‘Company exhibitions foster innovation’
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.