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INTERVIEW WITH THE LIMPOPO MEC FOR PUBLIC WORKS, ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURE Honourable Namane Dickson Masemola 1. In March 2020 you assumed the office of MEC for the Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure in Limpopo. What were some of the major initiatives you implemented in the Department to manage the effects of COVID-19? Immediately upon our arrival in the department a lockdown was announced, so there was no time to focus on any other thing than on the fight against COVID -19, guided by the National and Provincial Coronavirus Command Councils respectively. The guidance and regulations put in place made it easier to develop strategies to deal with the pandemic internally. We were able to establish our internal COVID- 19 steering committee that assisted the Department to implement all requirements at the


work place meant to safeguard the health and wellbeing of officials. We were able to operate through online platforms and engaged with our stakeholders in line with the requirements. It was not easy at first as change management had to be conducted urgently through responsible line functions. These people had to bring all staff on board at a time they themselves didn’t know much about the pandemic, however they successfully managed to provide guidance throughout the process which ensured the department’s ability to continue operating. 2. How did the pandemic affect your management practices? The Department had to move with speed to fully make use of the

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