Rationalisation won’t result in job losses – Morwaeng


With fears hanging over after the government announced a major shakeup which includes reshuffling Cabinet ministries and parastatal rationalisation exercise, the Minister for State President, Kabo Morwaeng has assured the nation that there would be no job losses during the process.

Since President Mokgweetsi Masisi announced last month that there would be a string of parastatal mergers and planned privatisation, some people felt that the latter was stalling the inevitable, being job losses. “I want to assure Batswana that sometimes when there are changes like this rationalisation some people often fear for their jobs.

This is not that kind of restructuring, and it won’t lead to any job losses. This is rationalisation and it includes moving a department to the right place and taking people to their rightful place. It is not taking away anyone’s job,” Morwaeng revealed during a media briefing on Wednesday. He further assured Batswana that their jobs would not be affected by the rationalisation process.

The Molepolole South legislator said as they move departments around, it would not affect any jobs. “Some departments will be taken as they are and be moved to another ministry and it doesn’t in any way mean that there will be job losses,” he said. Morwaeng added that people who will be affected by the exercise should sit tight and not be worried about their jobs.

He said people should not live in fear because they are still going to keep their jobs. He further said the decisions were not rushed so as government they took time to reassess, evaluate and research. He said they are a government that is ready to change for the better. “The main issue here is to improve public service delivery,” he said. He stated that the new changes will help ministers to account easily because all related departments will be in the same ministry. Morwaeng also said the number of ministries is still 18 and the reason they haven’t increased is because they are merging departments and moving others to the rightful ministries. “Going forward all the 18 ministries will go to the public to make explanations.

We will explain what each ministry offers because the main aim is to improve service delivery,” he indicated. Morwaeng said with the rationalisation exercise, they have tried to merge alike mandates so that Batswana could be offered quality and fast service.

He said rationalisation would facilitate the ease of doing business and as a result employment creation. Morwaeng revealed this not just changing for the sake of change but the intention is to improve the running of businesses and develop the economy. He assured the public that they will not struggle to access services after the changes. Masisi last month announced that these reforms will translate into enhanced service delivery, accountability and good governance.

Editor's Comment
What about employees in private sector?

How can this be achieved when there already is little care about the working conditions of those within the private sector employ?For a long time, private sector employees have been neglected by their employers, not because they cannot do better to care for them, but because they take advantage of government's laxity when it comes to protecting and advocating for public sector employees, giving the cue to employers within the private sector...

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