Tsogwane Calls for Diligence

| May 22, 2015

Local government and rural development minister, Mr Slumber Tsogwane, has implored officers to serve the ministry clientele with diligence.

Addressing the ministry staff in Lobatse on May 20, Minister Tsogwane said it was important for officials to always be motivated to serve. He said performance in the work place was important and therefore befitting that officers take pride in performing well.

Minister Tsogwane said his ministry served addressed people’s daily needs, hence the need to ensure that their performance was at peak. Minister Tsogwane said it was important for officers to always be in touch with people they served to address government initiatives geared towards eradicating poverty.

Information sharing especially by supervisors to junior officers, he said, was also important as it improved service delivery.

He said when officers were informed they stood a better position to assist customers with confidence and diligence as they would be having all the necessary information to assist the client.

Minister Tsogwane also implored officers to carry out projects on time, especially those which are implemented using the recurrent budget. He encouraged officers to be preemptive, adding that driving the wheel of development starts with officers who are proactive.

Commenting, officers expressed concern about shortage of accommodation, which forces them to reside in places around Lobatse. Shortage of accommodation in the town, they said impedes them from being productive as circumstances surrounding transport to get to work are a headache.

One, Mr Otlae Modisaotsile highlighted that though there was shortage of accommodation for officers working in Lobatse, there were some houses in Lobatse which for a long time had not been occupied.

He cited some houses in Maokaneng, which had turned into criminal hide-outs and some are referred to as ‘spook houses’. Officers also decried of the newly introduced housing allowance, saying it was inadequate to pay a one month rental for accommodation. Mr Johannes Samenza said the housing alIowance needs to be reviewed.

In response, the deputy district commissioner, Mr Geofrey Gare acknowledged the shortage of accommodation for officers in Lobatse adding that his office was doing all that it could to assist through its partnership with Botswana Housing Corporation.

He acknowledged that there were houses around Lobatse which had not been occupied for long, adding that since Lobatse is an old time there might be some people or companies that had long relocated and therefore difficult to allocate the owners.

The Lobatse authority is currently in the process of collecting information on all the unoccupied plots for action purposes. Minister Tsogwane also acknowledged the lack of accommodation by officers which is not only being experienced in Lobatse but country at large.

He said government has however not sat on the issue, but coming up with various initiatives geared towards providing accommodation to officers.

The minister cited the improvement of schemes such as the Self Help Housing Scheme and the introduction of the Turn Key scheme as some initiatives intended to curb accommodation shortage among officers.

He therefore encouraged officers to acquaint themselves with these schemes and make good use of them.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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