Govt Addresses Public Service Challenges

| June 15, 2015

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has encouraged public officers to develop the spirit of sacrifice for the nation.

Addressing public officers at Tonota College of Education recently, President Khama said he was aware of shortage of staff in all ministries and encouraged them to multi-task.

Regarding the issue of hours of work, the President said that government had agreed to remunerate teachers for working extra hours hopefully by the end of June.

In addition, President Khama expressed hope that the issue would be resolved, adding that on June 18 he would be meeting with Botswana Teachers Unions to finalise the matter.

President Khama also said measures had to be put in place to control overtime among employees, adding that those who were still owed their overtime were going to be compensated.

He said meetings with public officers were crucial to government as a way of addressing issues that concerned them in their various workplaces.

President Khama said the housing allowance was the same as the recession allowance and was introduced in such a way that it favoured those in the lower pay bracket. On other issues, he said that since 2008, the country was hit by the economic recession and the government was trying by all means to undertake pending development projects.

Public officers complained about slow progression, lack of promotions and transfers.

The director of DPSM, Ms Ruth Maphorisa said some of the employees did not take performance appraisals seriously but noted that they were important as they were used for promotions and progressions.

She said the issue of transfers was complex because some employees felt that they were being punished by being transferred to remote areas.

Ms Maphorisa noted that separation of spouses due to transfers posed a challenge because some were being transferred on promotion, and that forced them to leave their partners behind.

She indicated that name tags for public officers were being introduced and every employee would be required to wear them.

Public officers were also urged to encourage members of the public to fill the feedback forms and use them for service delivery improvement.

Ms Maphorisa noted that the government was unable to purchase buses requested by Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture (MYSC) due to lack of funds.

On the local per diem issue, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Slumber Tsogwane said it was approved by Parliament, adding that approval did not mean that it was finalised as there was still more work to do.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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