Public Service minister Paul Mavima has contradicted the Public Service Commission (PSC) regarding organised shopping trips to South Africa for civil servants.
While the PSC dismissed a memo suggesting the Government intended to introduce organized shopping trips to South Africa as fake, Mavima confirmed it is a workable solution which Government should plan and consult with civil servants before implementing.
Speaking to NewsDay, Mavima said:
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It is a reality that we still depend on South Africa for some of our products. We are one economy. It is a short-term workable solution, which I would say requires proper planning and consultation with the civil servants before its implementation. We have to promote local products, but it is a fact that we are not yet able to comprehensively provide the needed products to our people.
FROM : Public Service Commission
To : All Government Departments/Ministries
Date : 9 September 2021SUBJECT: PROVINCIAL MONTH-END SHOPPING TRIPS TO SOUTH AFRICAWe intent to introduce month-end shopping trips for civil servants. The trips will be determined by the response from interested members. May you please kindly submit names of interested members to this office by not later than 10 September 2021.