2 September 2014

Botswana: Govt Values Employees - Kgathi

press release

Acting Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Shaw Kgathi has said government gives civil servants the attention they deserve. Addressing Immigration and Botswana Unified Revenue Services staff at Platjan border post recently, he said civil servants were the backbone of the economy and there was no way government can neglect its them. He said government would continue to be committed, support and improve their conditions and mentioned that there was a misconception by some that government has neglected its workers. He said government has through the amendment of General Order 39, allowed for the engagement of workers into private business but with prior approval by the relevant Permanent Secretary proved there was no perceived or real conflict of interest. As for the workers at remotest areas like Platjan, he said the Remote Area Settlement Allowance (RASA) has also been corrected to be based on notch system to allow for officers that have been staying at such areas to attract more allowance than newcomers. Other efforts to improve the civil servants conditions, the Minister mentioned the introduction of interest free salary advance for salary scale D4 and below, which in the past was a benefit for salary C4 and below.

Acting Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Shaw Kgathi has said government gives civil servants the attention they deserve. Addressing Immigration and Botswana Unified Revenue Services staff at Platjan border post recently, he said civil servants were the backbone of the economy and there was no way government can neglect its them. He said government would continue to be committed, support and improve their conditions and mentioned that there was a misconception by some that government has neglected its workers. He said government has through the amendment of General Order 39, allowed for the engagement of workers into private business but with prior approval by the relevant Permanent Secretary proved there was no perceived or real conflict of interest. As for the workers at remotest areas like Platjan, he said the Remote Area Settlement Allowance (RASA) has also been corrected to be based on notch system to allow for officers that have been staying at such areas to attract more allowance than newcomers. Other efforts to improve the civil servants conditions, the Minister mentioned the introduction of interest free salary advance for salary scale D4 and below, which in the past was a benefit for salary C4 and below. Miniter Kgathi also informed workers about Government Employee Motor Vehicle and Residential Property Advance Scheme (GEMVAS) where repayment period has been eased from 10 year to 20 year so that it allows for workers to benefit from it. The 10 year payment period, he said disqualified some workers due to high mortgages when they wanted to buy property. Minister Kgathi commended workers for their commitment to work despite challenges they were faced with. He said being at the border meant that they were the front page of the country and what the visitors should expect in the country and were conducting themselves in a manner that resembles the culture of Batswana. Their challenges like shortages of accommodation, he said would be the thing of the past as houses were part of the construction of the bridge project. A memorandum of agreement has been signed with South Africa where Platjan Bridge would be constructed by Botswana while South Africa would construct the Ramotswa Bridge. Construction of the dam he said would begin in November this year and currently the tender documents were being floated. Minister Kgathi also held a meeting with investors and workers at Tuli Block where he said government took tourism as a serious venture which forms the second revenue earner after diamonds for the country. He said tourism in the Tuli Block was proving that the sector has potential proven by the number of workers employed as well as the amount of investment made which amounts to billions due to the value of land which was expensive. Minister Kgathi urged workers to take the opportunity to learn skills such as chefs, guides as the industry grows. Further he pleaded with investors to release their workers to partake in the election on October 24 which has been marked as a public holiday. He also advised investors to be considerate and treat workers like their own children and to comply with employment laws. The Minister was pleased to note that there was no tension that existed between investors and employers. (BOPA)

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2014 Government of Botswana. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.