Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula engages with Matatiele and Lusikisiki community leaders, 9 to 10 Apr

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans visit to Pontseng Community: Matatiele and Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape, 9 to 10 April 2019

Following the unfortunate incident of six (6) children that were swept away by the strong river current as they were making their way across from school in March this year, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula subsequently sent a team of South African Army Engineers to Matatiele to do an assessment where the incident happened to determine what could be done to assist that community. The Minister has since received an assessment report from the engineers as to what needs to be done to aid the Pontseng Community.

The Minister will visit Matatiele on Tuesday, 9 April 2019 in order to engage with community leaders and the public on the recommendations of the assessment team. To this effect, the engineers have identified what should be done in aid of the people of Matatiele, in particular the construction of a bridge in Pontseng Community. Minister Mapisa-Nqakula will further visit Lusikisiki community on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 to engage the community leaders and the public on the same subject.

Members of the media are cordially invited to send a journalist and/or a cameraperson to this event. The event will take place at Pontseng in Matatiele starting at 09h00. Assigned journalists are requested to confirm their attendance with Lieutenant-Colonel Hammilton Ngubane on 083 280 7548 and e-mail:

Source: Government of South Africa