MEC calls for better service delivery
Johannesburg - Eastern Cape Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane lectured fellow officials on improving provincial service delivery on Tuesday.
"We must change how things are done; we must improve the efficiency, reputation and image of our government machinery," Qoboshiyane told departmental and municipal officials during a meeting in Mthatha.
He said the government had set aside "huge amounts" of money for skills development of its employees.
They should use it to learn, gain more skills, and also to understand how best to communicate and work with people.
"Let's use our skills to practise excellence for our people. There is more work to be done in this province... there are projects that need to be completed."
He said municipal engineers and skilled workers needed to be trained to service municipalities, especially rural municipalities.
"It is important that our commitment to service delivery, growth, poverty alleviation and development is matched by good results in the lives of our people and their communities," Qoboshiyane said.
"Have an attitude that says, if the person coming to my office during lunch time was my mother, if the old man knocking in my door during my teatime was my father or uncle, if the child who runs to the library or clinic five minutes before my precious home time [was my child], what would I do?"
All government projects should go to the people they were meant to benefit and not only those to whom officials wanted to give, Qoboshiyane said.