Matatiele viewpoint

2017-06-02 06:00

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Remembering those who lost lives to Aids
Matatiele Local Aids Council, a structure co-ordinated by the Matatiele Local Municipality and relevant stakeholders commemorated the International Aids Candlelight Memorial by bringing services to the people of Mahlake in Ward 25.

Held on May 25, the idea behind the memorial was to honour those who have been affected and infected by HIV and Aids.
Through this programme we address the issues of limited knowledge when it comes to HIV and Aids. This is accompanied by levels of ignorance that seem to exist in communities.

Started in 1983, the International Aids Candlelight Memorial is led by some 1 200 community organisations in 115 countries including South Africa. It is annually celebrated in the third week of May.

This year’s memorial was held under the theme: “Ending Aids together”.
On this day, diverse groups of community leaders, including community health workers, researchers, business people, faith-based organisations and concerned individuals took part in this HIV awareness programme and stigma eradication.
Government departments also formed a critical part of this day by bringing much needed services to this deep rural village and surrounds.

The International Aids Candlelight Memorial is much more than just a memorial, it serves as a community mobilisation campaign to raise social consciousness and mitigate stigmatisation around HIV and Aids.
Department of Works invests millions in Mvenyane

On 25 May the Eastern Cape premier, Phumulo Masualle, and Public Works MEC, Thandiswa Marawu­ officiated at a sod turning ceremony of the DR08017 (from Cedarville to Mt Frere) road construction.

This as part of Africa Month celebrations, under the theme “The year of OR Tambo: Building a Better Africa and a Better World”.
Throughout this month, the rest of the continent is promoting African unity, deeper regional integration and recommitting Africans to a common destiny. In line with the legacy of OR Tambo, the province has committed to the upgrade this route from gravel to a surfaced standard road.

The project has a target spending of 25% of its value on local SMMEs, while 10% will be spent on local labour. In other words, job creation is on the cards for people of Matatiele Local Municipality.

The construction of this road will amount to more than R127 million for all the phases and it is anticipated the road will be completed in March 2018.

You are invited
The Mayor of Matatiele Local Municipality Cllr Momelezi Mbedla, will table the State of the Municipality Address (Soma) at Khauoe Community Hall in Ward 25 on the 29 May. This, as part of the 2017 Open Council sitting to adopt the budget and the IDP.

The 2017 Soma will be delivered under the theme: “The year of OR Tambo: Building a Better Africa and a Better World”.

The mayor is to reflect on the past nine months of his administration after the 2016 local government elections. His address will also include the achievements recorded in the 2016/2017 financial year.
Municipal plans for the next five years, will also be outlined.
The focus for Mbedla’s administration is to accelerate service delivery, improve the economy of the municipality, with special focus on agriculture, youth development and position the municipality as both an investor and tourist destination.

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