WARM greetings to all residents of sweet Matat.Welcome once again to the Matatiele Local Municipality viewpoint. It is our responsibility to ensure that our community is well informed of recent accomplishments at their respective areas. The municipality believes in providing people with information that is accessible to them, and which they can use to improve their lives, based on their needs, encouraging people to participate actively in the democratic processes, and keeping people informed about policies and programmes that affect them and the progress of implementing them. Matatiele experiences heavy snow early this weekThe snowfall that affected Matatiele has led to closures of roads along the R56 route, from Kokstad to Matatiele and from Mount Fletcher to Matatiele, and all routes that connect Lesotho and Matatiele from Monday to Tuesday this week. People are advised that the R56 between Kokstad, Matatiele and Mount Fletcher are now open and safe for them to travel on, but in the morning the road will be slippery due to ice for a number of days so people are urged to be extra careful to avoid accidents. The Matatiele Local Municipality thanks the Alfred Nzo Community Radio for making sure they alert people about road conditions because of the snow. Medicine ‘ATMs’ coming to South Africa South Africans will soon get their medication from self-service ATM-style machines. This was one of the announcements made by the South African Ministry of Health today at the 21st International Aids Conference that took place in Durban recently. The Pharmacy Dispensing Unit, currently being piloted at Thembalethu Clinic in Johannesburg, is a self-service machine where patients can get their medication in the same way people withdraw money at an ATM, a process that most South African are familiar with. To use the machine, all a patient needs to do is register for the service, after which they receive a card that is similar to a bank card. To “withdraw” their medication, users simply insert their card into the PDU machine, enter their Pin number and select the medication they require from their prescription list. The machine will immediately dispense the selected medication, eliminating the need for the patient to wait in queues. The PDU will also enable patients to communicate with a pharmacist directly from the machine using a built-in video-conferencing function. “It is thus imperative that we embrace all measures to make it easy for people to continue with their treatment,” said health minister, Motsoaledi. Women’s Month We are approaching a very significant month, Women’s Month. On 9 August, 1956, 20 000 women of all races marched to the Union Building to protest against the discriminatory pass laws that restricted the movement of black people in the country. This march has been celebrated since 1995 as Women’s Day to recognise the important role that political activism by women played during the struggle for liberation against colonisation and apartheid.