19 June 2014

Botswana: Public Service Day Kicks Off

press release

Over 30 000 civil servants are expected to participate in this year's public service celebrations today and tomorrow (June 19-20). The acting Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, the Honourable Shaw Kgathi will be the guest speaker at the main event. The director of the Directorate of Public Service Management, Mr Carter Morupisi said the celebrations had experienced trememdous growth since they were first introduced in 2012.

Over 30 000 civil servants are expected to participate in this year's public service celebrations today and tomorrow (June 19-20). The acting Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, the Honourable Shaw Kgathi will be the guest speaker at the main event.

The director of the Directorate of Public Service Management, Mr Carter Morupisi said the celebrations had experienced trememdous growth since they were first introduced in 2012. Addressing members of the media on Tuesday, Mr Morupisi said this year's events would be held in Gaborone. He said the commemoration had inspired a lot of public servants and ignited in them a hunger to serve with passion.

"This has been demonstrated by the new initiatives that various ministries present and their positive impact on quality service," he said.

He cited reduced congestion at border posts as one of the initiatives that were first presented at the public service day. He said the initiative improved service delivery at the department of immigration and citizenship. He also gave the example of the one stop service centre that was initiated by the Botswana Investment Trade Centre under the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

"These are some of the initiatives that show that indeed the public service day commemorations have a positive impact on the community we serve," he said.

Mr Morupisi added that the commemorations were meant to create a platform for public employees to showcase their services to the community. He said the commemorations also present an opportunity for public servants to learn from each other.

"The commemoration is a sign of growth and enthusiasm because public officers should be proud of who they are and the impact they have made in improving the lives of the people they serve," said Mr Morupisi. The day will feature various activities such as a carnival march, arts and culture competitions and sporting activities.

The commemoration will culminate with a prize giving ceremony where deserving public officers will be awarded prizes for their service to the public. Winners will each walk away with a 13th cheque amounting to P5,000. The inaugural Mr and Miss Public Service Day, Mr Fenny Letshwiti from the Office of the Ombudsman and Ms Kgomotso Kaisara, who were crowned in 2014, will also be unveiled at the commemorations.

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