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As the custodian of greening function in South Africa Minister Zokwana officially launched Arbor Week in Matatiele Local Municipality at the Cedarville Town Hall. The launch was in partnership with the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR), Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Matatiele Local Municipality, and the corporate sponsor, Total South Africa.

Greening of our landscapes and the planting of trees for beautification, aesthetic value and nutrition is an important forestry service.

The Minister handed over 100  Peach trees Councillor Thabiso Mohoto from Ward 26  for  distribution  to 50 households.  Each household will receive two trees as part of DAFF’s contribution to food security.

As part of the implementation of the greening programme it is estimated that about 3000  trees  would  have  been  planted  by  the  end  of  the  campaign  throughout  the  area  of Matatiele Local Municipality.

The Minister commenced the launch with visits to projects in Cedarville. The Minister, MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, ANDM Executive Mayor Cllr. Sixolile Mehlomakhulu and MLM Mayor Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla planted fruit trees in a family cooperative, Ingcambu Agricultural Development in Cedarville and donated vegetable seed packs. Most vegetables grown by the cooperative are destined for school feeding and nutritional programmes around the area.

This was followed by tree planting at the Maluti Multi-Disability School and GI Primary School in Cedarville. This is a new school that has requested wind breaks, 30 trees have been provided and the Minister and his guests planted 7 trees. The tree planting drive was concluded with planting of trees at the entrance of Matatiele town.

Welcoming more than 3000 attendees His Worship Cllr. Mbedla emphasized that Matatiele Local Municipality is one of the municipalities in the province with areas that are biophysically suitable for commercial forestry. In this land of ours, we boost with more than 500 community forestry plantations.

He pleaded with the Minister and MEC to work with the municipality to open an institution of higher learning focusing on agriculture. “We have identified agriculture and manufacturing as the most contributing sectors to the economy of our municipality. In line with this realisation, during our recent IDP outreach programmes, we received a proposal from the people of Matatiele to open a tertiary institution with a special focus on agriculture. I therefore submit leadership to you that we work together to realise this proposal,” he said.

Total South Africa has donated R2, 4 million for the Abor week greening campaign. The South African Post Office will supply trees in Gauteng to the value of R 50 000. SAPPI will also donate indigenous trees to be planted in and around Matatiele.

The theme for this year‘s campaign is “Forests and Water” with the aim of emphasising the planting of indigenous trees that conserve water. The Department promotes the trees of the year. For this year the Buffalo Thorn and Ebony Trees have been selected as trees of the year. The trees of the year are selected from the species that are becoming extinct from our indigenous heritage. One species is common and the other is rare in terms of occurrence.

Eco futures Expo currently underway at King Edward High School on a mission to expose young people to the opportunities and benefits of a future in the green environmental realm.
Learners are being encouraged to follow opportunities available in the green economy.

Organised by Umzimvubu Catchment Partnership Programme an umbrella body made up of Environmental Rural Solutions (ERS), Conservation SA, Department of Enviromental Affairs and DEDEAT in partnership with Matatiele Local Municipality.

Government has discussed the development of green economy for years, but have not yet taken up the potential it has for jobs and entreprise creation.

These partners are strongly committed to unleashing the potential of the green economy, so more programmes to support millions of green initiatives for young people must be developed.

Sustainable development is a core organising idea in the NDP and it endorses the need to move to a low carbon economy, while acknowledging that this transition will require innovative sollutions.
One of those solutions is UmAfrica General Trading recycling company owned by Zimasa Ndlela Mgubho village in Ward 17. The company recycles all types of waste in Matatiele compress it and is sold to Impact Recycling in Durban. This young entrepreneur currently employs 6 permanent staff and more than 18 casuals.

"If the municipality can build a buy back centre where we can buy all types of recyclables", says Ms Ndlela.
Another young entrepreneur who is for green economy and was funded by the municipality more than R40 000 and R21000 from SEDA is Ms Alink Setloboko from Ward 19.
She is running a water less mobile car wash.

 

The Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform and Masisizane Fund held a magnificent event in Matatiele last week Friday. The aim of the event was to celebrate ten years long existence of this Old Mutual Flagship Initiative. This partnership is aimed at developing agribusiness value chain opportunities for the farmers in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala District Municipalities.

Welcoming guests at the event graced by the MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, the deputy executive mayor, Cllr Sandile Sello, appreciated the cooperation between government and private sector. According to Cllr Sello such initiative will surely go a long way to stimulate the economy of Alfred Nzo District and the Eastern Cape province.

“I am certain that O. R. Tambo, would have been very proud to see us as government and the private sector working together to uplift the socio-economic status of the people. Remember this is what stalwarts like him fought for”, said Cllr Sello.

Addressing Matatiele farmers, MEC Qoboshiyane encouraged people to go back to basics and invest even more in agriculture. This in order to support government in its poverty alleviation strategies. “It is not government alone that can alleviate poverty, by funding Non-profit organisations, emerging farmers and other structures, we create working relations for the benefit of building better communities’, he said.

The MEC also took time to appreciate the leadership of Masisizane. “To the Chairperson of Masisizane Fund Board and Management, as government we are very grateful to have worked with you in this initiative to develop small scale farmers. Through developing agribusiness value chain opportunities for the farmers are imminent”, said Qoboshiyane.

The event further saw famers from Matatiele and UMzimkhulu get accolades for the good work done in uplifting the lives of ordinary citizens. These go-getters were recognised under the following award categories: best managed farm - was awarded to Claybrook Farm, owned by Mrs Mofokeng from Matatiele, best performing soya beans commodity was awarded to Mr. S. Rafu of Sharpers Hope Farm in Matatiele.

We wish them all the best – let the sky be the limit for them!

 

On 28 – 29 July, Matatiele local municipality gathered young people under one roof as part of information sharing. The Youth Empowerment Indaba, aimed at providing a platform for young people to network, learn and share ideas and concerns on how to develop and empower young people.

The youth was encouraged to dream big and help take the municipality forward, as the government continues to invest in their education and skills development. Over the two-day inaugural Indaba, some of the topics covered included; dealing with unemployment head-on, skills empowerment, green economy, youth entrepreneurship & agriculture, healthy lifestyle and ICT for youth development.

"Young lions, the time is now for you to apply your minds on how you are going to contribute towards building an inclusive economy that will create more opportunities for the youth and which will reflect the demographics of the municipality," Acting Mayor Cllr. Thembeka Dyantyi told delegates as she welcomed them to the Indaba.

Furthermore, the Indaba provided a directive to the relevant stakeholders and government in particular, with regards to the development of young people of Matatiele.

The government believes education and skills development are essential for the youth to help drive the economy. The young people make up the majority of municipalities’ population.

Out of the Youth Indaba, the Municipality will have a youth empowerment strategy that will be a guiding tool for youth development in Matatiele.

A key factor for the government is the focus on youth in public employment schemes as well as in the entrepreneurial sector.

A pledge was made by panellists who discussed topics around jobs and entrepreneurship to work together to promote youth development.

The youth proposed that a youth office and structure must be formed to implement youth related programmes or agenda. “A fund from the municipality and government departments must be set aside to support businesses owned by young people”, the youth appealed. The municipality would like to extend a word of gratitude to all stakeholders that came through and showed interest in developing youth of Matatiele.

Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Programme (MDTP) and it’s strategic partners ANDM & Matatiele Local Municipality are in a process to empower local communities with regards to fire management issues. Fire committees have been establishment at Chibini in Ward 5 as a way to mobilise communities in driving fire issues. On Thursday, 30 June 2017 these partners held a fire awareness Imbizo where communities were encouraged to be fire wise.

During the Imbizo, the fire committees/ volunteers from Chibini were given fire equipment as that community is in an area that is very fire prone.

Equipment delivered: 10 X Fire Beaters, 10 X Knap sacks and 10 X Rake hoes.

Warm greetings to you, as we commemorate women’s month.

Happy Women’s month!

Every August, South Africa gives special focus to women related programmes as a tribute to the women of 1956. Through their march to the union buildings, they sent a strong anti-unjust laws message.

This year marks 61 years since about 20 000 women from all walks of life protested against the unjust pass laws. These laws restricted women’s freedom of movement and destabilised families and livelihoods. This year’s women’s month dawns on us in a time when the country’s women are under the attack of increased violence.

As the municipality, through men’s groups, we have made a decision to increase our work to empower men to embrace women. Throughout this month and beyond, our Special Programmes Unit will embark on programmes aimed at both men and women empowerment.

Public Safety is our responsibility

As part of reducing crime activities around Matatiele town, Matatiele Local Municipality through the Community Services Department has successfully installed thirteen CCTV cameras. The main purpose for this is to keep the town crime free and maintain safety for Matatiele community. It was discovered that elderly people are soft targets. They are robbed by people who pretend to assist them in withdrawing money from ATMs and elsewhere.

Matatiele has grown as a town therefore, it is our responsibility working together with SAPS to ensure that our people are safe at all times and crime activities are well monitored. We plead with our people to avoid by all means walking around at nights, as criminal activities mostly happen during the night time.

One of the Constitutional objectives of local government is to provide democratic and accountable government for local communities.

Public Safety Unit within the Municipality is also in the process to strengthening Bylaws in order to have a friendly - safe town.

Our electrification agenda continues

Matatiele local municipality continues to radically address service delivery backlogs, with electricity being one of the main priorities. A number of projects are currently underway at wards 3, 5, 9 and 18 bear witness to this. Through these electricity projects, more than two thousand (2000) households are being connected to the national electrification grid and jobs are being created.

Matatiele Youth Empowerment Indaba

On 28 – 29 July, Matatiele local municipality gathered young people under one roof as part of information sharing. The Youth Empowerment Indaba, aimed at providing a platform for young people to network, learn and share ideas and concerns on how to develop and empower young people.

The youth was encouraged to dream big and help take the municipality forward, as the government continues to invest in their education and skills development. Over the two-day inaugural Indaba, some of the topics covered included; dealing with unemployment head-on, skills empowerment, green economy, youth entrepreneurship & agriculture, healthy lifestyle and ICT for youth development.

"Young lions, the time is now for you to apply your minds on how you are going to contribute towards building an inclusive economy that will create more opportunities for the youth and which will reflect the demographics of the municipality," Acting Mayor Cllr. Thembeka Dyantyi told delegates as she welcomed them to the Indaba.

Furthermore, the Indaba provided a directive to the relevant stakeholders and government in particular, with regards to the development of young people of Matatiele.

The government believes education and skills development are essential for the youth to help drive the economy. The young people make up the majority of municipalities’ population.

Out of the Youth Indaba, the Municipality will have a youth empowerment strategy that will be a guiding tool for youth development in Matatiele.

A key factor for the government is the focus on youth in public employment schemes as well as in the entrepreneurial sector.

A pledge was made by panellists who discussed topics around jobs and entrepreneurship to work together to promote youth development.

 

The youth proposed that a youth office and structure must be formed to implement youth related programmes or agenda. “A fund from the municipality and government departments must be set aside to support businesses owned by young people”, the youth appealed. The municipality would like to extend a word of gratitude to all stakeholders that came through and showed interest in developing youth of Matatiele.

“We are a Destination of Choice and Excellence.”

Government Communications & Information Systems (GCIS) in partnership with Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Matatiele Local Municipality, Bakoena Traditional Council and Community Development Workers, held a dialogue on Africa month on the 30 May 2017 in Thabachicha Ward 14. South Africa commemorates Africa Month in May under the theme: “The Year of OR Tambo: Building a Better Africa and a Better World”. The month is an opportunity to promote African unity, deeper regional integration and recommit Africa to a common destiny.

The purpose of the dialogue is to inculcate Africanism within society and especially amongst young people, to address the complex issue of social cohesion and social integration of foreign national within our communities.

Matatiele Local Municipality as part of this programme committed to donate 20 school shoes, school bags, scientific calculators and instrument boxes to learners from Mothibisi School and 4 surrounding schools.

On the 28th of June, Cllr. S Baba handed over the material to these learners and said the future of the country is in their hands.

Warm greetings to readers of this column.

Our electrification agenda continues

Matatiele local municipality continues to radically address service delivery backlogs, with electricity being one of the main priorities. A number of projects are currently underway at wards 3, 5, 9 and 18 bear witness to this. Through these electricity projects, more than two thousand households are being connected to the national electrification grid and jobs are being created. On the 03rd of August, the Municipality introduced Rock Powerline Electrical – contractor appointed to electrify two hundred and thirty-four households at Mphoshongweni – Nkali in ward 9. The work by Rock Powerline Electrical is set to commence on the 15th of August 2017 and expected to complete the project by February 2018 next year.  Speaking on behalf of the community of Pamlaville village, Mr. Simphiwe Sabisa said “we appreciate the efforts of our Municipality and we promise to cooperate with the appointed contractor during its time with us. We will make sure that there will be no destructions done by any member of the public”.   

Update on pothole patching

It is a fact that most of Matatiele LM roads have exceeded their design life span, meaning that they should have been re-constructed a while ago.

 Temporary, the municipality is doing pothole patching. It is a fact that the rate at which this is being rolled out is not satisfactory and also the quality. Therefore, external service providers to assist in this regard are being sourced.

 The long term solution includes a rehabilitation of these roads: parts of High Street, 2 roads at Buxton Park and 2 roads at North End have already been rehabilitated. There are delays as the municipality is also constructing roads in Maluti, Cedarville and Harry Gwala.

 This fiscal year, the municipality will be constructing roads in Mountain View and a consultant was appointed to do designs for the CBD.

The municipality is aware that potholes are not only an inconvenience and expense for motorists, but deadly too. Working together with all sectors a solution will be reached and the municipality is apologizing profusely to all motorists.


Mpharane village mourns the death of one of its community members

Following the killing of a community member (whose name is withheld until notification of family) at Mpharane village in ward 13, Matatiele Local Municipality Speaker of Council, Cllr Nomasomi Mshuqwana joined by Matatiele - Mt Fletcher Cluster Commander and Migration Support Office, visited the area on the 2nd of August 2017. Cllr. Mshuqwana was invited by Chief George Moshesh Administrative Area to address the misunderstanding that rose between the community and foreign nationals. The deceased had rented out his shop to a foreign nationals and the community seemed unsettle about arrangements with regards to foreign nationals. The popular belief amongst community members is that foreign nationals are selling drugs to under age persons. It was however later discovered that it is not 'real drugs' but glue that is believed to be misused by young people.

 The Chief of the area, Morena Moshoeshoe has condemned the killing and plead with the community to treat one another equally. The Chief further passed his heartfelt condolences to the family. "As government and the local municipality of Matatiele, we do not promote attacks aimed at foreign nationals and to any other person regardless. We therefore would like members of the public to love one another in moving our communities forward", appealed Madam Speaker. SAPS has started with investigations. May the soul of the departed rest in peace. about arrangements with regards to foreign nationals. The popular belief amongst community members is that foreign nationals are selling drugs to under age persons. It was however discovered that it is not 'real drugs' but glue that is believed to be misused by young people.
The Chief of the area, Ntate Morena Moshoeshoe has condemned the killing and plead with the community to treat one another equally. The Chief further passed his heartfelt condolences to the family. "As government and the local municipality of Matatiele, we do not promote attacks aimed at foreign nationals and to any other person regardless. We therefore would like members of the public to love one another in moving our communities forward", appealed Madam Speaker. SAPS has started with investigationsabout arrangements with regards to foreign nationals. The popular belief amongst community members is that foreign nationals are selling drugs to under age persons. It was however discovered that it is not 'real drugs' but glue that is believed to be misused by young people.
The Chief of the area, Ntate Morena Moshoeshoe has condemned the killing and plead with the community to treat one another equally. The Chief further passed his heartfelt condolences to the family. "As government and the local municipality of Matatiele, we do not promote attacks aimed at foreign nationals and to any other person regardless. We therefore would like members of the public to love one another in moving our communities forward", appealed Madam Speaker. SAPS has started with investigations

about arrangements with regards to foreign nationals. The popular belief amongst community members is that foreign nationals are selling drugs to under age persons. It was however discovered that it is not 'real drugs' but glue that is believed to be misused by young people.
The Chief of the area, Ntate Morena Moshoeshoe has condemned the killing and plead with the community to treat one another equally. The Chief further passed his heartfelt condolences to the family. "As government and the local municipality of Matatiele, we do not promote attacks aimed at foreign nationals and to any other person regardless. We therefore would like members of the public to love one another in moving our communities forward", appealed Madam Speaker. SAPS has started with investigationsd about arrangements with regards to foreign nationals. The popular belief amongst community members is that foreign nationals are selling drugs to under age persons. It was however discovered that it is not 'real drugs' but glue that is believed to be misused by young people.
The Chief of the area, Ntate Morena Moshoeshoe has condemned the killing and plead with the community to treat one another equally. The Chief further passed his heartfelt condolences to the family. "As government and the local municipality of Matatiele, we do not promote attacks aimed at foreign nationals and to any other person regardless. We therefore would like members of the public to love one another in moving our communities forward", appealed Madam Speaker. SAPS has started with investigations: parts of High Street, 2 roads at Buxton Park and 2 roads at North End have already been rehabilitated. There are delays as the municipality is also constructing roads in Maluti, Cedarville and Area C.
This fiscal year, the municipality will be constructing roads in Mountain View and a consultant was appointed to do designs for the CBD.
The municipality is aware that potholes are not only an inconvenience and expense for motorists, but deadly too. Working together with all sectors a solution will be reached and the municipality is apologizing profusely to all motorists.
“We are a Destination of Choice and Excellence.”

Today in Cedarville Ward 26 the Department of Safety & Liaison in partnership with Matatiele Local Municipality and other sector departments conducting an awareness campaign on sport against crime. This campaign saw trolley drivers from Matatiele, Afsondering, Maluti & Cedarville Policing precinct participating in sport and together saying #NoToCrime.

"We must all work together to ensure that we eliminate all forms of crime in our Municipality so that we go back to where we say Matatiele is indeed a destination of choice, said Cllr Thabiso Mohoto.

This awareness campaign is a built up to the Youth Month marathon which will take place tomorrow the 25th of June 2017 from Matatiele to Cedarville to continue educating the youth of Matatiele that crime is not a solution to the challenges facing the youth.

The Station Commander of Cedarville Police Station urged the youth to stay away from drugs "there is a high rate of crime today in our area and one of the contributing factors is drugs, as we are gathered here today we must leave this area saying drugs are not meant for us as the youth of Matatiele, she said.

Concluding the day, youth from Maluti, Cedarville, Matatiele and Afsondering participated in Netball and Soccer as a form of saying they prefer sport than crime and drugs.

Lend a helping hand - make everyday a Mandela Day

As part of celebrating Mandela Day, Matatiele Local Municipality staff members spent their time on Tuesday at Ntataise Old Age Recreational Facility in Maluti -  to carry out volunteer work in support of Nelson Mandela Day Ntataise Old Age Recreational Facility was established in 2014 and received a Park Home Structure provided by the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Phumulo Masualle accompanied by the MECs of Social Development and Health and the mayor of Matatiele.

The Old Age supplies vegetables to the less privileged households in Maluti.

The Birthday of this hero, the man who sacrificed his time in prison for 27 years, in order for us to live in a better world, he once said “it is in our hands to make a difference”.

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