MEC warns lazy workers

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Thohoyandou - Limpopo MEC of Public Works, George Phadagi, has warned lazy employees that they will get the boot if they do not improve service delivery in the province.

'We won't pay lazy, dodgy workers. This government wants hard workers. Our department is regarded as government's delivery arm and other departments are waiting to see how we implement better service delivery," said Phadagi.

He was addressing nearly 3 000 employees from the Vhembe region near Thohoyandou in the Thohoyandou Town Hall on Monday.

Phadagi and top officials from the department are on a week-long visit to public works departments in the five regions, aimed at encouraging employees to work harder and ensuring that government programmes are on track and that services are being delivered.

He said the department was determined to completely refurbish government hospitals and schools before the end of the financial year.

"Construction is also expected to start soon on the refurbishment of the Limpopo legislature in Polokwane. We will also conduct workshops for our employees so that they can be more effective in their jobs," he added.

Phadagi said emphasis would be placed on creating office space in the outlying areas for employees to work from, instead of spending their time and valuable resources driving long distances.

"We will also encourage our employees to keep our environment clean and to plant trees as part of the greening of our communities. People like to live in clean environments," he added.