Molefhi Appreciates BCL Nickel Race

| April 16, 2015

Minister of Infrastructure Science and Technology, Nonofho Molefhi has applauded BCL Mine for introducing the BCL Nickel Race.

Minister Molefhi said in an interview that besides promoting cycling sport and encouraging people to lead a healthy lifestyle, BCL Nickel Race had potential to help diversify the economy of Selebi Phikwe.

He said the sport could bring business opportunities to the mining town since many people attending the event will be lodging in hotels, guest houses or lodges. He said other small businesses and retailers would also benefit in that people will be purchasing food and other goods from the local businesses.

He explained that since the inception of the BCL Nickel Race last year, numbers of people participating in the race as cyclists as well as spectators has grown which shows that the event had potential to bring changes in the town.

Molefhi, who is also Member of Parliament for Selebi Phikwe East, further indicated that the town will become recognised as a cycling sport town like other towns such as Orapa, Jwaneng, and Lobatse which have been holding cycling events of this magnitude.

The legislator further said the BCL Nickel Race will market and put Selebi Phikwe on the map. He also mentioned that he hoped that the BCL Mine Management will elevate the BCL Nickel Race to a nationally and internationally recognised event.

He commended the BCL Mine for introducing the sport to raise funds for charity. Meanwhile, chairperson of the BCL Nickel Race organising committee, Khumoetsile Mapitse said the racing event attracted about 180 cyclists from across the country.

He explained that participants from various cycling clubs such as Tsela Riders from Gaborone, Motloutse Cycling Club from Selebi Phikwe, Botrail Cycling Club from Mahalapye, Morupule Team from Palapye Jonmol cycling team and Gaborone Cycling Club took part in the 10km, 30km, 60km and 105 km race in both male and female categories.

He said the proceeds made from the event are for charity and that the BCL Mine Corporate Social Responsibility committee is responsible for accounting on what charity activity the funds should be used for.

He commended all participants and BCL Mine Management for finding it fit to organise such an event. When welcoming participants at the event, BCL Limited -divisional manager, organisational capability, Motsile Sibanda said the cycling event is meant to support BCL’s Corporate Social Investment Policy in its endeavor to support the country’s national diversification strategy and Vision 2016 pillar of a compassionate and caring nation.

He also mentioned that the cycling event also gives young cyclists a platform to network and improve their cycling skills thereby enhancing their chances of competing in the sport at national and international level.

Meanwhile, defending champion in the male 105 km race, Aleck Musariri from Tsela Riders came first again this year by clocking 2:55:25 while in women category, Anouk van der Geest also from the same club and defending champion finished the race in 2:58:38.

The Seniors 60km male category race was won by Thato Madimabe from Gaborone Cycling Club in 1:47:02 while Agnes Mabika won the female category in 2:22:04. In the 60km juniors category, Bannabotlhe Moalafi took position one in the male category in 1:47:02 while Jip Vader took the top spot in 1:58:22 in the female category.

Abeng Malete won the male 30km category in 0:57:24 while Gobona Mantle came first in the female category in 1:06:20. The 10km race was won by Thobo Molosankwe who came first in the male category by clocking 0:23:26 while Zain Keitshokile came first in the female category in 0:27:30.

In the corporate challenge Team Letshego took the number one spot followed by Team Botrail while Team BCL took the third position.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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