Premier Mahumapelo calls for productivity and innovation
02 July , 2014
North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has called for productivity and innovation among senior public servants in order to increase the speed and quality of service delivery.
Addressing more than 1000 Senior and Middle Managers in the Provincial Administration based in Mahikeng at the Mmabatho Convention Centre on Monday, Premier Mahumapelo appealed to senior public servants for commitment and dedication.
“Implementation of the plans that we have set ourselves for delivery of faster and more efficient services to our communities requires public servants are less arrogant and more courteous,” he said..
The meeting with public service managers was for the Premier to introduce himself and share highlights of the provincial priorities as outlined in his State of the Province Address delivered on Friday
Premier Mahumapelo told government managers that he believes in hands on approach type of leadership and that they should always be ready to go out to the communities to deliver services.
“I want all government employees to understand my style of leadership that it is not of managers who always stay in their luxuries offices. I believe in a people centred approach, going to communities from time to time to see progress of delivering services to our people,” he said.
The Premier said that the second transition was about implementation, implementation and implementation.
“Our people do not want to hear any promise but they want to see government working. Already in the past twenty years a lot of work has been done to delivery services and such work is continuing radically. We have to work harder to improve our people’s experience of government services,” Mahumapelo said.
In sharing the radical plans and priorities of the provincial government, the Premier expressed the importance of urgency in implementation.
Premier Mahumapelo also briefed senior managers about the appointment of Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro, who served as the founder Director General for the first Provincial Administration in 1994 as Strategic Administrative Advisor.
He said that Professor Mokgoro is to focus on institutional capacity enhancement and reorganization of reconfigured government departments to meet the new mandate of the fifth administration.
“His mandate in the next six months is not to develop any new policies but to work together with a team of Heads of Departments, to construct a provincial public administration which shall take the frontal lead in confronting challenges facing our people,” Mahumapelo reiterated.
Similar sessions are to be held with senior managers in other Districts in due course.