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 Bikita Minerals celebrate Labour Day with ball games

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Bikita Minerals employees celebrated Workers Day in style with over 500 employees participating in soccer, basketball, netball, aerobics, darts and pool games.

In a statement Bikita Minerals Human Resources Manager, Tonderai Charehwa said the celebrations were in line with the 2024 International Workers Day theme of ensuring safety and health at work.

“In today’s fast-paced and demanding work environments, prioritizing the health and well-being of employees has become essential for fostering a thriving and productive workforce”.

“At Bikita Minerals we are increasingly recognizing the value of creating a culture that promotes health and wellness, and one effective way to achieve this is through sports initiatives”.

“By integrating sports activities into the workplace, we are cultivating a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere that not only improves physical fitness but also nurtures mental well-being and strengthens team dynamics”, said Charehwa.

Obey Marange an access control officer who won gold in the pool competitions said sports initiatives organised on the day offered employees a unique opportunity to build relationships.

“Collaborative sports activities require teamwork, communication, and coordination, fostering a sense of camaraderie and unity. Engaging in sports together promotes trust, enhances interpersonal relationships, and improves collaboration among colleagues”, said Marange.

Bikita West Member of Parliament, mines and mining development parliamentary portfolio committee member, Nhatiso Makusha implored on Bikita Minerals to continue prioritising the welfare of its employees.

“We applaud the Bikita Minerals management for continuously improving employee’s welfare, at a time when other mining companies are voluntarily laying off employees due to poor world metal prices”.

“I call upon management and workers to work together as a team and set each up other for success. The company’s thrust of employing locals is commendable and has contributed to community development,” said Makusha.

Bikita Minerals is an equal employment opportunity company, placing more emphasis on the employment of locals.

The company recruits 80% of its employees from the local community and at present 1 060 are directly employed by the mine while an additional 1 400 are employed by various contractors.

The lithium giant offers community members jobs that are safe, stable and well compensated to allow employees and their families to plan and improve their livelihoods and financial security.

Production and Administration department emerged the biggest winners, walking away with first prizes in soccer and tug of war while Administration department won gold in netball, darts and pool.

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