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Morupule Wanderers

13 February, 2018

The team is currently working around the clock to have the club licensed according to the new requirement by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA.) FIFA introduced a regulatory system that requires all football clubs across the world to be licensed for International football governance. Botswana Football Association availed an online registration platform using BFA Connect and teams in Botswana including Morupule Wanderers are now able to open accounts and register at premier league to second division. During an interview with the club Chairman, Robert Onkamile, he confirmed that Morupule Wanderers has activated a BFA connect account and is processing registrations for all its players online. “Upon completion of the registering process with FIFA, our players will be issued electronic cards for identification.” He said. Through the eye of enhanced technology, Wanderers aims for promoting the team brand to attract more supporters and sponsors. “A website has been developed and will be launched this year. Through this website we want to interact more with all our stakeholders. Furthermore, the club is at an advanced stage of concluding a business partnership with All Kasi clothing company. All Kasi requires that Wanderers supporters and sponsors purchase branded merchandise in large numbers which forms the basis of our partnership and associated benefits.” Said Onkamile On his final note, Onkamile pardoned the Debswana First Division North League which was scheduled to commence on 9 September 2017 for having been cancelled indefinitely and beyond the team’s control. “Our sincere apologies to all our supporters for this cancellation.” He said in conclusion.

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Students tour MCM

13 February, 2018

In today’s world, we see the approach to education steadily shifting from theory to incorporating practical teaching aspects. At MCM, we realized this shift and we aligned our empowerment initiatives to accommodate practical learning through guided mine tours. To this far, at least ten 14 schools with over 200 pupils each, have been hosted on an educational tour of the mine. Great interest being on mining methods and processes. Being able to witness the actual mining process plays a vital role in aiding teachers and students understanding of the mining process. Molopo River Secondary School teacher, Mr Kebonang Motshabi applauded MCM for their effort on ensuring that students are well educated on mining processes. Students also were delighted that they see first-hand what they have only been taught theoretically. Mr. Motshabi further said ‘with or without teaching aids, it is a mammoth task to stoke interest of students in processes of any nature if they have not seen any of it in real life’. Anyone wishing to undertake a tour in MCM should contact the communication section for logistics. Tours are conducted on Wednesdays and Fridays. The application takes 7 days for communication section to respond. Upon arrival all visitors must report to Security office and the SHE induction will be done. MCM takes pride in its commitment to sustainable development through education. While educational tours are beneficial to the school, MCM likewise enjoys the brand promotion and stakeholder engagement. The peak for school tours is usually the months of July and August. Employees, contractors, stakeholders and our families are welcome to request for a mine tour.

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Employee's view are crucial (ICE BERG SESSION)

13 February, 2018

The General Manager, David Kgoboko explained the importance of engaging with employees at the just ended working session which was held at Majestic Five hotel on 6 September 2017. This is an internal engagement session which gives employees a platform to discuss issues that are pertinent within their areas of work. Stores Clerk, Bame Botlhoko kicked off the proceedings of the day by giving a SHE moment. She cautioned employees against the ‘silly season’ which is slowly approaching as we are approaching year end. She advised that employees should not only make safety a priority at the workplace, but they should also practice it at home. Kgoboko took to the stage and welcomed employees to the session and encouraged them to participate without fear of victimization. “This session is intended for us management to listen and find ways of bridging a gap between ourselves and employees. I am therefore requesting for all of you to take part in the discussions that will be brought forward and our promise to you is that we will hid those concerns and suggestions accordingly”, he said. Giving an overall of the Mine’s SHE performance, Mrs Keeletsang Moseki compared the TRIFR performance of this year to last year. She congratulated employees for taking part in the near hit reporting programme. “Ever since the launch of the Near-Hit programme, there has been a significant drop in recordable incidents, and employees you are all encouraged to keep up this good work”, she urged. Different presenters also took to the stage and gave an update on various topics. Human Resources team led by Pride Malomo and Thapelo Dintwa engaged employees on how their salaries are calculated and other benefits that add on to their salaries. On the production update, Keneilwe Orapeleng encouraged employees to continue working as a team to ensure optimum production. “With the current high demand of our coal, it is imperative that we all work together to meet our targets. This will help us to satisfy our customer demands and ultimately contribute to attaining our bonuses, ’she said. The highlight of the session was when employees were given the opportunity to engage with management on issues that were affecting them. Different issues such as poor workmanship, lack of cooperation between employees and their supervisors, unsafe PPE and lack of transport were some of the issues which were brought forward. Each relevant HOD was afforded the opportunity to respond to all the questions that were asked and they all assured employees that their grievances will be dealt with accordingly. At the end of the session, the HR manager, Tom Mongale thanked employees for their participation and encouraged them to keep this spirit up. “Sessions of this nature are intended mainly to bring together management and employees, it is heartwarming to see all of you participating and taking control of your welfare as MCM employees. As management, we will look into all the issues that were raised and try find solutions that will work for the both of us”, he concluded.

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MCM Invests in Human Capital

13 February, 2018

Corporate social Investment (CSI) is defined as contribution (either monetary, employee time and resources, or gifts in kind) which bring benefits over and above those directly associated with our core business activities. The overarching purposeof MCM’s CSI initiatives is to create a legacy of empowered, sustainable communities in the area in which it operates, ensuring mining communities are positively influenced by a mine’s presence. MCM is ahead of time with the journey to a sustainable community development focus through a well-established CSI program. The recent completion and handover of two projects; Ratsie Setlhako Primary School classroom block and Sehunou Primary School play park bears testimony that both projects were funded at a cost of one million, three hundred and fifty pula (P1,350 000.00) combined, clearly signifying MCM’s commitment to literacy development. The Ratsie Setlhako Primary School’s special education classroom block for the intellectually challenged students was done in partnership with Debswana Diamond Company. The handover was graced bythe Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Advocate Sadique Kebonang who commended the efforts of both MCM and Debswana Diamond Company. MCM and Debswana must be commended and thanked for making the learning environment for these children conducive and dignified’, said Kebonang. Another opportunity to make a positive difference beyond the confines of MCM came in the form of a pupils play park at Sehunou Primary School. At the handover of the P50,000 facility the Human Resources Manager, Mr Tom Mongale, emphasised the need to invest in human capital which MCM has always aimed for. For his part, MCM General Manager, Mr David Kgoboko expressed pride in the opportunities and difference we (at MCM) continue to make in our communities, partnering with stakeholders with ‘shared values and similar approach to sustainability that focuses a lot on community upliftment’. He reiterated that core to the commitment of MCM to uplift the lives of Batswana was to partner with communities to create a legacy of growth, sustainability and empowerment. Furthermore, he said that shaping the future of Botswana is not the sole responsibility of government; hence the need for other private entities to align with the national agenda and broader national development strategy.

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