WARM greetings to the readers of our column.MATATIELE GOING GREEN ON ‘SPRING DAY’The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, in partnership with Total South Africa, will launch National Arbor Week at the Matatiele Local Municipality. Celebrated from September 1 to 7, Arbor Week will be launched on the first day of spring - September 1 - at North End Stadium. This is a initiative by the national and provincial government and recognises and encourages the protection indigenous trees and forests. Arbor Week 2017 places special focus on forests and water. The first week of September will see project visits and greening initiative in the community. The launch day will also include the Arbor City Awards, a competition that was introduced to promote the greening of cities and towns. These awards are given to cities and towns that go the extra mile to green their areas of jurisdiction. The public will be transported to and from the venue. COUNCILLORS TRAINED ON CODE OF CONDUCT On Wednesday the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), held training on the code of conduct for Matatiele Local Municipality councillors and traditional leaders. This is to provide management and support services in order to have an effective municipal administration within the regulatory framework. The directorate of municipal administration has a function to support all 39 municipalities in many aspects and Cogta ensures that all municipalities are supported, this to enhance ethical conduct.The department has seen an increase in the number of code of conduct breaching by councillors. The MEC has since commissioned task teams to conduct fact-finding investigations in this regard. We are a destination of choice and excellence.