Matat viewpoint

2017-04-07 06:00

DEAR reader, welcome once again to our weekly update column.
As we wrap up the third quarter of our financial year, the Matatiele Local Municipality continues to record tangible success in its quest to make the lives of the people of sweet Matat better.

Mayor’s ‘hearty’ session with the media

As part of promoting transparency about municipal programmes and plans, Monday saw the mayor, Cllr Momelezi Mbedla, engage with the media in the Alfred Nzo district.
Joined by Exco members and senior managers, the session provided an opportunity for local media houses to express their concerns and ask questions regarding municipal operations. The engagement was also to strengthen working relations between the municipality and media houses.
“We note with gratitude the working relations and the coverage we receive in your newspapers and on the airwaves. Through your platforms we are able to profile our achievements and communicate with the residents of Matatiele,” said Mbedla.

He also presented municipal plans for the current financial year. Some of the major projects covered by him included the 8.6km Mehloloaneng access road and bridge, the 5.8km Sandfontein access road and the 3.8km Kamorathaba-Tshepisong access road.

Maluti district pupils enjoy R316 million investment

The Department of Basic Education’s drive to ensure that pupils have access to proper education is bearing fruit in the Eastern Cape.

Pupils at Mvenyane and Nyaniso Senior Secondary schools will now have access to high quality education in a state-of-the-art school infrastructure.

In pursuit for the transformation of the education system in Maluti district, the department unveiled world-class schools every week in the district.

Recently, the department handed over Mvenyane Senior Secondary on the outskirts of Matatiele, which cost

R91 million to build.

In Ward 18 the Matatiele Local Municipality speaker, Cllr. Nomasomi Mshuqwana also handed-over Nyaniso Senior Secondary School, a state-of-the-art facility worth
R6 million to the community of Qili.

At the official handover of Mvenyane Secondary, Cllr Sandile Sello, who represented the Department of Education MEC in the Eastern Cape asked the community to ensure that the school becomes a centre of excellence.

“Government has made this investment in this community, it is now up to you to double that investment by ensuring this school is kept in this beautiful state.”

Mvenyane Secondary was established by the Moravian Missionaries in 1901. It is situated in a rural area, 67km from Matatiele. Although it was established as a girl-only school with hostel facilities, it now has boys as day pupils.

The R91 million state-of-the-art institution of learning built through Independent Development Trust houses about
1 270 pupils. It boasts a computer laboratory, 11 classrooms, a science laboratory, a library, a resource centre as well as a multipurpose and nutrition centre. The recently completed hostel can accommodate up to 320 pupils.

Handing over Nyaniso, Cllr Nomasomi Mshuqwana affirmed the position of the education department as far as school infrastructure is concerned.
“It should be a standard package that schools constructed in rural and underprivileged areas come with a science lab, computer lab, media centre, rain-water harvesting tanks, nutrition centre and fully-functional administration block with offices and staff room so that all needs can be met,” said the speaker.

According to the Maluti district director, Lungile Mthatyana, his department is investing more than
R316 million in the construction on new schools and needed infrastructure in the district.

These include Tholang SSS, Maluti High, Maluti Multi-Purpose Disability School, Bokamoso SPS, Moshesh SSS, Moorosi Agricultural School, Mt Zion JPS and Mosa Sibi SSS.

With these aggressive interventions, the unlocking of doors of success in our municipality is inevitable.

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