Matatiele Local Municipality viewpoint

2016-09-09 06:00

WARM greetings to all readers of this viewpoint.

Heritage and Tourism Month celebrations
As part of commemorating Heritage and Tourism Months, Matatiele Local Municipality will host the following events aimed promoting Matatiele as an investment and tourism destination of choice:

22-25 September: Matat to Point (Bikers Festival) at the country club

24 September: Mehloding Heritage event at Mpharane

25 September: Ced-Matat Heritage Race from Matatiele to Cedarville

30 September: Matatiele Tourism Month celebrations at Matatiele Town Hall

Your support in this regard will be appreciated.

Citizens get direct line to ward councillors

The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has introduced a social media platform that allows councillors to respond quickly to questions raised by citizens.

GovChat allows citizens to send images, photos, videos, public and private messages in real time, directly to their ward councillors.

Through the use of GovChat, it is hoped it will be easier to address some of the problems that have led to the growth of service-delivery protests.

GovChat is currently available as a web application and citizens can register as users on The platform will be available on Android and iOS devices in future.

Government says service will improve for the better as councillors will be at the front line of providing instant and credible information to the people they serve. GovChat aims to break barriers of communication and support civic engagement.

The Government Communication and Information System congratulates Salga on the introduction of GovChat, which promotes the back-to-basics approach that ensures communities receive quality services.

Acting GCIS director General Donald Liphoko said government believes that active citizenry and social activism is necessary for democracy and development to flourish.

The National Development Plan (NDP) states that government cannot merely act on behalf of the people.

“We are pleased that Salga has integrated GovChat as a valuable communications tool that will connect citizens to their ward councillors. It will go a long way in bridging the divide between the electorate and public representatives,” said Liphoko.

Active social media users are growing at a rate of over 10% year-on-year in South Africa. On average, South Africans spend just under three hours a day on the internet and social media using their mobile phones.

Over 26 million South Africans are active internet users, 13 million of whom are active social media users. It is estimated that over 85 million mobile connections exist in the country.

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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