Matat viewpoint

2017-07-21 06:00

WARM greetings to you, in this new financial year.
As your administrators at your service, we are ready to hit the ground running as we strive to officiate on the promises made by our council.
In the 2017/18 financial year we will record even bigger achievements as the Matatiele Local Municipality, so be on the lookout.

2017/22 IDP process plan implementation

The integrated development plan (IDP) serves as a tool for transforming municipalities towards the facilitation and management of development within their areas of jurisdiction.
This is done in accordance with Chapter 5 and Section 25 of Local Government Systems Act, (Act 32 of 2000), which states: “That the municipal council must within a prescribed period after the start of its elected term, adopt a single all-inclusive and strategic plan for the development of the municipality.”
The Local Government Systems Act also identifies the IDP as the vehicle to be used in the achievement of these goals.

Matatiele Local Municipality is therefore developing the first review of the five-year (2017/22) IDP. As the starting point for the process, an IDP process plan has been developed to guide the review process. Community representatives and are encouraged to form part of the IDP representative forums, so they can form a part of this review process.

MEC Qoboshiyane visits Matatiele

Last Friday in Matatiele the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform and Masisizane Fund held an event to celebrate the 10-year existence of this Old Mutual flagship initiative.
This partnership is aimed at developing agribusiness value chain opportunities for farmers in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala District municipalities.
The event was also attended by the MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane and the deputy executive mayor, Cllr Sandile Sello, who said they appreciate the co-operation between government and private sector.
Sello said such an initiative will go a long way towards stimulating the economy of Alfred Nzo District and the Eastern Cape.

“I am certain that O.R. Tambo would have been proud to see us as government and the private sector working together to uplift the socioeconomic status of the people. Remember this is what stalwarts like him fought for.”

Addressing Matatiele farmers Qoboshiyane encouraged people to go back to basics and invest more in agriculture, this in order to support government in its poverty alleviation strategies.
“It is not government alone that can alleviate poverty, by funding non-profit organisations, emerging farmers and other structures, we create working relations for the benefit of building better communities,” he said. The MEC also thanked the leadership of Masisizane.
“To the chairperson of Masisizane Fund board and management, as government we are grateful to have worked with you in this initiative to develop small scale farmers. Through developing agribusiness value chain opportunities for the farmers are imminent.”

Farmers from Matatiele and Umzimkhulu were awarded accolades for their work done in uplifting the lives of ordinary citizens.
They were recognised in the following categories­ - best managed farm was awarded to Claybrook Farm, owned by Mrs Mofokeng­ from Matatiele and the best performing­ soya bean commodity was awarded to Mr. S. Rafu of Sharpers Hope Farm in Matatiele.

We wish them all the best – let the sky be the limit for them.

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