Matat Viewpoint

2017-09-08 06:00

 

Acting Municipal Manager: Mr Monwabisi Somi

WARM greetings to the readers of our column.

Peace and order restored in Matatiele

The situation is normalising in Matatiele­ this morning.

Matatiele Local Municipality Mayor Cllr Momelezi Mbedla spoke to protesters yesterday about the latest developments regarding their demands. He outlined the details of the interventions planned for the next few days.

“During this seven-day waiting period we’ve agreed upon, the grading of some roads will continue as promised. We have also engaged the provincial leadership. Your concerns have been escalated to the Premier and Roads & Public Works MEC, and they will be coming to hear you out before next Tuesday”, said Mbedla.

He asked the protesters to suspend the protests and give the negotiations a chance. His sentiments were echoed by one of the protest organisers, who addressed the crowd after the mayor.

“As one of the people you’ve appointed to lead this action, I’m asking you to please go home now,” said Teboho Stemere.

Although the situation is calm in town, obstructions placed on the roads by protesters in Maluti last night made it impossible for some pupils to go to school and offices and businesses are operating with only skeleton staff.

The SAPS and those responsible for public order are managing the situation in Maluti.

Today at 10am the municipality will facilitate further discussions with the relevant stakeholders. The Office of the Premier will be part of that meeting.

Matatiele goes green on ‘Spring Day’

Today September 1, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in partnership with Total South Africa and the Matatiele Local Municipality will launch Arbor Week at the Matatiele Local Municipality.

Celebrated September 1 to 7, Arbor Week will be launched today “Spring Day” at North End Stadium. This is a joint initiative by the national and provincial government that recognises and encourages the protection of indigenous trees and forests. Arbor Week 2017 places special focus on forests and water.

The first week of September will see project visits and greening initiatives within the community. The launch day will also include the Arbor City Awards, a competition that was introduced to promote the greening of cities and towns in South Africa. These awards are given to cities and towns that go the extra mile to green their area of jurisdiction. The public will be transported to and from the stadium.

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