Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) employees and their families last Friday converged at the BPC Club in Palapye for a wellness and family fun day that was held under the theme ‘A healthy workforce prospers’.
From as early as 6.30am, the determined employees gathered at the Morupule A junction and with the escort of the traffic police they marched on through the shopping centre to the BPC Club for the formalities of the day’s events.
Inside a large marquee erected for the event inside the club, BPC Chief Executive Officer Jacob Raleru told the employees that while the corporation was still struggling financially, it had persevered through the financial challenges and finally managed to bring to an end the infamous power outages.
“Morupule B was supposed to have been completed last year but due to circumstances beyond our control the project is still on going.
The good news however is that the situation has improved.
Two units are already in operation and the third will very soon start operating as well and by the end of this month all the units will be in operation,” he said.
BPC Board Human Resources Committee Chairperson, Oteng Kgosidintsi encouraged the employees to go for regular medical examinations and live desirable lifestyles to ensure good physical and spiritual livelihoods.
“You do not have to wait and only go to the doctor when you are sick.
The purpose of this day is for us to share ideas on wellness amongst ourselves so that we may also live up to the theme of today’s event.
It is also about providing an opportunity for employees to establish linkages with external services such as the police, health services, tribal administration and others,” she said.
For his part Human Resources Manager at Morupule Coal Mine Mlungisi Jackalas, who was also the guest speaker advised the employees against overworking themselves and forgetting the value of their health.
He gave a motivational story of a career oriented man who died of fatigue before he could give his family some attention.
Jackalas also said automation in the workplace such as the use of labour saving devices contributed hugely in laxity and rising obesity statistics.
“Obesity and related conditions have risen to epidemic levels around the globe.
Many workplaces are now deskbound as they provide easy access to energy dense food such as vending machines that provide chips, coke and others.
Workplaces contribute to obesity and other chronic diseases,” he said.
Jackalas added that it was up to individuals and not necessarily companies to make appropriate choices and ensure that they live healthy lives.
Employees were tested for various ailments such as blood pressure, cholesterol, Body Mass Index, sugar diabetes, STDs, Oral Health, HIV/AIDS and others.