The Ministry of Lands and Housing (MLH) rewarded best performing departments and Land Boards on Wednesday 12th following the performance reviews for the 2009/10 financial year.
The ceremony was held at Tlokweng Land Board.
The significance of the awards was to recognize and celebrate the employee’s success because “performance is about continuously adding value”.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Lands and Housing, Nonofo Molefhi, congratulated the recipients of the awards and urged them to maintain high standards “because staying at the top is the biggest challenge”.
“We should measure our performance through our clients’ response and also self application to work is important,” said Molefhi.
He further emphasized the need to improve strongly on issues of adherence to service standards, prudent use of resources, and public relations meetings which are important to stakeholders.
“Our resources capacity should guide us when setting our targets,” said Molefhi.
For her part, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Ms. T. Thebe, said that group review was important to the entire Ministry “because we share information and it reduces subjectivity”.
“As Ministry of Lands and Housing, we should keep the best standards and keep moving up and today celebration is set on foot of success. Our job affects everyone in Botswana on land allocation.”
Thebe further asked for creativity and innovation in the work place.
The overall winner went to the Department of Land Tribunal, Gaborone, which has been defending the trophy for past three years.
Achievement Awards went to the following Departments: Land Board Services, Town & Regional Planning, Surveys & Mapping and also Cooperate Services, and Land Boards were as follows: Ngwaketse Land board, Tati, Kgalagadi, Kweneng, Tlokweng and Kgatleng Land Board.
The Excellence Awards winners walked away with two trophies (floating and retaining), motivational books and a certificate: Department of Land Tribunal Gaborone, Deeds Registry, Technical Services and Palapye Land Tribunal. Ngwato and Malete Land Boards were also in this category.
Present at the ceremony were Permanent Secretaries, Land board Secretaries, Heads of departments and staff from different departments. The awards ceremony was of celebratory mood with entertainment provided by the Ministry of Lands and Housing choir.