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.

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.

During the Media briefing held on 20 March 2018, the Mayor of Matatiele LM had this to say on electricity:

You will recall that in my inaugural speech in August 2016, I made commitments to the people of Matatiele that, we will take this municipality forward in transforming their lives, I further indicated that this Council shall invest our efforts in making Matatiele a better place to live in.

We have from 2016, managed to reduce our electricity backlog – in 2015 our electricity backlog was sitting at 45%, I can now proudly say that we are sitting at 34%, which we are working tirelessly to reduce the number even more. Through electrification projects, about two thousand, nine hundred and fifty households are being connected to the national electrification grid and close to three hundred and fifty jobs for local people are being created. These life changing projects are almost in final stages, at the following areas, Chibini, Pamlaville, Nkali, New-Resh, Thotaneng, Nyaniso – Nkalweni, Bubesi, Mahareng, Madlangala, Mahangwe, Edrayini, Kwa – Mbobo. We will invite media when we officially switch on these projects.

Siqhubela phambili nephulo lethu lokukhanyisa indawo zaseMatatiele. ngolweSihlanu kwiveki ephelileyo, sikhuphe kumaphephandaba iziniki Maxabiso zokufakelwa kombane kwezi ndawo zilandelayo: Black Diamond, KwaMatias kunye ne Goxa, Nice Field kunye nase Mateleng, eNkungwini, Pamlaville kunye nase Khohlong nase Tsitsong. Zizindlu ezingaphaya kwe 1625 ezizakulayita kulo nyaka-mali kwezindawo sizikhankanyileyo ngasentla zidibene.

Ndizakube andithethanga ncam ukuba ndingangathethi ngomba weendlela zethu singu Masipala neziluxanduva lesebe lakwa Raods and Public Works, ngumba otshisa ubunzi kwindawo yethu sithetha-nje.
I-Matatiele iye ya thwaxwa zimvula ezingamandla kusukela ngoJanuary, that caused a lot of damages on our roads and bridges. Our communities continue to raise their frustrations when it comes to potholes in and around town, nakwindlela iziya kwilali zabo. They have raised unpleasant concerns through our Municipal Facebook account and some through our Customer Care Section and also via the word of mouth. We share the same sentiments with them, indeed most of our roads are not in good conditions.

Siyayazi okokuba ezindlela mva-nje zingunobangela weengozi. Asoze siyeke ukuxoxa nesebe lezendlela nemisebenzi ukufumana isisombululo kwingxaki yezendlela. After consulting the Department of Roads & Public Works, the road from Matatiele to Maluti will be resealed in the next financial year (2018/19). The project is at planning stage and a Consultant has been appointed.
Kunyaka-mali ozayo isebe lithembise okokuba they will regravel DR08065 and D655, DR08017 and surfacing of the road between Mvenyane and Cedarville. The in-house plant will also be used to fix some of the badly affected provincial roads.

Re di fumane di tletlebo tsa baahi mabapi le ditsela tse mpe. Re ile ra kopana re le masepala le lefapha la Roads and Public Works.
Kuyo yonke imigwaqo ethe yamoshakala ingakumbi le ejongene noMasipala siyaqhubeleka nokungenelela nge-machine zethu. In Cedarville we have done a 25m of kerbing; in Matatiele town we have done pothole patching in Balloon Street, West Street, Long Street, Green Street and Fleet Street.

We have also done storm water drains in Mzingisi where 7 pipe crossings were cleaned, Khorong Location – 2 pipe crossings were cleaned and in Cedarville CBD - Stone pitching have been done in 4 pipe crossings. Furthermore, the Black Diamond Bridge in Ward 26 a 9x900mm diameter concrete pipes have been delivered on the 15th of February 2018.
An excavator and TLB are now working on this project to lay pipes and diverting water from an overflowing dam and at Cedarville town a TLB has been hired on the 20th of February 2018 for 5 days. It started operations on the 21st February 2018.

In Maluti: Blading has been done by our grader as from the 14th of February to the 20th of February 2018.
A TLB has been hired to unblock storm water drains for 3 days. It started on the 20th of February 2018 next to the graveyard in Maluti.
Four (4) Loads of gravel material have been tipped using our own dumper trucks on the 19th and 20th of February 2018 and were spread by our grader on the 21st February 2018.
Siyayazi okokuba asikagqibi kwaye olu ngenelelo alwanelanga futhi asilibanga. Umonakalo ubalelwa ngaphaya kwe Three Million. After the assessments, the most critical roads that require urgent intervention are: Linotsing AR, Magongqolweni AR, Thotaneng AR kunye neMaputseng AR.

Cllr Mbedla further said "Matatiele local municipality has a total of 678km of access roads, some of these were constructed prior to the formation of this municipality in 1996. These access roads have deteriorated over time, the municipality has started to fix some.

In intervening with condition of roads, the municipality purchased a set of plant for maintenance of roads, however our roads do not just need maintenance, they need re-construction therefore it required sufficient funding. The municipality had acquired services of external service provider to construct new roads, using conditional grant and acquired savings that we use to do reconstruction of dilapidated access roads. Some of our work is currently felt at the following areas: Ward 8 Nchodu 2,7km, Ward 9 Siphola to Afsondering 2,9km, Ward 13 Thababosiu 3.9km, Ward 17 Sigoga 5.1km, Ward 18 Rolweni to Fiva 3,4km, Ward 19 Harry Gwala 2km, Ward 11 Mapfontein 4km. We continue with our access road assessment in and around Matatiele for urgent interventions using the municipality grader.

The tender for Epiphany and Nomgavu Access Roads was published on local papers and municipal website and is closing on the 09th of April 2018 where Supply Chain Processes will unfold and appoint a contractor as soon as possible.

The Office of the Speaker within Matatiele Local Municipality will launch the Moral Regeneration Movement, for the Matatiele community on Thursday, 02 November 2017 at Matatiele Town Hall.

Moral Regeneration is a nation-building programme undertaken by government and civil society, aimed at promoting human rights, ethical behaviour and the values enshrined in the Constitution of the country.

The event will take place as follows:

Date: Thursday, 02 November 2017
Time: 10h00
Venue: Matatiele Town Hall

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