Matat viewpoint

2017-06-23 06:00

WELCOME once again to our weekly update column.

We are now in the last quarter of the 2016/2017 financial year and we are at a stage where the Monitoring and Evaluation Risk Services Unit is finalising performance planning for the next financial year - 2017/2018.
The municipality is consolidating its 2017/2018 service delivery and budget implementation plan in line with section 69 (1) (a) of the Municipal Finance Management Act and will then advertise it for the public viewing.

Furthermore, this month the municipality will be co-ordinating an intergovernmental relations (IGR) forum meeting made up of senior managers from government departments. The primary purpose of the IGR forum is to integrate municipal programmes with those of government departments and other stakeholders functioning within the Matatiele jurisdiction.

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

CAPACITY-BUILDING FOR WARD SUPPORT ASSISTANTS
The IDP unit has conducted a workshop on IDP processes for ward support assistants and community development workers. The purpose of the workshop was aimed at capacitating the new ward support assistants on IDP processes. The workshop covered IDP in the local government context, components of IDP, IDP process: the phases of IDP, public participation on the IDP process, role players, IDP representative forum and the illustration of IDP process for Matatiele Local Municipality.

YOUTH MONTH
We are once more in Youth Month - and Youth Day on 16 June is the day we honour the spirit of young martyrs who laid down their lives so that the youth may be free today.
June 16 marks the 41th anniversary of the Soweto and other related youth uprisings in South Africa. Government is aware of the challenges the youth face, i.e. unemployment, HIV/Aids, youth involved in crime, poverty and while these challenges might be different from those experienced by the youth of 1976, today's youth is still expected to volunteer to rebuild their communities.
This demands that the youth seize opportunities brought about by democracy and work with government and the private sector to uplift themselves from poverty, ignorance and lack of skills.
Let us celebrate this day remembering deaths of hundreds of Soweto schoolchildren, a day that changed the course of South African history - 16 June 1976. The Matatiele Local Municipality views young people as one of its valuable partners in building social cohesion. The municipality will be hosting a youth indaba to provide a platform for young people to organise, network, learn and share their hopes and concerns.
More importantly to give directive to relevant stakeholders, government, and in particular how they want to be developed.
As the build-up to that, the municipality is establishing youth forums in all 26 wards. The forums will form part of a delegation to the indaba and help the municipality to improve its communication with young people.
The forums will serve as platforms for young people to discuss their challenges and create awareness about opportunities for youth.

Out of the youth indaba, the municipality would like have a youth strategy that will be a guiding tool for youth development in Matatiele.
The municipality would also like to launch a youth office that will work in partnership with the National Youth Development Agency. This is because government is trying to bring services to the people.

For more on youth programmes the municipality offers, young people are encouraged to visit the Special Programmes Unit at the municipality.

BE FIRE-WISE
Every winter in South Africa fire accidents caused by cooking and space heating appliances that destroy property worth thousands, cause severe injuries and even take the lives of thousands of our loved ones.
It’s usually the most vulnerable members of communities such 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 everyone 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 more 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 in the building. Use a neighbour’s phone to call for emergency help. Give the location of the fire. Don't hang up until the operator has asked all the questions.

Stay safe. We are a destination of choice and excellence.

 

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