Matat Viewpoint

2017-05-12 06:00

DEAR reader, welcome once again to our weekly update column. We are now in the last quarter of the 2016/2017 financial year.

As the Matatiele Local Municipality, we are proud to have recorded tangible success, this in spite of the many challenges we still face in our quest to make the lives of the people of sweet Matat sweet.

The municipality cares for indigent households

The municipality receives equitable shares from national Treasury. Some of this money is allocated to free basic services like electricity, gel stoves and refuse collection. For this financial year the municipality had R12 million and we have set aside R15 million for the next financial year. However, not everyone benefits from this service, thus we have decided to share this information with readers of this column.
It is important for us to make the public aware of the criteria we use to support them. In order to ensure qualifying households benefit from this programme, our indigent support sub-unit is working hand in hand with community development workers who are visiting wards to register potential beneficiaries. So far, five wards have been visited and 2 500 applications have been received. This programme is scheduled to end by July.

Be fire wise

Every winter fire accidents are caused by cooking and heat appliances which often destroy property costing thousands, thus causing injuries and even take the lives of thousands of our loved ones. It is usually the most vulnerable members of communities such as children, the elderly and the physically challenged who become victims. Most of these accidents occur in winter as people try to stay warm.

We encourage all South Africans to take initiatives to eliminate fire accidents by, among other things, educating each other about fire safety. If we are all informed many lives, injuries and money will be saved.

How to handle a house fire

Every six months practice a plan that teaches your family what to do in an emergency. Keep your bedroom doors closed at night. Doors can hold back smoke and fire. This will allow you time to escape. If there is smoke in the room lie low. Make your way to the door by crawling. The purest air is closest to the floor.

Use the back of your hand to feel for heat on the highest point of the door you can reach. If the door feels cool, open it just a crack to check for smoke. If there is no smoke, follow your usual exit route. Be sure to test all doors before you open them on your way and close them behind you as you go. Once outside never go back inside. Use a neighbour’s phone to call for help. Give the location of the fire. Do not hang up until the operator has asked all the questions. Stay safe.

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