WARM greetings to you.Welcome once again to the Matatiele Local Municipality viewpoint. This is one way to ensure that you are well informed with regards to what your municipality is up to. The Matatiele Local Municipality believes that access to information can play a vital role to improve the lives of people. We therefore encourage you to continue giving us feedback, so that we can make this platform more effective.Maluti District continues to shineMayor of Matatiele Local Municipality Cllr Momelezi Mbedla joined the Minister of Education Angie Motshekga, Eastern Cape MEC for Education Mandla Makupula and ANDM Executive Mayor Cllr Mehlomakulu to honour and award the Class of 2016 NSC matrics in the Alfred Nzo District.At the ceremony on 7 February at Umzimvubu Town Hall KwaBhaca, the Alfred Nzo District Municipality awarded the 2016 NSC matrics for flying the ANDM flag high.The pupils were awarded laptops, Bablets, certificates, smart phones and vouchers ranging from R5 000 to R20 000. The aim of the ceremony is to congratulate pupils for representing the district well with their outstanding performance. This is also a platform to inspire them to aim high and reach greater heights as they transition to institutions of higher learning.The Matatiele Local Municipality mayor asked all education stakeholders to focus on strengthening the quality of education from Grade R and the Foundation Phase as a whole.“The education our children receive in our schools must allow communities to benefit positively from it. That will in turn shape their personalities and ensure they become responsible citizens in life,” said Cllr Mbedla. Mbedla said that whatever path one takes it is important to stay true to oneself. He emphasised the need for hard work and determination to unlock the doors to success. The MLM Mayor called on the Department of Education and Minister Motshekga to organise an education summit to address challenges facing the education system in the district.Award recipients included Anelisa Marwanqana from Mariazell High School who received three awards in the categories “overall individual per local municipality”, “best performing student in physical science” and the ” top performing pupil in the Alfred Nzo District”. St Monica’s High came third in the best performing schools in the district. Nyaniso SSS was awarded for being the best performing school in historically disadvantaged institutions. King Edward High was the overall winner by scooping nine awards in for best performing pupil in physical science and accounting, best performing school in mathematics, physical science and accounting; top teachers in mathematics, physical science and accounting and first in the district as the best performing school. Maluti District received special accolades as the best performing district in the Alfred Nzo region. Motshekga challenged Maluti District to ensure they find ways to get into the top five in KZN. “I am not going to congratulate the Maluti District because four years ago you were in the top five, but today you are dwindling. Nationally your league as we speak is among the top five and that is where you belong,” she said.We appeal to you, sweet people of sweet Matat, to join the wagon via our Facebook page and other platforms.We are a destination of choice and excellence.