Nasha Commends BCL Mine Retirees

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The former speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Margaret Nasha has commended BCL Mine retirees of four decades of service for leaving an illustrious legacy for others to carry on.

Speaking at the long service and retirees awards ceremony at the Selebi Phikwe Stadium recently, Dr Nasha said the retirees’ legacy through diligence, patience, and responsibility, had contributed immensely towards the growth of the mine and the town.

The ceremony, which included long service employees who had clocked 20 years, was themed: I am Proud of My Foot Print, and Dr Nasha said of such employees, “they should be respected for the commitment, dedication and hard work they have put in their work.”

She said that the mine had been experiencing challenges over the years such as declining value of copper, but, however, that did not deter them from doing their job due to their loyalty for BCL Mine over the years. BCL Mine’s general manager, Mr Dan Mahupela explained that the ceremony was held annually to recognise the employees for their contribution and devotion to the BCL Mine.

Mr Mahupela said this year the event was much bigger in that BCL was also celebrating the aggregation of nickel beneficiation in Botswana, following the signing of an agreement with Norilsk to acquire its assets in Africa. “This is a major transaction of our Polaris II business strategy. This transaction represents a major milestone in our business,” he said.

He also noted that the awards were meant to celebrate the commitment, dedication, patience and hard work put in by the employees, adding that each of them created their own footprint distinctive from the rest.

“These employees are pace setters in their own right. We are proud of their loyalty and would like to acknowledge all of them for their contribution,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Elliot Molebatsi, who was representing the retirees, and Mr Joel Nthwane, representing long service employees, thanked the BCL Mine for holding a workshop earlier on to sensitise retirees about life after work aising them not to become homeless people after leaving the mine.

They said, as retirees they should change their mindset and know that they will not be having monthly income like they used to while working for the mine.

Mr Head Seponono from Botswana Mine Workers Union acknowledged BCL Mine for recognising long service employees and retirees.

He said the employees had been patient and had done their job diligently over the years and thus deserved to be recognized, adding that the good relationship between the employer and employee at the mine should be acknowledged.

Other dignitaries at the event included BCL Mine top management, senior officials from Selebi Phikwe Town Council, the Deputy District Commissioner, dikgosi and senior officials from the police and the Botswana Defence Force.

There 98 retirees and 88 long service employees, who received awards for being on the job for 20 years while five received awards for having served the mine for 40 years.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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