MATAT VIEWPOINT

2018-05-18 06:00

WARM greetings to all readers of this column. Welcome once again to our weekly column. We are now in the last quarter of the 2017–2018 Financial Year and we are at a stage where the Monitoring and Evaluation / Risk Services Unit is currently finalising performance planning for the next financial year (2018-2019).

The Municipality is consolidating its 2018-2019 Service Delivery and Budget Implementation Plan (SDBIP) in line with section 69 (1) (a) of the municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) and will then advertise it for the public viewing.

The Inaugural Procurement Summit Matatiele Business Chamber joined by Matatiele local municipality, Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Alfred Nzo Development Agency hosted the inaugural local procurement summit on May 3, at the Matatiele town hall.

The summit was organized to discuss and find amicable solutions to effective implementation of socio-economic transformation, ensuring effective implementation of radical socio-economic transformation and the application of best practices in public procurement.

Mayor Councillor Momelezi Mbedla sited the crucial role local government plays in stimulating economic growth in Matatiele, by supporting and sustaining SMMEs.

The mayor did, however, also allude to the low rate of SMMEs survival in the area saying that this is a clear indication that more needed to be done to support SMMEs. Matatiele local municipality has since resorted to developing a new supply chain framework to be adopted by the council, to try and assist SMMEs with their challenges.

Matatiele Business Chamber is now in its fourth year of existence and has grown in membership since its inception.

The President of the Business Chamber, Mr. Mosweu, chairperson emphasized that the main reasons of the formation of the chamber were to assist SMMEs and the municipality at large, in job creation, economic growth and to bridge the gap between civil servants and communities.

Among others who spoke was National Treasury representative Mr. Schalk who gave us a brief presentation on the budget of the National Treasury and the procurement regulations and proposed modernized procurement bill.

Overall the procurement summit was a success and the message was well received by all local SMMEs that were present to be patient and to not give up, especially, when there are platforms such as these for them to engage and share business ideas and practices.

INTENSIVE SEARCH FOR A MISSING CHILD:

Matatiele SAPS on Monday embarked on a search for a missing two -year-old girl, Atlehang Motumi from Njongweville Extension.

She was last seen on Monday last week. The search expanded to include nearby buildings and in a form of door-to-door. “No stones will be left unturned for this little girl” said Colonel Ngame.

The Mounted Unit and Search & Rescue Unit from East London, Mthatha and Elliot joined by members of the public were also part of the search team in search for this little girl at Njongweville Extension and nearby areas.

“We are a Destination of Choice and Excellence.”

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