ramaphosa2News24 reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to public servants to mark Public Service Month and has called on them to participate in the development of a new integrated model for service delivery.

Last year, President Cyril Ramaphosa identified the need for a new model that was responsive, adaptive and brought development to where it was needed most. This model, now known as the District Development Model, has been embodied in the Batho Pele White Paper. "We call on public servants to be part of this process by identifying ways in which we can realise a public service focused on meeting the needs and advancing the interests of citizens," Ramaphosa said. He hailed the response of public servants to the Covid-19 pandemic: Our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that we do have capable and committed public servants who diligently serve the people of South Africa. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, civil servants have displayed courage and resilience in discharging their duties, often under the most difficult of circumstances. Despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic, they have kept the wheels of our country turning and have ensured that service delivery continues.” But, the president added that Covid-19 had exposed the chasms between the planning and execution of public service delivery.

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