Matat viewpoint

2018-12-14 06:00

Warm greetings to readers of this column!

Mayor taking Thuma Mina Campaign to Hilbron village

During the municipal outreach at Ward 3, which took place at the Masakala community hall on November 19, the municipality was made aware of a very depressing and dire situation at a child-headed household at Hebron village.

At the age of 16 years, this young woman carries a responsibility to provide for her son and two brothers.

The situation is made worse by the fact that one of the brothers is mentally unstable.

When the leadership of the municipality visited the home, they witnessed the appalling condition of a mud house the family calls home.

The children hardly have food, let alone proper clothes.

Witnessing this hostile situation, the mayor and his team acted swiftly to organise a temporal structure to house the children. This, whilst the municipality is engaging the Department of Human Settlements in relation to the permanent structure.

On Wednesday this week, the mayor, accompanied by EXCO members; councillors; and management, handed over a temporary structure (with a solar panel) to the child-headed household.

At the handover, the family was also presented with furniture, groceries, school uniforms and other donations from the community of Matatiele.

A word of gratitude is extended to all good Samaritans, indeed working together we can move our sweet Matat forward.

Public Notice

The municipality hereby wishes to inform the residents that the municipality will be closed for the whole day on December 14 due to the hosting of the municipal employees end-of-year function.

We therefore kindly urge our customers to please make use of Easy Pay for the payment of accounts; electricity can be purchased from third party vendors i.e. BP Sydfred motors garage, Engine garage, Pick ‘n Pay, and Matatiele wholesale.

TROIKA leads festive season road safety campaign

Matatiele local municipality TROIKA (mayor, speaker, and chief whip), officially launched the 2018 festive season road safety campaign on November 29.

The high number of road fatalities and injuries, during the festive season and all-year round, remains a major concern for the municipality.

Young people between the ages of 20 and 34 constitute the majority of people who are involved on these accidents, some of which are caused by the bad state of our road infrastructure.

During the joint operation by SAPS, Provincial Traffic department, and our public safety unit in three busy points (Khoapha junction, Dengwane bus stop and Pottershoek), there was a special focus on obeying all the rules of the road, alcohol abuse and drunken driving in particular.

At the event there was also information sharing by government, including plans by government to fix provincial roads and access to roads.

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