According to MEC Sello Lehari the awards were formed after the launch of the National Batho Pele Awards by the Minister for Public Service and Administration in 2013 amid a call by Premier Supra Mahumapelo to host the first installment of the annual provincial awards.
Bojanala district municipality dominated the events as they walked away with most of the awards.
Mahala Lesola walked away with the Best Groundsperson award, Elvis Mqehe (Best Driver/Messenger), Kedibone Katima (Best Cleaner), Best Front Line Service went to Oarabile Monama, Best Batho Pele Team (Dr Kenneth Kaunda district), Letshego Rampete (Best Public Service Leader) and Bernadus Nothnagel received Best Life Time Achiever of the Year.
The Best Implemented Project was taken by Letlhogonolo Modisapudi and Gomotsang Setshedi who were also named the Overall Winner of the excellence awards.
Best driver, Mqehe of Madibeng, Brits who works at a school said the award was dedicated to his hard work. “I started work around 2011 and the thing is almost every time when I’m needed, I’m always there. Even during the school holidays, I work as I lately took learners to the soccer trials at Jomo Cosmos,” he said proudly.
Best Overall Winners’ Letlhogonolo Modisapudi who implemented gardens for pupils said they are excited about the award.
“I’m so excited by the honour and the awards given to us and don’t know how to explain my excitement. We started around 2015 and now have 95 gardens around Rustenburg schools,” Modisapudi said.
MEC Lehari said these workers were honoured because of their truthfulness, honestly, work commitment and integrity.
“We really love them, take them seriously and also thank them for their contribution and congratulations to them, because they are the ones who fulfill the principles of Batho Pele,” the MEC said.
The department’s clearly said the participants were selected from public servants (either as a group or individuals), branches, chief directorates, directorates institutions and departments who have displayed commitment in putting Batho Pele principles into practice and displayed unwavering support, dedication and most importantly commitment in deepening, promoting and implementation of public service programmes.
Workers were entertained by Dr Malinga, Winnie Mashabela, Solly Moholo, Kabelo ‘Kaybee’ Molopyane, while Oshebeng Keonyaditse (both from Motsweding FM) was the MC.