Matatiele changes lives - mayor

2016-06-10 06:00
Mayor Momelezi Mbedla delivers his State of the Municipality Address.  Photo: Siphelele Nketo

Mayor Momelezi Mbedla delivers his State of the Municipality Address. Photo: Siphelele Nketo

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MATATIELE Local Municipal Mayor Momelezi Mbedla told more than 1 000 community members that the municipality has changed many lives.

Mbedla tabled his State of the Municipality­ Address recently at Sandfontein village outside Cedarville, and during his address he acknowledged that there are electricity challenges that locals are facing.

He said during the past five years the municipality has spent millions of rand on building new access roads, bridges, surface roads, community halls and has electrified many areas, but said some villages have no electricity, although residents have had solar systems temporarily installed.
“There are nine wards that have no electricity in Matatiele. The municipality has worked with Eskom to electrify 400 houses in Harry Gwala Park Extention and other rural villages.

“We built 300 houses at Caba-Mdeni village, 500 in Mvenyane, 898 in Mehloaneng and 700 houses were built for destitute people.
“Through the provincial Department of Human Settlements we have built houses in Nyaniso, Chibini, Phifane­, Mahereng and other villages.”

He said the expanded public works programe has created many job opportunities for young people and women.

“The municipality has assisted projects that are owned by women.
“The Kuyasa poultry project in Ward 20 has received funds from the municipality.”

Mbedla mentioned that poverty is going to be the thing of the past through the intervention of the social development department and special programes unit.
He said R12 million has helped 75 projects through poverty alleviation programmes.

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