Individuals and teams in the government sector got to shine with their awards on stage after being recognised and awarded for their hard work and dedication during the Premier’s Service Excellence Awards at The Ranch Resort recently.
Officials were honoured in four categories being the Best Innovation Team, Best Support Team, Best Service Delivery Team and the Premier’s Special Awards. Premier Stan Mathabatha could not attend the celebration and he was represented by Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba who was acting Premier for the night. She said teams and individuals who received awards personified the values and ethos of Batho-Pele Principles. They do not work for recognition but for the love of the people of this province, she stated and added that the little Government can do is to recognise their efforts.
“The truth is that working in the public service is a great privilege and honour. It is for this reason that we challenge those who are blessed with this privilege to ensure that they deliver services to our people efficiently, equitably, and with diligence. This is what our people deserve, nothing less,” explained Ramathuba.
She challenged the teams that did not win to work harder to take home the crown next year while the challenge for the winning teams is to work even harder to retain your crowns. The assessment team chairperson, Nathaniel Mudau said they received 41 entries with six being provincial government departments, eight municipalities and 27 national departments and requested that all government departments and municipalities to enter for next year’s edition.
The Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) claimed the first prize for Most Improved Telephone Management while the second place went to Elias Motsoaledi Municipality and third to Thulamela Municipality. In the Best Front Line Team of the Year category, Mokopane Hospital took the lead followed by Dilokong Hospital in second place and Voortrekker Hospital third.
Story and photos: ENDY SENYATSI