15 June 2018

Botswana: Public Officers Get National Honours

Gaborone — The country's civil service converged at the University of Botswana indoor sports facility Wednesday night to recognise top performers.

Employees received awards under categories of Best Overall Performer, Most Innovative Projects, Best Creativity and Innovation, Most Customer centric, Best Change Agents and Best Performers.

The Best Overall Performer saw seven winners from different ministries who all pocketed P6 000 each.

They are Kentshiwang Maboye (Ministry of Health and Wellness), Oratile Ngwako-Thonkga (Ministry of Basic Education), Naledi Mohamed (Ministry of Health and Wellness), Victoria Segalabe (Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development), Ompaketse Setswamorago (Ministry of Health and Wellness), Pinkie Motshidisi (Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology) and Jacob Rakgwasi (Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology).

Esther Mmolai, of the Department of Information Services based in Maun was among the best performers and won herself P5 000. Another officer, Tebatso Rakwadi garnered the Most Customer Centric award, pocketing P5 000.

Officiating at the event, Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Mr Nonofo Molefhi said the awards encouraged those who did not win to strive for excellence and keep working hard.

He applauded the winners for a job well done and asked them to keep leading by example. "This will ensure that the service provided in the public sector keeps improving," he said.

In an interview earlier, Directorate of Public Service Management chief public relations officer Ms Morwalela Kesalopa said the Public Service Convention highlighted the contribution of public servants in the development process, recognised their work as well as encouraging young people to pursue careers in the public sector.

About the award ceremony, Ms Kesalopa said employees were rewarded for creative achievements and contributions to public service institutions that led to a more effective and responsive public administration.

Public sector organisations were also rewarded for contributions made to enhancing the role, prestige and visibility of the public service, Ms Kesalopa said.

"This year, we customised the theme: Delivering Quality Service for Sustainable Development: Key Towards Achieving Prosperity for All to suit our current needs here in Botswana," she said.

Prior to the convention, public departments and ministries engaged in different activities including information days with stalls and booths, sport competitions, internal award ceremonies and special announcements to honour public service employees for outstanding performance.

Botswana has been celebrating the United Nations Public Service Day concurrently with the Botswana Public Service Convention since 2012.

Public Service Day was established under the United Nations General Assembly for the purpose of celebrating the value and virtue of service to the community at local, national and global level. This also includes awarding prizes to public sector organisations for contributions made to the cause of enhancing the role, prestige and visibility of public service.

Source : BOPA

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