Thursday, October 22, 2020

Gov’t to put a smile on civil servants through a 13th cheque

BY THOBO MOTLHOKA

The government mulls the idea of introducing end of year bonuses for the public service.

The Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Nonofo Molefhi told Parliament on Friday about the intention to reward hard work that woulkd see Botswana st par with South Africa ÔÇôAfrica’s second largest economy after Nigeria.

He said as part of their improvement initiatives, his government was currently revierwing the Public Service remuneration and performance management systems with a view to linking pay to performance as well as enabling a proper implementation of performance based rewards.

Molefhi was responding to Francistown West Member of Parliament Ignatius Moswaane who wanted to know whether the government will consider introducing the 13th cheque for public servants as motivation given that they face financial challenges especially during the December, January period.

“The provision of the 13th cheque is priority for performance purposes and not meant to address financial challenges faced by public officers,” Molefhi said.

He said the Public Service is implementing a Rewards Menu that provides monetary and non monetary rewards for selected categories performance.

These rewards, the Minister said, are awarded on an annual basis at Ministry and national level.  Moswaane also wanted the Minister to explain the cause of poor service delivery in all government offices.

“Some of the major factors that contribute to the inadequate service delivery include strained financial recourses. Since 2008 the economic meltdown ministries and departments had to adjust their budgets downwards in order to comply with allocated budget ceilings as well as having to contend freezing of new posts,” Molefhi said.  He said the 2013 Customer Satisfaction Survey observed that processes compromised delivery of some services.

“All services that have since been automated such as vehicle licensing and national registration have significantly improved their delivery. Through the e-Gov projects more services are being and will be automated.”

Molefhi admitted the implementation of government programmes and projects continues to be a challenge, with projects experiencing cost overruns, delayed completion and being of poor quality.

“The above challenges are attributed to among others: lack of capacity in project management and technical skills across the public service; poor performance of contractors; lack of integration of Monitoring and Evaluation into the broader public sector management practices and linkages with planning and ,budgeting and public service management systems; and litigation.”

Molefhi also said his Ministry will provide strategic leadership on project management and best practice, project prioritization, develop project management standard, processes and capabilities for effective and efficient delivery of projects across all the public service.

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