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Jwaneng snatches BCM first aid competitions

BCM Inter-Mine First Aid Competitions Champions Retain Title

Jwaneng Mine has emerged "The Champion" of the fiercely contested 2017 Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) Inter-Mine First-Aid competitions once again. The Jwaneng Mine team, who were defending champions, retained the trophy after beating the host, Morupule Coal Mine (MCM), walking away with a trophy and P3 000 for individual team members.

MCM scooped position two, walking away with P2 000 for individual team members, while OLDM scooped position three. Karowe Mine earned fourth position.

Speaking at the event, the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) Vice Chancellor, Professor Otlogetswe Totolo, told the gathering at the competitions that the mining industry was a risky business. Therefore, he said, the Botswana Mines, Quarries, Works and Machinery Act required all mining houses to provide minimum first aid training and facilities at their mines. He said that mining personnel ought to be competent in applying First-Aid in the workplace, adding that "First-Aid gives one vital knowledge and skills needed to respond to a life-threatening situation with confidence."

Professor Totolo commended the mining industry for ensuring that through the yearly First-Aid competitions, people were reminded of the readiness and ability of the mining personnel to save lives. The Professor also congratulated participants for displaying their First-Aid skills in mock accidents and simulated dangerous circumstances that confront the mining personnel daily. He said the skill would also come in handy even at homes, cattle posts, ploughing fields, social events and cultural occasions.

The Botswana Chamber of Mines initiated the competitions in 1984, after realising that First-Aid played a critical role. The aim of the competitions is to contribute to safety awareness at work, home and along highways, afford participants an opportunity to reinforce their knowledge and skills and promote networking opportunities across all mining houses.