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Annual CEO Awards of Excellence: Kimberley Hospital Complex

Keynote address by the Honorable MEC for Health, Mr Mxolisi Sokatsha, on the occasion of the Annual CEO Awards of Excellence: Kimberley Hospital Complex. Kimberley. Frances Baard District – Northern Cape, 19 November 2011: 19h00



Programme Director

Speaker of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature

Honorable Members of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature

Honorable Members of the Executive Council

Chairperson and Members of the Portfolio Committee on Health

Mayor of Sol Plaatje Municipality

Executive Mayor of Frances Baard District Municipality

Chairperson and Members of the Kimberley Hospital Board

Acting Head of the Department

Representatives from all the different community, religious and political institutions and structures present

Senior Managers and Departmental officials from the Provincial and District Department of Health

Members of the media

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

Good evening to all. It is indeed a honor and privilege for me to be part of this evening’s important gathering as we celebrate and give appreciation and recognition to the Kimberley Hospital Complex personnel on their performance and achievements.

Health has been identified as one of the five(5) key priority areas of the ANC led Government after the 2009 national elections. Health is like no other department. The challenges health employees, health professionals, society, and government face every day in the health sector, can only be resolved through motivated and committed individuals that adheres to the call that Working together, we can do more!

Ladies and gentlemen, the eleventh (11) Annual Kimberley Hospital Complex CEO Awards for Excellence Ceremony is dedicated to the personnel of the Kimberley Hospital Complex for their contribution towards patient care and maintaining standards of service excellence. The objectives of awarding employees are to recognize and reward outstanding performance, encourage excellent performance, retain competent staff and instill a culture of achievement and excellence. At the same time, the awards serves as a motivation for personnel who underperform/ are not motivated enough/have a low morale to strive in achieving a future reward.

The health sector is under enormous pressures in terms of budgetary constraints, working conditions, delivering of quality healthcare services and keeping health professionals and staff motivated to continue delivering a professional, humane and compassionate service to our people. This awards ceremony tonight is just one way of keeping the staff morale high and keeping them motivated and committed.
Public-Private Partnership is what is making this annual event a success every year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our private sector partners for their contribution and dedication to this event and hope their partnership and support will be carried forward into the future.

Programme director, we would like to thank the twenty(20) strong task team who were responsible for consulting all relevant stakeholders, compiling a selection criteria, facilitating the nomination process and logistical arrangements for the total co-ordination of the gala event since March 2011.

Tonight, 44 candidates will receive the CEO Awards this year.  Honorary Awards will be presented for exceptional contributions made by individuals.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are approaching an important international and national campaign namely the 16 Days of Activism: No violence against women and children campaign from 25 November-10 December 2011. During this time, the South African Government runs a 16 Days of Activism Campaign to make people aware of the negative impact of violence on women and children and to act against abuse. We call on your support for all related programmes and events for the campaign.

Furthermore, on 01 December 2011 we will be celebrating World AIDS Day in Kathu. HIV/AIDS, TB, Violence and injuries and Maternal and Child Mortality is the Burden of Disease we as a country and a province face. Government alone cannot address these health challenges alone. It is only through partnership between government, civil society, business, labour and faith based organizations that we will succeed in addressing the scourge of these diseases.

Programme director, in conclusion, I want to say that everybody is winners tonight. To all personnel, we would like to say keep up the excellent work and know that your contributions are greatly appreciated. 

But I believe that what should make you the most proud is not the actual award itself, but what you had to do to get it. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” Any recognition is just the icing on the cake, not to be expected but definitely to be enjoyed.

I congratulate you all on your awards. You are truly a motivation. Enjoy yourself, and remember as Mother Teresa said, “Life is a promise; fulfill it.” 

I thank you.

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