MATAT VIEWPOINT

2018-05-25 06:00

WARM greetings as we kick-start the winter season. We are now in the last quarter of the 2017/2018 financial year. It is 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). It’s in line with section 69 (1) (a) of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) and will then advertise it for the public viewing.

MUNICIPALITY RESPONDS TO A HIGH RATE OF YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

The municipality contributes to the improvement of sector skills through achieving a more favourable balance between demand and supply, and ensuring that education and training is acknowledged and enhances the skills of the current work force. To achieve this, the municipality has signed a service level agreement with Ulwazi Youth Development — a non-profit organisation serving the youth from the ages of 18-35 years. This programme has seen about 20 graduates placed in different departments within the municipality. This number adds to eighteen interns who are funded by the municipality, bringing the total to thirty-five.

PUBLIC NOTICE TO OUR READERS

The department of Rural Development and Land Reform has noticed the illegal sale and allocation of land as well as building structures on arable lands. Such occurrences have been noted within the Ramohlakoana location, which falls under Malubaluba administrative area. Ramohlakoana traditional leaders have confirmed that these sites have been demarcated by certain people within the community who have not followed the legislative framework of the department. This notice serves to notify the public that this conduct is unlawful and therefore have illegally bought and occupied the land in question. The department therefore appeals to the perpetrators to stop this unlawful practice immediately. If the occupier/ owner of these structures do not have proof of entitlement, he/ she must remove them from the aforesaid land within five days. Should this fail, the department will have no option but to remove the structures at your cost.

MISSING CHILD FOUND DEAD

Matatiele SAPS has announced that the body of the child from the Njongweville area was found near Swartberg over the past weekend. All search and rescue efforts for the child are cancelled with immediate effect from the side of the SAPS. However, investigations are continuing to establish the identity of the person (s) responsible for her kidnapping and subsequent death. “A murder docket has been opened and is currently under investigation as we strongly believe that the child was killed”, said SAPS Colonel Ngame. “Once known, the suspect will be tracked down and brought to book,” Ngame said. A word of gratitude is extended to all community members who took part in the search for the child when she was reported missing. Keep up the good spirit of neighbourhood, let us always practice that “your child is my child and my child is your child” spirit.

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