WARM greetings to readers of this column. REST IN PEACE MORENA MOSHOESHOE! Matatiele local municipality is saddened to announce the passing of Morena Dibupuoa Moshoeshoe, who died early last week. Morena Moshoeshoe served in the Matatiele local municipality Council as a traditional leader from May 2011 and also served in the Budget and Treasury Office Standing Committee. The sudden death of Moshoeshoe did not only leave a void in his family and the community of the George Moshesh administration area, but the entire Matatiele local municipality is in mourning. “We are all going to remember him through his good deeds,” said the Mayor of Matatiele, Councillor Momelezi Mbedla. Moshoeshoe’s funeral service will take place on November 3 in Queens Mercy, Ward 12. To the family of Morena Moshoeshoe, the Mayor, the Speaker and all councillors and management convey our deepest condolences. Robala ka kgotso Mokoena. MATATIELE APPLAUDED FOR HOSTING SUCCESSFUL TRADITIONAL LEADERS’ SUMMIT As part of strengthening working relations with traditional leaders, Matatiele local municipality held a Traditional Leaders’ Summit at the Matatiele town hall from October 22 to October 24. The main objectives were to re-enact and solidify the pledge entered into between the Departments of Home Affairs, Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Provincial House of Traditional leaders and Matatiele local municipality. This was in order to create a platform for dialogue between the institution of traditional leadership, government, and other stakeholders. The promotion of nation building and social cohesion in the context of Ubuntu and the resolution of challenges around cultural practices that violate legislative rights of individuals and communities also formed part of the summit content. Strengthening the role of traditional leaders in radical economic development and land matters was also discussed. The summit targeted mainly traditional councils in the Matatiele area. Speaking at the three-day event, Inkosi Nzulu Sigcawu, Chairperson of the Local House of Traditional Leaders; Morena Khomotsoana Lebenya from the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders; and Inkosi Nkosinathi Jezile from the Moral Regeneration Movement strongly condemned criminal activities. Some of those included the killings of people living with albinism, gender based violence against young and old women, and killings of old women who are accused of practicing witchcraft. Honourable Nyusile from the Eastern Cape Legislature pleaded with traditional leaders to go back to basics by convening traditional council meetings to communicate with their people issues that affect them. He made it clear that “Councillors are not in competition with traditional leaders, they are all representing communities.” He further applauded the Matatiele local municipality for convening the summit with traditional leaders and for always having safe return of initiates. Delivering the keynote address, Dr. Somadoda Fikeni, who hails from Emaxesibeni, indicated that some of the challenges that were causing the state to collapse included a gross lack of honesty, including a courage and compassion deficit. He also mentioned common sense and vision deficit; and power, alcohol and drug abuse as serious enemies of progress. He presented some tips that can make relations between government and traditional leaders work.Dr Fikeni also mentioned that, as custodians of heritage, traditional leaders must respect their tradition. In conclusion, Dr Fikeni indicated that a program for peace and reconciliation must be initiated. “We are a Destination of Choice and Excellence”.