Matat Viewpoint

2017-04-28 06:00

DEAR reader, welcome once again to our weekly update column.

We are in the third quarter of the 2016/2017 financial year and as Matatiele Local Municipality, we have continued to record tangible success in our quest to make the lives of the people of sweet Matat sweet.

Our indigent support programme was established to test free basic services, one of government’s poverty eradication programmes that seeks to reduce vulnerability among the indigent.

The programme was also established given the high level of unemployment, poverty and underdevelopment in various municipal areas and the growing number of households without basic services.

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

Our programme benefits 6 000 households on the non-grid with 2 000 people benefiting from Eskom electricity, more than 700 for rates and refuse collection and 600 benefit from municipal electricity.

What the Indigent Policy and free basic services mean

The Indigent Policy defines indigent groups as those who are unable to afford basic goods or services such as housing, water, food, clothing, and basic sanitation.

A child-headed household is classified as 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, for instance, your right to basic sanitation is violated, you may raise your concerns with your ward councillor or municipality. To access free basic services, one must be a South African citizen or have refugee status, and must be a resident of the municipality where indigent support is sought.

For further details regarding the basic services and Indigent Policy, the public can contact the Budget and Treasury Office at 039 737 8100 and talk to community development workers in their ward.

Operation Masiphathisane

The Community Services Department, Public Participation Services and community development workers embarked on a programme to orientate stakeholders on the new Operation Masiphathisane war rooms. Stakeholders who form part of the ward war rooms were orientated about their role in this service delivery model. Key focus areas included the integrated service delivery processes, how to work with fieldworkers in the war room and their role in reporting, monitoring and evaluating.

Special Programmes Unit

The government adopted a social agenda aimed at improving the quality of life of all the people of this country. At the centre of this agenda is the improvement of the quality of life and the standard of living conditions of the previously disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. These groups are encouraged to come up with initiatives that will restore their dignity. When they do, the municipality, through the Special Programmes Unit, offers assistance for such programmes.

The community of Ward 25, at ha Khauoe village did just that. They established a pre-school, with no funding from government, which has 30 children. This week the municipality put smiles on the little faces by providing edu-tainment equipment valued at R20 000.

To ease the plight of people with disabilities, the municipality enrolled 12 young people living with disabilities at the Enoch Sontonga Rehabilitation Centre. They are being trained in welding, woodwork and sewing. Training is for six months, which started in January. We wish this team all the best.

Applications for the June intake are open to physically disabled people who is unemployed and not in school.

Remember you can touch base with us via our Facebook page and other platforms.

“We are a destination of choice and excellence.”

 

DEAR reader, welcome once again to our weekly update column.
We are in the third quarter of the 2016/2017 financial year and as Matatiele Local Municipality, we have continued to record tangible success in our quest to make the lives of the people of sweet Matat sweet.

Our indigent support programme was established to test free basic services, one of government’s poverty eradication programmes that seeks to reduce vulnerability among the indigent.

The programme was also established given the high level of unemployment, poverty and underdevelopment in various municipal areas and the growing number of households without basic services.

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

Our programme benefits 6 000 households on the non-grid with 2 000 people benefiting from Eskom electricity, more than 700 for rates and refuse collection and 600 benefit from municipal electricity.

What the Indigent Policy and free basic services mean

The Indigent Policy defines indigent groups as those who are unable to afford basic goods or services such as housing, water, food, clothing, and basic sanitation.

A child-headed household is classified as 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, for instance, your right to basic sanitation is violated, you may raise your concerns with your ward councillor or municipality. To access free basic services, one must be a South African citizen or have refugee status, and must be a resident of the municipality where indigent support is sought.

For further details regarding the basic services and Indigent Policy, the public can contact the Budget and Treasury Office at 039 737 8100 and talk to community development workers in their ward.

Operation Masiphathisane

The Community Services Department, Public Participation Services and community development workers embarked on a programme to orientate stakeholders on the new Operation Masiphathisane war rooms. Stakeholders who form part of the ward war rooms were orientated about their role in this service delivery model. Key focus areas included the integrated service delivery processes, how to work with fieldworkers in the war room and their role in reporting, monitoring and evaluating.

Special Programmes Unit

The government adopted a social agenda aimed at improving the quality of life of all the people of this country. At the centre of this agenda is the improvement of the quality of life and the standard of living conditions of the previously disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. These groups are encouraged to come up with initiatives that will restore their dignity. When they do, the municipality, through the Special Programmes Unit, offers assistance for such programmes.

The community of Ward 25, at ha Khauoe village did just that. They established a pre-school, with no funding from government, which has 30 children. This week the municipality put smiles on the little faces by providing edu-tainment equipment valued at R20 000.

To ease the plight of people with disabilities, the municipality enrolled 12 young people living with disabilities at the Enoch Sontonga Rehabilitation Centre. They are being trained in welding, woodwork and sewing. Training is for six months, which started in January. We wish this team all the best.

Applications for the June intake are open to physically disabled people who is unemployed and not in school.

Remember you can touch base with us via our Facebook page and other platforms.

“We are a destination of choice and excellence.”

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