Matatiele Local Municipality viewpoint

2016-10-28 06:00

WARM greetings to all readers of this viewpoint.

A warm welcome once again to the Matatiele Local Municipality viewpoint where we ensure that our community is well informed of recent accomplishments in their respective areas.

Your municipality believes in providing you with information that is easy for you to access. Knowledge is not only power, because if used effectively, it can empower you to improve your life, based on your needs.

It is for this reason we will not stop keeping you informed of policies and programmes that affect you and the progress made in implementing them.

Our five-year communications strategy

Government considers communication to be a strategic element of service delivery and a major tool used in promoting and communicating government programmes.

The municipality held a two-day communications strategy workshop at the Executive Conference Centre in Matatiele. The five-year communications strategy will provide guidelines and reference tools around government communications as the key support service for service delivery.

These include government communications strategy, media management, stakeholders engagement, communications for development, understanding of government policy, marketing and branding, and the management of corporate identity of government.

Welcoming more than 100 delegates Mayor Momelezi Mbedla emphasised the crucial role played by communication between government and members of the public. Part of deliberations during the two-day workshop included the need to communicate government’s programme of action to communities and stakeholders in line with five back-to-basics pillars.

The need to strengthen platforms to communicate with stakeholders and communities towards development and implementation of government programme of action as contained in the IDP was also noted.

Furthermore, it was outlined that the 2016-2021 communications strategy action plan, through the communications and special programmes unit, should provide communication support to all sector departments, agencies and formations.

Those in attendance included representatives from the Office of the Premier, GCIS (presentation on the national communications framework) and Mamkeli Ngam from Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs shared the back-to-basics approach.

Councillors, municipal management, government departments, NGOs and the communications unit from Alfred Nzo District Municipality were also in attendance. The municipality extend a word of gratitude to everyone who took part in the development of this important strategic meeting.

Matatiele to establish ward committees and launch war rooms

The municipality will from 2 to 12 November start with sessions to establish ward committees and launch Operation Masiphathisane in all 26 wards of Matatiele.

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