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Mma Mmokele, Re a go leboga
20/06/11
Mma-Mmokele exits the public service after 34 years of service

Ms. B. Mmokele has retired as the Council Secretary (CS) in Southern District Council, this has occurred not as a result of compulsory retirement, but rather because she felt she has done her part for the public service and has thus groomed the leaders of tomorrow.

Her story in the public service dates back thirty four years, and as such commenced in 1975. Her first appointment was at the then Ministry of Works and Communication, where she held the position of shorthand typist for the Department of Architecture and Building. During an interview with Ms. Mmokele she revealed that, she was never content with just being a shorthand typist and as such she enrolled with a private school to pursue her O’levels and thus proceeded to an international university where she was trained as a Personnel Officer.

Mr. Matshidiso Fologang a former Councilor and colleague of Ms. Mmokele, describes Ms. Mmokele’s departure through the use of a Thomas Fuller quote “we never know the importance of water till the well itself is empty”. Fologang further availed that “Mmokele is a high performer, go-getter, and team-builder whose, contribution to the Southern District Council (SDC) can be seen through the various interventions and initiatives which she spear-headed whilst in the position of CS.

Ms. Mmokele’s most notable achievements during her stay in the public service include; Establishing twinning relations with Sekukuni Municipality in Limpopo South Africa, and reviving dormant twinning relations with Toronto City in Canada. The latter refers to a relationship which resulted in the construction of a Youth Centre in Ramotswa which was financed by Toronto City. The centre now serves as a development tool for the youth of Ramotswa.

Ms. Mmokele emphasized that there is no Government ministry which touches the lives of people like the Ministry of Local Government; hence it is correctly called the People’s Ministry. She further noted that “there is nothing more fulfilling like serving the needs of your fellow citizens”.

When quizzed about what kept her motivated during her stay in the public service for thirty four years, Ms. Mmokele said “I am a staunch believer in the straight talk breaks no friendships maxim.” Furthermore, she availed that her focus was on the development of her fellow employees in the public service and as such her premise on the job was their development into the leaders of tomorrow.

Ms. Mmokele’s replacement in Southern District Council is Ms. Mahalelo who was previously Deputy Council Secretary at SDC. She now holds the position of Acting Council Secretary.

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