Oh what to do today?
In all honesty, I wouldn't have had the time today to write this little piece if it wasn't for the fact that government is so hard at work.
This morning I have tried to file my Workmans Compensation annual returns. The Department of Labour's website is so slow and overloaded, it proved to be mission impossible.
Right, what else is on my to-do list.
Oh yes, follow up on my late payment queries with a certain government department.
I have no less than 4 telephone numbers, 3 direct lines for people who I have already engaged on the issue in KZN, and the main number for the national department. All engaged... even after doing three laps of trying.
So let's look for some alternative telephone numbers then...
In my wanderings I come across this gem, a recent message from Jacob Zuma to our hard working civil servants. It starts off with -
Oh good stuffMessage from President Jacob Zuma to all Public Servants
In today’s global and competitive world, a country’s success is determined by many things.
Key amongst these is a patriotic, effective and efficient cadre of public servants that translates government policies and programmes into tangible benefits.
On 14 February I delivered the State of the Nation Address in which I outlined our government priorities for 2013. This being the last year of the fourth administration, the State of the Nation Address took the form of a progress report to the nation. The Minister of Finance presented the Budget on the 27th of February. Both the SONA and the Budget emphasised our resolve to continue tackling poverty, unemployment and inequality. We have the resources. We have the time. We must now further improve the way we work and get better results.
Already, a lot of work has been done to speed up the delivery of services and such work is continuing. But importantly, we have to work harder to improve people’s experience of government services.
As we begin the new financial year, we urge public servants to work even harder to build a caring and efficient public service.
This is followed by paragraph after paragraph of successes. And then we get to this -
I'd already feel a lot better and have a lot more money in my bank account if they could get it down to under 60 daysHowever, there is still much room for improvement in departments, particularly in areas such as payment of suppliers within 30 days and the setting and monitoring of service delivery standards.
So what else is on my to-do list...
Well scratch all those expansion plan related items for now.
Better decline my option on that corporate contract that everyone is so excited about landing - just don't have the cashflow.
Have to wait until government has paid me before I can process my VAT payment.
I guess that leaves appoint a lawyer to cancel that government contract that isn't paying, issue summons, and
Start planning staff retrenchments then.
With government being so busy, I'm sure they'll find a new job there.
And quite clearly government want good, well trained, hard working staff.
Hopefully they'll get paid on time