Eastern Cape Provincial Government calls on Provincial Civil Service to recommit to the ‘BATHO- PELE, People First’


Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, led the Provincial Government at the Public Service Month Provincial Launch held at Eastcape Training Centre (ETC), Struandale, in Port Elizabeth on 4th September 2018.
The Provincial Executive Council (EXCO), at its 44th (5th Term) sitting recently at State House in the Provincial Capital Bhisho, called on the Provincial Civil Service to recommit to the ‘Batho Pele / People First’ principles towards improving service delivery, transforming the hearts and minds of public servants to put citizens at the center of government planning and operations.
The Provincial Government is taking this year’s Public Service Month under the theme “Thuma Mina” : Taking services to the people- ‘We Belong, We Care, we Serve’ to a Metropolitan Municipality in Nelson Mandela Bay which will  conclude on the 28th of September 2018.
Premier told hundreds of civil servants and community members gathered at the ETC during the PSM launch that, in the next few weeks as part of Public Service Month programme, heads of various Provincial Departments, Government and Nelson Mandela Municipality officials will be dispatched to wards around Nelson Mandela Bay to offer door-to-door services to the people.
Visits to service delivery sites to oversee and monitor service delivery and engage with both citizens and public servants on service delivery issues will form part of the Public Service Month.  “Our intention is to fast track service delivery blockages in communities” Premier Masualle said. “We will further strive to instill and reinforce good ethics and professionalism in how civil servants do their work” he added. 
During the Public Service Month, there will be engagement with various stakeholders like business and civil societies on service delivery matters to strengthen government’s efficiency and effectiveness. 
Also, further activities will include the centenary celebrations of Nelson Mandela and in celebration of the memory of one of the great daughters of the African soil Mama Albertina Sisulu, who dedicated her life to fight for the emancipation of women and the liberation of South Africa.
Premier assured the audience and said  “On the 28th of September, we will re-convene to appreciate what has emerged out of the Public Service Month, what best practices there are and how best we improve the services we provide to the people”.