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Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR)
Mediators Urged to show Commitment and Loyalty
17/10/09
Mediators have been encouraged to show commitment and loyalty to their work, colleagues and the communities within which they are appointed to serve.
Speaking at the inauguration of Mr. Tshekoetsile Ramakoloi as the mediator at Moshupa Water Affairs Station on the 19th September 2009, Mr. L. Mokwape, Chief Mediator at the Department of Water Affairs Headquarters said that the new mediator should desist from engaging in criminal activities as the policy summons them to be committed, loyal and exemplary in all conduct.

Mediators have been encouraged to show commitment and loyalty to their work, colleagues and the communities within which they are appointed to serve.

Speaking at the inauguration of Mr. Tshekoetsile Ramakoloi as the mediator at Moshupa Water Affairs Station on the 19th September 2009, Mr. L. Mokwape, Chief Mediator at the Department of Water Affairs Headquarters said that the new mediator should desist from engaging in criminal activities as the policy summons them to be committed, loyal and exemplary in all conduct. The outspoken Chief Mediator also advised the incoming mediator to be humble and interact peacefully with all employees regardless of their class in the society saying that this will help him succeed in diligently executing his responsibilities.

"These people chose you to lead them because they trust you; make sure that they continue trusting you and the same should obtain from the community within which you will be serving, Bakgatla ba ga Mmanaana." Mr. Ramokoloi was further urged to, if time allowing, go to the Moshupa main Kgotla just to appreciate how things are done with the aim of getting more insight into the traditions of the Bakgatla ba ga Mmanaana.

Mr. Mokwape who joined the Department of Water Affairs on the 16th November 1968 also encouraged the incoming Mediator to advise the Station Manager in instances of mal-administration, saying that it is his responsibility to ensure that the Station runs smoothly in terms of service delivery and employee welfare. He was informed that there are many challenges that include resistance from some Station Managers to take advice from Mediators. However, he was encouraged not to lose heart in his responsibilities. In closing, Mr. Mokwape said that they are trying hard to win the institution of Mediation, the respect and recognition that it deserves. He brought to the fore the fact that they have access to the Ministry's Senior Management where they can report any acts of sheer indifference they encounter in their work.

For his part, the Bakgatla ba ga Mmanaana Kgosi Mr. O. Mosielele, lauded the initiative of Mediation as very important as "it helps in addressing the disputes before they could reach us at the main Kgotla." He further said that he wished that other Government Departments could adopt the same and help conserve the Setswana culture. He also said that it is important that the Mediators interact with the village mediator for the area, Mr. Masisi so that they could establish a rapport that could help them assist each other in building the Moshupa community.

The Mediator, Mr Ramakoloi, was advised not to apply corporal punishment and not to charge people. In instances of criminal cases, he was told to engage the Police as such cases were beyond him.

On the one hand, Mrs. Matlho, Assistant Mediator, was advised to actively advise the Mediator as that is her responsibility and to diligently serve both her fellow employees and the community in which she is designated to serve.

The inauguration was attended by Mediators from other Water Affairs Stations throughout the country, senior officials from the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources and village elders from Moshupa. Thothi Traditional dance group, Mmanaana Cultural Group and Tlapa le Kwadilwe provided entertainment during the inauguration ceremony.

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