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Premier encourages public servants to pursue excellence in whatever they do

By Maanda Mulaudzi

Limpopo Administration appreciated the work of individuals and teams in the public service who everyday push beyond the limit during the call of duty. Premier Chupu Mathabatha remarked this on the occasion of the Premier’s Service Excellence Awards ceremony held at The Ranch Hotel, Polokwane, on 12 March 2015.

The awards were divided into four categories, namely, Best innovation team; this category recognises creativity amongst employees of government and promotes the practice models to be emulated by all. The second category was the Best Support Team. This category recognises and awards the team or unit that enables the service delivery institution or team to render effective and efficient services.

The third category was the Best Service Delivery team which recognises and awards institutions or teams that render direct services to the citizens. The last category was the Special awards. The category recognises and awards esteemed men and women who stood out and inspired others to perform better.

Winners of the Premier Special Awards are Dr. Morokolo Sathekge of Letaba Helen Franz Bursary School. It is a non-governmental organisation driven by passion to empower and promote self-reliance amongst people with disabilities through integration into the mainstream society. The main focus of the organisation is to facilitate integration of young learners with disabilities from special schools into mainstream high schools.

Mahuma Paul Rapetsoa (Paul Rapetsoa Institute of Dramatic Arts) is a Motivational Speaker, running a school of arts teaching acting and art of dramatic writing and also doing a play called GET DOWN with the aim to motivate the learners. Mr. Rapetsoa represented SABC in Italy after he has won the best drama producer in the country.

Hivuyeriwile Commercial High School (Hivuyeriwile Vuhlalu Designers), Fourteen Learners from this Commercial High School in Giyani are involved in the Hivuyeriwile Vuhlalu Designers club with all members being active participants. They produce beaded jewellery including necklaces, bracelets and earrings. They also have vegetable garden where they grow tomatoes, spinach and carrots, supporting the school feeding scheme, children’s home and a Pre-School by donating fresh produce. The club supports local community organisations while also supplying food and care to the disadvantage learners for the school.

Ms. Merriam Moetlo of Tshamano Construction CC is the winner of the”Best Women Contractor in the Subsidy Market” whilst Dr. Gerson Rambiyane, Senior Manager (Department of Education in Vhembe District won the award for his District continuity to maintain not less than 70% pass rate in matric under his leadership.