Health dept recog­nises long-ser­vice of­fi­cials

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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.

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