Matat Viewpoint

2016-06-17 06:00

Warm greetings to all readers of this viewpoint!

Youth Month

WE have once more in the Youth month, 16 June is the day that we all stand up to honour the spirit of young martyrs who laid down their lives so that the youth may be free today. June 16 marks the 40th anniversary of the Soweto and other related youth uprisings in South Africa. The three part national Youth Day programme will be officiated by President Jacob Zuma in Orlando Stadium, Soweto.

Our Government is certainly aware of the challenges that youth face, i.e. unemployment, HIV/AIDS, youth involved in crime and poverty. These challenges, however, might be different from those experienced by the Youth of 1976. However today’s youth is still expected to offer their hands in volunteering to rebuild their communities. This demands that the youth seizes the opportunities brought about by democracy and work both with Government and the private sector to uplift themselves from poverty, ignorance and lack of skills. Let us celebrate this day remembering deaths of hundreds of Soweto school children, a day that changed the course of the South African history: 16 June 1976.

For more on youth programmes that the municipality offers, young people are encouraged to visit the Special Programmes Unit at the Municipality.

Indigent Support Programme

The Municipality, through the Indigent Support Programme, contributes to about 6000 households on the non-grid, 2 314 people benefit on electricity from Eskom, 982 for rates and refuse collection while 515 benefits on Municipal electricity.

What does the Free Basic Services and Indigent Policy entail?

Indigent policy defines indigence as the state of being unable to afford basic goods or services such as housing, water, food, clothing, and basic sanitation.

A child headed household is automatically classified as indigent. Beneficiaries of social assistance grants are considered potentially indigent, but must still be tested for eligibility in order to receive free basic services. If your right to basic sanitation is violated, you may complain directly to your ward councillor or municipality.

To access free basic services you must be a South African citizen or have refugee status and you must be a resident of the municipality where indigent support is sought. For further details regarding the Basic Services and Indigent Programme, members of the public can contact the Budget and Treasury Office at 039 737 8100.

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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