By JOHN CHOLA
The first-ever Kansanshi-FQM Team Building and Family event took place Saturday November, 20, 2021 with about 3000 people thronging the well-tendered and exclusive Trident College grounds in Solwezi.
By the end of the event that lasted approximately 7 hours, it was clear most teams’ participants and family members of Kansanshi FQM employees wished the idea of the team building event should have been introduced a long time ago.
The team building event provided yet another opportunity for Kansanshi-FQM business support, entry, middle and senior employees to mingle, discuss, laugh and have fun.
“And also what has happened is that we incorporated the families, all together about 3000 people have turned up which is quite overwhelming. We brought the families with us so that they can also be part of the FQM team and allow them to see how their husbands and wives interact with the rest of the teams and make them feel part of this whole event,” explained event organizer Corne Janse Vanoensvoug.
Essentially, Janse added, the team building event was to bring the teams and different departments together
He said each person that turned up got a meal, cold drink and water and transport for them to get to the event and back home.
“As you can clearly see people have been extremely excited. The first event was teams walking the plank for about 30 metres, the second one was water pipes with teams transferring water from one bucket to the other using pieces of pipes held by each of the 10 employees in a team. After the water pipes we had the minefield—you get blind folded, and your team members are going to talk to you to pick cones from the field and earn points,” Janse explained.
Other occasions that characterised the event included bean-bags throwing, football, tennis, basketball and swimming where a team member gets on a tube and the other members are pulling.
“Some of the events are hard, some are difficult but most importantly and the whole essence is basically about communication, team spirit and listening to your mates,” Janse who is also Kansanshi Mining Company Facilities and Services Manager.
And Theresa Roomer as Kansanshi Mining Plc (KMP) Community Social Responsibility (CSR) Events Coordinator added that 30 departments participated and teams consisted of 10 members each.
Roomer said the event saw heads of departments participating too in the various events
She affirmed her organizing team desires to turn the team building event an annual exercise from 2021.
The FQM Health and Wellness team was awarded for emerging the best dressed.
Teams and individuals bagged medals, shields and other ornaments as awards for their outstanding performance.