The Mayor of Matatiele local municipality Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla joined by Executive Committee Members will on Thursday the 12th of July 2018 handover various electrification projects in Wards 3, 4, 5 and 9 and also introduce contractors who will roll out 2018/2019 projects.

The municipality has managed to reduce the electricity backlog which was sitting at 45% in 2015 to less than 30% with 19 492 households not connected to the national electrification grid. 

Through these electrification projects, about 3 802 households were connected to the national electrification grid during the 2017/2018 financial year in the following areas: Chibini, Pamlaville, Nkali, New-Resh, Chere, Thotaneng, Nyaniso – Nkalweni, Bubesi A & B, St. Benhards, Mahareng, Madlangala, Mahangu, Magayazidlele, Zikhalini and Maphokong Edrayini, Kwa – Mbobo, Gudlintaba, Khashule and Makgwaseng. 17 local labourers were employed in each project and 2 qualified electrification students were trained. 

Mayor Mbedla said the municipality is appreciative of the patience that these communities have displayed since the municipality consulted with them over its challenges.

“As part of the implementation of the National Development Plan, the municipality continues to provide access to energy through the Integrated National Electrification Programme (INEP) working with the Department of Energy and Eskom. The aim of this programme is to ensure sustainable development and growth of the economy through increased access to electricity,” he said.

In the current fiscal year, the municipality is planning to reduce the backlog by 1 960 connections in these life changing multimillion projects; Black Diamond, Goxe and Matias, Khohlong and Tsitsong. 

Furthermore, in the pipeline awaiting the 14 days objection period will be the communities of Nice Field and Mateleng, Nkungwini and Pamlaville Phase 2 who will become happy recipients of electrification projects.

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 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.

The Mayor also welcomed the new Economic Development & Planning General Manager "we have also from the beginning of this quarter (January to March) managed to appoint the General Manager for Economic Development & Planning, Ms Thabiso Ntsalla who has once worked for this municipality."

Under the Local Economic Development, we have set aside a budget of R 350 000 for Grant in Aid Funding. This is the 100% grant fund for co-operatives and SMMEs in Matatiele who lodge their innovative business plans for funding opportunities so as to support the economic growth of Matatiele. We have further considered our SMMEs under a programme called SMMEs Development of Co-operatives where a budget of R550 000 has been set aside. This one talks to training of local cooperatives and local contractors. The objective of pursuing this target nurture our local youth and women by upskilling them, to be competitive entrepreneurs, and to be attractive to investors.

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