The Department of Public Service and Administration on Thursday took the Public Service Month activities to Ga-Mothapo village, in Limpopo, where they interacted with the locals on service delivery challenges.
Led by Deputy Minister Chana Pilane-Majake, the imbizo with the community offered the citizens an opportunity to voice their concerns on issues such as roads infrastructure, housing and criminals who harass health workers in clinics.
There was also on an update on the electrification of many houses in the villages such as Ramogale, Sephaphoshe, Mantjana and Lehlabile.
In her address to the community, Pilane-Majake called on the traditional leadership to work with all spheres of government in addressing the challenges local communities face.
“Our government recognises the role of traditional leadership as an integral part of our democratic dispensation. When government works hand-in-hand with the traditional leaders, the people who will benefit most are the citizens of our country.”
The deputy minister also called on the communities to work with the South African Police Service to weed out criminals.
The village has a challenge with criminals who target health care workers at local clinics.
Pilane-Majake said the sad part of this criminal activity is that it robs the residents with the provision of health services on a 24-hour basis.
“As a result, the clinics have to operate during the day only out of fear of security of health personnel. As the government, as the community, we need to work together to bring safety back to our community.”
The department’s imbizo formed part of the annual Public Service Month, themed “Thuma Mina: taking public service to the people: we belong, we care, we serve”.
Government is using the month to reignite, install and rebuild good ethics and professionalism in how public servants do their work, and to serve as an opportunity to highlight service delivery improvement initiatives across the public service - in line with the ‘Batho Pele - Putting People First’ programme. – SAnews.gov.za