Health dept recognises long-service officials
THE NORTHERN Cape MEC for Health, Fufe Makatong, yesterday issued certificates of recognition for long service to 300 departmental officials in the Frances Baard District.
At an event at the West End Club, Makatong said that the ceremony formed part of government’s initiative to reward excellence and was part of an ongoing commitment of supporting, empowering, motivating and giving recognition to employees in the public service.
Employees with 10 years of continuous service are eligible to a certificate and 30 days annual leave, while those who have rendered 20, 30 and 40 years of continuous service are eligible to a certificate and a cash amount which is revised annually.
In her address, Makatong pointed out that with only four months before the end of the financial year, the department had committed to putting stringent measures in place “to bring the dignity and confidence back to our people”.
“During the budget speech, we committed to reprioritise and streamline department spending to align it with annual performance plans, with a view to reducing unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure as well as to address the perennial problem of conditional grants being underspent. We also committed the department to take disciplinary and other consequence management measures and engage law enforcement state agencies where such actions are necessary,” Maratong said.
“The budget speech of the department requires all of us to put our hands on deck and to start to implement our commitments to communities. In the remaining time as the MEC of this department, you can be rest assured that together we will continue to strive for more improvements, particularly on your area of work, and we dare not fail as a collective.”
Maratong emphasised that it was important to embark on “a systematic, organised and focussed approach to develop a service delivery model that is able to identify areas of difficulty at both district and local level, and make adjustments to deal with our challenges, within the limited resource envelope”.
Similar long-service award ceremonies will also be held in the ZF Mgcawu, Namaqua and Pixley Ka Seme districts.