2018-07-20 06:00

Dear readers

Welcome to our second edition of the 2018/19 FY weekly update column.

We have started the new financial year with a bang.

With new blood joining us, we are ready to roll-out service delivery at high speed.

Matatiele local municipality Council has, from the beginning of this new financial year, appointed the General Managers for Infrastructure Services and Corporate Services. Mrs Mvumikazi Ndwandwe and Mr Nelisile Xolo are now responsible for the effective functioning of these two crucial Departments respectively. “We are happy that we have managed to conclude the recruitment processes of these two positions on time, this in order to ensure the smooth administration and fast tracking of service provision to the people of Matatiele,” said mayor Councillor Momelezi Mbedla. We welcome them at Matatiele local municipality and wish them all the best.


Every winter in South Africa, fire accidents caused by cooking and space heating appliances destroy property worth thousands, cause severe injuries and even take the lives of thousands of our loved ones. It’s usually the most vulnerable members of communities, such as children, the elderly and the physically challenged, that become victims. Most of these accidents occur in winter time as people try to stay warm.

We would like to encourage all South Africans to take initiatives to eliminate fire accidents by, among other things; educating each other about fire safety. If we all get informed, many lives will be saved, injuries avoided and money saved as well.

How to handle a house fire?

Every six months, practice a plan that teaches your family what to do in an emergency situation.

Keep your bedroom doors closed at night — doors can hold back smoke and fire. This will allow you more time to escape.

If there is smoke in the room, lie low. Make your way to the door by crawling — the purest air is closest to the floor. Use the back of your hand to feel for heat on the highest point of the door you can reach. If the door feels cool, open it just a crack to check for smoke. If there is no smoke, follow your usual exit route.

Be sure to test all doors before you open them on your way and close them behind you as you go. Once outside, never go back into the building. Use a neighbour’s phone to call for emergency help. Give the location of the fire and don’t hang up until the operator has asked all the questions.

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