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The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign takes place from 25 November to 10 December 2016. As the municipality we have actioned this year’s theme: “Count Me In: Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward”.

Through our Special Programmes Unit, we’ve definitely been moving a non-violent Matatiele forward. On December 8, we convened a dialogue that saw parents, children and stakeholders come up with practical solutions on how to declare war against violence targeting women and children. Through the dialogue session government social cluster departments, NGO’s and other partners, interacted with community members, empowering them with knowledge on how to end the scourge of violence against women and children.

It is important that the 16 days Campaign is not viewed as a stand-alone event.  It is another leg of the #356DaysCampaign and #CountMeIn. All these campaigns seek to mobilise members of society, especially men to join hands with government against children and women abuse.

To observe the International Day of Persons leaving with disabilities, commemorated on December the 3rd, preceded by World AIDS Day on the 1st of December, the Matatiele Municipality accompanied by stakeholders on December the 6th, took to the streets of Thabachicha, Ward 14. Attended by community members from different wards of Matat, the objective of the march and the gathering was to join the rest of the World, in tracking progress that has been made in responding to HIV & AIDS.

The implementation of measures to improve the life of people with disabilities was also under scrutiny. Through SPU, as the municipality, working with our implementing partners, we have made much progress over the years in responding to these issues.
As outlined in our Designated Groups Strategy, we continue to realise the objectives we set for ourselves to effectively initiate campaigns to raise awareness about the plight and rights of people with disabilities. We still have a long way to go before we can realise many elements of our dream in as far as people with disabilities are concerned. However, we are proud of the work we have done to ensure that people with disabilities benefit from skills development.

Last week, about 13 people from different wards in our municipality graduated at Enoch Sontonga Rehabilitation centre. What a touching moment to see people with disabilities rising above every obstacle to attain skills in sewing, wood-work and welding. These individuals are now capable to start their own businesses and contribute to the well-being. And as the Municipality we continue to assist them in wherever possible, to realise their vision for their lives.

MATATIELE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY NEW COUNCIL TRAINED ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEGISLATIONS

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in collaboration with Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs embarked on the Integrated Councillor Induction Programme (ICIP) from the 12th to 16th of September 2016 at the Royal Courtyard Hotel and Municipal Council Chambers in Matatiele.  
The Integrated Councillor Induction Programme (ICIP) driven by SALGA and Eastern Cape Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) and supported by the following key stakeholders, the Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury, Office of the Premier, which rolled out as a Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA). This is an accredited programme targeting the new Cadre of Councillors who have joined the local government sphere after the 03 August 2016 local government elections.

Commenting during the training, Matatiele Local Municipality Mayor Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla said Matatiele is strategically located to be the leader for regional development as it links with Joe Gqabi & Harry Gwala Districts but also cross-border trading with Lesotho there the focus in the next 5 years should be to harness this potential.
The programme is designed to prepare Councillors to understand how the local government sphere operates with a focus on, leadership role, legislation applicable to Local Government, key municipal processes and Developmental Local Government (Service Delivery).
The Programmes was aimed at the following:

To inform and educate the people of the Eastern Cape about Councillor Induction;
To raise public awareness about the benefits of the programme for Councillors to serve communities better;
To create communication platforms for communities to engage with the programme;
To mainstream communication services as a strategic function in service delivery.

Discussions about how to develop Integrated Development Plans (IDP) that will talk to the needs of the communities to ensure that Matatiele local economy improves were also at a centre stage. They also discussed ways of how to fully implement the lessons learned from the week long ICIP session.

MUNICIPALITY EMPLOYS COMMUNICATIONS AND SPECIAL PROGRAMMES MANAGER

Government considers communication to be a strategic element of service delivery and a major tool used in promoting and communicating government programmes.
Communications further provides simple guidelines and reference tools around government communication, including government communication strategy, media management, stakeholders’ engagement, development communication, understanding of government policy, marketing and advertising, and managing the corporate identity of government. In line of the above, Ms Olwetu Gwanya has been appointed the Municipality’s Communications and Special Programmes Manager from the 12th of September 2016. 

That is all from us for now, till next time, stay safe and be blessed. Thank You Sweet People from Sweet Matat, “A Destination of Choice and Excellence”

 

Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla has been elected as the new Mayor of the Matatiele Local Municipality.

Mbedla was nominated on Wednesday the 24th of August 2016 in Maluti Civic Centre during the first inaugural council meeting to elect the new mayor, continuing from 2011/16 council. The sitting follows the fifth Local Government Elections held earlier this month.

Earlier in the day, Cllr. Nomasomi Mshuqwana was elected Speaker of the Council and Cllr. Sonwabile Mngenela elected as the Chief Whip of Council.
Mbedla assured the residents of Matatiele that the municipality will attend to the challenges facing the communities within the 100 days in office those being electricity, water, roads and speedy service delivery.
 
In taking forward the agenda of improving the general living standards of Matatiele residents, Mbedla said the municipality, together with the collective leadership both institutionally and organisationally, will visit all traditional council and meet stakeholders to ensure that in the next five years they work together in ensuring that services are rendered effectively and efficiently.
“We have to ensure that through our collective efforts, our communities will see marked improvement in their living standards and living conditions.
“This council will also work tirelessly to improve relations between the management and staff of Matatiele Local Municipality to ensure that everyone understands and implements the vision of Matatiele,” said Mbedla.

He further recommitted the municipality to create more job opportunities.
The Council further elected Executive Committee members as follows: Infrastructure Services Department will be led by Cllr. Matshepo Setenane; Budget & Treasury Office: Nonzwakazi Ngwanya; Community Services: Sicelo Class Maphasa; Corporate Services: Thembeka Dyantyi; LED: Nomonde Nkukhu; SPU: Shumikazi Mzozoyana; Kenneth Biggs from the Democratic Alliance and Wele Mdolomba from the African Independent Congress.

Cllr. Sibongiseni Baba was tasked to ensure that the municipality uses its finances in a proper way and accountability be strengthen when he was elected to head Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) and Cllr. Iris Maketela was elected as the Woman’s Caucus Chairperson.
The ANC has 38 councillors, followed by the DA with 5 in the municipality. The AIC has 4 councillors, whilst the Economic Freedom Fighters has 3 and UDM has 1.

The Department of Social Development and Special Programmes in partnership with SASSA, Matatiele Local Municipality and other relevant social partners embarked on a Back to School Campaign in Ward 12 at Queens Mercy village early this week where MEC Nancy Sihlwayi interacted directly with the community of Ward 12 in Matatiele about the importance of putting hands on deck to ensure that education is a societal matter.

NOTICE NO: 2015/2016-135

REGISTRATION OF SUPPLIERS ON THE CENTRAL SUPPLIER DATABASE

In terms of regulation 14(1) of the Municipal Supply Chain Management Regulations, the accounting officer must keep a list of accredited prospective providers of goods and services and infrastructure procurement requirements of the municipality or municipal entity that must be used for the procurement requirement through written or verbal quotations and formal written price quotations and at least once a year through newspapers commonly circulating locally, website of the municipality or municipal entity and any other appropriate ways, to invite prospective providers of goods and services and infrastructure to apply for evaluation and listing as accredited prospective providers.

In line with this regulation and supply chain management reforms introduced by government, all prospective service providers of goods and services and infrastructure procurement are required to apply on Central Supplier Database in order to do business with all organs of state in the Republic of South Africa at https://secure.csd.gov.za/
The municipality further invites all prospective service providers within the jurisdiction of the Matatiele Local Municipality who do not have the capacity to register on the Central Supplier Database to visit the municipal SCM Office: Budget and Treasury office, Mountain View Matatiele (between 9 am-12 pm from Monday to Thursday) for assistance with registrations. Upon registration on the CSD, your company will be issued with a unique CSD number, which will be used as a reference and must be stated on all quotations and tenders as from 1 July 2016. 
With effect from 1 July 2016, Matatiele Local Municipality must use and verify suppliers registration on the CSD. Therefore, you are required to please register on the CSD

Failure to register will result in Matatiele Local Municipality not being able to conduct business with your company/ entity.

For more information contact Ms. O. Mgwebi on 039 737 8192 or Ms. N. Ngcobo 039 737 8197 during working hours.

DR D.C.T NAKIN
MUNICIPAL MANAGER

TAKING GOVERNMENT TO THE PEOPLE

Matatiele Local Municipality officially welcomed a new village of Frystat in Ward 15 which was previously under Elundini Local Municipality. The event formed part of the IDP/Budget Outreach Programme 2016/17 which is currently being rolled out this week until today the 15th of April 2016.

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