2018-09-28 06:00

WARM greetings dear readers,


Operations have been disturbed throughout this week in Matatiele after protestors closed down Matatiele Local Municipality, creating unrest in and around the area. This after a number of engagements were held between the Municipality, the provincial Department of Transport, and commuters.

At the beginning of this week, municipal workers could not access their offices due to protesters blocking the entrances to municipal buildings. Essential services such as electricity services and other community services were affected. This was for the duration of four days as municipal workers could not assist customers.

Mayor Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla later appealed to the people of Matatiele to take precautionary measures in relation to water and electricity usage.

Protesters intensified their action on Tuesday, closing down the Alfred Nzo District Municipality satellite offices in Matatiele. The municipality continues to explore ways and means to resolve this unrest.

A number of municipal programmes scheduled for this week had to be postponed. This included the Integrated Development & Planning Representative Forum workshop and the Day of Prayer.

“This unrest happens at a very crucial period at the municipality, where Auditor General officials are on-site to audit our books. We are unable to provide information needed by the AG office because our employees have not been going to work,” said Mayor Mbedla.

We appeal to our people to be patient with us and the Department of Transport as we try, by all means, to attend to their concerns. The situation in Matatiele has been ignited by the condition of rural roads in and around the municipality. Commuters have raised concerns with the Department of Transport in relation to this issue.

A consolidated road maintenance plan has been drafted as follows:

• DR08013: 35km Maluti to Ramatsiliso — 7km of heavy maintenance achieved.

• DR08069: 34km Khoapa to DR08646 — road formation, stockpiling.

•DR08646: Matatiele to Onguleksnek — 12km of heavy maintenance achieved.

This work is done by the departmental in-house services.

“We are a Destination of Choice and Excellence.”


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.