Matat Viewpoint

2018-03-23 06:00

DEAR readers,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to our third column in this month of March. It is indeed a great month for South Africa, as we kick-start the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.

We are once again in this very important month — Human Rights Month — March 21 is one of the most important days in the history of South Africa.
It is a day that gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the status of human rights in the country.
Unfortunately, despite our collective efforts to curb human rights’ associated ills, our people are still subjected to human rights’ violations.
March 21 takes us back to the year 1960, when the selfless heroes and heroines of our country sacrificed their lives in pursuit of human self-respect.
During this month, together with partners, the municipality will co-ordinate programmes that seek to take the mission of 1960 forward. We encourage you to seize this chance and practice human dignity on a daily basis.

TAKING PARLIAMENT TO THE PEOPLE
PROGRAMME

The National Council of Provinces returns to the Eastern Cape to report back and follow up on the recommendations made in the report on Taking Parliament to the People in November 2016.

The Taking Parliament to the People programme has enhanced its oversight mandate and continues to push the government to respond to service-delivery backlogs, in education in particular.
This programme was aimed at visiting schools in the Eastern Cape Province; the programme focuses mainly on education primarily because of the matric results the province continues to receive each year.
In Matatiele, this programme took place from March 13 to 16.
The delegation from the national Parliament, joined by Matatiele LM leadership and senior officials from the Department of Education, visited eight schools.
This was part of the plan to provide feedback on recommendations and challenges that were raised in November 2016.

BE THE LEGACY

Remember, the centenary celebrations of the life of our nation’s founding father, Nelson Mandela, are under way.

WHAT TO DO

Make every Friday a Mandela Friday. On these Fridays, we encourage organisations and members of the community to perform acts of service and humanitarian work. Government departments are to infuse this call to action with their planned activities and programmes.

As we celebrate this global icon, the government is strongly encouraging all sectors to work together to celebrate his centenary in a befitting manner and in a true Madiba style. Follow the Nelson Mandela centenary conversation on social-media platforms by using these #Mandela100 and #BeTheLegacy.

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