MATAT VIEWPOINT

2018-07-27 06:00

DEAR READER,

Welcome once again to our weekly update column. Our electrification agenda continues!

Matatiele local municipality continues to radically address service delivery backlogs, with electricity being one of the main priorities. The number of new projects that have been launched recently at wards 3, 4, 5, 9, 18, and 26 bear witness to this.

The mayor of Matatiele Local Municipality, Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla, joined by councillors and management, embarked on a massive sod–turning, where contractors appointed to roll out electrification and build access roads were officially introduced to the public.

Through these electrification projects, about 3 802 households were connected to the national electrification grid during the 2017/2018 financial year in the following areas — Chibini, Pamlaville, Nkali, New-Resh, Chere, Thotaneng, Nyaniso – Nkalweni, Bubesi A & B, St. Benhards, Mahareng, Madlangala, Mahangu, Magayazidlele, Zikhalini and Maphokong Edrayini, Kwa – Mbobo, Gudlintaba, Khashule and Makgwaseng. Seventeen local labourers were employed in each project and two qualified electrification students were trained.

“As part of the implementation of the National Development Plan, the municipality continues to provide access to energy through the Integrated National Electrification Programme (INEP), working with the Department of Energy and Eskom.

“The aim of this programme is to ensure sustainable development and growth of the economy through increased access to electricity,” he said.

In the current financial year, the municipality is planning to reduce the backlog by 1 960 connections in these life-changing multimillion projects — Black Diamond, Goxe, Matias, Khohlong and Tsitsong.

The work by Rock Powerline Electrical and ODG Consulting will commence before July ends.

Speaking on behalf of the community of Khohlong village, Mr Phindela said: “We appreciate the efforts of our municipality and we promise to cooperate with the appointed contractor during its time with us.

“We will make sure that there will be no destruction done by any member of the public”.

In wards 5 and 9, Ntombovuyo Mantelefu and Linda Msipa expressed their appreciation about the electrification project that is set to commence at their respective villages, saying that it will open job opportunity for the youth respectively.

Furthermore, in the pipeline awaiting the 14 days’ objection period, will be the communities of Nice Field and Mateleng, Nkungwini and Pamlaville Phase 2 who will become happy recipients of electrification projects.

In our mission to better our roads, at ward 22 the municipality will build 8.5 km of internal streets at Epiphany village worth R 5.2 million, a first of its kind in Matatiele villages.

Mayor Mbedla said the municipality is appreciative of the patience that these communities have displayed since the municipality consulted with them over its challenges.

We are not done yet, let us work together to better our Matatiele. It is in our best interests to better the lives of our people.

On Tuesday, the MEC of Transport in the Eastern Cape Weziwe Tikana visited Matatiele to offer a solution on the issue of roads which saw some of the intersections leading to Matatiele being blocked by protestors on Monday.

The MEC engaged the protestors for more than three hours and committed the department to dispatch their newly purchased in-house plant and re-gravel T69 from Monday, July 23, 2018.

“After completing this road, the team will proceed to other affected roads which include the road to Ongeluksnek via Sam Kerk, the road to Qacha’s Nek and the road to Ramatsiliso” said MEC Tikana.

“We are a Destination of Choice and Excellence.”

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