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MINISTER SWARTZ WANTS HIS MINISTRY TO SCORE MORE THAN 75% DU...
11/05/12

MINISTER SWARTZ WANTS HIS MINISTRY TO SCORE MORE THAN 75% DURING HIS TIME AS MINISTER.

Minister Johnie Swartz of Infrastructure, Science and Technology has urged Serowe Depot Staff to take their jobs seriously and deliver on the Ministry’s mandate. Addressing the Serowe Depot staff on 04 may 2012, Minister Swartz said he is aware of the challenges faced by many staff members in his Ministry like shortage of transport, slow progression and others, but urged them to persevere and endeavour to do their best despite these challenges.

He advised them that this can only happen if they can love their jobs and devote more commitment to it, adding that it is possible for the Ministry to score higher than 75% in government ministries’ assessments by the Office of the President.  He also advised them to desist from corruption and other unethical activities like excessive alcohol drinking and in some cases indulging in too many debts resulting in financial embarrassment where officers receive zero pay at the end of the month. He however thanked those who always try their best to see to it that the Ministry performance improves. Members of staff also shared their other challenges with the Minister which included delay in their payment of overtime and need for more skills to deal with modern machinery used in their daily duties. Some called for introduction of risk allowance especially those working at Sekgoma Memorial hospital. The Deputy permanent Secretary (Corporate Services) Mr Jeff Siamisang who was also with the Minister promised to look at their concerns and advised them that those relating to adjustment of work conditions like introduction of risk allowances should be channeled to the employer through their representatives as is procedure.

After addressing the Serowe staff, the Minister who was now joined by the Permanent Secretary Mr Dikagiso Mokotedi and Deputy Permanent Secretary (Infrastructure) Mr Ulf soderstrom toured the Serowe College of Education Project and the Serowe Sports complex. The Serowe College Project is now more than a year behind schedule and the Minister was promised that the outstanding work will now be completed in a matter of weeks. The Minister was however impressed with the progress being made by his Serowe Depot staff to rehabilitate the Serowe Sports Complex and encouraged them to do a good job. The Minister emphasized that he now wants to see a new culture of quality and timely project execution in this country.

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