Eastern Cape Premier launches 2016 Public Service Month at newly-established Walter Sisulu Municipality


Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, on Tuesday officially launched the 2016 Public Service month at the newly established Walter Sisulu Municipality, in the Joe Gqabi District Municipality, with the promise of rolling out more Masiphathisane War-Rooms in the province.

Walter Sisulu Local Municipality was established by the amalgamation of Gariep Local Municipality and Maletswai Local Municipality on 3 August 2016. The Public Service month launch was held at Eureka Community hall in Burgersdorp.

“We are very grateful that we have an opportunity to come and launch the Public Service Month here in the new Municipality, Walter Sisulu. We give specific thanks to the local leadership and council for agreeing to host this event, for they could have said they can’t because they just started recently,” said Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle.

He added that the late Walter Sisulu was a very humble and dedicated person, naming a Municipality after him; the leadership should emulate the character in the person of Walter Sisulu.

Operation Masiphathisane- war rooms was established to solve the inconveniences of service delivery that communities face. It seeks to craft strategies to combine services and bring them to communities while strengthening proper communication between government and local communities to prevent more service delivery protests. 

The war rooms are set up to drive the Masiphathisane campaign of bringing together communities, stakeholders and government official  to improve service delivery and better relationship community and the government.

“We have allowed creeping in to the native about the relations between the government and the community. The relationship is complaints, it ought not to be, what matters to our communities is not always complaints and the newly elected councillors should not present themselves as the ultimate problem solvers but work with communities to find solutions,” said  Masualle.

He added that government should work together with community in a continuous partnership to solve problems and in Operation Masiphthisane each and every one should have a specific role in order for government to respond to the needs of the community.

Speaking at the launch, Premier Masualle noted chapter 10 of the constitution that provides the key principles that underpin the public service.

“These principles seek to promote a high standard of professional ethics, efficient and economical effective use of resources and development focus as well as delivering services in partially, fairly and equitably without biased,” said Masaulle.

He added that responding to people’s needs, encouraging public participation in policy matters and being accountable for their actions, transparent and cultivating good human resource management and career development practices to maximise human potential,” said Masualle.

As part of Masiphathisane initiative, Premier handed over a refurbished home to 99 year-old Gogo Nozamile Ida Botha in Vensterstad,

The refurbished house has been electrified and installed with a geyser through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to better the life of Gogo Nozamile - a perfect example of Masiphathisane.

Again, the Premier also officially switched on seven high mast lights in Burgersdorp and Venterstad, today. Six of the lights are in the Burgersdorp townships of Eureka, Thembisa and Mzamomhle also known as Mountain View.

The seventh light is situated at Venterstad’s Oviston Township, a few metres from where Gogo Nozamile lives, the lights in the townships will go a long way in ensuring safety of communities.