2018-07-06 06:01

DEAR reader

Welcome, once again, to our weekly update column. We come again to Youth Month, celebrating June 16, the day that we all stand up to honour the spirit of young martyrs who laid down their lives so that the youth may be free today.

Government is certainly aware of the challenges that youth faces, i.e. unemployment, HIV/AIDS, youth involved in crime, poverty and, while these challenges might be different from those experienced by the Youth of 1976, today’s youth is still expected to offer their hands in volunteering to rebuild their communities.

This demands that the youth seizes the opportunities brought about by democracy and work both with Government and the private sector to uplift themselves from poverty, ignorance and lack of skills. Let us celebrate this month, remembering the deaths of hundreds of Soweto schoolchildren — a day that changed the course of South African history — June 16, 1976.

Matatiele Local Municipality views young people as one of its valuable partners in building social cohesion and, with this being said, we are, this week, requesting your support to vote for one of our own, Prof. Lungile Ntsalaze from Unisa’s Department Financial Intelligence who qualified as one of the youngest chartered accountants in the country at the age of 23 in 2008.

Whist this is a huge feat, Ntsalaze shared that getting to this point came with many challenges along the way. Please vote for him to become the Top 35-Under-35 chartered accountant in South Africa (from Matatiele).

Please follow the link, available on the official Accountancy South Africa website, below to vote for him. Lungile Ntsalaze —

You may also follow our Facebook page “Matatiele Local Municipality” for more details. We wish him all the best in this journey.


A green opportunity for Matatiele, Harry Gwala Park in particular, on June 14 we saw community members from Harry Gwala Park in ward 20 receiving trees from a Rhodes University Environmental Science student Miss Nhanamhla Gwedla, whose is currently doing a study on tree planting.

During her study, she took the time to train community members of the Harry Gwala Park on the importance of planting trees with the aim of emphasising and raising awareness on planting of indigenous trees that conserve water.

The event was held at the Matatiele town hall under the theme “Greening our low-cost housing areas, one community and one tree at a time”.

In attendance were Portfolio Head for Community Services Cllr Sicelo Maphasa, ward 20 Councillor Cllr Thembeka Dyantyi, Mr Ntloko from Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Manager of Waste and Environment Ms Dibuseng Leeu, and school children from St. Monicas Diocesan School and Bergview College.

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