10 July 2018

Botswana: Debswana Promotes Sport

Orapa — Sport exposes players to the leadership aspect of success and teaches them to make contributions irrespective of whether participation results in victory or loss. The general manager of Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa

Mines, Bakani Motlhabani said during intermine games prize giving ceremony held in Orapa on Sunday that playing sport nourished and strengthened the body and soul, instiled self-discipline, teamwork as well as inculcating a drive to excel.

Sport, he said, contributed 'immensely' in the development of social skills in a person as it taught one to interact with other people.

He noted that sport fostered collective thinking and developed planning skills as well as building confidence in sports men and women and giving them a sense of accomplishment.

Motlhabani said sport schooled one to accept both success and failure in a positive spirit, adding that it was worth noting that the theme adopted for the games which was 'Building high performance organisational culture through employee social and sporting interaction,' spoke to the company corporate strategy and values, in that the annual interaction encouraged relationship building.

He said it also encouraged building trust and forming lasting relationships amongst employees leading to pull- together.

"Having been part of the games myself, there is no doubt that we have achieved this over the past two years," he said.

He urged all to see themselves performing at a winning level and to place considerable efforts in practicing to achieve desired results.

Meanwhile, the Jwaneng Mine assistant general manager, Koolatotse Koolatotse said Debswana was committed to enhancing employee relations through sporting activities.

Speaking at a similar event in Jwaneng, Koolatotse said Debswana's aim was to use sport to promote interactions between employees from its different operations.

"Our mission is to utilise sporting activities to encourage relationship building between all employees, including business partners and families," he said.

He said apart from giving employees an opportunity to exercise and enhance healthy living, the games were also a shoulder-rubbing mission for employees to have fun. Furthermore, Koolatotse said such team building sporting activities were in line with the Debswana's core values.

"The games are perceived as part of the company's team building initiative directed at building us into one. This we hope to accomplish through blending aforementioned objectives with our existing core values of Put Safety First, Pull Together, Shape the Future, Build Trust, Show we Care and Be Passionate," he said.

The vice chairperson of the inter-mine committee from Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines (OLDM) Tinaye Manyothwane applauded Debswana for holding inter-mine games in high regard.

He said wellness was an integral part of service delivery and employees performed better with healthy bodies and minds.

Manyothwane commended all who participated in the games, saying they were all winners because they had achieved the ultimate goal of promoting wellness.

"We are all winners because the common goal is wellness," he said.

Team Jwaneng emerged victorious with an overall tally of 14 points, whilst Team Orapa came second with 13 points, Debswana Corporate Centre from Gaborone got no points.

Source : BOPA

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