Matatiele Local Municipality viewpoint

2016-09-02 06:00
 Dr DCT Nakin: Municipal Manager.

Dr DCT Nakin: Municipal Manager.

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WARM greetings to all readers of this viewpoint.

Know your municipality

Matatiele Local Municipality has a population of 203 843 (census), spread across 26 wards. A comparative demographical analysis demonstrates that Matatiele Local Municipality has the largest geographical size (at 4 352 km2) within Alfred Nzo District Municipality. The area accounts for 41% of the district’s population.

In terms of population density, the municipality has a rather lower density (46.8 p/square kilometre) within Alfred­ Nzo District Municipality. The majority of the population is African at 98.1%, while coloured, Indian-Asian and white population groups constitute 0.9%, 0.3% and 0.7% respectively.

The majority of the population live mostly in rural villages and formal townships around Matatiele, Maluti and Cedarville, with a total of 49 527 households.

The Matatiele Local Municipality has a slight imbalance between females­ and males. The females outnumber the males at 54% - females 110 167 and males, 46% - 93 675.

According to the 2011 Census, 71% of the population within the municipality is younger than 35 and only seven­ percent are over 65. More information concerning Matatiele situational analysis is be accessible on the municipality’s website - www.matati ele.gov.za

Heritage and Tourism Month celebrations

Tourism is one of the important sectors in South Africa and has shown a growth of about 20%, it continues to grow and has become the second largest economic sector, next to manufacturing and mining.

It employs about 3 % of the workforce in South Africa and is responsible for the creation of one in eight work opportunities.

In his 2012 State of the Nation Address President Jacob Zuma said that South Africa has the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. Tourism is one of the sectors that can address these challenges.

As part of celebrating Heritage and Tourism Month, Matatiele Local Municipality and tourism organisations in Matatiele­ will host various celebrations this month.

These events will give us an opportunity to reflect on whether the country, with an abundance of talent and natural resources, is in fact able to take care of its children and grow a new nation - a nation we will be proud of one day.

The municipality is responsible for local tourism in terms of powers and functions as outlined in the Constitution, Act No 108 of 1996.

Further, tourism is marked as one of the pillars of Matatiele development in general, as earmarked in the municipal vision “Where nature, agriculture and tourism are investments of choice”.

That is all from us for now. Until next time, stay safe and be blessed.

Thank You Sweet People from sweet Matat, a destination of choice and excellence.

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