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. 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.