‘Com­pany ex­hi­bi­tions fos­ter in­no­va­tion’

Lesotho Times - - Business - Retha­bile Pitso

PUB­LIC Ser­vice Min­is­ter Tsukut­lane Au on Tues­day launched an ex­hi­bi­tion by com­pa­nies show­cas­ing var­i­ous prod­ucts and ser­vices as part of be­lated Pub­lic Ser­vice Day cel­e­bra­tions at the Gov­ern­ment Com­plex in Maseru.

Pub­lic Ser­vice Day is set to be com­mem­o­rated on 6 Novem­ber 2015 un­der the theme “Em­brac­ing pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor cre­ativ­ity, in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy for the cit­i­zen’s needs”. It is nor­mally cel­e­brated on June 23 of ev­ery year, but was de­layed in Le­sotho since the pe­riod usu­ally co­in­cides with the onset of win­ter.

The Pub­lic Ser­vice Day sched­ule of ac­tiv­i­ties started off with sport­ing events for civil ser­vants on 10 Oc­to­ber. It was fol­lowed by ex­hi­bi­tions by var­i­ous pri­vate and pub­lic com­pa­nies out­side the Fi­nance House build­ing which were ex­pected to end to­day. Among the or­gan­i­sa­tions ex­hibit­ing their prod­ucts and ser­vices was Econet Telecom Le­sotho, Vo­da­com Le­sotho, Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank, Ned­bank, Metropoli­tan Le­sotho, Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Com­pany, Le­sotho Rev­enue Author­ity, Cen­tral Bank of Le­sotho and Ma­luti Moun­tain Brew­ery.

The Pub­lic Ser­vice min­istry has also or­gan­ised a “fun walk” on 30 Oc­to­ber 2015 from Thet­sane fill­ing sta­tion to Maseru Club. This would be fol­lowed by an award­giv­ing cer­e­mony for out­stand­ing cor­po­rates on 6 Novem­ber 2015.

In his re­marks Mr Au lauded the com­pa­nies, say­ing their con­tri­bu­tions had as­sisted gov­ern­ment in de­liv­er­ing ser­vices to the pub­lic.

“One of the most im­por­tant rea­sons we have cho­sen to com­mem­o­rate the Pub­lic Ser­vice Day was to hon­our the var­i­ous sec­tors that work tire­lessly to en­sure that the pub­lic is pro­vided with ef­fi­cient ser­vices,” he said.

“Th­ese sec­tors in­clude both gov­ern­ment min­istries and the pri­vate sec­tor. Gov­ern­ment alone can­not achieve its ser­vice de­liv­ery man­date with­out the valu­able in­put of the pri­vate sec­tor.”

On her part, Pub­lic Ser­vice Day Task Team rep­re­sen­ta­tive, ‘Mamapeshoane ‘Montso, said the pur­pose of the award-giv­ing cer­e­mony was to mo­ti­vate cor­po­rates to pro­duce more in­no­va­tive ways to bet­ter the lives of the pub­lic.

“Th­ese awards will be held on the ba­sis of rec­og­niz­ing the com­pa­nies with the most in­no­va­tive meth­ods of de­liv­er­ing ser­vices to the pub­lic,” said Ms ‘Montso.

“We have del­e­gated a group of ad­ju­di­ca­tors to move around the ex­hi­bi­tion stalls to as­sess the kinds of prod­ucts and ser­vices they of­fer to the pub­lic.

“They will be look­ing to iden­tify com­pa­nies that in­cor­po­rate cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion in their ef­forts to of­fer the best ser­vices.” tri­cal faults at the of­fices. We learnt that they were caused by many faults which had pre­vi­ously gone un­no­ticed due to the old equip­ment we had been us­ing.

“The new switch de­tects faults al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter they oc­cur due to its sen­si­tiv­ity, whereas with the old sys­tem faults went un­de­tected even though they posed a dan­ger to the lives of peo­ple who work here.”

He said the re­pairs, which were be­ing done in con­junc­tion with LEC and three other con­trac­tors, were slowly but surely bear­ing fruit.

“For the past three weeks, we have been fix­ing the elec­tri­cal faults in the var­i­ous of­fices and em­bark­ing on in­ten­sive of­fice to of­fice in­spec­tions,” Mr Pitso said.

“We had to work fast given that even the of­fice of the prime min­is­ter was af­fected by the may­hem. At one point, the el­e­va­tor lead­ing to his of­fice was not op­er­a­tional, but we are glad that since Satur­day, most of the fa­cil­i­ties are now work­ing as usual.”

He said LEC had rec­om­mended that they fix the main cir­cuit breaker which would re­duce the risks of more faults oc­cur­ring.

“The new main cir­cuit breaker is go­ing to cost us about M300 000, but I have been as­sured that it will be bought,” said Mr Pitso.

Pub­lic Ser­vice Min­is­ter Tsukut­lane Au.

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