New acting Matat MM appointed

2017-08-25 06:00
 Photo: file Former Matatiele Local Municipality Manager, Dr Tsepang Nakin.

Photo: file Former Matatiele Local Municipality Manager, Dr Tsepang Nakin.

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THE contract of former Matatiele Local Municipality manager, Dr Tsepang Nakin has not been renewed and Monwabisi Somi has been appointed acting manager until a new manager is appointed.

This week the municipality released a statement indicating that Dr Nakin’s contract expired on August­ 9 and processes to fill the vacant post are in the final stages. Matatiele mayor Momelezi Mbedla said interviews for a new manager will take place by the end of August and appointment processes will be finalised thereafter.

Speaking to Fever, Nakin thanked the Matatiele community, who worked with him to shape Matatiele and its rural areas.
The 55-year-old Nakin, who was born in Hadernburg village in Matatiele, has worked for the municipality since 2009. 

“When I came to the municipality I established many things that would deliver proper services to the people. I promoted the culture of accountability in the staff in order to instil good governance. As a result, the municipality received clean audit outcomes for two terms,” he said.

Matatiele has a number of rural villages and Dr Nakin said 70% of them had no electricity when he was appointed, but the number has since been reduced to 40%.
He said RDP houses have been delivered to many in the area.

“Matatiele is better that before. The Department of Local Economic Development in the municipality supported many local projects with funds to grow the local economy. I worked with various stakeholders to promote Matatiele as a tourist attraction,” added Nakin.
He said young people received support from the municipality, who has supported them by giving them bursaries to study further at tertiary institutions.
“I supported many sports activities in Matatiele to keep young people off the streets,” he said.

When he is not at work, Nakin is active in the Roman Catholic Church and enjoys watching sport and news on TV.
He said his wish is that the new manager will put the people of Matatiele­ first, and take over where he left off.

“I thank Fever for working with me to keep people of Matatiele informed.”
He said he has not decided whether to pursue his profession as a medical practitioner or look for other opportunities.


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