MATAT Viewpoint

2016-04-15 06:00

WARM greetings to all readers of this viewpoint.

Taking government to the people

Matatiele Local Municipality officially welcomed a new village of Frystat in Ward 15 which was previously under Elundini Local Municipality. The event formed part of the IDP/Budget Outreach Programme 2016/17 which is currently being rolled out this week until today the 15th of April 2016.

For the past 11 years Frystat was under Elundini Local Municipality and the people accessed their services under this municipality. The community complained that services are moving by a slow pace and they want to be under Matatiele Local Municipality. When the municipality conducted research it was indeed revealed that according to demarcations the area is under Matatiele LM.

South African Social Service Agency (SASSA), Department of Health, DEDEAT, Department of Social Development joined hands with the municipality in taking government to the people through an Integrated Community Outreach Programme (ICROP).

ICROP programme is the programme mandated by government to reach different wards in the remote areas of the Eastern Cape and embark on a number of service delivery innovations to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of its services.

Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT): engaged number of individuals about consumer rights and six cooperatives on how to develop themselves and be sustainable. Department of Health committed to bring a Mobile Clinic while Eskom is currently installing electricity and the municipality is constructing a road to the village.

Welcoming the community, Alfred Nzo District Municipality Executive Mayor Cllr. Eunice Diko said “as government we shall continue servicing our people because that is the mandate we have been entrusted, you have come into the right place under Matatiele Local Municipality”.

SAPS warns public of SMS scam

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has warned the public against a scam in which victims receive a text message stating that a SAPS case has been opened against them.

The SAPS on Tuesday said once victims respond to the numbers that are provided by the fraudsters, money is extorted from them.

The scam came to the police’s attention, after a case was reported in January. It was followed by other cases with the same modus operandi that were reported in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State, North West, and Limpopo.

“The victims received a SMS stating that a SAPS case had been opened against them and that they had to contact a Constable Baloyi at 060 800 8148. Other random names and different contact numbers were also given,” said the SAPS.

When the victims responded to the SMS, they were informed that a warrant of arrest had been issued for a traffic fine and that they needed to pay a certain amount, which had to be deposited into an FNB account with number 62017066201 or ABSA account number 4054021171.

“You are warned not to fall for this scam. In case you receive this kind of SMS, please contact your nearest police station,” said the police.

You can contact Detective Lieutenant DK Hattingh of the National Investigation Unit (NINU) at 079 695 0293 or email:

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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