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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.

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.
 

In commemoration of the Africa month, the Matatiele Local Municipality Speaker Cllr. Mshuqwana took the Council meeting to the people of Ramafole on the 29th of May 2018, Council received and approved the municipality’s final budget tabled by the Mayor, Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla.

The approved budget comprises of a capital budget amounting to R142 million, as well as the operational budget of R337 million.

The Mayor assured Matatiele residents that their frustrations and challenges are on top of their agenda. “It is our mandate as this Council to ensure that, we provide access roads, electricity, clean and healthy environment. Creation of a conducive environment for investments, and promotion of economic development also tops our agenda,” he said.

The budget was presented under difficulties that the country is currently facing in relation to economic growth, resulting to reduced financial resources for the municipality.

Property rates will not increase in terms of rate randage charge. Exemptions will be increased from R55 0000 To R65 000.

Rebates will be increased from 35% to 40% for residential properties, from 10% to 15% for business, government and industrial properties (no exemption), and from 65% to 70% for agricultural/farm properties.

On Electricity - as per advice from National Treasury based on depending on NERSA approval, municipal electricity will increase by 6.84%. The refuse removal charges will be increased below inflation at 5%.

Other municipal charges relating to utilization of municipal services, hall hire fees, and other charges will also be increased by 5%.

Turning his focus to the state of the Municipality, the Mayor assured communities that in spite of the challenges in relation to roads, electricity, potholes and refuse removal - ‘a new dawn has come’.  “Necessary measures will be taken to ensure that today is better than yesterday and tomorrow will be better than today. He went on to say now is the time for all of us to work together, in honour of Nelson Mandela, to build a new and better Matatiele for all.

To address the backlog of electricity, the following areas will be connected to the national grid in the next financial year: Tsitsong, Khohlong, Black Diamond, Mohapi, Nice Field, Mateleng, Goxe, Nkungwini, KwaMatias A and Pamlaville Phase 2.

“Our communities continue to raise their frustrations when it comes to potholes in and around town and access roads. We share the same sentiments with them, indeed most of our roads are not in good conditions,” and in such the following roads will be constructed: Sijoka A/R, Epiphany A/R, T13 to Zwelitsha A/R, Nomgavu A/R, Vikinduku A/R, Butsula via Taung A/R, Gudlintaba A/R, Ngcwengane-Bomvini A/R, Matatiele CBD internal streets phase 2, Mountain View internal streets, Cedarville internal streets phase 3, Maluti internal streets phase 4. Our major infrastructure projects are; Lagrange pedestrian bridge, Matatiele Sports Centre, Silo Facility phase 2, Freystata bridge, Mabheleni bridge, Ngcwengane bridge and Nomgavu bridge.

The residences for staff at Nyaniso clinic have been completed which was (Phase 1) and the tender for construction of the clinic itself is in process and that will be (Phase 2).

In Matatiele the Department of Human Settlements will build 1278, spending an amount close to Three Million Rand. These projects are underway: Mvenyane 500, Maritseng 1500, Masakala 550, Mehloloaneng 898, Mdeni 30 and Thaba-Chicha 500. Projects that are on planning include the following: Sandfontein 100, Pote 40, Zwelitsha 500 and Chibini 500.

The Mayor also re-assured the people of Matatiele that the municipality is implementing tough measures and controls to ensure a clean audit opinion is achieved. This given the fact that the municipality received a qualified audit opinion in 2016/17 financial year.

In the next financial year, the Department of Transport has promised to Re-gravel DR08646. Onguleksnek nature reserve to border gate 8km which is at planning stages, maintenance by in-house teams (Heavy Blading) of DR08013 Maluti to Ramatsilitso Border, maintenance of DR08071 and DR08069 to Mandlangala. Maintenance by in-house of DR08646 to Masupa and Heavy maintenance of DR08070.

The surfacing of the road between Mvenyane and Cedarville is underway. Using the in-house plant, badly affected roads will be prioritised.

Some schools in the following Wards will receive school uniforms from SASSA: 1,3,4,6,7,8,11,12,13,15,21,23 and 24.

 

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.

Media Statement

12 March 2018

Matatiele LM Mayor to pave a way forward on service delivery challenges

In the past few weeks, the municipality has noted with concern the high level of disheartenment amongst our communities. This, as a result of what many view as service delivery related challenges, currently experienced by the municipality.

The Mayor therefore saw the need to update the Matatiele community on these and other matters, through the local media.

It is against this background that the Mayor will host a media briefing on how the municipality plans to fast-track basic service delivery and the municipal audit outcome for 2016/17 FY (focusing on the turn-around strategy).
All media houses are encouraged to attend the session which will take place as follows:
Date         : 20 March 2018

Time         : 09h00

Venue      : Municipal Council Chambers

Media Enquiries: Ms Olwetu Gwanya: Manager: Communications, Special Programmes Unit Cell: 072 157 0449 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Issued by Matatiele Local Municipality

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

Matatiele Local Municipality is offering registration assistance to students who cannot afford to pay for their registration fees.

Matatiele Local Municipality Bursary Programme 2018. In need for financial assistance to pursue your desired degree? Good news, MLM bursary programme is currently opened for the following fields: Urban, Regional & Town Planning and Agricultural Science.

Matatiele host Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians from the 18th to the 20th of June 2018 at the Maluti Civic Centre.

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians is an organ established by the Constitution of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association - Africa region, it was founded in 1989.

The Eastern Cape Sub-National Branch of the Commonwealth organised well-attended dialogue to implement resolutions of the CWP conference that took place in New York where amongst others, a resolution was taken that the CWP branches must hold workshops and conferences in rural areas to raise awareness for women on their rights to uplift them and highlight the opportunities that are available to them. In responding to the said resolution, the CWP branch of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature resolved to host a two- day dialogue session in Alfred Nzo District in 2018.

Outlining objectives of the CWP dialogue Speaker of the Eastern Cape Legislature, Ms Noxolo Kiviet indicated that, main objectives are to expand accountability by the leadership across the spectrum on women representation, to mobilise active participation of women in government programmes, to critically interrogate involvement of women in Africa agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development. Participants included members of Parliament led by the deputy speaker, Mr Les and National Ministers; MPLs from the national parliament and other Legislatures, councillors from municipalities in Alfred Nzo District, civic society organisations; academic institutions; women delegates form our wards respectively, business fraternity, student organisations, traditional leaders; government institutions, and Africa diaspora.

Women have raised a number of challenges they face on their daily lives, women and children abuse, unemployment were raised sharply during the high level panel discussions that presented about how gender based violence is affecting communities and the opportunities for women at community level and an ooverview of government programmes to address gender inequality.

Building up to the dialogue, political principals accompanied by government officials handed over a house, groceries and provided social work services to a 72 – year old woman - Mrs Moleko at Protea in ward 6. Mrs Moleko looks after 3 grandchildren whereby two of them are living with disabilities and solemnly depend on social grant incentives.

First day of this three - day programme was concluded by a massive “services on wheels” programme at two areas i.e. Maluti and Ha- Nchodu village where communities were able to access government services without having to travel to town. Departments such as Home Affairs, Social Development, SASSA, Health, Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs & Tourism, Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Department of Human Settlements and SAPS formed part of bringing government services closer to the people.

“We are happy as the local municipality to have been given the opportunity to host an event of this calibre, as it had economic spinoffs for our local accommodation establishments, filling stations and catering services companies, to mention but a few” said Cllr Mshuqwana, Matatiele LM speaker. The event also honoured the 100 years’ centenary of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu and remembered one of our own – the late Mme Maggie Resha – a struggle icon who sacrificed her time and contributed to the liberation of our country. Mme Resha hail from Ramohlakoana in Matatiele.

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