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Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Buti Manamela has embarked on a week of long monitoring and evaluation visits to various points of service highlighting key service delivery points.
The Public Service Month is observed annually during the month of September by all spheres of government with activities and campaigns that elevate delivery of services to all citizens. The month also serves as a reminder of what it means to serve communities and the impact that delivery of basic services has on the same communities.
The theme for the 2017 Public Service Month is “Together Moving the Public Service Forward: We belong, We care, We Serve”.
Deputy Minister Buti Manamela conducted a monitoring visit to the Port of Port Elizabeth to monitor progress on the Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy. Receiving a briefing on the progress made among others to uplift the community in the vicinity of the Port which includes the construction of a Waterfront in Port Elizabeth. Deputy Minister interacted with beneficiaries of the training and skills development programmes brought about by the Operation Phakisa who are mainly previously disadvantaged youth.
The monitoring visits continued to Gauteng Province where Deputy Minister conducted unannounced visits to the Johannesburg Emergency Services and Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. The two service points are essential in ensuring that all emergencies in the area are responded to and many lives are saved.
“It is evident that there are many public servants who are committed to serving their communities and are dedicated to their calling. I would like to commend them and encourage them to continue the selfless service they provide to all the people who depend on their hard work. There are still many challenges faced in providing quality services to our people, however in identifying the challenges we will be able to overcome them with solutions based mechanisims” said Deputy Minister Manamela.
Furthermore, Deputy Minister paid unannounced visits to the Home Affairs in Randburg to check on the systems that are in place to deal with registration of births, deaths and marriages among others. Deputy Minister found the storage of files to not be conducive for storing of sensitive information and other challenges ranging from a lack of maintenance of equipment and infrastructural challenges. 
A report with recommendations will be sent to the relevant departments for speedy intervention and solutions.
Part of the public service monitoring included Deputy Minister paying a visit to the Joburg theatre to ensure that the arts are also playing their part in contributing to the growth of the economy and building of a cohesive nation.
Additionally, Deputy Minister paid a visit to the Art Studio of Prof. Pitika Ntuli, a multi-talented artist and activist where they conversed about the role of art in South Africa today and what support the public service can provide to artists.
The observance of the Public Service Month will end on Saturday 30 September 2017.
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