Matatiele Local Municipality viewpoint

2016-12-09 06:01

WARM greetings to all readers of this viewpoint.

Welcome once again to the Matatiele Local Municipality view point. It is our responsibility to ensure that our community is well informed of recent accomplishments at their respective areas.

Matatiele residents cautioned

I want to sensitise residents of Matatiele about a group of people who claim to be recruiting for the Matatiele Municipality. Do not fall prey to such scams. If we have vacancies the municipality advertises them in local newspapers, notice boards and on the municipal website.

IDP Community Outreach conducted

As part of enhancing public participation, the Matatiele Local Municipality from the 21 to 25 November embarked on IDP Community Outreach programme. The purpose of these sessions was to present a report on service delivery backlogs and progress per ward. Communities were also enlightened with regards to the 2015/2016 projects currently under way, and priorities per ward were also revised.

Teams were allocated and led by the mayor and members of the executive committee accompanied by councillors, managers, municipal officials, representatives from Alfred Nzo District Municipality and government departments. Some of the main service delivery concerns highlighted by communities included infrastructure backlog, electrification of villages and shortage of clean drinking water. The municipality has started to address these issues at an inter-governmental relations forum meeting with the IDP representative forum session that took place early this week.

The Matatiele Local Municipality extends a word of gratitude to those who participated in the outreach programme, because “together we are moving Matatiele forward”.

#CountMeIn

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign takes place from 25 November to 10 December. As the municipality we have actioned this year’s theme: “Count Me In: Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward”.

Through our special programmes unit we’ve been moving a non-violent Matatiele forward. On 8 December we convened a dialogue that saw parents, children and stakeholders come up with practical solutions on how to declare war against violence targeting women and children. Through the dialogue session government social cluster departments, NGOs and other partners interacted with community members, empowering them with knowledge on how to end the scourge of violence against women and children.

It is important that the 16 Days campaign is not viewed as a stand-alone event. It is another leg of the #356DaysCampaign and #CountMeIn. All these campaigns seek to mobilise society, especially men, to join hands against children and women abuse.

To observe the International Day of Persons Living with Disabilities, commemorated on 3 December, preceded by World Aids Day on 1 December, the Matatiele Municipality and stakeholders on 6 December took to the streets of Thabachicha, Ward 14. Attended by community members from different wards of Matatiele, the objective of the march and the gathering was to join the rest of the world in tracking progress that has been made in responding to HIV and Aids.

The implementation of measures to improve the life of people with disabilities was also under scrutiny. Through SPU, as the municipality, working with our implementing partners, we have made much progress over the years in responding to these issues.

As outlined in our designated groups strategy, we continue to realise the objectives we set for ourselves to effectively initiate campaigns to raise awareness about the plight and rights of people with disabilities.

We still have a long way to go before we can realise many elements of our dream in as far as people with disabilities are concerned. However, we are proud of the work we have done to ensure that people with disabilities benefit from skills development.

Last week 13 people from various wards in our municipality graduated at Enoch Sontonga Rehabilitation Centre. What a touching moment it was to see people with disabilities rising above every obstacle to attain skills in sewing, woodwork and welding.

These individuals are now capable of starting their own businesses and contributing to their well-being. And as the municipality we continue to assist them in wherever possible, to realise their vision for their lives.

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

Thank you sweet people from sweet Matat, a destination of choice and excellence.

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