Matat Viewpoint

2017-12-22 06:00

FESTIVE greetings to you, dear reader. As we wind down the year with festive vibes now upon us, we continue to keep you up to date with “the week that was” column.

MLM talks to stakeholders about demarcation

On December 6, the municipality, through the Office of the Speaker, held a meeting to clarify to Matatiele Local Municipality stakeholders issues relating to the KZN/Eastern Cape demarcation.

The Speaker of Council, Cllr Nomasomi Mshuqwana explained she saw the need to take the stakeholders through the processes that will unfold in dealing with KZN/Eastern Cape demarcation.

“I ask every citizen to be patient with the municipality and co-operate with us while we work on these processes.”

The background of the proposed amendment of the Constitution and proposed amendment of the Constitution, Government Gazette number 41276, November 24 was briefly outlined and will be made available on the municipal website for public viewing. Among the attendees at the meeting was traditional leadership.

Actions of Matatiele Municipality count

The slogan for World Aids Day this year is “Let Our Actions Count”, and this is in line with proclamation that the Aids council in Matatiele and its stakeholders commemorated National World Aids Day at Chibini Community Hall in Ward 5 on December 7.

Under the theme “I have a right to know my status. Prevention is my responsibility”, emphasis this year is on accelerating HIV prevention and reduce new HIV, TB and STI infections. Special focus has also been put on leadership and shared accountability for a sustainable response to HIV/TB. This as outlined in the provincial implementation plan.

Addressing the community about defaulting on treatment, acting mayor of the day, Cllr Nomonde Nkukhu called on people of Matatiele, Chibini village in particular, to recognise that HIV is a chronic, but manageable condition.

“If you are HIV-positive, you must know you can still live a happy and prolonged life if you take your medication accordingly.”

She advised the community not to take responsibility in fighting stigma.

“We cannot in this day and age continue to hear of cases whereby HIV-positive people are stigmatised by their loved ones.”

She also stressed the need for a prevention revolution to urgently reduce new HIV infections.

Matat Music Festival boosts economic development

Much needed rain could not stop thousands of party-goers from attending the seventh annual Matatiele Music Festival at Matatiele’s old rugby fields last Saturday.

The festival has become the highlight on entertainment and tourism calendar and a boost for the Alfred Nzo District, the Eastern Cape and KZN.

Last Saturday saw the who’s who in the South African music industry descend on Matatiele for the entertainment of music lovers who came to watch their favourite artists perform.

Through this event the municipality seeks to establish an event that acts as a catalyst for an increase in an influx of visitors and potential investors into Matatiele over the festive season. In a way, this platform is seen as another means of contributing to the socioeconomic development of the Matatiele community thereby boosting our local economic development.

With accommodation facilities, retail outlets, street vendors and small business owners benefitting immensely from the festival, the mayor is happy with the steady growth of the festival.

“Matatiele Local Municipality is starting to see the fruits of hosting the annual music festival,” said the mayor, Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla.

On behalf of the municipality, I would like to extend a word of appreciation to everyone who attended the festival and further extend words of gratitude to the security cluster for ensuring that safety was maintained for our patrons, because working together we can move Matatiele forward.

To those who will be travelling long distances this festive season, let us all remember the “don’t drink and drive” motto, and be safe on the roads.

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