As part of its endeavor to promote wellness, team spirit and motivate its workforce, Debswana held intermine games in Orapa over the weekend. The intermine competitions were between Debswana’s three operations, Orapa Letlhakane Damtshaa Mines (OLDM), Debswana Corporate Centre (DCC) and Jwaneng Mine.
The intermine games are part of Debswana’s commitment towards sensitizing its employees on health and safety issues. The three mining operations competed in a variety of sporting codes, amongst the football, boxing, karate, bowling, cycling, netball and badminton.
The teams battled ferociously for the prizes, with Jwaneng mine scooping first position, OLDM second position and DCC third position.
When giving a keynote address during a prize giving dinner to mark the end of the games, OLDM General Manager, Dr Adrian Gale said the games are very important as they promote wellness and team spirit among Debswana employees.
“This is a momentous occasion that celebrates some of the great achievements of our men and women who have shown the heart, passion, determination, drive, energy and willpower to succeed in sports,” he said.
He added that the sports games are very crucial as they provide an opportunity for staff members from the three operations to exercise, interact and grow stronger relations. He added that employee wellness is very important as it can help propel the mine to heights of a globally competitive human resource, adding that healthy employees are a productive workforce.
“Sport involves winning and losing. It 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 their participation results in victory or defeat. Playing sport teaches one to accept both success and failure in a positive spirit,” Dr Gale said.
He added that playing sport is beneficial for development of social skills in a person as it teaches one to interact with people. He also said sports fosters collective thinking and develops planning skills.
“Sport builds confidence in sports men and women and gives them a sense of accomplishment. Playing sport also nourishes and strengthens the body and soul, instills discipline, teamwork and inculcates a drive to excel. These are the key success attributes both at individual and national level,” he said.
In conclusion, Dr Gale commended all the participating teams for displaying an unparalleled spirit of sporting excellence. Giving a vote of thanks, Moreri Kengadile, captain of the swimming team from Jwaneng, commended Debswana management for coming up with the intermine games.
“I need to commend the management of the Debswana mines for coming up with these games because they are very important as they promote wellness and help instill team spirit among Debswana employees,”he said.
He encouraged those who lost in the sports games to not give up, but to learn from their mistakes and improve next time.