Matatiele local municipality has dedicated 2019 as the year to commemorate the fore-runners of the struggle movement through its liberation route. The intention is to pause and remember the triumph of the human spirit as showcased by our heroes, whilst ensuring that their spirit lives-on. Named after Matatiele born struggle stalwart, Baphethuxolo Alfred Nzo, the marathon will commence in Qacha’s Nek boarder gate (Lesotho) and finish at North End stadium in Matatiele (SA).

The main purpose of this country to country marathon is to ensure that Qacha’s Nek identity as a political route is sustained. Promotion of economic development relations between Lesotho and South Africa (Matatiele) and preservation of the cultural, political and historical heritage shared by the two countries is achieved.

“For us this is a vital way to commemorate (SA) Matatiele-born political heroes who sacrificially traversed the Qacha’s Nek, to liberate the people and further attract the world to a true African experience offered by Matatiele municipality. This marathon will give runners an opportunity to experience our unique natural landscape, dwellings, animal life and diversity”, said Matatiele local municipality Mayor, Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla. The marathon has the three categories namely: 42.2KM, 21.1KM, 10KM, 5KM and 1.1KM for ages 06 years to 60, categorised according to kilometres.

Details of the marathon are as follows: -
Starting point : Qacha’s Nek boarder gate (Lesotho)

Finishing point : North End Stadium, Matatiele

Date : 13th October 2019

Time: : 05h30am

To remember the fortitude displayed by our heroes, the historic marathon will commence on a gravel road from the majestic mountains of Lesotho, descending to the villages of Belford, passing through Mafube, Ncholu and Protea Khoapa to Zwelitsha and join R56 from Mt Fletcher.

The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism is in the process of developing a Provincial Environmental Management Act that will replace previous outdated and irrelevant provincial legislation. The Bill was published for written comments in the Provincial Gazette No 4273 of 22 July 2019, inviting comments within 60 days of publication, which is by the 22 September 2019.

Public consultation sessions will be conducted in various municipalities in the province to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide their input or comment or/and ask questions they may have relating to the bill. As part of the public consultation process for the promulgation of the Bill the Department is herewith inviting all stakeholders and the general public to participate in consultation sessions that will take place at the Matatiele Town Hall (September 16) and at the Mzimvubu Town Hall in Mt Ayliff on (September 17).

Matatiele Local Municipality Mayor Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla has expressed shock over the accident that claimed two young lives in Ramafole, Ward 24.  The incident occurred this morning between Matatiele and Mt Fletcher (R56). The scholar transport was ferrying 16 learners to Ramafole Senior Secondary School, under the Alfred Nzo West District when the driver allegedly undertook a miscalculated over-taking exercise. Two Grade 11 learners died on the spot and the other 14 were rushed to Taylor Bequest hospital in Mount Fletcher. Out of the fourteen, the two critical learners were later transferred to Nelson Mandela hospital in Umthatha.

"Just on Friday, the 30th of August, as Matatiele local municipality we were in Ramafole winding up the women’s month in such a joyous mood. Little did we know that we will today be singing a totally different tune”, said the visibly concerned Mayor, Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla.

The Department of Social Development has already been contacted to offer counselling and other support to the affected families, learners and teachers. The meeting to prepare for the memorial service is scheduled to take place as follows:

Date: 03 September 2019
Venue: Ramafole SSS
Time: 09h00

“On behalf of the leadership of Matatiele local municipality, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to the families and the school community at large. I want to assure the affected families of our full support during difficult phase”, said the Mayor.

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Issued by Matatiele Local Municipality

Mayor Momelezi Mbedla will on Thursday, 30 May 2019, deliver the State of the Municipality Address during Taking Council to the People in Mpharane Ward 13.

As required by the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) and other relevant legislations, regulations and guidelines, the municipality is expected to present to the community the MTREF report for 2019/20 and two outer years 2020/21 and 2021/22.

The State of the Municipality Address is an opportunity for the Mayor to take stock of challenges faced by the municipality but also of progress made.

Communities are urged to submit their inputs about issues that they would like the Mayor to address.Please forward your inputs using the following platforms: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./0397378152/8114/follow Matatiele Local Municipality Facebook page.

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