The Provincial Commissioner convened a special meeting on Tuesday, 11 August 2020 with one of the Provincial Components the Supply Chain Management. The meeting was one of a series of engagements Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga had recently with the South African Police Service personnel around the province.
These visits and meetings are part of the Provincial Commissioner's internal crusade to monitor the implementation of the Covid-19 containment measures to safeguard the lives of the SAPS personnel with more focus on lower levels of the organization. The internal engagement with members follows after numerous station visits and operations both in the urban and rural areas.
Addressing what she described as the backbone and heartbeat of the organization - Supply Chain Management personnel, General Ntshinga told the members their component is one of the most critical arms and functional organs of the SAPS due to the nature of the function they perform. For this reason, she emphasized that from time to time they deserve to be motivated in order to increase production levels and developing a motivated and a strong workforce.
The Provincial Commissioner, delivered an earth shuddering and emotional motivational message which saw those in attendance nodding in a manner that showed approval and positive reception of the message. General Ntshinga was unequivocal as she spoke passionately about the need to support one another during the Covid-19 pandemic and its negative impact on the day to day activities including the welfare of the entire personnel. She reminisced and took the audience down memory lane, as she confidently and unapologetically gave a synopsis of her personal experience with the impact of Covid-19 during the days of her isolation. Motivating the members, she told them the pandemic might be regarded as an invincible enemy, but it is however a conquerable virus.
Nevertheless, General Ntshinga exhorted SAPS personnel not to undermine the damage that the pandemic can and has already caused to the people. She told the SCM personnel to exercise extreme caution as they go about their work and display the same attitude even beyond their workplace, to their families as well. The General emphasized adherence to containment measures and stipulated health guidelines which include Staying at home, keeping social distancing, sanitizing and constant and consistent wearing of masks at all times. "If there is a time that needs us to dispense empathy, our love and care, it is now" the Provincial Commissioner stressed. She added that the SAPS family in blue cannot afford to be disintegrated at a critical time which demands unity.
General Ntshinga urged the Supply Chain Management personnel to make some adjustments in so far as their response and attitude during this critical period in which the organization is grappling with the devastating and monstrous pandemic. She indicated that the SAPS has in keeping with the government directives and guidelines implemented a 50/50 rotational approach as part of the measures designed to contain the spread of the pandemic. Hence all personnel in every component have been released on that basis. The Provincial commissioner made it very clear that this approach is meant to protect members and this must be respected by everyone.
All personnel are in terms of this measure expected to remain at home as they are released on the basis that they will be working from home. In other words, General added that they are on standby in case their respective commanders call them to perform a particular assignment. She however expressed disappointment at some who misuse and misunderstand this as an opportunity to visit Malls and Shopping Centers. General Ntshinga further clarified that the 50/50 measures or approach was motivated by management concern for the welfare and safety of the members and for this reason personnel who abuse it, must refrain from such a practice.
Painting a very unpalatable picture and conditions of some stations during her tour of the stations in various districts, the Provincial Commissioner urged the Provincial personnel to be sensitive and responsive to the plight of the SAPS members in the rural stations. She likened supply chain management as far from being an ordinary component, but a critical engine which must be kept well-oiled and in a running condition at all times. General Ntshinga told the attentive but relaxed audience which serves under the capable leadership and command of Brigadier (Dr) Irene Wolvaard, that Stations in the districts are placed in the shoulders of a skilled and experienced personnel of Supply Chain Management and are relying on them for resources and guidance on administration and procurement matters. She therefore appealed to every individual performing supply chain function to demonstrate their passion and commitment towards their counterparts in the stations.
In her conclusion, Lieutenant General Ntshinga did not forget to send a moving word of motivation to Women during the Women's Month. She called on both Men and Women to take a firm stand and protect the vulnerable. General Ntshinga did not mince her words and equally did not pull any punches against Gender Based Violence both in the workplace and at home. Women were encouraged to speak out, as that is the only way to bring about interventions. She appreciated the level and the amount of enthusiasm at which SCM personnel performed. The General expressed her unwavering gratitude to all of them for their display of unquestioned loyalty, commitment and professionalism in the work that they do.