Public transport operators in Matatiele, led by the R56 Matatiele Forum have resolved to suspend the five-day protest action. This follows a pronouncement made by the Alfred Nzo District Deputy Executive Mayor, Cllr. Sandile Sello, that the EC Premier will visit the municipality. Premier Phumulo Masualle will tomorrow lead a delegation of MEC’s to Matatiele Local Municipality, where they will as a collective respond to the grievances of the people of Matatiele Local Municipality.

The announcement was made in today’s meeting, facilitated by the Matatiele Local Municipality Mayor, Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla. The aim of the meeting was to provide a way forward towards putting an end to the protest action. The Mayor started by recapping the activities, engagements and interventions carried out in the past few days. The Department of Roads and Public Works also outlined its impromptu interventions. 

Today’s resolution is expected to fully restore peace and order in and around Matatiele, as the Forum leadership is expected to disperse the last remaining crowds blocking roads in Maluti township. Members of the South African Police Service and those responsible for Public Order are still keeping an eye on the ground.

Although it's business as usual in town, shops and offices are operating on skeleton staff as roads are still barricaded. The small number of learners that managed to make it to school is still very much a cause for concern.

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Issued by Matatiele Local Municipality


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.

Operating budget for the municipality will be R321 million and this has increased from the 2016/2017 budget of R289 million.

This operating budget includes allocations for remuneration of employees and all allowances to the total R99, 5 million and this is 31 per cent of the total operating expenditure. Remuneration of councillors is included in this operating budget with the provision allocation of R17 million.

Also included in the overall budget are allocations for repairs and maintenance and electricity bulk purchases from Eskom amounting to R14, 9 million and R43 million respectively.

Through what we call Mayoral Projects, with a budget allocation of R2, 1 Million, we shall developmental partnership which directly build capabilities and empower local change agents to build our societies.

To continuously put Matatiele on the map whilst boosting local economy, we have allocated R2 Million for the Music Festival, and R2, 7 Million to develop local economy. Indigent supports subsidy to needy households of about R14 million and other special programs to deal with needs of our special groups.

An amount of R170 million in this budget has been allocated to deal with the improvement of our infrastructure through construction of access roads, surfacing of some gravel roads, electrification of rural areas, improvement of our electricity capacity through the newly built electricity sub-station. Construction of extra mural facilities, on-going construction of the council chambers and acquisitions of machinery and equipment have also been budgeted for.

The electricity department has a capital budget of about R 83 million, included in this budget is an amount of R80 million for Rural electrification & substation which will be funded from INEP and the amount of R3 050 000 will be funded from municipal reserves. Also featuring prominently in the budget is the installation of high mast lights and procurement of light motor vehicles & equipment. The allocated budget to the Infrastructure department is 54% of the total budget.

The total municipal budget for both 2017/2018 Operating and Capital will be the total of R491, 7 Million.

The tariff of charges, rates exemptions and rebates which will be key in raising of municipal revenues from council own sources are as follows:

All tariff charges excluding electricity and Refuse are calculated to increase by 5% for the 2017/18 financial year, proposed to start 1 July 2017.

Electricity tariff is proposed to increase with 1.88 % in terms of the guideline from the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa. Refuse tariff increase at 7%.

The motion to move Matatiele from the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu Natal province has been a topical issue over the past few weeks. To give an update on the matter, the Matatiele Local Municipality Mayor, Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla called a media briefing on Monday the 08th of May 2017.

In his address, the Mayor indicated that the process is still a political matter between two parties and when the process is concluded it will be translated into government processes. “As the leadership of the Matatiele Local Municipality, we have noted the latest developments with regards to the matter. I must point that at this stage, this is not a government decision, but a political discussion between the African Independent Congress and African National Congress,” he said.

After agreeing into a political coalition which allowed the ruling ANC to retain some municipalities following the local government elections, the African Independent Congress and ANC signed a memorandum of understanding outlining a process to reverse the move, which took place in 2005 (i.e moving of Matatiele from KZN to Eastern Cape). The agreement currently is to kick start a consultation process in parliament, and later cascade it down to the people of Matatiele.

Cllr. Mbedla has also assured the people of Matatiele that as the Council, their mandate is to transform the lives of the people of Matatiele. “We have decided as the council to allow the consultation process to continue. In our meetings with the national leadership, we have assured them of our maximum participation in the procedure. We have also agreed that we will not disturb the process. So we shall wait for the outcome, to act on it,” concluded Mbedla.

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