Premier of the Eastern Cape Phumulo Masualle launches Public Service Month in Koukamma
Annually South Africa celebrates Public Service Month in September and this year’s theme is “Leading the Public Service to Higher Productivity”. The Public Service Month is an annual service delivery initiative, which is aimed at improving service delivery by taking public servants to the coalface; institutionalising Batho Pele; and recognising public servants who perform diligently.
This year the Premier of the Eastern Cape Phumulo Masualle launched Public Service Month in Koukamma Municipality. During the visit the Masualle had an opportunity to engage with the communities of Koukamma. Members of the public raised various challenges relating to water, education, employment, health, police and housing.
Whilst addressing the public Masualle said government is continually searching for better and innovative ways to serve the people such as rendering services on wheels so as to bring services delivery closer to the people. “The electorate is our masters – we must always please them as public servants”. Masualle was pleading with public servant to serve the public with respect and adhere to the Batho People principles when doing their work.
He further illustrated the importance of the Batho Pele principles. “The first Batho Pele principle puts emphasis on high standards of ethical conduct within the public service. It therefore cannot be right that those who serve our people want to be beneficial to government. It undermines and compromises the integrity of government”.
Innovation is what can be done to better the service rendered to the people and through the outreach the effort would be for government to sit in Koukamma for the next two weeks and ensure public servants are looking for innovative ways to serve and be closer to the people. “We must serve people with the distinction they deserve so they can appreciate what we are doing for them,” he said.
The Premier ensured the public that the MEC’s will give individual attention and resolution to the challenges raised during the public service month. “In the next two weeks there will be an outreach programme conducted by different government departments. People must use this opportunity to access the services of government. As government we are improving the manner of rendering services so that government can make an impact,” said Masualle.
The Sarah Baartmaan District Mayor, Eunice Kekana thanked the Premier and cabinet for bringing this programme to Koukamma
The Premier was accompanied by the MEC for Cooperative Governance Fikile Xasa, MEC for Agriculture Mlibo Qoboshiyane, MEC for Transport Weziwe Tikana, MEC for Human Settlements Helen Sauls August, Sarah Baartman District Mayor Eunice Kekana and Koukamma Local Municipality Mayor Sam Vuso