Botswana: Ore Mining Team Win First Aid Competitions

Jwaneng — Jwaneng Mine ore processing and mining teams won the annual inter-departmental First AID competitions recently.

The two teams scored 196.5 and 191.5 points respectively, and would represent Jwaneng Mine in the First AID inter-mine competitions billed for October in Karowe in the Boteti District.

Speaking at the event, Jwaneng Mine general manager, Mr Albert Milton said the mine had made strides towards reaching its promise of safety due to concerted efforts and team work by the workers.

Mr Milton said they were hopeful that the safety promise would leave inscriptions, not only on the mine workers, but also in the community that the mine operates in.

He noted that the competition allows employees to transfer First AID skills and to learn from their colleagues how they could save lives.

He also said the competition gives them the opportunity to introspect on levels of First AID readiness and thereby helping them to raise the mine’s safety bar.

The completions were attended by 350 participants from different departments within the mine, and participants were tested on individual stages and group stages.

The ore processing team and mining team passed to the simulation stage after coming top of the 12 teams that took part in the first round.

Majwe Mining Joint Venture, who were first timers in the competition, came last with 373.5 points.

The captain of the winning team, Mr Willie Kesenkilwe attributed their victory to team work, patience, hard work and passion that his team had.

He said First AID was a continuous learning process, as there was no limit in learning how to save lives.

He noted that he shared his First AID knowledge with his family and the community with the hope that it would save lives that could be lost due to lack of First AID skills.

“The purpose of First AID is to prevent injuries, preserve life and promote recovery, it is only right for me to share the knowledge that I have,” he said.

Source: BOPA

What a great idea having competitions to see which team is the best first aid trained. Surely this would lead to more training for those lacking and students taking more interest in the process’s involved with first aid. Make sure you book in to a first aid courses in Canberra as soon as possible so you can help a co worker out who is in need.

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