2018-10-26 06:01

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Best wishes to the class of 2018

The Speaker of Matatiele Local Municipality Council, Cllr Nomasomi Mshuqwana, is on a drive visiting all high schools around Matatiele to encourage the class of 2018 to do their best. The Alfred Nzo West District has set a target of a 75% pass rate or more this year.

Mshuqwana and the leadership of the municipality started this programme by planting trees at Tholang SSS on October 12.

“We are responding to the call made by the president of the country, for all of us to join hands and fix the ills witnessed in our country. The Thuma Mina campaign infiltrates into all aspects, and surely education, as a nation-building element, cannot be left out,” said Mshuqwana.

Offering best wishes to the class of 2018, the speaker said: “The municipality is proud that you have reached this important milestone in your life, now it is in your hands to pave your bright future.”

Mshuqwana further called on families, communities and the municipality at large to stand by the matrics and offer all the necessary support needed to excel in these examinations.

Matatiele LM Executive Committee members and the Community Services Department Standing Committee have also been set to claim back the Matatiele status of being the greenest town in the country. As part of the #GreeningMatat programme, the leadership addressed pupils from Ward one and two on the importance of planting trees. After the engagement, the leadership paved the way by planting trees in schools around Maluti.

Ced-Matat Athletics Club hosted a successful Heritage Race with the Matatiele Local Municipality in partnership with Ced/Matat Athletics Club. The Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture applauds the winners and supporters of the Ced-Matat Heritage Race. This year, the race took place on October 14, from Swartberg Junction to Cedarville.

The winners of the main 21,1 km race were Jobo Khathoane (Lesotho) in the men’s category and Mamoroallo Tjoka (Lesotho) in the women’s category. Khathoane broke last year’s record by finishing in 1:02,29. The sixth annual Ced-Matat Heritage Race exceeded all expectations in terms of participant numbers and facilities available to athletes and observers. Commenting on the event, the mayor of Matatiele LM, Cllr Momelezi Mbedla, said: “Our cheers go to all winners and participants of this year’s race. As exciting as it is to win in a sporting event of this nature, the best experience is to participate.”

The mayor also appreciated all visitors who made this pride of Matatiele athletic experience a success.

The Ced-Matat Annual Heritage Race started in 2013 to reinstate the 24 km race between Cedarville and Matatiele that used to take place in the early eighties and also promote athletics in all events, i.e. road running, cross country, track and field, etc. The rationale behind 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 through sport”, said Cllr Mbedla.

This year’s race saw athletes from Kenya, Lesotho, Gauteng, KZN, Maclear and Mthatha participating.

“We are a destination of Choice.”

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