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The Minister of Energy, Minister Jeff Radebe joined by Matatiele local municipality mayor, Cllr Momelezi Mbedla conducted a symbolic electrification switch-on at Chibini village in ward 5 on Friday the 26th of April 2019. This, as a way of showcasing the life changing programme that has brought light to the communities of wards 5 and 9.

The municipality through the national department of Energy has at these two wards, connected 1 273 households to the national electrification grid.

The department of Energy has programmes of mixed electricity access in Matatiele local municipality, that is informed by rolling out grid and non-grid electrification programmes. The aim is to ensure that the strategy that was approved by Cabinet in June 2013 comes to effect. The strategy acclaims that 90% electricity access will be achieved by grid and non-grid technology respectively. In an effort to address challenges of insufficient capacity, the department of Energy has in the past three years focused its funding to address Matatiele local municipality backlog.

Addressing the communities, Minister Radebe indicated that his Department through INEP will continue to allocate and transfer funds to Matatiele local municipality for the implementation of electrification projects. This, in order to assist the municipality to achieve universal access as well as chasing growth.

Honourable Radebe further expressed that the Eastern Cape INEP Regional Office, with the support of the Head Office will always provide support to Matatiele local municipality.

On the day, political principals visited Mokoena family at Chibini village and provided them with electric appliances and groceries. 

The Minister also used this opportunity to conduct inspection of electrification programme and stakeholder engagement process on energy related issues.

Speaking on behalf of the community members, Mme Morena Baleni extended a word of appreciation to government for responding to their basic needs. “We are now able to watch news from the comfort of our homes, and our kids can expand their knowledge in today’s technology”, expressed Mme Baleni.
The day would not be a success without providing government services to the people.  SASSA: the agency registered about 40 people onto their system on the day. Ten new applications on various grants were received. Department of health, Maluti Sub - District: Head count, 20. Dental screening to 15 people and further provided tooth paste and tooth brushes (to encourage hygiene). The department rendered these services: HCT, HIV testing, Diabetes, and other health related services. Social Development assisted 15 people.

Department of Home Affairs: managed to assist 30 people who were enquiring about Home Affairs services. Indeed, together we move Matatiele forward.

The community of Matatiele is now breathing a sigh of relief after the body of the last missing child was discovered this afternoon. The body was found at Kinirha river, almost 20km away from the place where the incident happened last Wednesday. Six children from Freystata village, aged between six and eight years were crossing a river on their way home from school when they were washed away by flash floods.

The villagers of Freystata have played a major role towards the discovery of all the six bodies. “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the community of Freystata for the unity and dedication they have displayed ever since this incident occurred", said Matatiele local municipality Mayor, Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla.

The municipality also appreciates companies and shops that heeded its call for donations to support community members that have been conducting the search over the past five days. These include Pick N Pay in Matatiele, Odg Technolgies and Shuru Construction.  

The memorial service for all the six children will be held on Thursday, the 14th of March at Popopo primary school, whilst the mass funeral is scheduled for Saturday at the same venue.

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The Speaker of Matatiele Local Municipality Council, Cllr Nomasomi Mshuqwana is on a drive - visiting all high schools around Matatiele to encourage the class of 2018 to do their best. This as the matric examinations start on October 23, 2018. The Alfred Nzo West District has set a target of 75% or more this year.

Cllr. Mshuqwana and the leadership of the municipality kick-started this programme by planting trees at Tholang SSS on Friday the 12th of October 2018. “We are responding to the call made by the president of the country, for all of us to join hands and fix the ills witnessed in our country. The Thuma Mina campaign infiltrates into all aspects, and surely education - as a national building crucial element, cannot be left out”, said Cllr. Mshuqwana.

Offering best wishes to the Class of 2018, Madam Speaker said “the municipality is proud that you have reached this important milestone in your life, now it is in your hands to pave your bright future”.

Cllr. Mshuqwana further called on families, communities and the municipality at large to stand by the matrics and offer all the necessary support needed to excel in these examinations.

On the same breath, Matatiele LM Executive Committee members & Community Services Department Standing Committee have also been set to claim back the Matatiele status of being the greenest town in the country.

As part of #GreeningMatat programme, the leadership addressed learners from Ward 1 & 2 on the importance of planting trees. After the engagement, the leadership paved the way by planting trees in schools around Maluti.

As part of Sexual and Reproductive Healthy Lifestyle Month activities in February, the Department of Health will embark on campaign to create awareness about condom use.

Matatiele Local Municipality in partnership with Alfred Nzo District Municipality, sector departments and other social partners conducted an awareness campaign of the use of condoms at Moshesh Senior Secondary School on the 14th of February 2019.

This campaign was held on the day of love which also coincides with STI/Condom Week, a health awareness campaign by the South African government to promote safe sex.

Condoms reduces the spread of STI, promote safe sex, prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and also control the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Government approved condoms are freely available at public health facilities and other public institutions. Both female and male condoms are freely available.

                                     Know Your  Condom Do’s and Don’ts

Check the expiration date on the package.

Do not use condoms that are already opened, torn or expired.

Use only condoms that are made of latex or polyurethane (plastic). Latex condoms and polyurethane condoms

Do not use condoms made of animal skin.

Use a pre-lubricated condom to help prevent it from tearing. Put a little bit of water-based lubricant (“lube”) outside the condom.

Do not keep condoms in a place that can get very hot, like in a car. If you keep a condom in your wallet or purse, be sure you replace it with a new one regularly


Do not use male and female condoms together( at the same time)


Do not reuse condoms

Matatiele Local Municipality in partnership with Ced/Matat Athletics Club and the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture applauds the winners and supporters of the Ced-Matat Heritage Race. This year, the race took place on Sunday the 14th of October 2018 from Swartberg Junction to Cedarville.

The winners of the main 21.1 km race are Mr Jobo Khathoane (Lesotho) in the men’s category and Ms Mamoroallo Tjoka (Lesotho) in the women’s category. Mr Khathoane broke last year's record by finishing in 1:02:29.

The sixth annual Ced-Matat Heritage Race has exceeded all expectations in terms of participants’ numbers and facilities available to athletes and observers.

Commenting on the event, the Mayor of Matatiele LM, Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla said “Our cheers go to all winners and participants of this year’s marathon. As exciting as it is to win in a sporting event of this nature, the best experience is to participate”. The Mayor also appreciated all visitors who have come to make this pride of Matatiele athletic experience a success. 

Ced-Matat annual heritage race started in 2013 to re-instate the 24km race between Cedarville and Matatiele that used to take place in the early 80’s and also promote the role of sport in developing athletics in all events i.e. road running, cross country track and field etc.

The rationale behind the race “is to build social cohesion, give free expression and creativity both mentally and physically to human beings, especially the youth and to promote tourism in Matatiele Area through sport,” said Cllr. Mbedla.

This years ‘race saw athletes from Kenya, Lesotho, Gauteng, KZN, Maclear and Mthatha participating in this event.

Basadi Bayaiketsetsa Agricultural project, a women run project in Malubaluba Ward 2, is achieving significant results across the Matatiele areas by creating opportunities for underprivileged people to support and sustain themselves.

Since Basadi Bayaiketsetsa started operating in 2013 with Seven (7) members, they are supplying Pick n’ Pay with 25 bundles of spinach and sell to hawkers in Matatiele. These members are planting vegetables and aim at venturing into chicken production.

As part of supporting women led projects under Special Programmes Unit, and in responding to Vision 2030, that include the new growth path, which sets the trajectory of economic development to improve people’s lives and enable economic growth, Matatiele local municipality purchased a water tank, seedlings and wheelbarrows to assist this project to grow. The Department of Rural Development & Agrarian Reform is also assisting this project by providing seedlings.

Although Basadi Bayaiketsetsa is making strides in helping the historically-disadvantaged, the reality is that just like many similar projects, it is faced with constant challenges that make it difficult to carry out its agendas. Key among these is a lack of proper support and funding, weather conditions affecting the production.

“Equipping community-based enterprises to develop, operate, compete and maintain a commercial business is an overarching challenge to poverty alleviation, wealth creation and economic growth and development in Matatiele,” says Ms Mayirha Kanunu from Basadi Bayaiketsetsa Agricultural Project.

She further encouraged the youth to join the project so that they can transfer the skills to them and carry on with this legacy project. “We want to also sell chickens and involve our youth as we venture into planting tomato which will be turned into tomato sauce and potatoes into chips.

As part of strengthening working relations with Traditional Leaders, Matatiele local municipality has from the 22nd – 24th of October 2018 held Traditional Leaders’ Summit at the Matatiele town hall. 

The Summit main objectives were to re-enact and solidify the pledge entered into between Departments of Home Affairs, Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Provincial House of Traditional leaders and Matatiele local municipality. This in order to create a platform for dialogue between the institution of traditional leadership, government and other stakeholders. Promotion of nation building and social cohesion in the context of Ubuntu; resolution of challenges around cultural practices that violate legislative rights of individuals and communities also formed part of the summit content. Strengthening the role of traditional leaders in radical economic development and land matters was also discussed.

The summit targeted mainly Traditional Councils in Matatiele area. Speaking at this three-day event, Inkosi Nzulu Sigcawu, Chairperson of the Local House of Traditional Leaders, Morena Khomotsoana Lebenya from the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders and Inkosi Nkosinathi Jezile from Moral Regeneration Movement strongly condemned criminal activities. Some of those included, the killings of people living with albinism, gender based violence against young and old women and killings of old women who are accused of practicing witchcraft. 

Honourable Nyusile from Eastern Cape Legislature pleaded with Traditional leaders to go back to basics by convening traditional council meetings to communicate with their people issues that affect them. He made it clear that “Councillors are not in competition with traditional leaders, they are all representing communities” said Hon. Nyusile. He further applauded Matatiele local municipality for convening the Summit with traditional leaders and for always having safe return of initiates. 

Delivering keynote address, Dr. Somadoda Fikeni who hails from Emaxesibeni, indicated that some of the challenges causing the state to collapse include gross lack of honesty including courage and compassion deficit. He also mentioned common sense and vision deficit, power, alcohol and drugs abuse as serious enemies of progress.   
He presented tips that can make relations between government and traditional leaders to work.

Dr. Fikeni also mentioned that as custodians of heritage, traditional leaders must respect their tradition. 

In conclusion, Dr. Fikeni indicated that a program for peace and reconciliation must be initiated.

Cllr Sonwabile Mngenela welcoming delegates to the 3 –day Summit

From left: Morena Khomotsoana Lebenya from the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders, Inkosi Nzulu Sigcawu, Chairperson of the Local House of Traditional Leaders and Inkosi Nkosinathi Jezile from Moral Regeneration Movement

The Eastern Cape Portfolio Committee on Economic Development, Environment & Tourism led by MPL Tony Duba, on Tuesday, the 05th of February 2019 held public hearings on the National Credit Amendment Bill 2018 at Matatiele Town Hall which aims to provide for once-off debt intervention to promote a change in South Africans’ borrowing and spending habits.

The bill has been termed the "Debt Intervention Bill" as it's main purpose is to address and prevent over indebtedness of consumers and ensuring an accessible, consistent, responsible and equitable credit market.

Provision is also made to relieve over-indebted South Africans who have no other effective options to relieve their over-indebtedness. It also proposes a mandatory credit life insurance on all credit agreements of longer than six months and no more than R50 000 in value. This is to prevent lower income groups from falling into over-indebtedness due to changes in their financial circumstances.

Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Economic Development, Environment & Tourism, Mr Tony Duba said “this Bill proposes to further limit the widespread abuse of consumers by unscrupulous lenders and to allow for simpler and more rigorous enforcement of the Act by, amongst other things, providing for criminal prosecution of persons who contravene the Act.”

Members of the public are urged to comment on the Bill as it will affect them once it is passed into law. Copies of the Bill may be obtained at any of the following: or or Mr Makabongwe Tyiwani on 079 496 6490 and Mr Lonwabo Sopela on 082 562 4493.

During the Integrated Community Registration Outreach Programme (ICROP) held recently at Chibini village in ward 5, it was discovered that a number of people still do not have Identity Documents (IDs) and birth certificates. This despite the late registration of birth campaign conducted by Department of Home Affairs in these areas.

As part of providing feedback on ICROP findings   to communities of wards 5, 7 and 9, the Department of Home Affairs has from the 6th to the 8th of November 2018 stationed at Chibini community hall in ward 5. This, in order to assist communities of wards 5, 7 and 9 with ID and birth certificate applications and other Home Affairs documents.

Speaking on exclusive interview with Matatiele LM Communications, the Home Affairs Manager, Mr Mxolisi Ntaba, indicated that this campaign emanates from a number of enquiries they received during ICROP.  He also cited the high influx of people from these areas into their Matatiele office as another motivator for them to come to the people.  “We hope this outreach will decrease the backlog we are currently experiencing from these areas”, added Ntaba.

He further encouraged people to apply for birth certificates of new born babies within a period of thirty days. Amongst the challenges experienced by the Department during such campaigns is the issue of undocumented Lesotho nationals (females). “This makes it difficult for us to register their children, even though the father is a South African citizen”, he said. He further pleaded with people to report fraudulent activities – people who obtain IDs illegally.

Tswarelo Mbokwana (19) was amongst those who successfully applied for a birth certificate. “I’m excited that I will finally be in a position to apply for an ID”, said Tswarelo. On Tuesday only the department managed to register forty applicants, the number was expected to increase even more.

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