MATAT VIEWPOINT

2018-10-19 06:01

WARM greetings to readers of this column.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

October is National Breast Cancer awareness month. The month is dedicated to the creation of awareness about one of the common cancers affecting both females and males. Statistics show that five percent of males get breast cancer, as males have breasts as well. We urge both males and females to make it a daily habit to do self-examinations by physically checking for any irregularities/lumps in their breasts.

INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES DEPARTMENT

MLM has appointed Mabona Civils and Plant Hire (PTY) LTD for the construction of 2.5km gravel access road, installation of storm water culverts and traffic signs at Khauoe in Ward 25. This project employed ten local people. On the other hand, construction of 30m long Lagrange Pedestrian Bridge is underway at the value of R 1 877 564.04. Mountain view internal streets in Ward 20 is another project that is currently under construction.

These life changing projects are funded by Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG). Our maintenance plan for the 2018 – 2019 financial year is in place and our in-house plant is assisting in this regard.

SIXTH ANNUAL CED-MATAT HERITAGE RACE

Matatiele local municipality has partnered with Ced-Matat Athletics Club, Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture and Matatiele Sports Confederation Council to host the sixth Annual Heritage Race. This annual race started in 2013 to re-instate the 24km race between Cedarville and Matatiele, that used to take place in the early 80s, and also promote the role of sport in developing athletics in all events i.e. road running, cross country, track and field etc. The purpose of the race is to build social cohesion, give free expression and creativity both mentally and physically to human beings, especially the youth, and to promote tourism in Matatiele area through sport. This year, the race will be on Sunday, October 14. Starting time is 6 am and the route for a 21.1 km race will go from Swartberg Junction to Cedarville Sports Ground. The 5 km race will start in Cederberg Junction and finish at the sports ground. The event is believed to also provide economic stimulus into a previously disadvantaged area which has boosted local business revenue. Registration forms are available in the following areas: Elegant Man Shop, Matatiele local municipality offices, Traffic Department, Cedarville town hall, Alfred Nzo District Municipality offices, Umzimvubu LM, Mbizana LM & Ntabankulu LM.

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