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Sello Matsie ready for ’new challenges’


After serving as Sol Plaatje Municipality spokesperson for 21 years, Sello Matsie is ready to start a new chapter.

Sello Matsie. Picture: Danie van der Lith

AFTER serving as Sol Plaatje Municipality spokesperson for 21 years, Sello Matsie is ready to start a new chapter.

Matsie will leave the municipality at the end of the month but he is, however, mum about his future plans.

“A true actor knows when to leave the stage and that time has come. While I was the voice of the municipality, I prefer to keep my life private – the less said, the better. I will, however, remain within the borders of the Republic of South Africa. Having been the longest-serving spokesperson at the municipality, I wish to take on new challenges,” said Matsie.

He added that he was humbled to have served the community and expressed gratitude for being part of a collective of workers and management teams.

“I am grateful to have been entrusted with mass communication and being the torch-bearer of information. It has been a pleasure to work with the community and report on challenges, including cable theft and sewage problems.”

Matsie believed that the most rewarding part of his job was witnessing projects reaching completion.

“It is extremely fulfilling when a complaint is attended to timeously and expeditiously – from Roodepan to Beaconsfield, to Galeshewe and Monument Heights.

“The sad part was experiencing the loss of employees during incidents such as the Saulspoort bus disaster, workers that drowned at the Homevale wastewater treatment plant and people who died in shack fires.”

He stated that after he joined Umkhonto we Sizwe at a tender age, he was in exile for five years.

“As a young lion, I joined the armed struggle when it was not fashionable to do so. Upon my return from exile from Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Ghana in 1996, I served briefly at the Department of Intelligence and Security.

“I joined the SABC as a radio journalist for two and a half years before being employed as a communications officer at the Office of the Premier. I then joined Sol Plaatje Municipality.”

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