In an endeavor to promote wellness and team spirit among employees, Debswana held successful Inter-Mine games among its three operations, Orapa Letlhakane Damtshaa Mines (OLDM), Jwaneng Mine and the Debswana Corporate Centre (DCC) last week in Orapa.
The initiative is part of Debswana’s commitment towards sensitizing its employees on issues of health and safety. Through this initiative, the company also seeks to encourage employees to keep themselves healthy at all times by participating in sport. The three mining operations participated in a variety of sporting codes such as cycling, tennis, aerobics, athletics, chess, bowling, basketball, volleyball and golf.
The teams battled fiercely for the prizes and the two mining giants, Jwaneng Mine and (OLDM) held each other to a draw of 12 points each while DCC only walked away with one point.
Giving a keynote address during the prize giving ceremony after the games, the General Manager of OLDM, Dr Adrian Gale, lauded the inter-mine games as a success. He said that the games are very important as they provide employees with an opportunity to exercise as well as grow the interaction among Debswana’s operations.
“These games also promote wellness of employees and health living through physical exercise,” he said.
Touching on the theme of the games, “Rubbing shoulders for wellness in laughter,” he said the theme is in consonance with the foundation on which Debswana Inter-mine games are premised. He said the theme points to the importance of getting away from each game with a sense of achievement, fulfillment and having fun.
The General Manager also said that the games play an important role as they seek to encourage employees to keep themselves healthy at all times.
“Sport involves competition which results in winning or losing. This exposes players to the leadership aspects of success. It builds a competitive spirit in players and teaches them to make a contribution irrespective of whether the participation results in victory or defeat,” he said.
Gale added that playing sport is beneficial for the development of social skills in a person, fosters collective thinking and develops planning skills. He also said that it builds confidence in sportsmen and women, and gives them a sense of accomplishment.
He said that the success of the games was a result of the good investment of spirit, time and talent.
“In preparing for these games next year, I urge all of us to see ourselves performing at a winning level and to practice our performances at a winning level,” he said.