Kandjoze discourages TGIF at mines ministry

22 Apr 2015 15:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 22 APR (NAMPA) – The Minister of Mines and Energy, Obed Kandjoze on Wednesday discouraged the ‘Thank God it is Friday’ (TGIF) culture and encouraged commitment to work.
President Hage Geingob was the first to state earlier this month that he will not tolerate the so-called TGIF culture from members of his government, especially ministers and deputies.
Speaking at a three-day annual staff conference held in Swakopmund to review the ministry’s strategic plan, Kandjoze said all employees should focus on service delivery.
“Adherence to official working hours is crucial as without that, effective service delivery is impacted upon,” said the minister who was accompanied by his deputy Kornelia Shilunga.
He noted that those who cherish the TGIF culture and leave their offices before closing hours, especially on Fridays, should stop the practice as it would no longer be entertained.
Kandjoze also urged all senior staff of the ministry to avoid what he termed ‘closed-door leadership’ and to be consultative and available to all junior staff.
“Our terms of reference as ministers put more emphasis on driving a performance-based culture and leading by example for the improvement of people’s living standards, including women empowerment,” he said.
Kandjoze also said there is a need to upgrade and renovate some of the offices in his ministry that are in a depilated state.
He explained that old and dirty offices are not conducive for staff who are expected to deliver quality work.
“The ministry’s building in Windhoek needs thorough cleaning and the state of cleanliness remains a concern to all of us. I therefore propose a cleaning day for our ministry so that we can clean once or twice a year,” he said.
Kandjoze noted that his ministry cannot function without advanced technology, and as such efforts to improve technological training will be done.
Furthermore, he said ministers are expected to timely implement policies and review laws and policies that hamper development to ensure poverty eradication.