the high levels of unemployment, poverty and underdevelopment within various municipal areas and the growing number of households without basic services.

In our quest to move Matatiele forward, we are happy to share with you how through our indigent support programme, we continue to put a smile on our people’s faces.

Our programme benefits about 6 000 households on the non-grid. Two thousand people are on Eskom electricity, more than 700 for rates and refuse collection while 600 benefit from municipal electricity.

What does the free basic services and the indigent policy mean?

Indigent policy defines indigence as the state of being unable to afford basic goods or services such as housing, water, food, clothing and sanitation. A child-headed household is automatically classified as being indigent.

Beneficiaries of social assistance grants are considered potentially indigent, but must still be tested for eligibility in order to receive free basic services.

If your right to basic sanitation is violated, you may complain directly to your ward councillor or municipality. To access free basic services one must be a South African citizen or have refugee status, and you must be a resident of the municipality where indigent support is sought.

For further information regarding the basic services and indigent programme, contact the Budget and Treasury office on 039 737 8100.

New structure for people with disabilities

As a democratic government, we adopted a social agenda aimed at improving the quality of life of all the people within our boundaries.

At the centre of this agenda is the upliftment of the standard of living and conditions of the previously disadvantaged groups or sections in society.

At the core of these previously advantaged groups are those individuals or groups that are defined as being vulnerable, e.g people with disabilities (PWD).

In order for the municipality to co-ordinate the implementation of the Integrated National Disability Strategy and the National Disability Policy, a disability forum committee is crucial. It is this committee that has the responsibility of acting as the voice of PWDs. March 13 saw the election of such a structure in Matatiele.

Matatiele residents cautioned

Once again dear reader, it has come to our attention that there is a group of people or a person who claim to be recruiting potential employees for the municipality at a fee. I would like caution you against falling for such scams. As you may be aware, the municipality advertises its vacancies in local newspapers, notice boards and on the municipal website and does not make use of any middleman.

We appeal to you to give us feedback and input via our Facebook page and other platforms.

We are a destination of choice and excellence.

 

GREETINGS dear reader. It is my pleasure to once again welcome you to the Matatiele Local Municipality viewpoint.

This is our strategy to ensure that you are well informed of our recent accomplishments at your respective areas.

We encourage you to participate in this democratic process.

Our indigent support programme to test free basic services is one of the government’s poverty eradication programmes that seeks to reduce vulnerability among the indigent (poor) people.

This comes about because of the high levels of unemployment, poverty and underdevelopment within various municipal areas and the growing number of households without basic services.

In our quest to move Matatiele forward, we are happy to share with you how through our indigent support programme, we continue to put a smile on our people’s faces.

Our programme benefits about 6 000 households on the non-grid. Two thousand people are on Eskom electricity, more than 700 for rates and refuse collection while 600 benefit from municipal electricity.

What does the free basic services and the indigent policy mean?

Indigent policy defines indigence as the state of being unable to afford basic goods or services such as housing, water, food, clothing and sanitation. A child-headed household is automatically classified as being indigent.

Beneficiaries of social assistance grants are considered potentially indigent, but must still be tested for eligibility in order to receive free basic services.

If your right to basic sanitation is violated, you may complain directly to your ward councillor or municipality. To access free basic services one must be a South African citizen or have refugee status, and you must be a resident of the municipality where indigent support is sought.

For further information regarding the basic services and indigent programme, contact the Budget and Treasury office on 039 737 8100.

New structure for people with disabilities (PWD)

As a democratic government, we adopted a social agenda aimed at improving the quality of life of all the people within our boundaries.

At the centre of this agenda is the upliftment of the standard of living and conditions of the previously disadvantaged groups or sections in society.

At the core of these previously advantaged groups are those individuals or groups that are defined as being vulnerable, e.g people with disabilities.

In order for the municipality to co-ordinate the implementation of the Integrated National Disability Strategy and the National Disability Policy, a disability forum committee is crucial. It is this committee that has the responsibility of acting as the voice of PWDs. March 13 saw the election of such a structure in Matatiele.

Matatiele residents cautioned

Once again dear reader, it has come to our attention that there is a group of people or a person who claim to be recruiting potential employees for the municipality at a fee. I would like caution you against falling for such scams. As you may be aware, the municipality advertises its vacancies in local newspapers, notice boards and on the municipal website and does not make use of any middleman.

We appeal to you to give us feedback and input via our Facebook page and other platforms.

We are a destination of choice and excellence.

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