For the fourth year running Tati Nickel mine will host its annual Managing Director’s Charity walk next weekend.
The 20 kilometre walk for charity has become a big event in Francistown and attracting dozens of health enthusiasts from all over the country.
This year’s chief walker is Botswana Post Chief Executive Officer, Pele Moleta.
According to the mine’s Public Relations manager, Tebogo Rapitsenyane, “the main objective is to raise money for our fund which we use to assist people and families in dire need of basic commodities.
We also want to help non-profit organizations such as the school of the deaf, SOS and another Corporate Social responsibility projects which we are into.”
He continued that; “Over and above that, the walk enables Tati Nickel mine to network with its communities.
We transport social and youth clubs plus other stakeholders from the North East district keen to participate in the walk.
Our biggest participation is from those nearer to the mine. We also want to interact with our suppliers who are usually the biggest sponsors of the walk,” said Rapitsenyane.
This time around Tati Nickel anticipates to raise at least P260 000, which once again will be channeled to building two more houses for the less privileged.
“Last year we raised a net of P245 000, which we used to build two houses in Matsiloje and Matshelagabedi.
Our intention is to build at least six to eight houses in villages near the mine before jumping to other parts of the North East district,” he said.
Rapitsenyane said he was satisfied with the response from the public and mine employees.
“We have managed to cover sponsorship for a couple of the items needed by the walkers.
Just like last year, our employees are donating one day’s leave worth of money towards the walk.
While others are paying the P100 participation fee,” said the mine spokesperson.
Last year over 600 people took part in the charity walk.