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2017-08-25 06:00

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WARM greetings to readers of this column.

Recruitment process for the municipal manager under way

Since the employment contract of the former municipal manager Dr Tshepang Nakin expired this month, the process to fill the vacant post of the municipal manager is under way.

As per the standard process, the post of the municipal manager was advertised in the media, followed by the shortlisting of relevant candidates. Interviews are to take place before the end of August, with the appointment planned to be finalised soon after. All this, in line with Section 54 and 57 of the Municipal Systems Act No 32 of 2000, as amended and the Local Government Regulations on Appointment and Conditions of Employment of Senior Managers of January 17, 2014.

The Matatiele Local Municipality Employment Policy as reviewed and adopted by the Council on May 29, 2017, also bears reference.

Me, being the general manager for infrastructure, I oversee the running of the municipality as the acting municipal manager.

Agenda to energise communities continues

Matatiele Local Municipality continues to address service delivery backlogs, with electricity being one of the main priorities. A number of projects currently under way in Wards 3, 5, 9 and 18 bear witness to this.

Through these electrification projects, more than 2000 households are being connected to the national electrification grid and jobs are being created.

On August 3, the municipality introduced Rock Powerline Electrical, the contractor appointed to electrify 234 households at Mphoshongweni, Nkali in Ward 9. The work by Rock Powerline Electrical began on August 15 and is to be completed by February 2018.

Speaking on behalf of the community of Pamlaville village, Simphiwe Sabisa said: “We appreciate the efforts of our municipality and promise to co-operate with the contractor during its time with us. We will ensure there will be no destructions by any member of the public.”

Wathint’abafazi, Wathint’imbokodo!

The commemoration of Women’s Month continues at Matatiele Local Municipality. Early this week, the Speaker of Matatiele LM, Cllr Nomasomi Mshuqwana and South African Defence Force (SANDF) Director Doctrine and Development, Joint Operations Division, Brigadier General Bobelo, led a “Touching Lives” outreach programme.

Joined by government departments in partnership with Uzusithwale, Matatiele Super Spar and Satsha Health and Fitness Gym, more than 200 sanitary towels were distributed to needy pupils at Lepheana Senior Primary. The outreach programme aims to restore the dignity of a girl child and encourage them to respect and look after their body.

“During this special month we encourage all to lend a helping hand where we see a need. We cannot allow a situation where our girls are unable to attend school when undergoing their natural cycle,” said Brigadier General Bobelo. She asked SANDF members at the Maluti Military base to give back to the community by adopting at least one child as part of mentoring.

The Speaker of Council, Cllr Mshuqwana encouraged the spirit of ubuntu, self-respect and self-discipline. The municipality and partners is to continue with the initiative, and will be extended to also benefit less privileged elderly women in and around Matatiele.

The partnership has collected 100 sanitary towels and will continue throughout the month of August and beyond.

“We are a destination of choice and excellence.”

 

Through these electrification projects, more than 2000 households are
being connected to the national
electrification grid and jobs are being created.

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